Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is a highly-ranked, land-grant institution of research and higher education in Georgia’s Fort Valley. The institution was originally established in 1895 and titled Fort Valley High and Industrial School. In 1939, the school merged with the State Teachers and Agricultural College to form Fort Valley State College. In 1996, the University System of Georgia conferred its university status under its current name. It is amongst the three historically black colleges and universities in the state. The institution has sports affiliation from NCAA Division II.
The university boasts of its beautiful 1,365-acre campus consisting of well-maintained buildings, walkways, lawns, and parking spaces. Pettigrew Center houses full-service facilities for conventions, conferences, and fine arts activities. The Anderson House is the oldest construction on the campus that is today used as a museum. The library holds about 7,11,353 volumes including books, government documents, print journals, e-books, e-journals, databases, Av collections, and microform collections. Other on-campus facilities include a 5100-seater multi-purpose arena, 10,000- seat Stadium, and radio station. The university also runs its newspaper called The Peachite. The Wildcat Commons community provides on-campus accommodation to students along with facilities like high-speed Internet, telephone, television with cable chan3nels, and laundry facilities. It also features a clubhouse, computer lab, and recreation center.
FVSU has four colleges, each of them having various departments that focus on separate study areas. The university offers numerous undergraduate and postgraduate programs in arts, Food science, agriculture, science, and technology. It also renders education specialist programs. The profoundly qualified faculty of the university renders career-oriented education through coursework and engagement in professional organizations. Besides, FVSU provides internships, industrial visits, and research opportunities to students for ensuring that they are exposed to real-world tasks and learn under the most accomplished industry professionals.
There are more than 70 clubs and organizations that promote student involvement in various extra-curricular activities, events, and competitions. These clubs focus on academics to personal interests like sports, music, and dance. Students can involve in sports like basketball, cross country, football, softballs, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. The current student body of FVSU includes 2,473 full-time and 403 part-time students, with 36.9% of them being males and 63% females. It has 2,293 undergraduates, and 331 postgraduates on the roll. There are 688 employees at the university including 92 Instructional faculty members. The student-faculty ratio of the university is 23:1.
FVSU has a comprehensive list of alumni that includes few notable names like Eddie Anderson (former football player), John W. Blassingame (educator, historian and writer), Peppi Zellner (former American footballer), Calvin Smyre (politician), Tyrone Poole (retired American footballer), Greg Lloyd (former football linebacker), Greg Lloyd (former football player), Ricardo Quantaye Lockette (former American football wide receiver) and Robert J. Jones (chancellor and physiology scientist).