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About Valdosta State

Valdosta State University Overview

Valdosta State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Valdosta, Georgia. Valdosta State was founded in 1906 and now enrolls around 12,304 students a year, including 9,570 undergrads. Valdosta State provides housing for up to 2,836 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Valdosta State! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Valdosta State's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Valdosta State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Valdosta State has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Valdosta State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Valdosta State on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Valdosta State on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Valdosta State for Fall 2022 is June 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

2021 Valdosta State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 59.4%
In-State Tuition $4,371
Out-of-State $15,426
Percent of Need Met 86.8%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $16,661

Is Valdosta State a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at to get a clearer idea of what Valdosta State offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

Valdosta State Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Valdosta State. Valdosta State admitted 78% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 9,887 applications received in 2021, 7,756 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Valdosta State

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Valdosta State, around 73% return for the next year. Around 40% of students who started at Valdosta State earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Valdosta State Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Valdosta State directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Valdosta State

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Valdosta State meets 86.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Valdosta State full-time are awarded $16,661 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $32,404 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Valdosta State. Based on this information, how does Valdosta State sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Valdosta State a good school for you?

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Where is Valdosta State University Located?

Valdosta State is located in the small town setting of Valdosta, Georgia.

If you want to see Valdosta State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Valdosta, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Valdosta Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Valdosta State and Valdosta are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1500 North Patterson Street Valdosta, GA 31698

Campus Setting: Small Town

Valdosta State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Valdosta State is Jun 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Valdosta State is Jun 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Valdosta State ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 21

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

21 and Above


17 to 21


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Valdosta State is 19. Students with an ACT score of 21 and above have a good chance of getting into Valdosta State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 21 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Valdosta State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

930 - 1080


Math SAT Range

450 - 530


Reading SAT Range

480 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1080 and Above


930 to 1080


930 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Valdosta State students is 1010. Applicants with SAT scores of 1080 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Valdosta State, while applicants with SAT scores between 930 to 1080 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 930 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Valdosta State.

Valdosta State Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Valdosta State is like? There are approximately 12,304 students enrolled at Valdosta State, including 9,570 undergraduate students and 2,734 graduate students. 76% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from GA and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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