Albany State University

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The Albany State University is an originally African American University in Albany, Georgia. Last about 4200 students were enrolled.


Inspired by the literary work, The Souls of Black Folk of the American civil rights activist and philosopher WEB Du Bois returned Joseph Winthrop Holley after completing his studies at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania to Albany and founded a school. Thanks to a major 2600 U.S. dollars donation of Rowland Hazard's family he could put together a board of trustees and acquire approximately 200,000 square meters of land. The aim of the school was to provide the African-American population a basic education and teacher training. 1917 the school to the Georgia Normal and Agricultural College.

1932, the school was incorporated into the University System of Georgia, 1943, she became the Albany State College. In the early 1960s, the college played an important role in the American civil rights movement, since the Albany Movement was that brought, among others, Martin Luther King Jr. in the city. 1981 degrees were first offered in 1996 received the College 's status as a university.

In 2004, the University of a new stadium in 2006 new housing units for students.


The university has four faculties:

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Science and Health Professions

Student Life

There are about 60 student organizations, including mainly bands, choirs, religious groups, honor connections and student associations at Albany State University.

Furthermore, there are nine fraternities and sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta.

The sports facilities of the University include American football, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, volleyball, cross country and track and field.

Former students

Notable people who have studied at the Albany State University:

  • Alice Coachman, a former track and field athlete and Olympic champion from 1948
  • Jo Marie Payton -Noble, Actress
  • Rick Ross, a successful rapper