Youtube Channel, HBCU Pride Network, posts a video of Fort Valley State University’s Blue Machine Marching Band performing “Disturbia” by singer, Rihanna. Dancing alongside the band are Fort Valley’s Dancing Dolls. Formerly known as Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley State University is a public HBCU in Fort Valley, Georgia.
The 1,365-acre campus is Georgia’s second largest public university in that location. Despite its large campus size, the university is rather small with only 2,293 students in attendance according to the Fall 2019 statistics. In fact, in 2019 a proposal was created to combine Fort Valley State with Savannah State University and Albany State University. FVSU’s intercollegiate sports teams are part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) in NCAA Division II.
The university’s mascot is the wildcat and their official colors are royal blue and old gold. In addition to sports, the university also offers more than 70 clubs and social organizations including Greek orgs. Several football players that once attended Fort Valley State have went on and played in the NFL such as former Raiders punter, Marquette King.
Fort Valley is dedicated to providing academic excellence through over 50 bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. The institution offers a special program called the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) for qualified students to obtain a STEM degree from FVSU and an engineering degree from several schools such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, Pennsylvania State University, and more. Fort Valley State’s motto “Be Bold. Be Amazing. Be Prepared.” embodies their overall mission to prepare and motivate students to be future global leaders.