Georgia State University

Georgia State University

Founded in 1913, Georgia State University or GSU is an urban research university, located in downtown Atlanta. The university serves over 28,000 students, and is one of the four research universities in the University System of Georgia. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its six academic divisions which include:

  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Health & Human Sciences
  • College of Law
  • J. Mack Robinson College of Business

The University boasts of five student-run media organizations. They are:

  • GSTV, closed-circuit television
  • New South, literary journal
  • Rampway Online, online magazine
  • The Signal and Urbanite, weekly newspaper

The sports teams of GSU are known as the Panthers.

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Georgia State University
33 gilmer st
Atlanta , GA 30303-3083
General Phone: (404) 413-2000

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Georgia State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,636business, business management, non-profit management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, financial planning, human resources, international business, ...
Liberal Arts1,016African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, language translation, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, ...
Education and Teaching737education, educational administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, educational statistics, social foundations of education, special ed, education of disabled, education of physically impaired, ...
Science399biology, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling343psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, physical therapy
Photography and Commercial Art234film studies, drawing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine189registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Media187communication studies, journalism
Family and Social Work150public administration, public policy analysis, social work
Computer Science and Engineering137computer and info science, computer science
Security and Law Enforcement96criminal justice and safety
Medicine70gerontology, public health, health professions
Religion and Philosophy69philosophy, religion
Real Estate and Construction Management67real estate
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy56parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management, vocational counseling, dietitian
Music52music performance
Hospitality50hospitality management
Medical Support and Technology38respiratory care tech
Medical Administration20health care administration
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Engineering3operations research
Fine Arts2art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management1natural resources management

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Postbaccalaureate certificate288
Bachelor's degree3,63053
Master's degree1,69074
Doctor's degree20027
Post-master's certificate624
First-professional degree1851

Georgia State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Georgia State had a total enrollment of 27,134 students (26,649 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 25%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 41%
Black 27%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 9%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 20%
22-24 23%
25-29 18%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%

Georgia State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 65 %

Georgia State Room and Board (2007)

Georgia State offers campus housing for 2,450 of its 26,649 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Georgia State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490590
SAT Math490590
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2125

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT15%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Georgia State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,056
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,624
Room and board $ 10,960
Room charge $ 6,746
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,584
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,798

Financial Aid:
Georgia State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 157400)

Georgia State Faculty

Georgia 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 year6$166,2412*
Associate professorcalendar year2*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$91,087
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
Lecturercalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year10$138,18311$89,072

*: 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 year143$123,27043$105,312
Associate professoracademic year165$79,000135$72,821
Assistant professoracademic year142$68,903188$62,024
Instructoracademic year29$48,07963$44,626
Lectureracademic year61$42,78574$43,258
All faculty totalacademic year540$82,316503$63,682

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

Georgia State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference
Baseball Atlantic Sun Conference
Track Atlantic Sun Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4189130

Georgia State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
General Merchandising/Sales/Related Marketing Operations, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

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

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources Management and Policy

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

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Orthopedic/Oth Phys Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Educational/Instructional Media Design
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Operations Research

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Economics
Language Interpretation and Translation
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

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

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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