Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a public co-educational regional research university located in Statesboro, Georgia. GSU offers more than 120 bachelor's degree, masters degree, and Doctorate programs in eight colleges. They are:

  • Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • College of Information Technology
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies
  • Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

The Recreation and Activities Center is a massive complex that includes an area for weight lifting, an indoor track, two dance studios, equipment for yoga, several racquetball and basketball courts, and an indoor climbing wall.

GSU's athletic teams are known as the Eagles. They compete in NCAA Division I FCS as members of the Southern Conference.

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Georgia Southern University
Hwy 301 South
Statesboro , GA 30460
General Phone: (912) 478-5391

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Georgia Southern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management659business management, logistics, accounting, managerial economics, finance, international business, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching594education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, ...
Liberal Arts346German language, Spanish language, English, English composition, speech and rhetoric, general studies, anthropology, economics, international development, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy188parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Engineering Technician170civil engineering tech, electronics tech, industrial tech, industrial production tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, engineering technician
Media137communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, printing equipment operation
Science137biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling124psychology, school psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine121registered nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Family and Social Work100food and nutrition, family studies, public administration
Computer Science and Engineering93computer and info science, information science
Security and Law Enforcement88criminal justice and safety
Medical Administration47health care administration, public health education
Art Studies36art studies
Hospitality33hotel management
Construction Trades32apparel and textiles
Design24interior design
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Music9music, music performance, music theory and composition
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy
Fine Arts2fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Georgia Southern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,38374
Post-master's certificate584
Doctor's degree692
Master's degree45938

Georgia Southern Student Body

In 2007-2008, Georgia Southern had a total enrollment of 16,841 students (15,962 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 22%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 32%
20-21 30%
22-24 21%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
South Carolina1%

Georgia Southern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 67 %

Georgia Southern Room and Board (2007)

Georgia Southern offers campus housing for 3,322 of its 15,962 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Statesboro, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Georgia Southern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510590
SAT Math520590
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2124

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Georgia Southern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,348
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,930
Room and board $ 7,300
Room charge $ 4,630
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,670
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Georgia Southern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 157200)

Georgia Southern Faculty

Georgia Southern has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track168196
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1134

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year19$108,9079$117,934
Associate professorcalendar year8$100,5874$91,610
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year0*4$54,414
Lecturercalendar year3$93,9700*
All faculty totalcalendar year30$105,19418$97,139

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year84$82,04336$78,706
Associate professoracademic year104$70,01066$64,177
Assistant professoracademic year125$57,437148$57,337
Instructoracademic year41$35,31179$40,207
Lectureracademic year5$48,1795$45,027
All faculty totalacademic year359$64,181334$56,756

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Georgia Southern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Conference
Basketball Southern Conference
Baseball Southern Conference
Track Southern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3971110

Georgia Southern Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Liberal Arts
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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% of degrees in business and management
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Top 19%Georgia Southern % of degrees in medical administration

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