Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Valdosta State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Valdosta State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Valdosta State University was awarded 110 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general administrative assistant and secretarial science.

Overall Quality

VSU is ranked #1,436 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

VSU also holds the #35 spot on the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Valdosta State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into VSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Valdosta State University is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that VSU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to VSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 500 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 480 to 550 )
VSU received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 19 to 23 )

Learn more about Valdosta State University admissions.

Valdosta State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Valdosta State University is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Valdosta State University is 73%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  73 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Valdosta State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Valdosta State University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at VSU is 15%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Valdosta State University.

Valdosta State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,590 undergraduates at VSU with 6,797 being full-time and 1,793 being part-time.

How Much Does Valdosta State University Cost?

The overall average net price of VSU is $13,969. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for VSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,780 $12,640 $15,994 $17,287 $17,323

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of VSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At VSU, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,190 a year. That adds up to $24,760 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VSU is 8.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do VSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from VSU make about $38,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Valdosta State University make the most money.

Location of Valdosta State University

Located in Valdosta, Georgia, Valdosta State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for VSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31698
Phone: 229-333-5800

Valdosta State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 54 majors graduated from Valdosta State University. Of these students, 1,541 received undergraduate degrees and 757 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 226 $34,300
Communication & Media Studies 129 $26,500
General Psychology 107 $25,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 90 $28,800
Teacher Education Grade Specific 87 $33,100
General Biology 71 $26,600
Nursing 68 $55,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 61 $26,300
Accounting 56 $36,800
Health & Physical Education 48 $28,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Valdosta State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at VSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 5,426 students took at least one online class at Valdosta State University. This is a decrease from the 5,724 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 5,426 2,993
2017-2018 5,724 3,002
2016-2017 5,362 2,927
2015-2016 5,118 2,590
2013-2014 3,784 1,664

Learn more about online learning at Valdosta State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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