Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA, USA

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Valdosta State University
3.88 Average Rating

Lisa Cordella

a current student here
22 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I learned about myself, God, and other people coming here. As with schoolwork, if you at least listen to the teacher and/or read over the lessons you are guaranteed a A for the semester.....for the incoming freshman. As for the upperclassmen......I do not know yet but we will find out;-)
Am enjoying being here
Coming here I met this group called Xchange Ministries.....they helped me find the person who made this all possible JESUS! There are so many different opportunities to get out and meet people and to learn about yourself on this campus.
Bang for the buck
The cost of Valdosta State University beats out the cost of all my friends colleges! VSU's price of room and board, tuition, and fees is cheaper than most of the colleges in the United States (for it to be a university!). We have it all in one....a movie theatre, cafe, gym......all already paid for out of tuition and fees!
Tips for prospective students
Do not stay in your dorm all the time, of course you are supposed to come to college to get an education but it is supposed to be memorable! Get out there and have fun! Be sure to know how to balance out school and your social life.
Great for these types of students
All types literally.....unless you dislike the peaceful type of setting and having a lot of different things to do, that is the only way this school is not for you!
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Sandra from Columbus, GA

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Valdosta State is a great Institution, I am constantly learning new materials and the teachers here make it very easy to interact with themselves and also fellow classmates. I can even say that in the one super class (class of at least 100) my professor was willing to get to know each individual student and we were all recognized on a first name basis, this makes it alot easier to get the necessary help and learning tools available.
Am enjoying being here
I am really enjoying being at this University because their are plenty of activities to become involved in on and off campus. Since Valdosta is pretty much a small town, its easy to make friends because you see students around all over town. If you enjoy having a nice time with friend and enjoying the beautiful campus then you will love V-State. Also the city has its own amusement park (Wild Adventures Theme Park) This is a pretty cool place to visit.
Bang for the buck
If you have concerns about getting the biggest bang for your buck I think that Valdosta State is just the right place for you. From the start all i have to say is V-Sate has its own rock climbing wall!! Yes, i said it! 30 feet standing tall and bold. Valdosta is the place to be, and if have not said enough an indoor swimming pool! V-State is home to one of the most beautiful campuses available for college living! Unlimited access to recreation and dining facilities. Not to mention the act that Valdosta State has at least 15 dining locations on campus and is actually building a new student union for the spring semester with 5 more!! The campus also has a great wi-fi connection with its own wireless network and technology shop as well. Not to mention all of the computer resources available throughout the entire campus. Valdosta also has very nice convenient shuttle bus's that transport you all over campus.
Tips for prospective students
Attend Valdosta State University and trust me, you will love it! But also be mindful of your financial status. Try to avoid loans as much as possible. Have realistic goals and do not allow someone to pressure you into choosing a school that is not right for you! Go and explore campuses and take your time to figuring out what best suits you!
Great for these types of students
This school would be great for students who liked to be involved on campus with different activities. Also it would be great for students that do not have a problem with getting the best BANG FOR THEIR BUCKS!
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Tempest from Valdosta, GA

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Valdosta State University is a very intellectual college. They have both average and rigorous courses. The professors actually care about you succeeding and the classes are small so that the teacher:student ratio is acceptable; helping to stimulate the students' mind.
Am enjoying being here
VSU is a great place to receive the full college experience. There is always activities going on around campus and everyone is quite friendly.
Bang for the buck
You get a great education for the money you are paying. Valdosta State is a great investment towards your future. It won't be a waist of your time nor money to apply, and actually attend.
Tips for prospective students
If you are considering Valdosta State University as your future college, i think you should come. VSU is very nice, and you will receive a wonderful education. Don't be nervous about the transition at all. VSU gives the students the independence they need while also making sure that they are protected.
Great for these types of students
If you want to come to a campus that is a medium sized, with nice people, and a Florida vibe while still being in Georgia, then come to VSU. It's an amazing college and you would really enjoy the experience.
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Corey

a current student here
9 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Valdosta State University is a great place to learn due to the smaller class sizes and more personal time with Professors. The Student Success Center is a building located next to Langdale Hall where you can receive free tutoring in any subject, as well as test review, and essay editing. It definitely makes studying a lot easier and the fact that it's free is the best part. There are also planned study groups for virtually any subject that meet in Odum Library weekly to help students prepare for exams. Overall, Valdosta State has all the resources needed to achieve academically in College.
Am enjoying being here
Valdosta State University is located in Valdosta, GA which is a smaller, kind of hokie town. It does however, have the Colonial Mall, Wild Adventures Theme Park, two movie theaters, every resturant you can think of, and a Super Wal-Mart. The Campus makes up for the town with several activities offered to new and current students. There are usually parties on weekends and at the Bar's. My first semester in the dorms was an awesome experience, and everyone is extremely friendly. The only negative I would give from my experience here is the town.
Bang for the buck
Valdosta State is a cheaper college to attend than most Universities in the State of Georgia. On campus living is recommended to all new incoming students and is an inexpensive way to go to save money, and meet tons of new people.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to come to Valdosta with an open mind. In your first few weeks you will meet tons of people. Make sure to hang around a good group of friends, and avoid fake ones. Make good choices and stay focused.
Great for these types of students
Valdosta State University is great for students who may not have graduated at the top of their class in High School, but still have a good work ethic and are looking for a smaller learning environment.
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Current Student

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Valdosta State University has a diverse campus with many things to do around campus. It has great and helpful teachers. It's not too big or too small of a campus.
Tips for prospective students
View the campus before starting. It can be confusing with it being spread across Patterson Street in Valdosta.
Academic Rigor
Classes/teachers hold you to a high academic standard.
Dorm Life
I don't live in a dorm.
Food and Dining
They have a Chickfila and many other fast food restaurants.
What to do for fun
Valdosta has many things to do around town. VSU has a gym and many clubs to join.
Campus Safety
You see many VSU cops daily and they email/text/call when anything happens around Valdosta.
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Sarah from Valdosta, GA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am definitely learning a lot! The school offers plenty of majors, and the core classes are taught by instructors who do their best to apply the material from that class to the students' majors and interests.
Am enjoying being here
I am from Valdosta, so I initially wanted to move and go to any college but VSU. My parents talked me into staying at home and attending VSU for at least my first two years of college, but now I think I may stay here for all four. I wish I could have the traditional college experience that everyone else has, but VSU is a good fit for me. The size of the school is perfect--big enough to have all the majors students would want to choose from, and small enough to where students can walk around campus and not get lost.
Bang for the buck
Especially if you have the HOPE scholarship, the bang for the buck factor is great! The tuition is smaller compared to the bigger public universities, and you get the same education.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be discouraged by the smaller size of the school. The education you receive here is just as great as any bigger, more well-known school.
Great for these types of students
Anyone who wants smaller class sizes and is afraid of getting lost at a big school should attend VSU!
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Mackenzie from Valdosta, GA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Valdosta State University has a beautiful campus, teachers that can relate to their students most of the time, and is very committed to their sports. As far as attending to their students, VSU is pretty good about getting back the residents, hearing the opinion of the students and acting on it, and encouraging them to do their best. A few down sides to VSU is that the wifi is a bit spotty, there is almost always sometime of construction whether it is minor or major, and parking for residences could stand to be improved.
Tips for prospective students
If you are going to live in the dorms, bring a microwave and your own fridge! That way you can keep the foods you want to share and don't care to share separated and 90% of the food you will eat is microwave friendly. In my opinion, after going here for 3 years now, do NOT get the meal plans with the dining options! Get the one that is $950. It will teach you how to budget, how to make use of the deals on campus, can be used in all dining areas and the two markets. Besides, Palms and Hopper dining have been known to not taste good at all and both cost $9 to get in (as of Fall '14) and even then majority of the stations are limited to what you can get.
Also, make sure that you will enjoy the degree you declare! You will be here for at least 4 years, so be happy in what you do and make sure it is what you want.
Academic Rigor
All degrees require work! That is best to learn early on. There will be some classes where you can slide through and be fine, but just remember you are paying for these classes and you should treat them as such. Mojority of my classes were not too terribly hard. I had to work and study hard, yes, but it is rewarding.

Side note:
There is one class that I believe everyone should take called Stimulating Creative Behavior. It is pretty much arts, crafts, and stress relief all in one, so take it maybe in your Junior- Senior year when thing are getting tough.
Dorm Life
I've lived in Patterson and Centennial for my 3 years and have loved both of them! Patterson, aka P-Town or P-Hall is an extremely good dorm known for having fun and helping the residence with anything ranging from studying to personal problems. Highly recommend living here for freshman year!

Centennial is also a great dorm. It is right beside the Rec Center, so no excuse for that Freshman 15, it hosts the Sustella Market, and there is also the Sustella parking deck which offers plenty of close to home parking. The only negative quality I can think of is that it is located off of main campus which means longer bus rides and/or walking.
Food and Dining
The food on campus, not counting the dining halls, is pretty tasty, the downfalls though are the prices and the hours during breaks. If you live on campus, the hours aren't that bad of a problem, but if you live off campus or in Centennial, it is a little off putting to travel to campus just for some Chik-Fil-A or Nathan's.
What to do for fun
My friends and I normally go to the Rec. Center for fun since there is a pool, but there are also bars located within walking distance of the school, a bowling alley and a movie theater up town, and sometimes a carnival comes through in the mall parking lot, which can also be in walking distance depending if you care to walk that far.
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Amanda from Patterson, GA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
This University offers a real college life complete with, dorm rooms, sorority and fraternity life, and the overall load of what college life can be. I have enjoyed going here I would rate the college as a basically average college that offers many great opportunities. If your looking for a great place to start out your educational journey Valdosta State is the place to go.
Tips for prospective students
If your thinking about becoming a student here at VSU I would recommend you get on the ball with early registration. Also research a few of the organizations here before you start your academic year because getting involved is really the thing to do especially if you are one who thinks you might start missing home getting involved and meeting new people here is really more important than you initially would think.
Academic Rigor
The classes here are no joke. Do not misunderstand the courses are completely doable but be warned you will work for your degree here.
Dorm Life
Personally for me dorm life has been okay for the most part. I was blessed to be assigned an awesome roommate and we get along great. I live in community style dorm life which sound awful but in reality get you a good pair of shower shoes and a water proof cell phone case, blast your favorite music while showering and you're good to go but you might have a few girls a stall or two away singing along with you!!
Food and Dining
The food here is really good but if your planning on staying on campus make sure you get a decent amount of meal tickets because eating at moes, chick-fliet, and the other few sounds good at first but trust me your going to be missing home cooking really soon and the closest your going to get to that id Palms and hopper dining hall. Speaking of which, Hopper might look cooler, but palms tastes better hands down, just saying and yes the food in eat is different.
What to do for fun
Well to be honest, this is college so no doubt it is never hard to find a party on the weekends, just be careful I haven't herd of anyone getting hurt or anything like that but you want to go with friends you trust, just to always be on the safe side. There is a mall and theme park near by and like I said earlier if you get involved with a few organization they will keep you busy trust me.
Greek Life
Greek life is a huge part of campus life here at VSU. But it seems like fun I would do it if I had to do again but you do not have to be a freshmen to join I have friends in greek life and they love it.
Campus Safety
Your safe here don't worry.
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Marcel Smith

a current student here
55 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
VSU is a great institute to further your education. I must say that I am learning a lot. My teachers are great and if I need further assistance they are willing to meet with me during office hours, or e-mail. If this is not enough, VSU has a tutoring center called The Student Success Center. This is very beneficial and convenient. You can set appointments for any subject and based on when you are available. Just make sure you study and work hard, and you will be fine. I promise.
Am enjoying being here
If you want the perfect college experience, VSU is for you! It is the best place to go if you want to get far away from home and still keep the HOPE Scholarship. While at VSU, you will enjoy all of the campus activities. VSU has organizations that hosts campus activities such as laser tag, flag football and Build-a-Bear workshops (which were free). I enjoy being here because of the warm weather (takes a while to get used to), the scenery (palm trees) and the size of the campus. Everything is in walking distance so you will not be stressed for time if you are running late for a class. You will enjoy your time being here!
Bang for the buck
You will get your money's worth here at VSU. VSU is a lot cheaper than other universities and still comes with many benefits. Currently, we have a new Student Center opening up. The new Student Center will have restaurants such as Starbucks, lounging areas, and rumor is that it may have a movie theater. We also have a recreation center that has three basketball courts, volleyball courts in and out-door, racquetball, in-door swimming pool, rock climbing, aerobic room, track and weight room. What about if you are hungry? At VSU we have two cafeterias. If you cannot stand eating the cafeteria food we have restaurants such as Chick-Fe-La, Quiznos, Skyranch (grilled food), Salsa Rico and Sub shops. There is also a convenient store that has food suck as hot dogs, candy, bagels, frozen foods, milk, lunchable's, drinks, etc. Be careful, rather expensive.
Tips for prospective students
If you are interested in coming here you will need to stay focused, do not procrastinate or cheat, study, and have fun. Make sure you make the best of your college experience but keep in mind work comes first. I know a lot of first time freshman that could have done better their first semester. Do not become wild because you are finally free. Just remember that your work comes first no matter what! If you do this and your best, you will leave VSU successful.
Great for these types of students
This University is great for students that want to get far from the house and keep their HOPE scholarship. Only downfall I could say is during the warmer months gnats are very annoying. So grab your bug spray and join the Valdosta State University family!
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Steven from Valdosta, GA

a current student here
35 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Valdosta State's staff is about as friendly a group of people as you will find anywhere else. I am in my second year here, and I feel more confident about reaching my goals every day. Being an Honors student, I worried about the potential workload. Every single one of my classes has been thought-provoking, challenging (at times), and most definately rewarding.
Am enjoying being here
Valdosta State was my first and only choice for college. I was looking for the school farthest away from home that would allow me to keep the HOPE scholarship. Once you have arrived, there are numerous activities to keep one busy. I am a part of the Honor Student Association as well as the VSU Tennis Club. The one downside to attending VSU is the sweltering heat. Give it a week, and you'll adapt.
Bang for the buck
Valdosta State University is the total package. Finding one's way around campus is easy - most everything one needs is within walking distance. VSU's shuttle buses are also very convenient (the new ones have air conditioning!). There are also a number of choices when it comes to dining. VSU's meal plans will keep money in one's pocket. Not down for cafeteria food? VSU offers a number of retail dining centers including Chic-Fil-A, Quizno's, and Salsa Rico.
Tips for prospective students
Manage your time wisely! If you really want to have the best possible college experience, manage your time wisely.
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