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Georgia Southern University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,525, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 700 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Georgia Southern University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,724 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,000 (2012-13).
Georgia Southern University is located in the city of Statesboro, which is about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta and 170 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Undergraduates at Georgia Southern can choose from more than 100 majors and graduate students have many options as well, including programs in business, nursing, and political science. Georgia Southern also encourages its students to gain a global perspective by studying abroad and by utilizing the school’s three centers specifically for Irish, Africana, and International studies. Besides academics, students can also get involved by joining more than 250 clubs, pledging with numerous fraternities and sororities, and participating in the school’s nationally recognized ROTC program. Georgia Southern also hosts many annual events for students, such as the group trip to New York and the Finals Feast, when students are treated to a breakfast buffet, music performances, games, and massages during the stressful weeks of final exams. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or join the Georgia Southern Eagles varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.
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Georgia Southern University, a member institution of the University System of Georgia, is classified as a Doctoral/Research University. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Southern offers more than 100 academic majors in a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master's and doctoral programs. The University has earned a reputation for providing all of the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a much smaller college. In 2011, Georgia Southern was named the fourth most popular university in the country in the U.S. News & World Report's "Top 20 Most Popular Universities." Academic programs are organized within eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology, and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies.
A residential university with a fall 2011 enrollment of over 20,000 students, Georgia Southern is one of Georgia's premier universities. One of the top choices in Georgia for new freshmen, including HOPE Scholars, Georgia Southern enrolls an increasingly selective student body representing the United States and nearly 100 nations. The University continues to enhance its academic profile through higher admission standards, an expanded Honors Program, and scholarships for academically talented students.
Georgia Southern University is committed to advancing the State of Georgia and the region through the benefits of higher education, offering both campus-based and a number of online degree programs. The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides a comprehensive and fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific and technological advancement, athletics, and regional development.
The nearly 700 acre park-like campus continues an era of capital construction that has opened new facilities for colleges and academic programs, student recreation and development, university housing, athletics, and public service. The learning environment is enhanced by a museum of cultural and natural history, a botanical garden, a unique wildlife education and raptor center, a performing arts center, the Center for Art and Theatre, and a continuing education and conference center. The University's Division I athletic teams compete in the Southern Conference. The campus is located in Statesboro, a classic Main Street community near historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Georgia Southern University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Georgia Southern University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 49.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||49.5%|
|Application deadline||May 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Georgia Southern University is 22:1, and the school has 23.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Georgia Southern University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.2 percent.
Georgia Southern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,525, with a gender distribution of 50.4 percent male students and 49.6 percent female students. At this school, 25.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75.0 percent of students live off campus. Georgia Southern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Georgia Southern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Georgia Southern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Georgia Southern University, 61 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Georgia Southern University.
|Students who have cars on campus||61%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Georgia Southern University, 65.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,874.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$6,724 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$19,000 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,290 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data