Georgia State University
Georgia State University is a large public university located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The university was founded in 1913, and today is part of the University System of Georgia. Georgia State is the leading urban research institution in the Southeast.
The university’s current enrollment exceeds 30,000 students. It offers 55 degree programs at the bachelors, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. GSU’s six colleges are the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Health and Human Services, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the Robinson College of Business, and the College of Law. These six colleges offer 250 areas of study.
The Robinson College of Business is the sixth largest business school in the US. Its programs are ranked among the best in the nation. In addition to the undergraduate programs, the college offers an Executive MBA, a Flex MBA, and an Executive Doctorate.
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies offers degrees in Economics and Public Management and Policy. It is one of the country’s best policy schools. The College of Law is ranked by National Jurist magazine as the best value in the country for law schools. It offers both a traditional full time program and a part time program for non-traditional students.
Georgia State University has a strong athletics program. Sixteen different sports are offered for men and women. The GSU Panthers participate in NCAA Division I athletics in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference. The university just launched its inaugural football season this fall. Head coach Bill Curry has been developing and directing the program for two years, and their season is off to an exciting start. The opening game against Shorter College was an impressive 41-7 win for the Panthers.
The university partners with other institutions to conduct research in many disciplines. Their research focuses on the areas of biomedicine, the brain and behavior, urban health, and language and literacy. GSU has state of the art core research facilities and support labs.
The campus occupies approximately 35 acres in downtown Atlanta, with more than 40 buildings. In 2006 the university embarked on a $1 billion dollar expansion program, which will include more than a dozen new buildings, a major renovation of the library complex, additional student housing, and streetscape improvements. All of this will be needed to keep pace with the fastest growing enrollment in the university system.