Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I complete the VSU admissions process?
- What do I do if I am undecided about my major?
- What types of financial aid are available at VSU and how do I apply for them?
- On campus housing, what’s available? How do I apply?
- What about the availability of off-campus housing?
- What steps does VSU take to make sure the campus is safe?
- What happens if I get sick?
- Hungry? Where to eat on campus.
- What about campus transportation? Can freshmen have cars?
- What kinds of computing facilities are available? Should I bring my own computer to VSU?
- How do I access my VSU e-mail address?
- What is the city of Valdosta like?
How do I complete the VSU admissions process?
All applicants must complete an application for admission and submit a $40 application fee. Freshmen must submit an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students with less than 30 transferable hours must meet freshmen admission requirements as well as submit all official college transcripts. Transfer students with more than 30 semester hours are only required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. All students are also required to submit a certification of immunization and report of medical history.
What do I do if I am undecided about my major?
Not knowing what you want to major in right away is nothing to worry about. There are advising and career placement centers on campus to help you choose what’s best for you. You’ll have plenty of time to take some of your basic courses before having to declare a major. The University also offers VSU 1101, a class designed to help you adjust to college life and make the most out of your time at VSU.
What types of financial aid are available at VSU and how do I apply for them?
VSU offer Pell Grants, federal loans, HOPE scholarships and various VSU scholarships. The first step is complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) at this link FAFSA, which can be completed after January 1st of the year you are planning to enroll. Once you have been accepted for admission by VSU, you can complete the General Scholarship Application on-line from this link Scholarships. Complete Financial Aid and Scholarship information is available by this link Financial Aid Don’t forget to also search for scholarships from other sources on the web.
On campus housing, what’s available? How do I apply?
Once you have been accepted / tentatively accepted to VSU, you are eligible to apply for housing by logging into Banner and clicking on the housing application. You will also be sent a housing postcard in regards to completing the housing application online.
Valdosta State University houses approximately 2855 students on campus in five traditional residence halls, two suite-style halls, and two apartment communities. Traditional residence halls offer double-occupancy rooms and community bathrooms opening onto conventional hallways. Brown, Langdale, Lowndes, Patterson, and Reade are the traditional residence halls. Georgia Hall and Hopper Hall, suite-style facilities, offer both private and semi-private rooms. Converse Hall, an apartment style facility, offers efficiency units with a bathroom and a kitchenette and one-bedroom (2-person) units with a bathroom and a full kitchen. Centennial Hall, an apartment style facility, features individual bedrooms, a kitchen shared by no more than four residents, one to two bathrooms, and a dining/living room area.
First-year, first-time freshmen are housed in Brown, Georgia, Langdale, Lowndes, Patterson, and Reade. Upperclassmen are housed in Centennial, Converse, Hopper, and Reade. Reade houses honors students – both freshmen and upperclassmen. All halls are set up for wireless internet and cable television - including the VSU movie channel that showcases new releases.
Housing is offered on a first-come basis and is generally full by May. Housing assignments for Fall will be released mid-July. You will need to login to your Banner account to view your assignment information. Please note that Housing is limited for returning students. For more information, please visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life website.
What about the availability of off-campus housing?
Valdosta has plenty of off-campus housing ranging from townhouses to apartments to houses. In addition to local realtors, the Department of Housing and Residence Life keeps a list of off-campus housing including amenities and price ranges.
What steps does VSU take to make sure the campus is safe?
VSU prides itself on having a safe campus for its students. The University Police Department has approximately three certified police officers on duty 24-7. The department even offers an escort service for students walking around campus, especially at night. The campus currently has more than 100 emergency call boxes located throughout the campus which are monitored 24 hours a day. In a preventative effort, classes are conducted (free of charge) on self- defense and drug and alcohol awareness. Residence halls are also staffed 24 hours a day and entrance into the building is limited to residents and their guests. Your ID card serves as your key to enter your residence hall - another safety feature at VSU.
What happens if I get sick?
The Student Health Center is located in a state of the art healthcare facility and provides routine, acute, and urgent health care for students. Care at the Student Health Center is provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, a pharmacist, lab techs, nurses, x-ray technician, and office staff. The Health Center is equipped to handle most short-term illnesses, and is open Monday-Saturday by appointments. The University also has licensed professional counselors on campus to assist in any personal, social or educational concerns. Counseling services are free of charge and confidential. Please visit our website via Health Services for our hours and updated information.
Hungry? Where to eat on campus.
At Valdosta State University we strive to provide our students with choices to meet varying dietary needs, desires, and lifestyles. Partnered with Chartswell, VSU Dining Services is constantly evolving to offer the best food in the most pleasant environment. Students living on campus enjoy Hopper & Palms Dining Centers, where meal plans transform into all-you-care-to-eat experiences. We offer stations that feature classic entrées, delicious hot pizzas, made-to-order deli sandwiches, hot-off-the-grill favorites, soups, salads, desserts, and even an international station where a chef prepares each dish individually! Other great places on campus include Chik-fil-A, Moe’s, Starbucks, Chef’s Table, Baja Flats, Papa John’s, Pinkberry, Einstein Bros. Bagels, & Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. Chartswell has worked hard to add complementary brands throughout campus offering a wide variety of dining options in which to choose. With more than 12 dining locations on campus, it’s always easy for you to eat…where, when, and how you want.
What about campus transportation? Can freshmen have cars?
Getting around campus will be one of the last things you worry about at VSU. Any student may have a car on campus, but you must purchase a valid student parking permit from the Parking & Transportation Department. If you decide to have a car at school, there are approximately 4,000 parking spaces for students. VSU also has a shuttle bus service that will take you all over the campus from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday through Friday. Additionally the Night Operations Team provides a shuttle service from 11 p.m. to 6:45 a.m.; 7 days a week. More information can be found at Night Operations Team under student resources.
Students may bring their own computers for their residence hall rooms. All of the Residence halls have access to a wireless and wired Internet connections. There is also a computer lab within 100 yards of each residence hall for students to use. VSU, recognized as a technology leader within the University System, has 44 computer labs on campus that are opened for student use and a 24-hour Internet Café in the Odum Library. Email accounts are provided through the Microsoft Windows Live system and Internet use is free. Students can register online for classes as well as access course materials and entire classes online.
How do I access my VSU e-mail address?
1. Go to Valdosta State’s homepage at www.valdosta.edu.
2. Select Registration from the left panel.
3. If you know your student ID number ex. (870-XX-XXXX) choose log-in, your user ID is your student number and your password is your six digit birthday. (You will be prompted to change your password to an 8 digit alpha-numeric password, if you have not already done so.)
4. If you do not know your student number, choose VSU ID Lookup located under the Login button to obtain it. Click the back button twice to return to log-in page.
5. Once you are logged in click Personal Information, and then select View E-mail Addresses. Scroll down to view your email address.
6. Once you have your information click on the Live @ VSTATE link on the VSU home page to go to the email log-in page and log-in with your username and your initial password (6 digit birthday).
7. Problems accessing your account? – Call the HelpDesk @ 229-333-4357.
What is the city of Valdosta like?
Valdosta is Georgia’s 11th largest city and is continually growing. We’re 15 miles from the Florida border and only four hours away from Atlanta and Orlando. Our warm climate makes for a great location where you can spend tons of time outside and not have to worry about layering on the clothes. Valdosta is the county seat for Lowndes County which has a population of 105,000. Valdosta is a city large enough to offer just about any experience you’d want, yet small enough for people to remember your name. With the beautiful campus covered with palm trees and azaleas, the friendly people of Valdosta and top-quality faculty, Valdosta State University is an ideal place for you to continue your educational quest.