For Students Who Want to Do Big Things
Georgia State University, a leading research university located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, makes big things possible. Committed to academic excellence, energized by a wealth of resources and opportunities, and dedicated to service and study locally and around the world, GSU gives you the means and motivation to do big things—now and in the future.
Challenging Academics, Quality Instruction
Georgia State is a designated research university, serving more than 32,000 students with eight schools and colleges, 100 fields of study, and 250 degree programs. Our admissions standards are accessible yet competitive, for a challenging academic environment that emphasizes writing, research, and problem solving across the curriculum. The qualities that attract professionals to Atlanta—a brisk business environment, thriving arts community, vibrant sports scene, and reasonable cost of living—also help us attract accomplished professors, so you get top-notch instruction.
Past, Present, and Your Future
Georgia State University is building new traditions all the time—like football, which we added in 2010!—but our most established tradition is change. What began in 1913 as an “Evening School of Commerce” has over the years evolved into a leading research university with a traditional campus culture. In the past 15 years alone we have added five new residence halls, a renovated performing arts venue, a new student center, a state-of-the-art recreation center, and a $150 million science center. These improvements reflect our commitment to helping you earn a respected, marketable degree and reach your full potential through a complete college experience.
Educating the Whole Student
At Georgia State University, we strive to support your social, academic, and personal development. Here are just a few of the programs and resources that help ensure your success at Georgia State and beyond:
- Freshmen Learning Communities, an acclaimed voluntary program for first-year students that creates a small community within the larger university.
- Honors College for high-achieving students.
- Digital Aquarium with instructional support for a range of sophisticated audio/visual presentation skills.
- Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements to ensure strong communications skills.
- On-campus housing with optional special-interest Living-Learning Communities, Lifestyle floors, and first-year and sophomore programs.
- 300+ student organizations for leadership, social, and service opportunities.
- 19 Division I NCAA sports, including football, plus intramural sports.
And much, much more …
Our professors are more than just professors—they are professionals too. It’s great when you can have somebody who actually practices what they teach. Our professors have firsthand experience and many are conducting research in the field they are teaching.”
Why did you choose GSU?
I ended up choosing GSU because of the size, diversity, and proximity to home. I wanted to attend a large university like Georgia State. My high school was diverse and I knew that I would want the same environment throughout my college career.
What advice would you give to a high school student who is applying to Georgia State?
I would say research scholarship opportunities. In addition to applying to Georgia State, students should also be applying for scholarships. There is a scholarship out there for almost everything.
What clubs or organizations are you a part of and how easy is it for students to get involved in student life?
Georgia State offers different ways for students to become involved, and everybody can find an organization that is a perfect fit. Currently I serve as the social chair for La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc., and I am the treasurer for the Latin American Student Association. Being involved on campus is the key to success.
As a student, what impact does the faculty play in developing your professional skills and goals?
Our professors are more than just professors—they are professionals too. I think it’s great when you can have somebody who actually practices what they teach. Our professors have firsthand experience and many are conducting research in the field they are teaching, and they usually incorporate this research in the classroom.
Where is your favorite place in Atlanta to hang out?
My favorite place is Piedmont Park. Some of my friends think that I’m crazy because I love running there from school. There’s also a great view of the city and it looks spectacular at night. In the spring I love renting a bike from Touch the Earth and riding around during the afternoons. A lot of people like going to Piedmont Park to ride bikes, walk, or play sports like soccer or volleyball.
Plans after college?
After college I plan to pursue a master’s degree in international business, then work for a firm that handles large marketing and advertising campaigns that transcend different countries, languages, and cultures. Being from the South, the World of Coca-Cola would be the ideal job. I still marvel at the fact that a beverage company is responsible for society’s image of Santa Claus.
List one fun fact about yourself:
My fastest mile is 4 minutes and 50 seconds.