Local Spotlight: Albany State University

Albany State University

A new semester is underway at Albany State University. It began exclusively online on August 10, so that employees and students could still get back to business and stay safe at the same time. If you’re thinking of becoming a Golden Ram in the Spring 2021 semester—or you want to learn about a college that helps local residents achieve their dreams—here’s what you need to know.

A Quick History of Albany State University

Before the school was called “Albany State University,” it had a different name: Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute. Established in 1903, this historically African-American college was formed by Joseph Winthrop Holley. Several years later in 1917, it became the Georgia Normal and Agricultural College, a two-year school. It gained its current four-year college curriculum certification in 1932.

Additionally, a historical part of the Civil Right Movement took place in town: the Albany Movement. Students and Civil Rights figures, like Martin Luther King Jr., united to make a change. They aimed to achieve voting rights to all and to end segregation with non-violent protests. Still, more than 1,000 people were arrested during that time.

More recently in 2017, Albany State and Darton State College consolidated into one university. As of 2019, enrollment was at 6,122 students.

How has Albany State University adapted to COVID-19?

Taking care of students, employees, and faculty remains a priority at Albany State University. They are dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and have a specific policy in place. Initially, every class started online to flatten the curve. They also are working to make sure that everyone social distances, during what will be a “hybrid” semester of distanced, safe learning and virtual classes. As for finals, they will be taken remotely.

What programs can students earn degrees in at Albany State University?

Students can earn associate’s, undergraduate, and graduate degrees at Albany State University. They have a variety of options among the colleges of Professional Studies, Health Professions, and Arts and Sciences. Their programs and degrees include subjects like:

  • Criminal Justice;
  • Mass Communication;
  • Computer Science;
  • Nursing;
  • A Phlebotomy Technician certification;
  • Medical Laboratory;
  • Respiratory Therapy;
  • English;
  • Management;
  • History;
  • Psychology;
  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Visual and Performing Arts;
  • Social Work;
  • And more.


If you’re rethinking your career path, it may be time to send in an application to Albany State University. They can help you learn the skills for a valuable degree, give you the certification you need to pivot fields, and even help you polish up your qualifications with a graduate degree. Here’s to an amazing new step in life!

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