May 20, 2004
Valdosta -- Valdosta State University accounts for about 20 percent of the city's population. VSU has a staff of 500 and an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.
Established in 1906, the institution was named the South Georgia State Normal College for young ladies in 1913. The college became co-ed in 1950 and upgraded to university status in 1993.
VSU offers 129 degree programs, and has a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. "Classes are small," says VSU Junior Nick Pumphrey. "There's a lot of teachers, and you can interact with the teachers well. Most of them know you and you can get along with them well."
Students also like the diversity VSU offers. There are nearly 250 international students from more than 68 foreign countries enrolled at VSU. The university boasts a championship NCAA Division II athletic program. And the male to female ratio is 36 to 64.
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