Georgia State University

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School Overview

Georgia State University is one of four research institutions in the University System of Georgia. Also known as GSU, it is a public university located in downtown Atlanta offering over 250 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated GSU as a “Research University/Very High Activity” (RU/VH).

GSU is a large school, with an enrollment of more than 32,000 students, 75% of which are undergraduates. It is considered a commuter campus, but over 70% attend GSU full-time. The school has an economic impact on the Atlanta area of almost $1.5 billion per year.

Over 3,000 faculty members teach throughout eight different colleges. Nearly 70% of GSU faculty are tenured or on tenure track. The University Library and Law Library act as a federal document depository, together holding more than 4.3 million volumes.

Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 4009
Atlanta, GA 30302-4009
(404) 413-2500
Fax: (404) 413-2002

Contact: Scott Burke
Director of Admissions
Main Address
PO Box 3985
Atlanta, GA 30302-3985
(404) 413-2000

Total undergrads: 20,846
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,803
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,179
Graduate enrollment: 6,745

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 55%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 83%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $5,484 $5,844 $8,298 $8,698 +4.82%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,820 $9,225 $9,225 $9,225 0.00%
Other $3,906 $4,040 $4,040 $4,040 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $10,986 $8,880 $9,225 $9,225 0.00%
Other $3,906 $4,490 $4,040 $4,040 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $19,210 $20,109 $22,563 $22,963 +1.77%
In-state Off Campus $21,376 $20,214 $22,563 $22,963 +1.77%
In-state with Family $6,484 $6,844 $9,298 $9,698 +4.30%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,200
In-state Student Fees $1,628
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $28,800
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,628

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,513 88%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,513 88% $16,896,779 $6,724
• Federal grants 1,062 37% $4,648,210 $4,377
• Pell grants 1,062 37% $3,763,459 $3,544
• Other federal grants 893 31% $884,751 $991
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,045 72% $12,100,759 $5,917
Institutional grants or scholarships 137 5% $147,810 $1,079
Student loan financial aid 1,355 48% $5,158,055 $3,807
• Federal student loans 1,343 47% $4,888,034 $3,640
• Other student loans 46 2% $270,021 $5,870

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3830 1970 424 117
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 16 9 5
African-american/black Studies 13 3
Women’s Studies 3 6 5
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 222 69 18
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 222 69 17
Neuroscience 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1174 660 9 3
Accounting 269 52 1
Actuarial Science 19 14
Business Administration and Management 241 16 2
Business/commerce 443
Business/managerial Economics 34 2
Finance 250 34 1
Financial Planning and Services 7
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 3
Hospitality Administration/management 60
Insurance 39 14 1
International Business/trade/commerce 11
Marketing/marketing Management 206 12 2
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 3
Real Estate 53 12 2
Taxation 43
Communication and Journalism Programs 234 16 3
Journalism 181
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 53 16 3
Computing and Information Sciences 125 52 15
Computer and Information Sciences 88 21 4
Computer Science 37 31 11
Education 236 530 47 71
Art Teacher Education 21 4
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 89 5 20
Education 17
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Multiple Disabilities 40
Education/teaching Of Individuals With orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments 6
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Speech or Language Impairments 19
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 7
Educational Leadership and Administration 34 14
Educational Statistics and Research Methods 2
Educational/instructional Technology 35 2
English/language Arts Teacher Education 37
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 35
Kindergarten/preschool Education and Teaching 137 31 2 22
Mathematics Teacher Education 25
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 78 18
Reading Teacher Education 57
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 30
Social Studies Teacher Education 44
Special Education and Teaching 5
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 15 15
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 17 1
Operations Research
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 120 23 11
Creative Writing 3
English Language and Literature 120 20 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 94 16
French Language and Literature 16 5
German Language and Literature 4 3
Linguistics 24
Spanish Language and Literature 50 8
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 173 175 43 13
Adult Health Nurse/nursing 2
Dietetics/dietitian 19
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 43
Health/health Care Administration/management 15
Pediatric Nurse/nursing 1
Physical Therapy/therapist 40
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing 1
Public Health 52 9
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 3
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 117 40
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 37
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 25
History 98 10 4
History 98 10 4
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 92 10
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 92 10
Human Services 80 92 4
Public Administration 54
Public Policy Analysis 36 4
Social Work 44 38
Legal and Law Studies 199
Law 199
Mathematics and Statistics 18 17
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics 18 17
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 29 25
Accounting and Computer Science 2
Gerontology 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 29 16
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 1 50 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 1
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 50
Physical Sciences 51 51 22
Astronomy 3
Chemistry 39 30 13
Geology and Earth Science 6 8
Physics 6 13 6
Psychology 320 41 23 18
Educational Psychology 10 4
Psychology 320 14 14
School Psychology 17 5 18
Social Sciences 488 79 23 6
Anthropology 35 15
Economics 62 30 12
Geography 5 7 4
International Economics 11
Political Science and Government 150 8 2
Social Sciences, Other 1
Sociology 220 2 9
Urban Studies/affairs 5 17 1
Visual and Performing Arts 259 45
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3
Drawing 126 8
Film/cinema/video Studies 95
Music Performance 38 34
Work and Family Studies 1
Adult Development and Aging 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Regional Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drawing B
Film Studies B
Music – General Performance B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B
Respiratory Therapy B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Gerontology B
Global Studies B
Interdisciplinary studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Economics B
Political Science/Government B,C
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Georgia State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(404) 413-2000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:33 gilmer st, Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:32,237
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):53%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:26,423 (82% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,974
Out-of-state Tuition:$23,542
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,484

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Georgia State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Georgia State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies333
Biological and Biomedical Sciences222
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services710156
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs211
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services232
English Language and Literature/Letters121
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics143
Health Professions and Related Programs5353
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service111
Legal Professions and Studies1
Mathematics and Statistics111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies113
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies22
Physical Sciences343
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2221
Social Sciences5763
Visual and Performing Arts133
Grand total36528437

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Georgia State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Georgia State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,600

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,36694%
Grant or scholarship aid3,18989%$9,484
Student loan aid1,92854%$5,845

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid17,93471%$7,392
Federal student loans13,98256%$6,795

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Georgia State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Georgia State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants16,3485,94910,399
Percent admitted100%61%57%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%27%23%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Georgia State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment32,237
Undergraduate enrollment25,228
Graduate enrollment7,009

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Georgia State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (Intensive English Program)
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
    • Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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