Savannah State University (SSU)

Savannah State University is the oldest historically black university in Georgia. Founded in 1890, SSU has been one of the driving forces of educating African Americans for more than 120 years. With four academic colleges, SSU offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in several fields of study. Popular majors include Journalism, Business Administration and Criminal Justice. Savannah State gives its students numerous opportunities to be active both on campus and in the community. SSU has over 70 organizations that engage students academically, politically and philosophically. Savannah State University was founded with the purpose of “adding value” to all former slaves. From each student that steps foot on campus for the first time to every graduate that receives his or her degree, SSU continues to honor that legacy. 

Location: Savannah, GA

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

    • In-State: $3,096

    • Out-of-State: $9,048

Size: 3,200 students

Percentage of African-American Students: 92%

Percentage of Men: 45%

Percentage of Women: 55%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 18:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Business Administration, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Sciences and Technology, Teacher Education

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     • Greek: 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

     • Others: Wesleyan Gospel Choir, Mass Communication Student Association, Social Workers of Tomorrow, College Democrats of Tomorrow, Sisters Striving for Excellence, NAACP

City Life: Beaches (Tybee Island), riverboat tours and cruises, ghost and haunted tours, carriage rides, speedway track, historic sites (First African Baptist), outdoor festivals (Black Heritage Festival), music and film festivals, shopping, dining