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Albany State University

Albany State University Seal
Motto ''Potential. Realized.
Established 1903
Type Public, HBCU [1]
President Dr. Everette J. Freeman
Students 4,176 [2]
Undergraduates 3,714 [3]
Postgraduates 424 [3]
Location Albany, Georgia,
United States
Campus Urban, 231-acre (934,823.8 m2)
Colors Royal Blue and Old Gold
Nickname Golden Ram
Athletics NCAA Division II
Affiliations SIAC

Albany State University is a four-year, state-supported, historically black university (HBCU) located in Albany, Georgia. It is one of three HBCU's in the University System of Georgia.


Academics and Demographics

According to U.S. News & World Report, ASU ranks number 26 out of 81 in the magazine’s first ranking of undergraduate education at HBCUs. It is ranked as a 1st tier school on the list. ASU shares its #26 ranking with Alcorn State University. [4]

Albany State offers undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and professional degree programs.


Schools and colleges

Albany State offers more than 30 undergraduate degree programs and six advanced degrees. The university also offers the Board of Regents' engineering transfer program and the dual degree program in engineering with Georgia Tech.

  • College of Arts and Humanities [5]
  • College of Business [5]
  • College of Education [5]
  • College of Science and Health Professions [5]

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, and Special Education. [6]


ASU's History at a glance
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.


Joseph Winthrop Holley, born in 1874 to former slaves in Winnsboro, South Carolina, founded the institution in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute. Two educators, Reverend Samuel Loomis and his wife, sent Holley to Brainerd Institute and then Revere Lay College (Massachusetts). While attending Revere Lay, Holley got to know one of the school's trustees, New England businessman, Rowland Hazard. After taking a liking to Holley, Hazard arranged for him to continue his education at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Holley aspired to become a minister and prepared by completing his education at Pennsylvania's Lincoln University.

W. E. B. Du Bois inspired Holley to return to the South after he read Du Bois's writings on the plight of black people in Albany, GA in The Souls of Black Folk. Holley relocated to Albany to start a school. With the help of a $2,600 gift from the Hazard family, Holley organized a board of trustees and purchased 50 acres (200,000 m2) of land for the campus, all within a year. The aim of the institution at the time, was to provide elementary education and teacher training for the local Black population. The institution became financially state supported in 1917 as a two-year agricultural and teacher training college. Its new name became the Georgia Normal and Agricultural College. [7]

In 1932, the school became part of the University System of Georgia and in 1943 it was granted four-year status and renamed Albany State College. The transition to four-year status heavily increased the school's enrollment. In 1981 the college offered its first graduate program and in 1996 the name was changed to Albany State University.

Holley served as President of the school from 1903-1943. He was succeeded by Aaron Brown (1943-1954), William Dennis (1954-1965), Thomas Miller Jenkins (1965-1969), Charles Hayes (1969-1980), Billy C. Black (1980-1996), Portia Holmes Shields (1996-2005), and Everette J. Freeman (2005- Present) [7]

U.S. Civil Rights and the Albany Movement

The college played a significant role in the American Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s. Many students from the school, Black improvement organizations, and representatives from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) came to together to create the Albany Movement. The movement brought prominent civil rights leaders to the town including Martin Luther King Jr.

Present Day

Albany State University logo

Today the Albany State University student body consists of both traditional and non-traditional students who make up the more than 4,000 student population. These students come primarily from Atlanta, southwest and middle Georgia, other U.S. states and many foreign countries. The average student age is 24 and about 40 percent of the students live in on-campus housing. [8]


The school sits on a 231-acre (934,823.8 m2) campus.

Student life

Student organizations

There are over 59 clubs and organizations including bands, choirs, religious groups, honor societies, several major Greek and honor sororities and fraternities, and ROTC.

NPHC Organizations

All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Albany State University. These organizations are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ΑΚA Gamma Sigma ΓΣ
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ΑΦΑ Delta Delta ΔΔ
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ΔΣΘ Delta Rho ΔΡ
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. IΦΘ Zeta Pi
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ΚΑΨ Delta Xi ΔΞ
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. ΩΨΦ Chi Epsilon ΧΕ
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ΦΒΣ Beta Psi ΒΨ
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. ΣΓΡ Zeta Psi ΖΨ
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ΖΦΒ Pi Beta ΠΒ

Marching band

Albany State's Marching Band participated in the 2007 and 2008 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB).


Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
2008 Football Standings
Team Conf W Conf L Overall Record
X - Tuskegee University 9 0 10-0-0
Morehouse College 6 3 6-4-0
Albany State University 6 3 7-3-0
Fort Valley State University 6 3 6-5-0
Clark Atlanta University 5 4 6-5-0
Benedict College 4 5 5-6-0
Lane College 4 5 4-7-0
Stillman College 2 7 3-8-0
Miles College 2 7 2-8-0
Kentucky State University 1 8 3-8-0
Final 2008 season standings
X - 2008 Conference Champions

Albany State University holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II (as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and participates in the following sports: football, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, volleyball, cross-country and track and field.

SIAC championships

  • Baseball—1991 • 1994 • 2000-2004 • 2006
  • Basketball (Men's ) -- 1973 • 1983-1985 • 1992 • 1997 • 2007
  • Basketball (Women's) -- 1980 • 1981 • 1987 • 1989 • 1990 • 1996 • 1998
  • Cross Country (Men’s) -- 1976 • 1977 • 1979 • 1980-1986
  • Cross Country (Women's) -- 1982 • 1998 • 2004-2007
  • Football—1984-1986 • 1988 • 1993-1997 • 2003-2006
  • Softball—2005 • 2007
  • Track and Field (Men's) -- 1972-1978 • 1980-1987 • 2003-2005
  • Track and Field (Women's) -- 1997 • 1999-2000 • 2005-2008
  • Volleyball (Women's) -- 1998 • 2001-2007

SEAC championships

  • Football—1955 • 1957 • 1959 • 1960 • 1962 • 1966


Albany State sponsored men and women's swimming and diving teams in past years and were named National Black College Swimming and Diving Champions in 1979 and 1980.

Notable alumni

This is a list of notable alumni which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Albany State University. It also reflects those alumni who attended and/or graduated from the institution under its prior historical names.

See also Albany State University alumni.

Name Class year Notability Reference
James Blaylock member of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service [9]
Walter Curry National Football League defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers
Kenneth Gant former National Football League safety in the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [10]
Big James Henderson 1984-1986 former powerlifter who competed in the International Powerlifting Federation and won five world bench press titles. Offensive Lineman for the 1985 SIAC Conference Championship football team. [11]
Caldwell Jones former American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association center best known for his years with the Philadelphia 76ers [12]
Charles Jones former National Basketball Association player who spent 15 years with various teams [13]
Major Jones former American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association forward for the San Diego Conquistadors, the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and the Detroit Pistons [14]
Wil Jones former American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Floridians, the Memphis Pros, the Memphis Tams, the Kentucky Colonels, the Indiana Pacers, and the Buffalo Braves [14]
Dan Land former National Football League safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders [10]
Bernice Johnson Reagon singer, composer, scholar, and social activist; Professor Emeritus of History at American University in Washington, DC; Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; 2002-04 Cosby Chair Professor of Fine Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia [15]
Phelan Thomas first African American cosmetic dentist certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry by the American Society for Dental Aesthetics [16][17]
Rick Ross Rapper

Suggested reading

External links


  1. ^ "List of HBCUs -- White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2008-01-03.  
  2. ^ "Semester Enrollment Report" (PDF). Office of Research and Policy Analysis. University System of Georgia. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  
  3. ^ a b "Semester Enrollment Report" (PDF). Office of Research and Policy Analysis. University System of Georgia. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-12-23.  
  4. ^ "College Rankings". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  5. ^ a b c d "Albany State University". Albany State University. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  6. ^ "Summary of Supporting Application Materials Required for Degrees". Albany State University. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  7. ^ a b "Albany State University". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-01-23.  
  8. ^ "Albany State University". Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Retrieved 2008-02-07.  
  9. ^ "Governor Perdue Announces Appointments to State Boards and Commissions". State of Georgia.,2669,78006749_92321069_92354623,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08.  
  10. ^ a b "NFL Players who attended Albany State University". Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  11. ^ "Big James Henderson Bio". Retrieved 01 January 2009.  
  12. ^ "Caldwell Jones". Retrieved 2008-05-21.  
  13. ^ "Charles Jones". Retrieved 2008-05-21.  
  14. ^ a b "NBA/ABA Players who attended Albany State University". Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  15. ^ "Bernice Johnson Reagon:Scholarship:2006 bio statement". songtalk publishing. Retrieved 2008-02-07.  
  16. ^ "Classes of the 1980s". UMKC School of Dentistry - University of Missouri-Kansas City. Retrieved 2008-02-08.  
  17. ^ "ASU Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2008-02-08.  

Coordinates: 31°34′08″N 84°08′31″W / 31.569°N 84.142°W / 31.569; -84.142


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