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Albany State University
MottoA Past To Cherish, A Future To Fulfill Potential. Realized.
TypePublic, HBCU[1]
Endowment$1.5 million[2]
PresidentDr. Everette J. Freeman
LocationAlbany, Georgia,
United States
CampusUrban, 231-acre (934,823.8 m2)
ColorsRoyal Blue and Old Gold
AthleticsNCAA Division II
NicknameGolden Rams

Albany State University is a four-year, state-supported, historically black university (HBCU) located in Albany, Georgia, United States. It is one of three HBCU's in the University System of Georgia. ASU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


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.[4]

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)[4]

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 together to create the Albany Movement. The movement brought prominent civil rights leaders to the town including Martin Luther King Jr. The movement resulted in the arrests of more than 1,000 black protestors. Among the very first to be arrested were students from Albany State. On November 22, 1961, Blanton Hall and Bertha Gober entered the white waiting room of the Albany bus station to buy tickets home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Refusing to leave after being ordered to do so, police arrested them both. Albany State president William Dennis, fearful of losing his position, immediately suspended and eventually expelled the students. This action engendered a great deal of animosity from the black community and the student body. Gober would continue in the civil rights movement as one of the SNCC's Freedom Singers and write the group's anthem. Bernice Johnson Reagon, another Albany State student who left school to work with the SNCC, would later form the well-known a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock. On December 10, 2011, thirty two of the students who were expelled were granted honorary degrees. The school awarded thirty one honorary baccalaureate degrees and one honorary doctorate – that to Bernice Johnson Reagon. A noted cultural historian, Reagon was also the commencement speaker.[5]

Albany State University

In July 1996 the university system's Board of Regents approved a name change, and the school officially became Albany State University. Today Albany State University continues to provide a wide range of educational opportunities to the residents of southwest Georgia. The school participates in an engineering transfer program and a dual degree program with the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Then President, Portia Shields created the Holley Institute summer program, which consists of an intense four weeks of study to help high school students improve low SAT scores and gain admission to college. The program has a near 100 percent success rate and has received praise from the state Board of Regents. Albany State also has the third highest student retention rate in the university system. A new stadium was opened in 2004, and new housing units opened in 2006.[6]


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President's House

Academics and demographics

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Albany State University logo

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

According to U.S. News & World Report, ASU is number 32 out of 36 ranked in the magazine’s ranking of undergraduate education at HBCUs. It is ranked as a 2nd tier school on the Regional Universities (South) list. [7]

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 central Georgia, other US states and many foreign countries. The average student age is 24 and about 40 percent of the students live in on-campus housing.[8]

Schools and colleges

  • College of Arts and Humanities[9]
  • College of Business[9]
  • College of Education[9]
  • College of Science and Health Professions[9]

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.[10]

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. Today, Albany State University provides innovative instructional and professional programs through its five academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and the Graduate School. The University serves 24 counties in the Southwest Georgia area with graduate and undergraduate courses in more than 30 fields.

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.

Fraternities and Sororities

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 ΑΚΑ Gamma Sigma ΓΣ
Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦΑ Delta Delta ΔΔ
Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ Delta Rho ΔΡ
Iota Phi Theta ΙΦΘ Zeta Pi ΖΠ
Kappa Alpha Psi ΚΑΨ Delta Xi ΔΞ
Omega Psi Phi ΩΨΦ Chi Epsilon ΧΕ
Phi Beta Sigma ΦΒΣ Beta Psi ΒΨ
Sigma Gamma Rho ΣΓΡ Zeta Psi ΖΨ
Zeta Phi Beta ΖΦΒ Pi Beta ΠΒ

Music Organizations

Three of the music organizations currently have chapters at Albany State University. These organizations are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia ΦΜΑ Rho Delta ΡΔ
Kappa Kappa Psi ΚΚΨ Eta Kappa ΗΚ
Tau Beta Sigma ΤΒΣ Zeta Kappa ΖΚ

Marching band

Albany State's Marching Band participated in the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and will participate in the 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB).


SIAC championships
Baseball 1991 • 1994 • 2000–2004 • 2006 • 2010
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 • 2004–2008 • 2010
Football 1984–1986 • 1988 • 1993–1997
2003–2006 • 2010
Softball 2005 • 2007 • 2008 • 2010
Tennis (Women's) 2010
Track and Field (Men's) 1972–1978 • 1980–1987 • 2003–2005
Track and Field (Women's) 1997 • 1999–2000 • 2005–2009 • 2011 • 2012
Volleyball (Women's) 1998 • 2001–2009
SEAC championships
Football 1955 • 1957 • 1959 • 1960 • 1962 • 1966
Black College National Championships
Football 2010

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.


Home football games are played at the Albany Municipal Coliseum. In 2010, Albany State won the 2010 SBN Jake Gaither National Championship Trophy (SBN Sports Black College National Football Championship) after an 11–1 season.


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.

Name Class year Notability References
James Blaylock member of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service [11]
Alice Coachman 1949 first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal and the only American woman to win a gold medal in the 1948 [12]
Walter Curry former professional football player
Gregory Daniels 1974 First African American VP of Nissan North America [13]
Kenneth Gant former professional football player [14]
Jonnie Mae Gibson Fifth African American Woman in FBI [15][16]
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. [17]
Art Green former CFL and NFL player [18]
James Holmes 1968 First African American Director of the US Census Bureau [19]
Caldwell Jones former professional basketball player [20]
Charles Jones former professional basketball player [21]
Major Jones former professional basketball player [22]
Wil Jones former professional basketball player [22]
Dan Land former professional football player [14]
Jo Marie Payton actress [23]
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 [24]
Shirley Sherrod 1970 Civil rights advocate, former Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture [25]
Albert Sloan Twelfth President of Miles College [26]
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 [27][28]
Rick Ross Rapper
Mike White former professional football player and current head football coach at Albany State University
Shirley Sherrod

Suggested reading

External links


  1. "List of HBCUs – White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". 2007-08-16. Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
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  4. 4.0 4.1 "Albany State University". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  5. Lewis, Terry (December 8, 2011). "Expelled students to get degrees". Albany Herald. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  6. "Abany State at a Glance".
  7. "College Rankings". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
  8. "Albany State University". Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
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  10. "Summary of Supporting Application Materials Required for Degrees". Albany State University. Archived from the original on 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  11. "Governor Perdue Announces Appointments to State Boards and Commissions". State of Georgia.,2669,78006749_92321069_92354623,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
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  13. "Nissan Announces Greg Daniels' Retirement". Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "NFL Players who attended Albany State University". Archived from the original on March 07 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  15. "Johnnie Mae Gibson".
  16. O'Connor, John J. (1986-10-21). "TV REVIEW; 'JOHNNIE MAE GIBSON: F.B.I.' ON CBS". The New York Times.
  17. "Big James Henderson Bio". Retrieved January 1, 2009.
  18. "Art Green". Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  19. "Census 1998 – 2000 Archives". Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  20. "Caldwell Jones". Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  21. "Charles Jones". Archived from the original on May 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "NBA/ABA Players who attended Albany State University". Archived from the original on February 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  23. "Albany Map Population Information and City Statistics". Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  24. "Bernice Johnson Reagon:Scholarship:2006 bio statement". songtalk publishing. Archived from the original on March 03 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  25. "Sherrod encourages grads to end racism". Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  26. Miles College to Install Dr. Albert Sloan II as Prexy. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  27. "Classes of the 1980s". UMKC School of Dentistry – University of Missouri-Kansas City. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  28. "ASU Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on March 07 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-08.

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