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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!



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Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University started as Fort Valley High and Industrial School in 1895. During that year, three white men and 15 African-American men petitioned Houston County's Superior Court for a charter to establish a public school for children. The charter was granted on Nov. 5, 1895.
Atlanta University alum John W. Davison became FVHIS’s first principal and guided the institution through its seminal years. To accomplish the school’s long-term goals, it needed financing. Davison began seeking donations from wealthy patrons in the North. In spite of his efforts, FVHIS experienced financial upheaval. The school’s board of trustees hired Henry A. Hunt in 1904, as the second principal, to help the school get back onto a solid, financial footing. Mrs. Florence Johnson Hunt worked equally as hard as her husband, to raise money for the school. She was successful in securing a large donation from the Episcopal Diocese of the State of Ohio; hence, the name of the dormitory for boys, Ohio Hall. Philanthropist Anna Jeanes agreed to donate $5,000 to the institution, to erect a frame school building and a shop. In 1904, Jeanes' Hall was named in her honor. The patron's donation was the first of many contributions made to advance African-American educational causes.

Hunt envisioned a grand expansion of FVHIS. The second principal chose to model FVHIS after Alabama's Tuskegee Institute founded by notable African-American leader Booker T. Washington. He introduced trade courses into the school's curriculum to attract additional students. The idea worked. Enrollment increased from 1904 to 1938. In 1908, Hunt obtained $25,000 from Collis P. Huntington, a great railroad financier, for the construction of Huntington Hall, a girls' dormitory. To ensure the institution's financial stability, FVHIS affiliated itself with the American Church Institute for Negroes for the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1919. The church’s backing financed the construction of Ohio Hall. Additional monies awarded by the Carnegie Foundation in 1925 erected Carnegie Library. Royal C. Peabody provided the funds for the Peabody Trades Building.

FVHIS continued expanding its curriculum throughout the 1920s. A post-high school, baccalaureate year, and later, a teacher's training program were in place by 1927. Liberal arts courses were also added for students. These additions resulted in the designation of FVHIS as a Junior College.

During the 1930s, FVHIS underwent several name changes. The school became Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School in 1932. Later that same year, Samuel Bishop donated funds for the construction of the school's first dining hall. In 1939, FVHIS merged with the State Teachers and Agricultural College of Forsyth. The newly-joined schools were named Fort Valley State College. Abruptly, the school severed its Episcopal Church affiliation to become a University System of Georgia member and four-year degree granting institution. Walter Cocking, a renowned college administrator hired by the system, encouraged the Board of Regents to approve the decision. Additionally, Cocking advised the BOR to appoint Horace Mann Bond as FVSC's first president. The school quickly flourished under his stewardship (1939-45). The college's finances doubled and state appropriations tripled - a remarkable accomplishment since black colleges weren't traditionally funded the same as majority institutions. Students could obtain master's degrees in education, home economics and agriculture by 1945. The Georgia Board of Regents, responding to a study in 1947, that called for a reorganization of the system's three HBCUs, adopted a resolution to make Fort Valley the state's 1890 Land-Grant College for Negroes, transferring the title from Georgia State College which later became Savannah State University. Schools with that designation offered an abridged liberal arts curriculum and placed greater emphasis on teaching agricultural techniques and home economic skills to Black students. The resolution was approved by the Georgia General Assembly in 1949.

On June 12, 1996, after several years of campaigning, the institution was granted university status by the USG BOR. The new name became the Fort Valley State University, a State and Land Grant University. An opening convocation to display the new University seal and a new access road named “University Boulevard” took place on Oct. 1, 1996. This status change brought a new emphasis on scholarship in both faculty and students. FVSU began to assert regional and national leadership in a number of academic arenas. The Land Grant mission also continued to expand as indicated by the opening of the Meat Technology Center as part of the College of Agriculture in 1998. Fort Valley State University has been recognized nationally for it's technology curriculum and it's high academic standards. This is a great institution and a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                                             Athletics
College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology                                   Men's Sports                  Women's Sports
College of Arts and Sciences                                                                             Basketball                       Basketball
College of Education                                                                                        Cross Country                 Cross Country
College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education                                       Track and Field              Track and Field
                                                                                                                        Football                          Volleyball
                                                                                                                        Tennis                             Tennis

FVSU Home Page Link Below:
FVSU Home Page

Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030

FVSU Admissions Link Below:

Fort Valley State University
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
In-state telephone: (478) 825-6672
Out-of-state telephone: (877) 462-3878
Fax number: (478) 825-6249

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