Savannah State University, founded in 1890, is the oldest public historically black college in Georgia. Originally named Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, SSU was located in Athens, Georgia for several months in 1891. Under the administration of the school's third President, Benjamin F. Hubert, the college became a full-time degree granting institution in 1928. Four years later, Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youths was renamed Georgia State College. In 1996, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia granted the school university status and the institution was renamed Savannah State University.
SSU confers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees from the following schools and colleges:
- College of Business Adminstration
- College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- College of Sciences and Technology
- School of Teacher Education