Albany State University, a historically black institution in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region since its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute. Founded in 1903 to educate African-American youth, the University proudly continues to fulfill its historic mission while serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University, seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state, and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the University responds to the needs of all its constituents and offers educational programs and services to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia.
The primary mission of Albany State University (ASU) is to educate students to become outstanding contributors to society. Offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Education Specialist degrees and a variety of non-degree educational programs, the University emphasizes the liberal arts as the foundation for all learning. Students are exposed to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and the natural sciences. Global learning is fostered through a broad-based curriculum, diverse ASU activities, and extensive use of technology. A leader in teacher education, nursing, criminal justice, business, public administration and the sciences, Albany State provides a comprehensive educational experience with quality instruction as the hallmark of all its academic programs. The University embraces the concept of “students first” as a core institutional value. ASU is an advocate for the total development of students, especially the under served. At this institution, a wholesome academic environment exists where students can study, learn, and develop. Each student’s skills and abilities are cultivated through their interaction with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, visiting scholars and community leaders.