Facilities

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

Facilities: This school is very diverse. The social scene on campus is filled with such a range of people that the it's almost impossible to not make new friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a very good rec center as well as very good student and university centers. Our library is also good but it needs more tables to seat students.

3 College Senior

Facilities: I get my social needs met.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The rec center is absolutely amazing, better than any gym you could pay a membership for! the student center ahs great food and so many places to relax or study and they hold great events there. Although our school spirit is low because our football team sucks we still have a lot of events during homecoming week and first week of school

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus life is great because students are all kind and get involved together

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 96th
    Best Student Centers
  • 143rd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 318th
    Best Library
  • 442nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1322nd
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Urry
Hometown
Franklin, New Jersey
Major
English, Journalism
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There are lots of comfortable places on campus designed specifically for students. Finding a place to eat, sleep, read, or do homework is almost never a problem. The equipment and furniture in both the Student Center and Recreation Center are up-to-date and clean, and the libraries are massive, with lots of computers (both Macs and PCs) and plenty of desks. There are thousands of books that cover almost every topic imaginable, too, so finding the research you need shouldn't be an issue.

The school is constantly expanding and buying property to build on, so construction is a regular occurrence here (though it's usually on the outskirts of campus or wherever new property is—not so much on the central portions of campus). They have added a lot of new housing over the past three years and bought a few buildings to expand the faculty's and staff's office spaces, as well, so some of the updates simply include moving to newer, bigger buildings already in the city. The only area the school is really lacking in facility-wise is handicap accessibility. They've made attempts at making parts of campus more wheelchair friendly, but navigating the streets and buildings still isn't an easy task.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
361
Campus Size
48 acres
Student Centers
  • Student Center
  • University Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • College of Law Library
  • University Library (made up of Library North and Library South)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Courtyard area (outside University Library)
  • Hurt Park
  • Nearby restaurants
  • Saxbys Coffee (inside library)
  • Student Center
  • University Center
Bar on Campus
None on campus, but there are several near campus. One of the most popular is Sidebar, near the Aderhold classroom building.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are several Starbucks on campus, and there is a Saxbys Coffee in the library, which is probably the most popular of the caf├ęs to hang out in.
Movie Theater on Campus
Cinefest Film Theater, Suite 240 University Center. All students, faculty, and staff get free admission with their Panther ID.
"Green" Initiatives
There are several environmental awareness groups on campus, with the most active student organization being the Sustainable Energy Tribe (or SET). The campus is lacking in several "green" areas, but these groups have implemented a campus-wide recycling program (the bins from which can be seen in almost every building) and sponsor regular awareness events.
School Slang
  • Aderhold : Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center; one of the newest classroom buildings on campus.
  • The courtyard : Not an official location, but an area enclosed by the library and some of the biggest classroom buildings of the school, like General Classroom Building and Classroom South. The courtyard is where a lot of students hang out during breaks.
  • GCB: General Classroom Building; it's probably the most frequented classroom building on campus, as there are lots of arena-style classrooms and undergraduate courses taken here.
  • GoSOLAR: Georgia State's online registration and account system.
  • GSTV : Georgia State's television station that airs on campus and online.
  • Incept: New student orientation.
  • Panther Express : A campus shuttle service for students.
  • Rec Center: Student Recreation Center, off Piedmont Avenue and Gilmer Street.
  • Signal : The on-campus student newspaper.
  • ULearn: Georgia State's online learning materials system.
Traditions
  • Annual drag show: The Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts a drag show that sells out fast every year.
  • Courtyard tables : During the campus-wide break at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, lots of student groups rent table spaces to promote their organizations. It's pretty normal to see people swarming the area.
  • Homecoming Parade & Dance: Georgia State hosts a parade that features all of the school's student organizations each spring (coordinating with the beginning of basketball season) that goes through the streets of Atlanta. The parade and the dance, which concludes the festivities, have traditionally been held in February every year, but with the official introduction of the football team in Fall 2010, the two events will be held in September instead.
  • Panther Preview: Offered every fall, this comprehensive weekend event gives prospective students in-depth information about Georgia State's programs, admissions, campus housing, and financial aid. Faculty, staff, and students are present to discuss options with visitors and give them a firsthand idea of what the University is like.
  • Panther Prowl: During the first two weeks of school, the University sets up a number of events for students, that range from arts festivals and talent shows to tailgates and dance workshops. Local radio stations usually host a show or two at some point during the two weeks, as well.
  • Rialto Week : The Rialto Center for the Performing Arts sets up a week of arts-based events every spring that are all free to students. Line-ups in the past have included comedians, dance troupes, and singers and musicians from around the country.
Favorite Things To Do
The Recreation Center is where a lot of students tend to go to burn off a little steam or just play around with friends. There's squash, racquetball, basketball, swimming, a sauna/spa, and a climbing wall that are all pretty popular. There are even game rooms to play chess, pool, or Wii in (they provide the systems and the games). Outside of sports, people tend to eat, play Frisbee in the parks nearby, or hang outside in the courtyard by the library.
Student Organizations Web Site
gsu.orgsync.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are student organizations on campus for just about every student interest, ranging from academic societies and minority/activist clubs to student-run media outlets and Greek societies. Some of the largest and most popular clubs are the Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, any one of the Greek organizations, and the student media groups. Since there's such a wide variety of clubs and organizations, most students find something they're interested in and stick with it, although there are a lot of students that simply come to campus for classes and leave. Regardless of which category you think you fit into, it's a good idea to at least look at what the University has to offer-because it's a lot.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 154 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 11 responses

  • 23% Library
  • 19% Student Center
  • 16% Courtyard area (outside University Library)
  • 16% Nearby restaurants
  • 10% University Center
  • 6% Panthers Corner Cafe
  • 6% Saxbys Coffee (inside library)
  • 3% Hurt Park

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 8 responses

  • 23% Pantherpalooza
  • 23% Panther Prowl
  • 23% Annual drag show
  • 18% Homecoming Parade & Dance
  • 9% Courtyard tables
  • 5% Panther Preview
  • 0% Rialto Week

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 28% Resident Assistants in the dorms
  • 28% Rec Center
  • 20% Office Assistant
  • 12% Student Leader positions
  • 8% University Print Shop
  • 4% Student Assistants

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 38% Visit the nearby restaurants around campus.
  • 21% Get involved/ volunteer
  • 17% Go to the nearby shopping centers
  • 17% Attend other school related functions
  • 8% Go to the basketball games

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 174 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 18% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 47% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 157 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 30% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Police

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