Ranked alongside MIT and Stanford as one of the most innovative institutions in the country, Georgia State is on the move and on the rise. Few institutions have come so far, so fast.


History: Founded in 1913
Enrollment: 51,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing all 50 states and 170 countries
• 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study offered through 10 colleges and schools at the Atlanta campus
• More than 30 associate degree pathways offered at five metro Atlanta campuses through Perimeter College
• 9,500 degrees conferred each year
Location: A 72-acre urban campus seamlessly integrated into the historic, cultural, and financial hub of downtown Atlanta as well as five community campuses spread throughout the metropolitan region
• #4 most innovative university in the US (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
• #8 best undergraduate teaching in the US (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
• #1 public or nonprofit university in the US to confer undergraduate degrees to African American students (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2017)
• #1 public or nonprofit university in Georgia to confer undergraduate and graduate degrees to African American, Asian, and Latino students
• #1 best value law school in the US (National Jurist, 2017)
• $2.5 billion annual economic impact on metro Atlanta (Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, 2017)
• 252% increase in external research
funding over the last six years
Student-Faculty Ratio: 23:1
Study Abroad: 78 programs and
exchanges in 37 countries
Student Life:
• More than 400 student organizations
that cover a variety of interests and specialties, including leadership, activism, arts, politics, academics, religion, recreation, and more
• 31 sororities and fraternities
• 16 NCAA Division I sports teams
competing in the Sun Belt Conference
Freshman Profile (middle 50%):
3.2–3.7 high school core grade point
        average (GPA)
1020–1230 SAT (Reading and Math only)
20–25 ACT (composite)
Honors College Freshman Profile:
3.8 high school core GPA
1420 SAT (Reading and Math only)
30 ACT (composite)
Tuition and Fees (as of fall 2017, based on 15 credit hours per semester):
$4,365 in-state tuition
$13,652 out-of-state tuition
$1,064 student fees
$600 estimated books and supplies

Unique Programs at Georgia State


• Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) is training a workforce, fostering research, and incubating companies for Georgia’s growing $9.5 billion film and digital media industries. Offering programs in media production, graphic and sound design, music management, digital publishing, and more, CMII opened a new ultramodern facility in October 2017 featuring advanced studios and production suites for animation, motion capture, 360-degree cameras, 3D rendering, virtual sets, virtual and augmented reality, and more. Designed to prepare students for careers that transcend traditional degree programs, CMII is reinventing the classroom. The institute doesn’t just teach students to be the best media producers. It directly connects students and faculty with Atlanta’s booming film, music, and video game industries and creates new pathways to untold possibilities, futures, and careers few other universities can offer.


• Georgia State is the largest institution to compete in the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), the nation’s only association for varsity eSports programs at the college level. To make a Georgia State eSports team, student gamers must pass muster at tryouts and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Those who succeed receive a $3,000 scholarship and are given opportunities to develop skills in broadcasting, media production, marketing, and management.


• A national leader for student success, Georgia State has pioneered the use of predictive analytics for academic performance and proactive advising interventions to:
- Raise graduation rates by 22 percentage points, the most dramatic increase of any national university
- Reduce time to a degree by almost half a semester
- Bring more than 5,000 students with unmet financial need back to school to graduate
- Save students more than $15 million per year in tuition and fees by helping them avoid unnecessary classes and graduate faster

We’ve proven that students from all backgrounds can succeed at the same level. We have one of the fastest- growing research profiles in the country. We are changing the way our students are learning, helping them graduate faster, be more productive, and save millions on the pathway to their degrees. It’s no wonder The Washington Post called us a “hotbed of growth and innovation.”

We’re doing it #thestateway. Here’s how we have set ourselves apart.

Student success
We’ve proven students from all backgrounds can succeed at the same levels. Over a decade, we increased our graduation rate by 22 percentage points. We’re graduating 1,700 more students a year than just five years ago, and we reduced the time to a degree by half a semester, saving students $15 million a year. We’ve eliminated achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, or income.

Our faculty scholars are changing the ways people see the world. We became an official research university in 1996. Just two decades later, the Carnegie Foundation lists us alongside the nation’s most elite and fastest-growing research institutions. Our funding has skyrocketed by 252% over the last six years. And since just 2014, our annual awards have climbed by nearly $66 million.

We’re a driver of growth and development in Atlanta and across the state. Our annual economic impact on the region tops $2.5 billion. We’ve built a modern campus through our adaptive reuse of vacated high-rises and office buildings, and our construction of new buildings has been a foundation of the steep trajectory we find ourselves on today.

The classroom
We’re using adaptive learning software to track how students are doing in real time. As students tackle new concepts in class, software automatically recommends more activities or assignments if they fall behind. We know our students like to work collaboratively, so we’ve reshaped many of our classrooms into group learning and lab spaces.