Albany State University
Located on the banks of the Flint River in southwest Georgia, Albany State University was established in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute. Its mission, supported by private and religious organizations, was to train black youths. Like most other HBCUs, it broadened academic outreach and sources of funding to advance.
In 1917, the school became a state-supported, two-year Georgia Normal and Agricultural College. In 1943 it became a four-year institution renamed Albany State College. As a result of its growth, broader academic offerings, and advances, the college was renamed Albany State University in 1996.
Today, it is a regional institution spanning both sides of U.S. Route 82 to offer undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and professional degree programs. Having grown to 204 acres, substantial campus construction and renovation have enabled the campus to recover from the disastrous flood in 1994.
The James Pendergrast Memorial Library features an impressive schedule of hours of operation to meet its equally diverse range of student needs.
There are over 3,100 students, with a 60/40 ratio of younger-to-older student profiles. About 40% of students live on campus. Albany State University offers seven undergraduate programs including:
Qualified candidates can also earn a dual degree in engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The university offers master’s programs in business administration, criminal justice, education, public administration, and nursing.
Albany is noted as a relatively progressive city of 100,000. And as a community-conscious institution, ASU provides outreach initiatives through student service-learning programs.
Notable resources on the campus include the Center For The African American Male, Community Development Corporation, Institutional Research, Planning and Outreach, Mathematics & Computer Science, Natural Sciences, and the Ron Brown International Trade Center.
An NCAA Division II school, Albany State’s Golden Ram’s sports include men’s football, basketball, baseball, track & field, cross-country, and women’s sports in basketball, volleyball, cross-country, and track & field. Its prime competitors are schools like Morehouse, Spelman, Tuskegee, and Fort Valley State. Student affairs are anchored by the J.C. Reese Student Union Building.
For the social and academic needs of the student body, a diverse range of social options exist via marching bands, choirs, religious groups, the ROTC, honor societies, sororities and fraternities, other clubs and Organizations, Peer Advisors, and the Student Government Association.