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Academics and Rankings
The largest university in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, Georgia State provides a challenging academic environment that emphasizes research and practical experience across the curriculum. Its Atlanta Campus offers more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study at the bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Operating at five campuses throughout metro Atlanta, the university's Perimeter College provides more than 30 associate degree pathways to more freshmen than any other college or university in Georgia.
Georgia State's dedication to student success has drawn national accolades.
- No. 2 most innovative university in the U.S.†
- No. 3 best undergraduate teaching in the U.S.†
- No. 1 public university in the country for commitment to teaching†
- No. 5 for first-year experience†
- No. 8 in the nation for social mobility†
- No. 1 best value law school‡
- No. 1 public or nonprofit university in the U.S. to confer undergraduate degrees to African-Americans*
- No. 1 public or nonprofit university in Georgia to confer undergraduate and graduate degrees to AfricanAmericans, Asians and Latinos*
† U.S. News & World Report (2019)
‡ National Jurist (2018)
* Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2018)
With more than 53,000 students, we've proven that students from all backgrounds can succeed at the same level.
- 50% bachelor’s degree students, 36% associate degree students, 14% graduate and law students
- Students from every county in Georgia, every state in the nation and more than 170 countries
- Nearly 3,000 international students
- One of the nation’s most diverse universities†
- Asian = 14%; Black (non-Hispanic) = 39%; Hispanic = 11%* ; Multiracial = 6%; White (non-Hispanic) = 26%
* Because ethnicity is calculated separately from race, and because race sometimes goes unreported, the figures above may not equal 100%.
Faculty and Staff
Atlanta's quality of life helps Georgia State attract top-notch faculty, staff and administrators.
- More than 8,200 faculty and staff
- More than 92 percent of full-time faculty with the highest degree in their field
COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
- Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
- Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing & Health Professions
- College of the Arts
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Education & Human Development
- College of Law
- Honors College
- Institute for Biomedical Sciences
- Perimeter College
- J. Mack Robinson College of Business
- School of Public Health
- The Graduate School
A Commitment to Student Success
Georgia State is recognized as a national leader in helping students achieve academic success. Over a decade, it raised graduation rates by 22 percentage points, the most dramatic increase of any national university. Georgia State has used predictive analytics of student performance and proactive advising interventions to:
- increase semester-to-semester retention rates by 5 percent
- reduce time-to-degree for graduating students by almost half a semester
- bring more than 9,000 students back to school with Panther Retention Grants
- save students more than $15 million per year in unnecessary tuition and fees
- save Georgia taxpayers millions in support costs for public education because students are graduating more quickly
A Growing Research Institution
Since gaining research university status in 1996, Georgia State has rapidly built a dynamic and productive research enterprise that addresses major health and societal challenges. It is one of 115 leading research universities in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Faculty received more than $147 million in grants in fiscal year 2017, a university research funding record.
Arts and Culture
Georgia State is a vital part of the vibrant arts and entertainment community of downtown Atlanta. Its top-notch venues, including the Rialto Center for the Arts and highly regarded programs in music, art, creative writing and film, make the university a center of creativity and artistic expression.
A Catalyst for Downtown Development
The growth and development of Georgia State’s campus are recognized by civic leaders as essential to the increasing vitality of downtown Atlanta. Through construction and building acquisitions, the university has created a new academic corridor on the eastern side of Woodruff Park consisting of new homes for its College of Law, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, College of Arts & Sciences and Creative Media Industries Institute.
Georgia State contributes to the economies of Atlanta and the South.
- $2.5 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta each year
- An annual budget of more than $1 billion
Georgia State is where city life meets campus life.
- Six residence halls housing more than 5,200 students
- More than 400 student organizations, including 31 fraternities and sororities
- Seven campus dining locations
- Modern Student Recreation Center
- 25 intramural sports and 25 sports clubs
Georgia State alumni, numbering more than 190,000 worldwide, include leaders in almost every field. More than 130,000 live in Georgia.
The Athletics program is a source of spirit and pride for the university.
- 16 NCAA Division I teams competing in the Sun Belt Conference
- Football team that plays at Georgia State Stadium and participates in the Football Bowl Subdivision
- Student-athletes who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for eight years • Conference-leading graduation success rate of 88 percent
- Nickname: Panthers
- Mascot name: Pounce
- Colors: Blue and white