Georgia Southern University

Graduates: 2515
Undergraduates: 17891
Graduates: 2515
Setting: Large four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $3,979.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $14,045.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 0.875
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1639 / 23 / 3.24
Public/Private: Public
Male/Female Ratio: 50:50
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 63%

Georgia Southern University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,993, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 900 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Georgia Southern University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,066 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,658 (2013-14).

Georgia Southern University is a public, Carnegie Doctoral/Research university devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service. The University's hallmark is a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success. Georgia Southern's nationally accredited academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies prepare a diverse and select undergraduate and graduate student population for leadership and service as world citizens. Faculty, staff, and students embrace core values expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility. Central to the University's mission is the faculty's dedication to excellence in teaching and the development of a fertile learning environment exemplified by a free exchange of ideas, high academic expectations, and individual responsibility for academic achievement. Georgia Southern faculty are teacher-scholars whose primary responsibility is the creation of learning experiences of the highest quality, informed by scholarly practice, research, and creative activities. The University offers a student-centered environment enhanced by technology, transcultural experiences, private and public partnerships, and stewardship of a safe residential campus recognized for its natural beauty. Georgia Southern University is committed to advancing the State of Georgia and the region through the benefits of higher education, offering baccalaureate through doctoral degrees and a variety of outreach programs. The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides a comprehensive and fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific and technological advancement, athletics, and regional development.

Georgia Southern University began as First District Agricultural & Mechanical School'; its inaugural academic year began in 1908 with four faculty members and 15 students. Founded as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children, First District A&M began within two decades to shift its emphasis to meet the growing need for teachers within the state. Its name and mission were changed in 1924 to Georgia Normal School as a training ground for educators. Five years later in 1929, full-fledged senior college status was granted and the school was renamed South Georgia Teachers College. Coca Cola Plaza behind the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Ensuing decades found more name and mission changes: to Georgia Teachers College in 1939 and Georgia Southern College in 1959. The university continued program and physical expansion. The institution would experience probably its biggest change in identity in 1990 when it became known as Georgia Southern University. Since then, the University has embarked on a massive upgrade of facilities, adding more than $300 million in new construction. Georgia Southern was named a Doctoral/Research University by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006. The University is recognized in publications including U.S. News & World Reports "America's Best Colleges" and "Best Graduate Schools", Forbes "America�s Best Colleges" and most recently by Kiplinger for being one of the Top 100 Best Values among Public Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Georgia Southern�s MBA program was named one of the Best 301 in the country by The Princeton Review. The founding marker at Georgia Southern University Since 1999, two new colleges have been established: the College of Information Technology in 2001, and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health in 2004. Additional undergraduate and graduate programs were formed including doctorate degrees in psychology, public health and nursing. In 2011, the University established the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology, which combines the previous College of IT with its engineering programs. In addition, it at the same time created the College of Science and Mathematics which was previously known as the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology. Online bachelor�s degrees are available in nursing, general studies, and information technology. Master�s programs are offered in kinesiology, instructional technology, accomplished teaching, instructional improvement, higher education administration, reading education, middle grades education, secondary education, special education, and educational leadership. Additionally, the University offers master's degrees in business administration, applied economics, accounting, computer science and sport management. Georgia Southern also offers online endorsements in online teaching and learning, K-5 math, and reading. The past 13 years have represented the most significant period of growth in the University�s more than 100-year history. Not only has the University grown in enrollment, but it has also grown in physical size. With a Campus Master Plan in place, the University has continued to expand most recently with the addition of the 1,001-bed residence hall�Centennial Place. In addition, the University completely renovated and significantly expanded the Zach S. Henderson Library. The institution also recently completed the construction of the Eugene M. Bishop Alumni Center that will serve as a gathering place for alumni and friends of the University. The Center for Wildlife Education and the Botanical Garden have also been expanded. Today Georgia Southern has more than 20,000 students, more than 2,000 faculty and staff, and 117 programs of study at the bachelor�s, master�s and doctoral levels.


Chief_administrator: Brooks A. Keel (President)
Fax: 9124781156
Phone: 9124785391
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
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Undergraduate application fee: $30.00
Graduate application fee: $50.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No