Savannah State University
Originally named Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, Savannah State University was founded in 1890 in Athens, Georgia. It is the oldest public historically black college in Georgia.
Moving a few months after its founding to its permanent location in Savannah, the college became a full-time degree-granting institution in 1928.
Four years later it was renamed Georgia State College and was finally renamed Savannah State University in 1996.
Savannah State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. It features:
• College of Business Administration
• College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
• College of Science & Technology
• College of Education
Of the 2,300 students enrolled, about 90% are Georgia residents and 56% are women. SSU also has about 50 alumni chapters nationwide.
Serving a primarily African-American student population, the campus is located just minutes away from downtown Savannah on a beautiful 165-acre tract of land adjacent to a salt marsh estuary.
Orange Crush is the most talked about SSU spring beach event. Ask about its date and location each year.
Students here have access to an array of organized and informal co-ed including 75 student organizations, leadership workshops, 15 intramural activities, student publications and internships, choirs, concert bands, Greek organizations, intercollegiate sports, and more.
The campus buildings and facilities are many, including two gymnasiums, a fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and five residence halls such as Bowen-Smith, Lester Lockette, Bostic, and Peacock Halls, as well as historic Hill Hall.