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From its founding in 1903 until the incorporation into the University System of Georgia in 1932, Albany State University met two important milestones. First, the university opened as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution, by Joseph Winthrop, in order to prepare African-American students for industrial work and instill religious instruction. By 1917, the institution transitioned into the public two-year Georgia Normal and Agricultural College introducing teacher training and agricultural programs. The institution adopted the name Albany State College in 1943 and was officially designated a teacher-training school. Since that period, Albany State has continued to expand, adding “University” to its name in 1996, along with broadening academic programs.
Albany State University awards bachelor’s, master’s, and Education Specialist degrees, along with hosting various non-degree programs. A wide range of undergraduate programs are divided among four colleges:
College of Arts & Humanities
College of Business
College of Sciences & Health Professions
College of Education
For working professionals or students requiring added flexibility, ASU Online offers an alternative educational route. These courses retain the same high standards of those taught on-campus. Additionally, a large number of online courses are delivered in accelerated 8-week sessions. Asynchronous formats also allow students to complete assignments and learn at their convenience.
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