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Undergrad Profile

Focus on student success

Georgia State is among the most diverse universities in the nation. We have a university-wide commitment to student advising with a keen focus on students’ progress to graduation. 

We’ve also cultivated the ability to detect early when students face obstacles affecting their studies. As a result, Georgia State has achieved national acclaim as a leader in creating innovative approaches that get students back on track and successfully headed to graduation.

We have more than 180,000 alumni across the state and around the world. The careers and lives of these graduates were shaped by a distinctly enterprising university culture that values ambition, hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

Georgia State’s Honors College nurtures undergraduates who meet high academic standards and provides a challenging environment to learn, create, and succeed. Honors students experience smaller class sizes, competitive scholarships, unparalleled internship and study abroad opportunities, and priority registration.

The Atlanta advantage
Atlanta is home to more than a dozen headquarters of Fortune 500 companies. This business mecca provides our students with unparalleled access to internships and jobs, as well as a wide variety of networking opportunities.

Georgia State students can also take advantage of the University’s easy access to Atlanta’s rich creative environment, diversity of cultures and lifestyles, and wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The Atlanta streetcar now travels through our downtown campus, bringing more visitor traffic and offering students a new means of getting around the city.

Atlanta provides our faculty and students with an urban laboratory, enabling them to draw creative inspiration and address critical societal issues locally and in cities around the world.

The following attractions are all within walking distance of our downtown campus: Centennial Olympic Park; CNN Center; Georgia Aquarium; Georgia Dome; Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; Philips Arena; the State Capitol; Turner Field; and the World of Coca-Cola.

Pioneering research with global connections
Georgia State is expanding its research
portfolio, in part by implementing a five-year hiring initiative to build scholarly strength around interdisciplinary research themes. 

Our strategic plan also calls for leveraging the research and outcomes achieved from faculty in their Atlanta “urban lab” setting to help address opportunities and issues facing cities around the globe.

Georgia State’s global connections are growing, with five faculty task forces seeking to collaborate with universities in emerging markets in China, Korea, Turkey, Brazil, and South Africa. Study abroad program participation is up 25% from 2008, with the number of students projected to increase as scholarship funding grows. We’re also seeking to expand our geographic diversity by increasing the number of international students who attend Georgia State in the coming years.

Expanding our reach and increasing access
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted to consolidate Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, which goes into effect for students in fall 2016. This consolidation presents an opportunity to create a modern, urban university that balances the needs for access as well as research and public service. It gives us a unique opportunity to become a university of the future by improving student success, retention, and graduation rates; expanding access to higher education; applying best-practice programs; and reinvesting savings into academics for the benefit of our students. Georgia State’s nationally recognized and continuing work on programs aimed at ensuring student success will have a significant impact on improving graduation rates at both institutions. Overall, the number of students who earn their undergraduate degrees is expected to increase significantly as a result of the consolidation.

The consolidation also makes Georgia State the largest university in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. We have a growing reputation as one of the country’s premier urban research universities and have been recognized by many polls. In December 2014, President Barack Obama lauded us as a national model of student success. Our momentum will continue to grow with this consolidation. By joining with Perimeter College, we’ll not only gain a larger national profile—we’ll be able to provide greater opportunities to students from both institutions.




Founded: 1913

Tuition and Fees (as of fall 2015, based on 15 credit hours per semester): $4,279 in-state tuition; $13,384 out-of-state tuition; $1,064 student fees; $600 estimated books and supplies

Full-Time Enrollment: 32,082 undergraduate and graduate students representing all 50 states and 160 countries; 7,500 degrees conferred each year

Location: Georgia State has a 71-acre urban campus integrated into downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 21:1

Academic Programs: 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study housed in eight colleges and schools; 99 study abroad programs and exchanges in 36 countries

Degrees Offered: B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.I.S., B.B.A., B.S.Ed., B.S.W., M.A., M.S., M.A.S., M.A.Ed., M.B.A., M.S.I.S., M.F.A., M.A.T., J.D., Ed.S., Ed.D., Ph.D.

Extracurricular Activities: More than 400 clubs and activities ranging from arts and
academics to sports and business; 31 sororities and fraternities; 16 varsity sports that compete at the Division I level of the Sun Belt Conference.

Freshman Profile: 20–25 ACT and 950–1160 SAT (Verbal and Math only); 3.2–3.7 high school core GPA

Honors College Freshman Profile: 29 ACT and 1320 SAT (Verbal and Math only); 3.8 high school core GPA

Distinguishing Facts About Georgia State University

• Georgia State is the fifth-most innovative and 14th-most diverse university in the United States, according to
U.S.News & World Report. The magazine also ranks Georgia State sixth among the nation’s up-and-coming universities.

• Georgia State scholars have received prestigious honors, including the Goldwater, Truman, Fulbright, Rhodes, Boren, and Gilman Scholarships, and go on to top graduate schools like Harvard, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Cornell, Princeton, Duke, Yale, Penn, Chicago, the London School of Economics, and more.

• Georgia State is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the #1 city for new college grads, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Atlanta is also the #3 city in the nation for Fortune 500 companies and #4 for job growth.

• Georgia State’s multimillion-dollar Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory provides students with access to the latest media technology available for research and production. Georgia State graduates represent a large percentage of the movie crews and other media professionals in Atlanta’s burgeoning entertainment market.

• The University is central to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta. Georgia State’s growth and future plans, including the expansion of student housing and amenities and the newly completed law school building, are providing the impetus for private developers to invest in the area.

• The world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is just minutes from Georgia State’s campus.