Proud Albany State University graduates celebrate at a 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
Proud Albany State University students celebrate at a 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Photo credit: Albany State University
Albay State University: University System of Georgia Logo

Albany State University (ASU) is a four-year, state-supported, nationally top-ranked HBCU historically black university (HBCU) located in Albany, Georgia in the southeastern Unites States founded in 1903. It’s nickname is the Golden Rams and the University is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Their colors are Royal Blue and Old Gold and their motto is Potential. Realized.

Albany State University Quick Facts

Location: 504 College Dr., Albany, Georgia 31705
Phone: (229) 430-4600
Type: 4-year, Public university

Albany State University Rankings

  • #14 among all public HBCUs in the nation (2021)
  • #57 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • #103-#133 in Regional Universities South (2021)
  • #91 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie) (2021)
  • #50-#62 in Top Public Schools (2021)
  • #1 Public HBCU in Georgia (2018)

Campus Setting

  • On a 231-acre campus, the university is located in Southwest Georgia
  • Student population: 4,653 (4,166 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 21 to 1
  • There are several residence halls in which students can live:
    • Halls 1 and 2 (home to returning students)
    • Halls 3 and 4 (upperclassmen apartment-style accommodations)
    • Hall 5 (first-year students)
    • Hall 6 (private bedrooms for returning students)
    • East, North, and South Halls (first-year student buildings)

Student Life:

  • Campus Events: Homecoming, ASU Wellness Day, Student Leadership Conference
  • Greek Organizations: Yes – Council of Independent Organizations (CIO) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Athletic Association: SIAC & NCAA Division II Football Championship Subdivision
  • Athletic Programs: Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Softball, Volleyball


  • 1903 – Established as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute
  • 1917 – Became a state-supported, two year, agricultural and teacher training college and renamed to The Georgia Normal and Agricultural College
  • 1932 – Became a part of the University System of Georgia
  • 1943 – Granted four-year status and renamed to Albany State College
  • 1981 – First graduate program established
  • 1996 – Name changed to Albany State University
  • 2012 – USG approval of the College’s first four-year program, in nursing
  • 2015 – The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents agreed overwhelmingly to begin the process of merging Albany State University with Darton State College

Schools and Colleges

Albany State offers more than 30 undergraduate degree programs and six advanced degrees. In addition, the university also offers the Board of Regents' engineering transfer program which includes a dual degree program in engineering with Georgia Tech University.

Today, Albany State University provides innovative instructional and professional programs through its five academic schools:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Sciences

The Graduate school degree programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership (M.Ed&Ed.S)
  • English Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • School Counseling
  • Science Education
  • Special Education

The University serves 24 counties in the Southwest Georgia area with graduate and undergraduate courses in more than 30 fields.

Notable Students That Attended Albany State

  • Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and record executive. Ross briefly attended ASU in the early 90's on a football scholarship before pursuing a music career. He later went on to release of his debut single, “Hustlin',” in 2006.
  • Sean Shirley Sherrod worked for the US Department of Agriculture as the Georgia State Director of Rural Development.
  • Jo Marie Payton is an American actress and singer who featured in the network sitcom Family Matters as Harriette Baines–Winslow, the mother of the Winslow family.

Source: Albany State University

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