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IPEDS ID: 141264
OPE ID: 00159900
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Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, Georgia 31698
General information:  (229) 333-5800
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  11,885 (9,718 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty484128
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-60
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,118$7,436$7,376$7,6814.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,048$9,164$9,111$9,1110.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$20,516$21,140$21,338$20,746-2.8%
Off Campus$22,446$22,868$22,657$22,176-2.1%
Off Campus with Family$13,398$13,704$13,546$13,065-3.6%
On Campus$32,492$33,116$33,614$31,671-5.8%
Off Campus$34,422$34,844$34,933$33,101-5.2%
Off Campus with Family$25,374$25,680$25,822$23,990-7.1%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$4,140
In-state fees$1,910
Out-of-state tuition$14,904
Out-of-state fees$1,910
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,78592%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,55580%$9,050,823$5,820
Federal grants91947%$4,112,970$4,475
Pell grants91347%$4,017,370$4,400
Other federal grants1267%$95,600$759
State/local government grant or scholarships1,12858%$4,627,688$4,103
Institutional grants or scholarships744%$310,165$4,191
Student loan aid1,29967%$9,011,959$6,938
Federal student loans1,29967%$8,139,601$6,266
Other student loans1196%$872,358$7,331
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid17,13369%$36,904,888$5,174
Pell grants4,72546%$19,418,152$4,110
Federal student loans6,76266%$47,634,379$7,044
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$12,689$14,568$14,738
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$10,687$13,165$13,421
$30,001 – $48,000$12,527$14,321$14,538
$48,001 – $75,000$15,465$16,956$17,435
$75,001 – $110,000$16,016$18,298$18,054
$110,001 and more$16,636$18,255$18,367
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment11,885
Undergraduate enrollment9,718
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment792
Graduate enrollment2,167
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 85%
Part-time: 15%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 36%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 53%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 85%
25 and over: 15%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 96%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 32%
Part-time: 68%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 83%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 50%
Enrolled in some distance education: 15%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 36%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants5,7012,2963,405
Percent admitted55%55%55%
Percent admitted who enrolled55%58%53%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading480570
SAT Math470550
SAT Writing450540
ACT Composite2024
ACT English2024
ACT Math1924
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 69%
Part-time students: 44%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 66 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 40%
Transfer-out rate: 31%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 17%
6-year: 43%
8-year: 46%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 16%
6-year: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 35%
Female: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 14%
Asian: 56%
Black or African American: 38%
Hispanic/Latino: 38%
White: 41%
Two or more races: 39%
Non-resident alien: 56%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-787--
Category total-787--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General-37---
Business Administration and Management, General-7533--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-6---
Business/Managerial Economics-14---
Finance, General-34---
International Business/Trade/Commerce-18---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-54---
Category total-31061--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-594--
Category total-594--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-7---
Information Science/Studies-7---
Category total-14---
Adult and Continuing Education Administration---4-
Art Teacher Education-8---
Business Teacher Education-6---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--12-9
Curriculum and Instruction---3-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-7611--
Education, Other--15d-31d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General---10-
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision--21-33
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-6627d--
Music Teacher Education-120--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-215d-46d
Reading Teacher Education--2--
Secondary Education and Teaching--22d--
Special Education and Teaching, General-3966d--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other--57d-139d
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education--14--
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education-27---
Category total-255252d17258d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other-7d---
Category total-7d---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-5214--
Rhetoric and Composition-78---
Category total-13014--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-3---
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation-10---
Spanish Language and Literature-17---
Category total-30---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer-14---
Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other14----
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling--27--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-10315--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-6162--
Category total14178104--
History, General-536--
Category total-536--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-1094--
Category total-1094--
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-10d---
Category total-10d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-50---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies41----
Category total4150---
Library Science
Library and Information Science--90d--
Category total--90d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-2---
Mathematics, General-10---
Category total-12---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-8---
Category total-8---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other-57---
Category total-57---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total-16---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-18---
Physics, General-1---
Category total-20---
Educational Psychology----5
Psychology, General-10623--
Category total-10623-5
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--4812d-
Social Work--54--
Category total--10212d-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-32---
Category total-986--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-33---
Dance, General-6---
Interior Design-8---
Music Performance, General-73--
Music, General-6---
Visual and Performing Arts, General-17---
Category total-773--
Grand total551,67767629263
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
Track and Field, X-Country98
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1929 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels1/31/2002 - 4/15/2013No Longer Recognized
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)7/24/1997 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs9/1/1993 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/29/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/29/2001 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1992 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)3/1/1999 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1959 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession143
Drug law violations5716
Liquor law violations102017
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession012
Drug law violations2613
Liquor law violations71614
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter001
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible523
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault111
Motor vehicle theft130
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter001
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible322
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate10.2%10.7%8.2%
Number in default312268195
Number in repayment3,0552,5002,364
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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