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Undergrad Profile

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. 

Focus on student success
We’ve also cultivated the ability to detect early when students face obstacles affecting their studies. For example, we’ve implemented our Early Alert/iCARE program to identify freshmen within the first six weeks of the semester who may be at risk for falling behind in their classes. These students receive help from the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the University Advisement Center. 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’ve also taken steps to make the admission process as smooth as possible for our prospective students. We’ve invested in marketing research for a new texting service, designed to provide prospective students and their families with prompt answers to their questions about the admission process. 

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.

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’rxe also seeking to expand our geographic diversity by increasing the number of international students who attend Georgia State in the coming years. 

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, State Capitol, Turner Field, and the World of Coca-Cola.

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 went into effect for students in fall 2016. This consolidation 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 has grown with this consolidation. With campuses throughout the metro-Atlanta region, the consolidated Georgia State University has the flexibility to more readily deliver quality academic programs throughout the region. We can now deliver a greater number of courses at more times of the day and in a wider range of delivery formats.



Georgia State University Profile


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. Use our Cost Calculator for a personalized estimate of the cost of attending Georgia State:


Full-Time Enrollment: 53,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing all 50 states and 176 countries; 7,500 degrees are conferred each year.


Location: Georgia State has a 71-acre urban campus integrated into downtown Atlanta, Georgia, as well as five metro-Atlanta campuses that make up the University’s Perimeter College. 


Student-Faculty Ratio: 21:1


Academic Programs: 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs available in more than 100 fields of study housed in nine colleges and schools located at the downtown Atlanta campus, as well as 32 guided pathways of study at Perimeter College; 99 study abroad programs and exchanges in 36 countries


Degrees Offered: AA, AS, BA, BS, BFA, BIS, BBA, BSEd, BSW, MA, MS, MAS, MAEd, MBA, MSIS, MFA, MAT, JD, EdS, EdD, PhD


Extracurricular Activities: More than 400 clubs and activities ranging from arts and academics to sports and business; 31 sororities and fraternities; 16 varsity sports 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 fourth most innovative and 14th most diverse university in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The magazine 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 they go on to top graduate schools like Harvard, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Cornell, Princeton, Duke, Yale, UPenn, Chicago, the London School of Economics, and more.


• Georgia State’s main campus 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 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. 


• 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 amenities and green spaces, and the newly completed law school building and new student housing at Piedmont Central, 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 downtown campus.