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Georgia State University is a public institution that was founded in 1913. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,665, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 67 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Georgia State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,928 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,138 (2013-14).
At Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta, students have more than 200 majors and minors to choose from. First-year students – whether they live on campus or not – can opt into the university's Freshman Learning Communities, 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 400 student organizations to check out, including a large Greek community of fraternities and sororities. The Georgia State Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt 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 Conference. 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.
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Georgia State University, an enterprising public research university in the heart of Atlanta, is a national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. Its location in downtown Atlanta provides its more than 32,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the city's business, government, nonprofit and cultural communities as well as opportunities in an environment of varied ideas, cultures, ages, lifestyles and experiences. Atlanta, home to more than a dozen headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, provides Georgia State's faculty with an urban laboratory, enabling them to draw creative inspiration and address critical societal issues locally and in cities around the world.
Georgia State has a university-wide commitment to student advising and attention to student progress to graduation. The university is nationally recognized as a leader in creating innovative approaches that foster the success of students from all academic, socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Georgia State is one of a handful of large institutions nationwide using new technology to track students from the moment they arrive on campus until they graduate to ensure progress. With the university's early warning tracking system, struggling students get the intervention they need to get back on track, improve or change their academic path. Georgia State is among the most diverse universities in the nation and is a recognized leader in graduating students from diverse socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
The university's 10-year strategic plan, introduced in 2011, aims to enhance research and discovery, in part by implementing a five-year hiring initiative to build scholarly strength around interdisciplinary research themes. It also focuses on efforts to make the university a leader in undergraduate student success and puts renewed emphasis on improving graduate education. The plan emphasizes the university's commitment to addressing issues and problems confronting cities around the globe, and establishes as a priority the institution's initiatives to extend its global involvement and influence.
Georgia State, founded in 1913 and celebrating its centennial in 2013, is central to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta, expanding its campus and building a more robust student residential community. More than 4,000 students now live in residence halls on a campus that once served commuting students exclusively. Its efforts to enhance student life and campus involvement included the introduction of a Division 1 football program in 2010 and membership in the Sun Belt athletic conference of the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013.
The university offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 250 fields of study in its eight academic colleges and schools, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Law and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Its recently established Honors College attracts students with outstanding academic credentials.
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When applying to Georgia State University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Georgia State University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||57.4%|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Georgia State University is 21:1, and the school has 18.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Georgia State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Education; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||21%|
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Georgia State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,665, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus. Georgia State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Georgia State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Georgia State 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Georgia State University, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Georgia State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||45%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Georgia State University, 75.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,437.
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||$9,928 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$28,138 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,124 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data