Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern State University, also known as GSW, is a public university located in Americus, Georgia, United States. It was established in the year 1906. The campus of GSW consists of more than 30 buildings which spread across an area of 250 acres. The international student body comprises of students representing over 30 countries worldwide. The university offers a number of graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates in various fields of study. GSW is organized into the following schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Computer & Information Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing

GSW's athletics department fields various men's and women's sports teams. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and the Peach Belt Conference. They are nicknamed the Hurricanes, and they participate in basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, and softball, among other sports.

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Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus , GA 31709-4693
General Phone: (229) 928-1279

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Georgia Southwestern State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching169special ed, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, math teaching, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Business and Management152business management, accounting, accounting technology, human resources, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts50women's studies, English, political science, sociology, social studies, history
Therapy and Counseling33psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine30registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering26information technology, computer science, web design
Science16biology, chemistry, geology
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3parks and recreation management
Art Studies3art studies
Mechanics and Repair2industrial mechanics, automobile mechanics
Office and Administration1general office occupations
Security and Law Enforcement1criminal justice and safety
Production Trades1machine shop assistant

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year33
Bachelor's degree36225
Postbaccalaureate certificate11
Master's degree8510
Post-master's certificate372
Associate's degree77

Georgia Southwestern State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Georgia Southwestern State had a total enrollment of 2,405 students (2,159 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 88%
Part-Time 12%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 63%
Black 31%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 25%
20-21 21%
22-24 21%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%

Georgia Southwestern State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 26 %

Georgia Southwestern State Room and Board (2007)

Georgia Southwestern State offers campus housing for 804 of its 2,159 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Americus, 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 21 meals per week.

Georgia Southwestern State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math430520
SAT Writing430520
ACT Verbal1721
ACT Math1720
ACT Composite1720

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT66%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Georgia Southwestern State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,816
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,128
Room and board $ 5,694
Room charge $ 3,300
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,394
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 5,610

Financial Aid:
Georgia Southwestern State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 157300)

Georgia Southwestern State Faculty

Georgia Southwestern State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*3$72,370

*: 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 year12$70,8956$68,764
Associate professoracademic year13$60,73912$55,509
Assistant professoracademic year17$52,88724$49,982
Instructoracademic year3$40,5838$40,758
All faculty totalacademic year45$59,13750$52,086

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

Georgia Southwestern State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Peach Belt Conference
Baseball Peach Belt Conference
Track Peach Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports234972

Georgia Southwestern State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

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

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant

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

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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