Southern Polytechnic State University

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1100 S. Marietta Parkway

Marietta, GA 30060-2896

Phone: (678) 915-7778
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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#89 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Southern Polytechnic State University is a public institution that was founded in 1948. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,402, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 198 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Southern Polytechnic State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 89. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,810 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,594 (2013-14).

The wooded campus of Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) is located in Marietta, Ga., about 20 minutes northwest of Atlanta. At Southern Polytechnic, there are about eight master’s degree programs, in addition to undergraduate degrees through the Division of Engineering, and in the Schools of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology, and Construction; Computing and Software Engineering; Engineering Technology and Management; and Arts and Sciences. The Career and Counseling Center at Southern Polytechnic State University helps students find jobs and internships, develop their résumés, and manage stress. The university also hosts on-campus interviews each year with employers such as G.E. Power Systems and Turner Construction Co.

Besides academics, SPSU students can get involved by joining more than 100 campus organizations and playing recreational sports. More serious athletes can try out for the SPSU Hornets varsity teams, which compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Southern States Athletic Conference. At SPSU, there are varsity teams for men’s basketball, baseball, and soccer. The only varsity sport for women is basketball, which reflects the roughly 20 percent-female SPSU student body.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Southern Polytechnic State University, since its founding in 1948, has earned an exceptional academic reputation in the areas of technology, science, engineering and related fields. Through its five schools: (1) the School of Architecture and Construction Management, (2) the School of Arts and Sciences, (3) the School of Computing and Software Engineering, (4) the School of Engineering, and (5) the School of Engineering Technology and Management, SPSU offers students a wide variety of majors from Mechatronics Engineering to Biology to Computer Science to Computer Game Design and Development to Education to Mechanical Engineering Technology. The University's Architecture program is the only nationally-accredited 5-Year undergraduate professional degree in Architecture [B. Arch] in the University System of Georgia.

Southern Polytechnic's student competition teams consistently win top honors in regional, national, and international competitions.

SPSU attracts outstanding students, whose SAT scores are among the highest in the University System for entering freshmen.

Employers love hiring Southern Poly graduates because they are so well prepared for their careers.

Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)is a residential, co-educational member of the University System of Georgia. Located on 198 acres of naturally wooded landscape in the historic city of Marietta, Georgia. SPSU is just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Approximately 6200 students study here and enjoy the University's closeness to all the activities and opportunities of metro Atlanta as well as all the comforts of life in the suburbs. Centennial Olympic Park, Fernbank Science Museum, Phillips Arena, and Kennesaw Mountain are just a few of the attractions nearby.

Vision Statement (11/28/05; revised 4/1/09)

Southern Polytechnic State University is a comprehensive university with a unique purpose. Through a fusion of technology with the liberal arts and sciences, we create a learning community that encourages thoughtful inquiry, diverse perspectives, and strong preparation of our graduates to be leaders in an increasingly technological world.

The university - faculty, staff, students, and graduates - aspires to be the best in the world at finding creative, practical, and sustainable solutions to real-world problems and improving the quality of life for people around the globe.

Mission Statement (approved by the Board of Regents 3/8/06)

Southern Polytechnic State University is proud to be Georgia's technology university. Our academic, professional, outreach and service programs embrace all aspects of technology, including the practical applied skills (techne) needed to solve today's real world problems and the theoretical knowledge (logos) necessary to meet tomorrow's challenges. SPSU graduates are well prepared to lead the scientific and economic development of an increasingly complex state, nation, and world.

Our mission is to serve both traditional and non-traditional students at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels; in engineering and engineering technology, the sciences, applied liberal arts, business and professional programs. We work to develop the broader community's intellectual, cultural, economic,and human resources. Facilitated by our innovative faculty, dedicated staff, and supportive campus environment, our learning community empowers SPSU students with the ability and vision to transform the future.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1948
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $3,133,658


When applying to Southern Polytechnic State University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Southern Polytechnic State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.0%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Southern Polytechnic State University is 19:1, and the school has 41.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Southern Polytechnic State University include: Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Engineering; and Architecture and Related Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 7%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields 37%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 14%
Engineering 9%
Architecture and Related Services 8%

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Student Life

Southern Polytechnic State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,402, with a gender distribution of 81.7 percent male students and 18.3 percent female students. At this school, 28.4 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71.6 percent of students live off campus. Southern Polytechnic State University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,202
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Southern Polytechnic State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Southern Polytechnic 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 Southern Polytechnic State University, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Students who have cars on campus 88%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Southern Polytechnic State University, 82.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,810 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,594 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,650 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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