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Georgia State University

Georgia, United States

About Georgia State University

Georgia State University fondly known as GSU is an enterprising public research institution that is located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia and was founded in1913; it is the largest institution of higher education of the University System of Georgia and is included between the 4th research universities of the system. The GSU has eight academic colleges where they offer more than 250 graduate and undergraduate programs in a semester-based academic calendar. The most popular majors of undergraduate programs at the Georgia State University are psychology, biology/ Biological Sciences and Accounting. On the other hand, for graduate students, the popular programs include the College of Business, College of Law and College of Education. Also, the university is recognized as a leader in creating innovative approaches that help to grow the success of students from all academic, socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia in the Gilmer Street, close to the Georgia State Capitol and the Grady Memorial Hospital which is the main Hospital in Atlanta. Its setting is urban since is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by malls, supermarkets, restaurants, banks and lots of public transportation stops so is easy for students to move around the area.


The campus size of the Georgia State University is 518 acres with 52 building around campus. The GSU campus has grown over the years with multiples renovations during the years to avoid historical buildings like the Pullen Library to deteriorate. The GSU has a mission of Auxiliary and Support Services that is in charge of providing high quality administrative and educational support services to the community in order to positively impact the quality of campus life with the following services: ATM Banking, Mail Services, Parking and Security Service all this inside of the infrastructure of the campus.

Residing Options

The Georgia State University provides pages on their website with the information students might need in order to choose and option of on-campus housing, between those options they have Greek Housing which is a community that consists on fraternities and sororities living in a three-story town homes; the Patton Hall which is a dorm style residence where residents share a bathroom; the Piedmont Central which is one of the newest housing residence that is also dorm style; the Piedmont North with double and triple occupancy rooms; the University Commons which are apartment style building with 15 stories and the last option is the University Lofts that offers 231 fully furnished apartments. On the other hand, for off-campus housing the Georgia State University has partnered with Places4Students, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing solutions for college students and the best part is that is a free service.


Atlanta, Georgia weather is mostly humid like in all the state with an average temperature of 61°F with a summer of 4 months being July the hottest month with a temperature of 81°F with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in June. However, the cold season lasts 3 months from December to February with the coldest month being January with an average temperature of 45°F and the rainiest month being February. In other words, if moving to Atlanta to enroll in the Georgia State University is on your plans don't worry much about the climate since it doesn't suffer from extreme temperatures.

Faculty and pedagogy

The Georgia State University is committed to research in its centers and institutes, where students can get involved and present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference with the help of the professor that will refine the student's skills teaching them not only academic information but values and principles. Students claim that professors are very informative and helpful and they manage to find some time for students if some doubt comes up.

Financial aid

Georgia State University views its financial aid program as an investment in students and their futures. The GSU is publicly funded with support primarily through taxes from U.S citizens in the state of Georgia. Therefore, resources are limited for international students but they are still eligible for Campus Atlanta Scholarship for Out-of-State Students which offers merit-based waivers based on academic performance in high school or based on college GPA. Also, Graduate students may apply for scholarships, but incoming graduate students must be accepted to GSU and have attended at least one semester to be eligible and the scholarships depend on the department the student is applying to.

Jobs and placements

The GSU student employment options offer Federal Work-Study Program for undergraduate students with financial need. Also, The University has created a new work program called the Panther Work Program which is very similar to FWSP and is awarded by the Student Financial Aid Office; students who apply to this program will be paid up to $8.75 per hour.

Crowd and campus life

The Georgia State University has a total enrollment 32,080 students including graduate and undergraduates with a sex ratio of 41% male and 59% female. The Georgia State University is recognized for being the most ethnically diverse college in Georgia and of the most ethnically diverse in the United States and for years has been recognized for being one of the top producers of degrees awarded to African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. Since the Georgia State University campus is an open campus, it gives the students full access to the entire downtown Atlanta area. Students enjoy their free time visiting The Georgia Aquarium, Coca Cola Factory, and Atlanta Zoo or going to near clubs and bars like the Red Phone Booth, the M Bar and Tabernacle.


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  • Sam Massell- former mayor of Atlanta
  • Julia Roberts- actress (attended)

  • Verdict

    The GSU is a great public research institution that is perfect for those seeking to meet people from diverse backgrounds and those interested to live in a campus with unsurpassed connections to the city's business, government, nonprofit and cultural communities as well as opportunities in an environment of varied ideas, cultures, ages, lifestyles and experiences.

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