About Georgia State University

Founded in 1913, Georgia State University. is a Public college. Located in Georgia, which is a city setting in Georgia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 25,228 full time undergraduate students, and 7,009 full time graduate students.

The Georgia State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 20:1. There are 1286 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Georgia State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate58%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range960-1180
ACT Range20-26

Admissions at GSU are considered Selective, with ,258% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Georgia State University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
23%
“We know about current events and vote”
55%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
18%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
22%
“Sometimes, but not often”
54%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
5%
“I”m always terrified”
16%
“I only go out in groups”
54%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
25%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
56%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
11%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
24%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
66%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
5%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
32%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
61%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
2%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
9%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
42%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
17%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
16%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
22%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Georgia State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    523 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    417 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    592 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    612 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    612 Students rated class size 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    609 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    610 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    612 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Georgia State University?

433 Students rated Georgia State University

Caitlyn - 06/14/2022

I chose GSU because of its metropolitan location and educational opportunities. I was surprised by the student involvement and have found a supportive network. I am personally a member of a student organization and I appreciate the opportunities that are available for students.

Khushi - 04/01/2022

I do believe that Georgia State University has many opportunities in both academics and extracurricular activities. Although sports are not my main priority, I am aware that my college is active in various sports. I was definitely a little uncomfortable and nervous at the start of college. Within a year, I felt more safe and welcomed. I’ve made friends I thought. I have been able to explore new places outside my campus. All my professors have been very interactive and helpful to all students! It will take time to get used to the environment, but overall a great school!

Yuri - 03/18/2022

Parents are supposed to push you past your goals, or at least, that’s what I always believed. I was raised in the generation of “you can do anything if you put your mind to it.” My parents followed that philosophy, and they saw value in formal education. It was their love of passion for education that led me to my educational goals and set my eyes on Georgia state university. From as far back as I can remember, I knew I didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of my parents, at least not when it came to working. My father had worked in landscaping most his life and my mother had been a housewife since migrating from Mexico. They were both content with the simplicity of their lives and wanted the same for me. I remember my father telling me that college was “expensive”. I knew, however, that I wanted a career in the city that would be more challenging than simple farm life could provide. The only way to make that possible would be through formal education and a college degree. While my parents may not understand the cost of formal education, I know it is essential for my future. Georgia State University has helped me immensely by making me realize that without a strong support system I might not be as successful. In a way, this has been the strongest source of motivation. And for that, I am forever grateful.

Jillian - 11/26/2021

Georgia State University is truly the worst school I've attended. I completed a full year of college courses that were all on the path to my major in high school, and I was still put in freshman classes for the first semester. The second semester was rough for me due to personal issues, and out of the 5 instructors that I emailed about my situation, 2 didn't respond and 1- the department head of her subject- was nonchalant and said the syllabus accounted for situations like mine which was not true. I was still eager to try the "real" college experience for the next semester, so I re-enrolled despite my grades. The bill ended up being too much for me, so I needed to withdraw. I got notifications for EVERYTHING else but the withdrawal period- which I later found buried in their convoluted website. I had to move out of housing and pay the bill for withdrawing. However, I later got charged nearly 3,000 for housing fees which included a fee I had already paid twice. The WORST things about this school is anything regarding finances. The financial aid department responded to none of the 2 emails I sent, the housing guy I was referred to never responded, and teachers will make you pay for books and programs only to say they won't be using them later. I almost couldn't re-enroll because of a hold that they refer you to the financial aid office to get removed, and when they FINALLY picked up, even they seemed confused until I was informed I had to take a financial counseling session online- which was extremely hard to find with no direction. When I told them it was completed, they told me to wait 2-3 business. They didn't tell me what for, and when I asked, they just said it was for Panther Answer to respond to this case. This school has nonchalant and unaware professors, a TERRIBLE financial aid department, and made me despise college. The only good thing I can say is that this experience has led me to searching for trade schools and/or certifications for what I truly want to do now.

Georgia State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Georgia State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Georgia State University is 58%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear Juan, This is your future self writing to you. I know that you have selected certain choices regarding your future and how you view your outlook on life. You feel that life is to harsh and that it is very difficult for the poor class to even think of going to college. I know that you may think college is to difficult and expensive and beyond your reach. You will by this time have opted to go to the military in the hopes of paying for college this way, you will also make a priority to try and get a vehicle before going to college. I am writing this letter to you to try and convince you otherwise. The fafsa will assist you with 80% of your financial need. You will also be able to borrow funds through subsudized loans. This funds borrowed will be much cheaper then purchasing that vehicle that will break down on you in 5 years and will be unusable. I urge you my past self to change your plans and go to college right after high school as this will be the best course of action for you. Sincerly, Juan Benitez

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Open to new classroom friendships

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  4. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A very diverse person.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Georgia State is a fun, exciting, diversified school.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    I came here because my major (music technology). The music technology program here is a lot of fun and I've learned a lot.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    its location and openness. anyone is capable of waling into our campus.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone looking for a good public education that is still prestigious enough for it's credit.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I knew how open the campus was.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    For its diverse student population.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Definitely the campus. It's not a traditional college campus, which I like. I can walk around the heart of Atlanta while being close to my classes.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    This school has a lot of research opportunities. Furthermore, the careercenter has a lot of opportunities and preparation for like after university. There are also many programs for lower income students, single parents, and/or non-traditional students. I especially love the diversity of the campus and the plethora of major options.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating part of Georgia State is the amount of people and the size of the univeristy. The university is too small, and the amount of students attending is far more than the university can hold. For instance, during finals week at Georgia State, there is absolutely no room in the library to study from 10am-3pm. The amount of students in the classes are also huge, which makes it hard to meet with professors and get the right amount of help while also making impossible for a professor to remember who you are.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereotype at GSU is that the majority of students are nontraditional (older working individuals going back to school after entering the workforce). This stereotype is not accurate at all! GSU has over 30,000 students, and most of the students I have encountered are traditional students fresh out of high school.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    I consider the academics at my school above average. Professors generally know me by my name. My favorite classes are the ones for my major which is psychology. My least favorite classes are those dealing with global issues and other political science topics. Students do not study as much as they need to. Seniors study the most and then it declines with class. Class participation is very, very common. Students do engage in intellectual conversations outside of class often. Students do tend to be secrety competitive which only motivates them to do better and excel. The most unique class I have ever taken was one abroad in Ireland which was titled the psychological causes and consequences of terorrism. Psychology is thought to be an easy subject, but is actually a very challenging major. Towards your upper level classes, writing becomes more intense and so does the sunject matter. The psychology department provides lots of opportunities to get involved with doing things towards your psychology career. I normally do not spend time with my professors outside of class. I feel the school's academic requirements is normal. The education at this school is geared towards learning I think more so than getting a job. I thik this also depends on your major, for psychology is useful information in life in general.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Georgia State University is what keeps downtown Atlanta alive. Most of the businesses around the campus open and close with the university. Many of the corporations in Atlanta provide connections for many of the students and eventually become our employers. Though enrollment has been increasing each year, causing the campus to be a little overcrowded, there is no doubt that attending Georgia State University can result in you making lasting connections, no matter your major. There are plenty of areas on campus that service the students' needs whether we need to study, eat, watch TV, workout, get homework done, or take a nap between classes. Because we are what keeps downtown Atlanta alive, the school pride is immense as we cheer on your athletic teams, especially the new football team and the basketball team. With so much variety at Georgia State, it is often hard to feel out of place.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Giving back to the community in various ways which is commendable.

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  18. Why did you decide to go to this school?

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  19. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Many students attend sports events on campus, but since we were founded as a commuter school, not many students regularly attend games. Are football team is new and is working out the kinks. However, our volleyball teams and basketball teams have more successful records.

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  20. What are your classes like?

    ranges from 20-250 ppl. since i'm a bschool major, our classes are mostly lectures, but i'm sure if you're an arts major, it's more hands on.

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  21. When you step off campus what do you see?

    Depending on where you go- the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Underground Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium or the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Student Body

Students

59%

female

41%

male

25,228

Total Undergrad Enrollment

7,009

Total Grad Students

10%

Out-Of-State

88%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

329

Student Organizations

10

Fraternities

13

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

13%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
13%
% Black or African-American
42%
% Hispanic/Latino
10%
% White or Caucasian
25%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

94% of students attending Georgia State University receive some sort of financial aid. 57% were awarded federal grants. While 53% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$23,542

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,600

Books and Supplies

$14,084

Room and Board

39,226

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,820
$30 - $48K
$13,663
$48 - $75K
$15,984
$75 - $110K
$18,204
$110K & UP
$18,542

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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