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Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
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Georgia State University

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Introduction

Georgia State University, also known as GSU, is located in downtown Atlanta. It is one of four research universities in the University System of Georgia. The school serves over 30,000 students each year, including both undergraduates and graduate students. The majority of students are full-time and the school has a major economic impact on Atlanta’s economy.

History

GSU was founded in 1913 as a night school for the Georgia School of Technology. By the 1930s, students from other colleges within the state’s university system were also able to attend night classes at the school. After numerous administrative and name changes over the years, the school became Georgia State University in 1969. It has grown and expanded considerably since the 1970s, becoming one of the most respected universities in the state.

Academics

The university is comprised of eight colleges. These include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Law
  • College of Business
  • Honors College
  • School of Policy Studies
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Nursing and Health Professions

Georgia State’s class sizes are fairly small and allow students to interact directly with faculty, maintaining the university’s emphasis on undergraduate education rather than graduate studies or research. Students can pursue roughly 200 fields of study, including accelerated degree programs, honors program, double majors, and independent study. Some of GSU’s most reputable programs are in business, social science, history, and computer science.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including many of the humanities, nursing, early childhood education, recreation, accounting, hospitality administration, economics, and urban policy studies. Undergraduate certificates are also available in a few fields.

Master’s degrees are awarded in the humanities, health sciences, education, business, economics, and public policy, among others. A number of specialist degrees (Ed.S.) are awarded in the School of Education. An MBA, MSW, and MFA (in creative writing) are also available.

The school awards multiple doctoral degrees, in fields such as applied linguistics, creative writing, nursing, education, accounting, managerial sciences, economics, and public policy. The College of Law offers the J.D. degree and also dual degree programs.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

School of Policy Studies

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State is constantly recognized for its outstanding curriculum and national reputation in the fields of economics and public administration. Through the Center, the university offers programs in health and environmental policy, nonprofit studies, fiscal research, and urban studies.

College of Business

Named for a prominent Atlanta entrepreneur who supplied the college with an endowment, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business is over 100 years old. Its MBA programs are consistently ranked as some of the best in the nation, and the Executive MBA program has been recognized as one of the world’s best by both BusinessWeek and Financial Times.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are offered in gerontology, heritage preservation, hydrology, interpretation, Latin American studies, nursing, public health, and several programs in the College of Business and the College of Public Policy.

Admissions

Undergraduate applications are accepted through March 1 for the upcoming fall semester. Prospective students must supply ACT or SAT exam scores and official high school transcripts along with their completed application. A non-refundable application fee must accompany all applications. Essays are also recommended. Minimum high school course requirements include four units of English, four of math, three of science, three of social science, and two of one foreign language. Applicants must have a minimum 2.9 high school GPA.

Application requirements may vary for transfer and international students.

Graduate students must apply directly through the College which they wish to attend, and should contact the College directly for specific requirements in addition to any departmental requirements.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded to eligible GSU students as combination of federal, state, and institutional grants; scholarships; loans; and work-study programs. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

The majority of institutional scholarships awarded by the school are based on academic performance. The university offers several general scholarships, but many are academic- or merit-specific and offered through the individual schools and colleges. Applicants are encouraged to contact the departments directly, based on their intended field of study, to explore scholarship options.

GSU also supports student loan programs, including the most popular Federal Direct Student Loans such as Stafford and PLUS loans. The Perkins Loan is also supported but restricted to students with outstanding financial needs. The university’s financial aid office can also help students search for alternative loans if the support from federal loans does not completely cover educational costs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4226th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Students can participate in a variety of school-recognized clubs and organizations outside of the classroom. Groups are based on academics and fields of study, faiths and cultures, activism and awareness, community service opportunities, the environment, common interests and hobbies, recreational activities, and more. Over 30 Greek fraternities and sororities can also be found on campus. Many students also take advantage of activities such as intramural sports, free fitness classes, and school-sponsored off-campus trips.

GSU believes that students can make his or her college experience more successful by living on campus. Housing opportunities include traditional-style dorms and residence halls as well as apartment-style facilities and Greek housing.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Georgia State Panthers are NCAA Division I teams that compete in the Sun Belt Conference. Sports teams are cheered on by a pep band, a cheerleading squad, and the school Panther mascot.

Men’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Women’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball and Sand Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

GSU’s athletics venues include the Sports Arena, Georgia Dome, baseball and softball complexes, soccer fields, and various practice facilities. All students are charged an athletics fee each semester, which grants free access to sporting events, fitness classes, and workout facilities.

Local Community

Atlanta is a major metropolitan area with professional football, baseball, and basketball teams. The city is also home to a multitude of arts organizations, museums, theaters, and galleries to choose from.

Jobs and internships are plentiful in the area and many students have no trouble finding work upon graduation.

Alumni

With over 175,000 committed alumni, roughly 100,000 of whom still live in the Atlanta area, Georgia State has a strong alumni base. Its alumni association is very active in supporting athletics as well as academics while providing a basis for alumni to keep in touch and involved in the university’s news and activities.

Former GSU students and alumni include:

  • William DuVall, member of rock band Alice in Chains
  • Matthew Hilger, professional poker player
  • Lance Krall, actor and star of The Lance Krall Show
  • Julia Robers, actress
  • Charles Shapiro, American diplomat

Information Summary

Ranks 10th in Georgia and 401st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 353rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.01
Robbery 29 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 10 0.03
Arrest 27 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,518 0.83
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 88 0.02
Forcible Rape 148 0.03
Robbery 2,343 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7,499 1.76
Larceny 17,274 4.06
Vehicle theft 5,371 1.26

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population3,744 (3,744 urban / N/A rural)
Households929 (1.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,875
Families190 (2.64 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 691st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,240 $6,240 $20,808
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,128 $2,128 $2,128
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $260 $260 $867
FT Graduate Tuition $6,264 $6,264 $21,816
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,128 $2,128 $2,128
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $348 $348 $1,212
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,448 $24,448 $39,016
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,488 $23,488 $38,056
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,978 $13,978 $28,546

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $13,800 $33,480
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,242 $2,242

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,410 $9,664 $9,410 $9,664 $27,620 $29,962
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,390 $11,546
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,398 $2,384
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,225(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,040(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,490(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 13,890 (5,445 male / 8,445 female)
Admitted 7,592 (3,124 male / 4,468 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 3,460 (1,498 male / 1,962 female)
FT Enrollment 3,379 (1,457 male / 1,922 female)
PT Enrollment 81 (41 male / 40 female)
Total Enrollment32,165

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sun Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

611th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 45%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

549th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1170

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,200
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$8,434
Board Fee$3,692

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 421 2,034 484 732 18 3,007 152 7,081
Accounting 39 92 32 96 151 11 433
Accounting and Computer Science 1 1 1 1 1 6
Actuarial Science 30 7 12 16 65
Adult Development and Aging 7 4 11
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1 1 2
African-American/Black Studies 14 15
Anthropology 1 7 6 42 57
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 4
Art Teacher Education 3 1 3 11 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 28 121 22 91 76 7 364
Business Administration and Management, General 14 95 20 29 104 2 275
Business/Commerce, General 35 81 27 48 197 30 423
Business/Managerial Economics 7 10 5 6 18 1 50
Chemistry, General 9 19 4 15 15 2 69
Computer Science 30 12 5 6 36 1 90
Computer and Information Sciences, General 22 68 14 58 2 65 8 241
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 15 6 2 44 2 71
Creative Writing 2 2
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 55 14 11 45 1 130
Dietetics/Dietitian 3 2 4 13 1 24
Drawing 2 27 18 13 87 3 155
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 13 3 3 9 29
Economics, General 41 29 7 6 1 40 128
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 4 1 1 23 1 31
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments 6 5 12
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 2 13 16
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 9 1 1 3 16
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 9 2 10 21
Educational Psychology 1 1 5 7
Educational Statistics and Research Methods 2 2 4
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 6 1 12 1 23
English Language and Literature, General 36 8 4 80 4 136
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 5 1 1 11 19
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 45 13 6 3 60 2 135
Finance, General 23 78 23 56 1 77 8 271
Financial Planning and Services 1 5 6
French Language and Literature 2 4 2 1 4 1 16
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 4 4
Geography 2 1 3 20 29
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 3 2 29 1 38
German Language and Literature 2 4 7
Gerontology 2 3 1 1 7
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 10 5 2 1 27 46
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 16 2 6 1 23 1 52
History, General 18 6 2 76 1 106
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 3 19 7 13 38 1 85
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1
Insurance 17 12 2 8 19 58
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 4 3 2 6 16
International Economics 1 5 4 1 6 18
Journalism 2 83 12 10 2 94 211
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 11 4 2 18 3 38
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 2 96 17 20 124 4 267
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 6 1 4 13
Latin American Studies 1 1
Linguistics 4 1 1 23 29
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 84 22 30 110 8 266
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 1 23 28
Mathematics, General 10 13 2 7 13 1 47
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 15 3 3 39 3 66
Music Performance, General 5 16 4 4 38 2 69
Neuroscience 2 3 1 1 7 15
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3 1 1 5
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Philosophy 3 9 2 7 45 1 69
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 59 6 10 69 3 157
Physics, General 2 2 1 3 16 24
Political Science and Government, General 9 65 30 10 70 1 196
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Psychology, General 3 167 36 32 5 175 5 441
Public Administration 1 16 1 2 22 1 46
Public Health, General 14 14 3 8 24 3 69
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 36 4 5 12 1 64
Reading Teacher Education 1 4 4 3 1 34 1 48
Real Estate 3 6 1 4 19 1 34
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 57 12 20 110 6 210
Religion/Religious Studies 3 1 2 3 13 24
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 12 4 6 9 1 34
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 2 2
School Psychology 6 2 12 23
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 7 1 16 1 27
Social Sciences, Other 2 1 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 6 3 1 16 2 29
Social Work 1 56 4 47 2 114
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 2
Sociology 1 111 8 9 71 6 217
Spanish Language and Literature 1 14 8 15 44
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 23 5 4 51 1 90
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 18 1 1 28 52
Taxation 6 15 2 9 35 1 69
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 1 7 1 10
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 2 1 16 1 22
Urban Studies/Affairs 5 9 1 10 1 26
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 4 1 14 21
Women's Studies 2 1 7 11

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 782nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,981 ($87,531 male / $67,542 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,180 (615 male / 565 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,606
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $39,588,264
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