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3219 College Street
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Main Phone: (912) 358-4338
Main Contact: Carol Dolan

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Savannah State University

     Savannah State University is a four-year, state-supported, historically black university (HBCU) located in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah State holds the distinction as the oldest public historically black university in Georgia. Savannah State University's mission statement is "to graduate students who are prepared to perform at higher levels of economic productivity, social responsibility, and excellence in their chosen career fields of endeavor in a changing global community."
     Savannah State operates three colleges (College of Business Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Technology) and the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research (OGSSR). It also operates four research centers (Center for Teaching, Learning and Academic Support, Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, The Midtown Project, and "A Collaboration to Integrate Research and Education in Marine and Environmental Science and Biotechnology" with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, part of the University System of Georgia. Savannah State was ranked fourth tier in the U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges 2008 (Universities–Master's (South) category).

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 3941
Graduate Population: 139
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $5624
Out of State Tuition: $17238
Room & Board: $6288
Applications Due: Sept. 1st ($25)
Conference: South Atlantic Conference
Mascot: Tigers
Accreditations: SACS,
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 47%
Percent Women: 53%

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Majors Offered

College of Business Administration
-Bachelor of Business Administration
-Masters Degree in Business Administration

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
-English, Languages, and Cultures
-Fine Arts, Humanities, and Wellness
-Journalism and Mass Communications
-Political Science and Public Administration
-Social and Behavioral Sciences
-Social Work

College of Sciences & Technology
-Chemistry and Forensic Science
-Engineering Technology
-Marine and Environmental Science
-Military Science (AROTC)
-Naval Science (NROTC)

College of Education
-Biology Education (grades 6-12)
-Engineering Technology Education (P-12)
-Mathematics Education (grades 6-12)
-Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies (grades 4-8)
-Middle Grades Mathematics and Science (grades 4-8)

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Concert Band, Dance, Fraternities, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     Savannah State University was originally founded as a result of the Second Morrill Land Grant Act of August 30, 1890. The act mandated that southern and border states develop land grant colleges for black students, as their systems were segregated. On November 26, 1890 the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation creating the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth.
     A preliminary session of the school was held in the Baxter Street School Building in Athens, Georgia where Richard R. Wright Sr. was principal. The college operated in Athens for several months in 1891 before moving to its permanent location in Savannah on October 7, 1891, with Wright as the first president. The school had five faculty members. Its eight students were all graduates of Edmund Asa Ware High School, the first public high school for blacks in Augusta.
     In 1932 the college became a full member institution of the University System of Georgia and its name was changed to Georgia State College. The college served as Georgia’s land-grant institution for African-American students until 1947. The designation was then transferred to Fort Valley State College). In January 1950, the college changed its name to Savannah State College.
     With the growth in its graduate and research programs, in 1996 the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated Savannah State College to the status of state university and the name was changed to Savannah State University.
     Savannah State University is the first institution in the state of Georgia to offer the homeland security degree program. It was the second institution in the University System of Georgia to offer wireless Internet connectivity to students throughout the campus.
      Students may choose from 23 accredited undergraduate baccalaureate and 5 graduate master’s degree programs offered through the university's colleges. The University has developed new partnerships that expand the range of programs and resources for students. Taking advantage of its location on the coast, the university's Marine Biology Department operates two research vessels: the R/V Sea Otter (a 35 ft (11 m) twin diesel vessel owned by NOAA) and the R/V Tiger (a 22 ft (6.7 m) outboard work boat). In the fall of 2007 Savannah State teamed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to offer a new course in environmental regulations, so students can deepen understanding of policy and implementation issues. The program also helps them learn about specific environmental topics.
     Savannah State University administers an HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention and awareness program funded by a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
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News and Upcoming Events at Savannah State University

Merge black, white colleges? Plan stirs outrage
ATLANTA - Public colleges created during segregation to provide blacks an education denied to them by white institutions are at the center of a budget ...
White House Staffer Speaks at Savannah State University Commencement
Address will be given by Savannah State University alumna The 185th Commencement Ceremony of Savannah State University (SSU) will take place Saturd ...
SSU librarian receives national recognition
Mary Jo Fayoyin, Savannah State University’s (SSU) dean of library services, has received a national award from the American Library Association (ALA) ...
SSU professor emeritus accepts national award
L to R: Michael Kratsios, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Matthew Gilligan, Ph.D.; France Cordova, Ph.D., Director, National Scie ...
SSU hosts regional robotics competition
Savannah State University (SSU) will host the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional competition on Saturday, December 3. The opening ceremonies will ...
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