Fort Valley State University was formed in 1939 when Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School merged with the State Teachers and Agricultural College of Forsyth. Its origins as a public school for school children in 1895 provided the pretext for its growth into a secondary school, offering general and industrial education to Black students. The State Teachers and Agricultural College of Forsyth had been established nearby in 1902 and also led with the goal of educating African American students to be teachers. Today, the school has an international lean that includes USAID grants for projects in Africa and the Caribbean. To date, FVSU has sent more students of African descent to medical and dental programs than any other Georgia state school.
Notable Alumni Include: NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, Rayfield Wright and former Georgia House of Representative, Calvin Smyre.