1500 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31698
Valdosta, GA 31698
Accrediting Agency:Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Valdosta State University opened its doors in 1913 as a normal college for women and is one of the two regional universities in the University System of Georgia. Located in Valdosta, Ga., the university now enrolls nearly 12,500 students in its associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. Serving students from all 50 states and 76 countries, Valdosta State University is a highly diverse institution. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university No. 67 among Regional Universities (South) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The school also ranked No. 30 in Top Public Schools.
Valdosta State University offers a variety of online degree programs through the university and through eCore, eMajor, and Georgia ONmyLINE, which are University System of Georgia collaborative programs. Students can choose between associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs, or even certificates offered online. SmarterMeasure is a readiness assessment offered by Valdosta State University to test the learning potential for students new to online learning by evaluating personal information, life factors, personal attributes, learning styles, and more. Distance learning provides students the ability to earn a higher education outside the restriction of residency requirements, and Valdosta State University provides accredited degrees in a flexible manner in many popular subjects.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted Valdosta State University accreditation to award degrees. The institution received additional accreditation from eight other agencies.
Undergraduate admission is based on evaluation of academic history of the student as a freshman or transfer applicant. Test scores from the SAT or ACT will be considered in conjunction with grade point average (GPA). College preparatory curriculum must be satisfied according to the university’s standard in order for a freshman to be considered for admission. Transferring students must hold a minimum of 30 transferrable credits or 46 quarter hours with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0; only credits earned from a regionally accredited institution will be considered. Requirements vary for graduate applicants for each program based on the particular department, such as education, business, and health, including passing scores on graduate exams (GRE/GMAT/MAT) and specific bachelor degrees. All requirements can be found in more detail here.