Academics

Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
18,059
Tuition (in-state)
$27,874 ($9,664)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Academics: A bit more difficult as I'm concentrating on pre-medical classes.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There is an extreme variety of majors to choose from to best suit many people's needs. Furthermore, I'd like to say in the case of my particular area of study (pre-med concentration) there are very few great professors who are actually student-friendly and are able to teach the courses in an efficient manner acceptable to most students. The curriculum can be very difficult and time consuming, especially depending on the semester you are enrolled in (ie. maymester, summer semester,etc.).

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I am a Psychology Pre-Med major. The Psychology courses are very intriguing, yet require much reading. In contrast, the courses that I have to take to fulfill my pre-med requirements are dreadful. They are very time consuming and have an extreme difficulty level. The perks of this particular major are that there are many different job/internship opportunities upon graduation. There is a variety of routes one can take when involved in the healthcare industry.

4 College Freshman

Academics: School isn't particularly too hard and excessive.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It's got a great music program!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 503rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 662nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 780th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 916th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 985th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Urry
Hometown
Franklin, New Jersey
Major
English, Journalism
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Georgia State's academics aren't as consistent as those of other research universities in the state. With a very large faculty of qualified professors, there are also a lot of visiting professors and non-faculty, which is often why the school is viewed as having average academics. However, professors that are fresh out of grad school are hardly ever seen teaching junior or senior-level courses. With a reputation as a "back-up school" or a "commuter school," Georgia State has tightened its standards for admission over the past three or four years and grown a lot in standing amongst other, more traditional schools. By gradually becoming the first or second choice for students rather than the next best thing, the value of students' degrees at Georgia State seems to be ever increasing. 
 
The difficulty of the curriculum usually depends on the professor. Two students taking the same course from two different professors will have very different experiences. This happens more often in introductory classes. In terms of professor/student interaction, all professors are required to have office hours, so there is little excuse for students not to communicate with their teachers. The smaller, upper-level courses usually have a more intimate atmosphere, so it's not uncommon for students and teachers to have discussions outside of the classroom at bars and coffee shops off campus. Most of the teachers and department personnel relate well to students and are willing to help when approached. There are also many avenues for academic guidance, but it is truly up to each individual student to take advantage of them.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,088
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
380
Total FT Faculty
1,162
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$77,575
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Part-Time Retention Rate
58%
Transfer-Out Rate
17%
Graduation Rate
51%
Programs/Majors Offered
99
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 17%
  • 20 to 49 students: 68%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological and physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Freshman learning communities available
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online classes vary by college and semester. Some areas of study offer more online courses because they require less class participation and discussion, while other areas necessitate professor-student interaction on a regular basis. In other words, if you're a foreign language or English major, don't expect a lot of online options to be available. But if you're a finance or biology major, you may have more options. Those that do take online courses often use a few different Internet-based applications to turn in homework, engage in school chat sessions, and post questions and discussion topics. Which ones you use are up to your professor, who will also usually schedule a few days out of the semester for the entire class to meet on campus. Don't expect a lot of student-teacher collaboration in these courses, though. It's a big university with a lot of students, so if you want a professor to truly take an interest in your work, take a course that meets on campus.
Best Places to Study
  • Aderhold Building: There are armchairs and long tables on every floor that students use frequently. The quietest floors are the two top levels. The first floor has computers and printers, too, which also make it the busiest floor.
  • Cafeterias: There are several cafeterias on campus that students tend to camp out in. The least busy of the group is probably the booths in the Student University Center, near the restaurant Pasta Creations.
  • Classroom South: There are armchairs on every floor, opposite the classrooms. The fourth and fifth floors are usually the quietest, as they are the few without auditorium classrooms.
  • Group Study Rooms: These closed rooms are on the second through fifth floors of the University Library and are available to reserve online. They're good places to meet for group projects.
  • Library South: In the same building as Library North, there are lots of tables and study booths on each floor of this library. It's usually quieter than Library North.
  • Saxbys Coffee: A lot of students study in this coffee shop located in Library North. It too can be noisy during peak break times-or in the morning-but it's a good place to study during the later parts of the day.
  • Student Center: There are lots of armchairs on the first three floors of this building, which is shared with the University Center. It can be noisy in between classes, but otherwise comfortable.
  • Upper floors of Library North: There are five floors with dozens of desks on all of them. If the rows of desks at the beginning of each floor are crowded, check the perimeters-there are always quiet booths open.
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved, especially with organizations that are related to your area of study. The University is too big and has too many student groups and clubs for someone not to participate. If you don't do it for the social bonus, then do it because of the value it has and initiative it shows on a resume.
  • Get prerequisites and core classes out of the way during your first two years of college. It makes scheduling the last two years much easier.
  • Go to class. If the class is primarily lecture-based and the notes or outlines aren't posted online, the tests and finals will be a lot easier to take if you've been there to at least take notes on the test topics.
  • Map out the classes you need a few semesters ahead of time; a lot of upper-level courses are only offered once a year.
  • Research the professors of the courses you've registered for before the class starts.
Did You Know?
Georgia State is one of four publicly-funded research institutions in the state of Georgia, which includes the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Medical College of Georgia. They are considered regionally prestigous institutions, and GSU is regularly aligned and affiliated with all three.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 155 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 31 responses

  • 37% Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges - rapper, producer
  • 14% Ken Lewis - former CEO, Bank of America
  • 10% Michael Gearon Jr. - NBA/NHL team owner (Atlanta)
  • 8% Glenn Richardson - former Georgia state representative
  • 8% WIlliam DuVall - lead singer, Alice in Chains
  • 7% Jody Powell - former White House press secretary
  • 7% Richard H. Lenny - director of McDonald's Corp.
  • 4% Julia Roberts
  • 3% Lanard Copeland - former NBA player
  • 1% Charles Shapiro - American diplomat
  • 1% Coy Bowles

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 155 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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