Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic State University, also referred to as SPSU or Southern Poly, was established in 1948 as the Technical Institute in Chamblee, Georgia, United States. The first classes were held with 116 students. It was renamed Southern Technical Institute in 1949 and moved to its present campus in Marietta, Georgia, around 1958. It went through another name change in 1987 and was named Southern College of Technology. Later in the summer of 1996, the university adopted its current name. Today, the university encompasses more than 230 acres and includes approximately 35 buildings. SPSU is made up of the following schools:

  • School of Architecture, CET, and Construction
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Computing and Software Engineering
  • School of Engineering Technology and Management

The sports teams of SPSU are nicknamed the Hornets and Lady Hornets. Their mascot is known as Horny the Hornet. The university participates in a number of men's and women's sport such as baseball, basketball, and soccer.

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Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 S. Marietta Parkway
Marietta , GA 30060-2896
General Phone: (678) 915-7778

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Southern Polytechnic State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering Technician295engineering technology, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, telecommunications tech, industrial production tech, quality control tech, quality and safety tech, mechanical engineering tech, surveying tech, ...
Computer Science and Engineering152information technology, computer science, software engineering
Real Estate and Construction Management82construction management
Business and Management67entrepreneurship
Architecture and Planning54architecture, urban planning
Media37media studies
Science15biology, physics
Liberal Arts14liberal arts and sciences, international relations
Engineering11systems engineering, construction engineering

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree55020
Award of less than 1 academic year105
Postbaccalaureate certificate246
Master's degree1459
Associate's degree31
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years51

Southern Polytechnic State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Polytechnic State had a total enrollment of 4,460 students (3,907 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 83%
Women 17%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 21%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 20%
22-24 24%
25-29 16%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%

Southern Polytechnic State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 50 %

Southern Polytechnic State Room and Board (2007)

Southern Polytechnic State offers campus housing for 1,154 of its 3,907 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Marietta, 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.

Southern Polytechnic State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490570
SAT Math520610
ACT Verbal1923
ACT Math2125
ACT Composite2024

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 SAT83%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT18%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Polytechnic State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,232
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,728
Room and board $ 5,870
Room charge $ 3,400
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,470
Books and supplies $ 1,700
Other expenses $ 2,900

Financial Aid:
Southern Polytechnic State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 157000)

Southern Polytechnic State Faculty

Southern Polytechnic 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
No academic rankcalendar year2*3$48,721
All faculty totalcalendar year2*3$48,721

*: 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 year28$75,6789$75,243
Associate professoracademic year37$65,3406$61,555
Assistant professoracademic year33$56,18820$51,551
Instructoracademic year6$35,9715$38,944
Lectureracademic year9$46,0039$45,778
All faculty totalacademic year113$62,12949$54,781

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

Southern Polytechnic State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference
Baseball Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Southern Polytechnic State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Information Technology

Construction Engineering
Systems Engineering

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other
Surveying Technology/Surveying
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Liberal Arts
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physics, General

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What Sets Southern Polytechnic State Apart:

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