The Center for Retention Services

Jerry Haywood, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director

Dear Students,

Welcome to The Center for Retention Services' web page. The Center for Retention Services (CRS), which is the university’s primary entity for student academic support and assessments, has a mission of providing for each of you efficient/effective academic advising, academic counseling, professional testing/assessment services and systematic tutorial services. Our goal is for all of our students to have a successful matriculation.

Each of us, the dedicated staff and well-qualified peer tutors, has made it our personal responsibility to assist you in graduating in four years. While we are committed to your success, you have to be equally committed and clear about your life’s goal. Yes, college is fun (and we want you to have a good time); however, there is more to it, such as meeting new people, learning new things and growing as young adults. Your primary goal should be to graduate in four years. President C. V. Troup, second president of Fort Valley State, had a very appropriate phrase for students at Fort Valley: “Don’t major in the minors.” His words nearly 60 years ago are as timely today as when he first said them.

With all of that in mind, we look forward to you utilizing all of our services-from the various labs, (Win, Math, and Reading) and our tutoring sessions, to the most knowledgeable academic advisors and counselors. We are here to move you to academic and professional greatness! Our office is located in the historic Royal C. Peabody Building.

Again, welcome!

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  • What is the Freshman Institute?

    The Freshman Institute will provide first time freshmen with a holistic university experience with enriched educational opportunities that will enhance public service, leadership, personal growth and social development.

    The program provides access to a university education for promising students from first generation and identifies qualified individuals through a review of admission applications, academic records, and completion of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if applicable.

    It will be a one semester program that helps first-year students make important transitions within the university during their first term at FVSU.


    • High School GPA 3.0
    • Accepted into Fort Valley State University
    • Testing Scores: SAT (1250) ACT (22)
    • Interview Process


    Students: Enroll and connect with peers and obtain similar experiences that will create friendships and camaraderie.

    Faculty: Connect with faculty both in and out of the classroom, through smaller classes, and organized events and activities. These interactions help build meaningful relationships with faculty, and authorities in several disciplines.

    For More Information Contact:

    Fort Valley State University
    Center for Retention Services

    1005 State University Drive
    Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
    TFI@FVSU.EDU - 478.822.1070

  • New Student Orientation
1005 State University Drive • Fort Valley, GA 31030 • 478-827-FVSU

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