Georgia State University
PO Box 4009
Atlanta, GA 30302-4009
Phone: (404) 413-2500
March 1 application deadline
March 1 accepted
Georgia State University is a public institution that was founded in 1913. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,486, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 48 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Georgia State University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,410 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,620 (2011-12).
Georgia State University is a public school in downtown Atlanta where students have more than 200 majors, minors, and degree programs to choose from. First year students can opt into the university’s Freshmen Learning Communities—whether they live on campus or not—which help ease the transition to college by clustering students who share common interests in the same class sections. Outside of class, there are more than 250 student organizations to check out, including a large Greek community of fraternities and sororities. The Georgia State Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association Conference.
The university is committed to research in its centers and institutes, where students can get involved and present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Day. For graduate students, Georgia State is home to the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, a College of Law, a College of Education, and more. Notable Georgia State alumni include Ken Lewis, former CEO of Bank of America, and rapper Ludacris.
School mission (as provided by the school):
Georgia State University is one of the nation's leading urban research universities, educating a diverse population of students through teaching, research and service. More than 50,000 students are seeking degrees annually, attracted by the benefits of living, learning and working in the heart of downtown Atlanta in an environment rich in varied ideas, cultures, ages, lifestyles and experiences. To keep pace, the campus community has grown significantly in the last decade, providing students with many new and modern facilities. The university now accommodates more than 3,000 students with on-campus housing. Georgia State's 87,000 square foot freshman residence hall opened in August 2009. The facility also features the university's first traditional dining hall. A 350,000 square foot state-of-the-art science center opened in 2010. The facility houses laboratories, offices and classrooms, and is now home to university research and education programs in biology, chemistry, nursing, nutrition, physical and respiratory therapies, public health, as well as the Neuroscience Institute.
Increasing and strengthening research has also become a top priority, and Georgia State officials announced a 10-year strategic plan that lists five goal areas, as well as a five-year hiring initiative aimed to build internationally recognized scholarly strength around research themes. The strategic plan The Second Century Initiative (2CI), which launched in November 2009, is designed to build upon existing strengths and strategic plans and accelerate collaborative faculty research. The initiative's goal is to add 100 faculty members over the next five years. The eight winning proposals and areas of focus for the first round of 2CI include diagnostics, neuroimaging, evidence-based policy, law, media and ethics, new media, Chinese language and culture, bioinformatics, and health justice. Georgia State also added additional programs for students, including a the three-year GSU executive doctorate program designed to equip executives with advanced skills to bring back to their respective workplaces. By comparison, most other executive doctoral programs focus on careers in academia.
Interdisciplinary research is conducted in all fields of academic scholarship, focusing on biological sciences, health and fitness, literacy, policy, business and law. Georgia State continues to attract and retain outstanding faculty and administrative personnel who are well respected in their fields. It offers a challenging intellectual environment with 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 250 fields of study in its six colleges. Opportunities for involvement in innovative research projects and life enhancing community service abound on our campus. Students may enroll in day or evening classes and in part-time or full-time study. The university has International Cooperation Agreements with some 80 universities around the world. Georgia State is under the the leadership of President Mark P. Becker and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Risa Palm.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1913
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $124,945,751
Selectivity - selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 52%
Application deadline - March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - March 1
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 20:1
4-year graduation rate - 17% - Low
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 30% Social Sciences 13% Psychology 8% Visual and Performing Arts 7% Education 6%