FVSU students in Miller Hall auditorium

The Center for Retention Services (CRS) at Fort Valley State University serves as the primary academic support unit for students during their first two years as undergraduate students. The CRS provides a wide variety of academic support programs and initiatives that are designed to create a successful transition to college life for students during their freshman and sophomore years. The services provided to students are coordinated through three offices, which include: Academic Advisement and Tutorial Services, Academic Counseling & Disability Services, and Testing and Assessments, and academic support services offered by the federally funded TRIO Student Support Services Program.

In addition to these services, the CRS encompasses both the Pre College Academy and the University College. At the core of CRS’ mission is providing each student with efficient and effective student academic support services through our offices and staff members in order to increase the number of FVSU students who are progressing toward graduation in four years. Our goal is for all of our students to have successful acclimation and matriculation at FVSU.

Welcome from the Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Fort Valley State University (FVSU), home of the Wildcats! The Center for Retention Services (CRS) is a one-stop-academic support shop for first-time freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students. I am delighted to serve each of you. It is indeed my intent to make your transition to the collegiate environment pleasurable, eliminating as much stress as possible. It is very important that you understand the purpose of the CRS at FVSU.

Upon entering the university each new freshman will be assigned an academic advisor and/or retention specialist to guide you through the registration process and assists you academically during your first two years at FVSU. You will be required to visit with your assigned academic advisor and/or retention specialist frequently through each semester of your freshman and sophomore years.

At the conclusion of the sophomore year, you will be required to take the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Test. Once taken, and successfully completed, you will then be assigned to an academic advisor from your chosen academic major department. Students admitted to the University College must meet all requirements as outlined upon enrollment before exiting, and progressing toward the junior year.

It is important that you remember that your academic success at FVSU is not only our responsibility, but you as the student, must take a concerted effort to ensure that you are progressing satisfactorily toward graduation in four years. The staff of the CRS, along with myself, look forward to working with you at Fort Valley State University.

Yours in Academic Success,
Stevie L. Lawrence II, Ph.D.,
Executive Director


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Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society (ALD) was first installed on the campus of Fort Valley State University in September of 2011. Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education. Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement… to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.” At Fort Valley State University, we look forward to our chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta having a very positive and enrichment impact on the collegiate environment.
With kind regards.
Joyce Brown
Chapter Advisor
Abrahana James
Chapter President

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