Savannah State University is located approximately five miles east-southeast from the center of beautiful, historic Savannah, the original European settlement in Georgia, founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. Savannah today is an extraordinarily attractive and busy port city with nearly 200,000 inhabitants.
Nearby are historic and contemporary resort islands of St. Simons, Jekyll, and Hilton Head. Daufuskie, home of the famed Gullah culture, a blend of early African and American ways of life, language, and music, is nearby. Tybee Island lies to the east and is noted for its easy going lifestyle and sport fishing.
The general environment is replete with abundant historic and contemporary tourist and outdoor attractions, including wildlife refuges, museums, heritage preserves, and numerous other attractions. Historically, the region was noted for its rich rice and cotton production as well as its lively pirate trade. Many believe Savannah, with its exemplary urban renewal and historic preservation record, is the ultimate hostess city.
The campus itself lies on a stunning site adjacent to the inland waterway near the estuary of the Savannah River and proximate to the Atlantic coast. Several of the university’s major buildings overlook the open marsh and peaceful tidewater flood plain while others center on the two beautifully landscaped quads of native foliage. A temperate climate encourages year-round outdoor activities with mean high temperatures ranging from the low 50s for December/January to the 80s for July/August.
Savannah State University is accessed from north/south US Interstate 95 and east/west US Interstate 16. A beautiful, modern and convenient Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport makes the region accessible from anywhere in the USA.
Savannah State University expanded its footprint into historic downtown Savannah on July 1, 2018, with its assumption of management and operations at the Coastal Georgia Center. The center offers a convenient, versatile and affordable environment for academic courses, as well as meetings, conferences and symposia. This two-story facility offers wireless internet access in every room, smart classrooms and free on-site technology support to business professionals, organizations and students pursuing professional advancement, academic enrichment, and graduate, undergraduate and continuing education. The Director of Graduate Studies is responsible for providing oversight and supervision of the Savannah State University Academic West Wing of the Coastal Georgia Center (CGC), directs the recruitment, development and administration of all graduate programs, in coordination with the Graduate Program Directors. The Director provides supervision of support staff and graduate staff at the main campus and the satellite campus (Coastal Georgia Center). For more information, call 912-651-2005 or email CoastalGeorgiaCenter@Savannahstate.edu.