FVSU Fast Facts
Fort Valley State University was founded in 1895 as Fort Valley High and Industrial School. The university is one of Georgia’s two land-grant institutions and one of the state’s ten historically black colleges and universities.
FVSU’s mission is to provide educational advancement with an emphasis upon fulfilling commitments that our community has collectively undertaken.
On July 22, 2013, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith became the ninth president of Fort Valley State University. Before arriving to Fort Valley State University, President Griffith served as provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York. Before becoming York’s provost in 2007, Dr. Griffith was professor of political science and budget dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), dean of The Honors College at FIU, and provost at Radford University in Virginia. President Griffith holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with distinction in political science, from The University of Guyana, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Long Island University, New York, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The City University of New York Graduate School. He also graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s program in educational leadership.
139 full-time faculty members
82 part-time faculty members
60 percent hold doctorate or other terminal degrees
FVSU has several distinguished programs to develop well-rounded students and scholars.
In Fall 2013 two new, rigorous academic program for high-achieving Wildcats were developed: Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Program. Both initiatives provide a challenging environment that can lead to better opportunities at the nation’s top graduate school and professional programs. The campus’ dual-enrollment program, University Today Scholars, helps high school students earn college credit while working toward their diploma.
Fort Valley State also has the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program, which is the nation’s only program aimed at preparing minorities and women to pursue energy-related disciplines. Students in this program earn two bachelor’s degrees: one science-related, the other energy-related.
The campus also maintains a host of academically challenging and leadership-building opportunities, including science, technology and mathematics (STEM) programs, ROTC and internships. The Retention Services Center is also available to provide students with study tips, tutorials and time management skills to enhance their scholastic abilities.
The university’s 3,000-plus students represent 136 of Georgia’s 159 counties, more than 25 states and approximately seven international countries. About one-third or 39% of students live on campus, and 85 percent attend college full-time.
FVSU is affiliated with the University System of Georgia.
FVSU is a semester-operated institution that awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences in more than 50 majors. The campus offers graduate degrees in history, education, counseling and public health. Today, the university has four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, and College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education. In Fall 2013 two new, rigorous academic program for high-achieving Wildcats were developed: Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Program. Both programs provide a challenging environment that can lead to better opportunities at the nation’s top graduate school and professional programs.
Fort Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Fort Valley State University.
- Ed.S. - School Counseling Education (Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- M.S. - Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management (The Council on Rehabilitation Education)
- M.S.Ed. - Middle Grades Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
- M.S.Ed. - Early Childhood/Special Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
- M.Ed. - School Counselor Education (NCATE/Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
- B.S. - Electronics Engineering Technology (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
- B.S. - Veterinary Technology (American Veterinary Medical Association)
- B.S. - Middle Grades Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
- B.S. - Early Childhood/Special Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
- B.S. - Health & Physical Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
- B.S. - Agricultural Teacher Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
- B.S. - Family Consumer Sciences Education (GaPSC/NCATE)
Programs Working Towards Accreditation:
- Business Administration & Economics (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Candidacy)
- B.A. - Economics
- B.B.A. - Accounting
- B.B.A. - Management
- B.B.A. - Marketing
- B.S. - Chemistry (American Chemical Society)
- B.A. - Commercial Design (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
- B.A. - Mass Communication (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
- B.S. - Computer Science (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
- M.S. - Mental Health Counseling
- M.P.H. - Environmental Health