Valdosta State University
The mission of Valdosta State University (VSU) – a four-year institution – is to:
- Prepare our students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning.
- Expand the boundaries of current knowledge, and explore the practical applications of that knowledge through excellence in scholarship and creative endeavors.
- Promote the economic, cultural, and educational progress of our community and our region, through excellence in service outreach.
VSU seeks to accomplish this mission in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment marked by respect for the diverse abilities, backgrounds, and contributions of all members of the university community.
As a comprehensive university in South Georgia, Valdosta State cooperates with other University System institutions to ensure that the region receives the services it needs. To expand its programmatic outreach, it develops and offers programs by distance learning and off-campus locations throughout the region. It will continue to exercise a leadership role in meeting the needs of the region, particularly in providing access to professionally oriented doctoral programs, primarily in education and to applied research.
- The university’s comprehensive curriculum serves more than 11,000 undergraduates and graduates from almost every county in Georgia, 45 states, two U.S. territories, and more than 60 countries. While VSU’s enrollment continues to rise, class sizes remain small, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.
- VSU’s six colleges–Arts, Science and Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Human Services, and Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as the Graduate School and Honors College, offer 56 undergraduate degrees, 46 graduate degrees, and doctoral degrees in education, nursing practice, speech-language pathology, and public administration.
- VSU had an economic impact of more than $368.8 million during FY 2020.
Valdosta State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Valdosta State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using the information available on the SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).
Numerous academic programs have also attained accreditation from or membership in national professional organizations.