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Georgia Southern University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Georgia Southern University offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University (GSU) is the largest research university in southeast Georgia and a member of the University System of Georgia. Located on a 900-acre campus in Statesboro, the school hosts students from almost every state in the U.S., as well as students from more than 90 nations. Since 1935, GSU has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Through eight academic colleges, students have 124 undergraduate and graduate programs of study from which to choose, including business, education, health sciences and information technology. GSU also offers online, teacher certification, study abroad, weekend/evening, ROTC and continuing education programs. The student-faculty ratio is 22 to 1, and about one quarter of classes had 19 or fewer students, according to 2012 data from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR). Business, management and marketing were the most popular majors in 2012, per USNWR information. Other popular majors included education, engineering technologies, health professions and liberal arts and sciences. Many of GSU's online programs were ranked among best online programs by USNWR in 2014, such as online bachelor's programs, graduate business programs and graduate education programs.


Prospective GSU students can apply for admission online or via hard copy, along with a $30 application fee. In addition to the application and fee, individuals need to submit transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. The university reviews those items, along with one's grades in high school math, English, foreign language, science and social science classes. For freshman considering enrollment for spring 2014, the application deadline is December 1, 2013, while fall 2014 applicants have until May 1, 2014.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the school accepts dual credit, credit for life experiences and AP credits. Of the more than 20,000 students attending the school in 2012, nearly 18,000 were undergraduate students. Additionally, the NCES stated that over half of the student population (64%) was White, while more than a quarter (26%) was Black or African American.

Tuition & Financial Aid

According to the NCES, Georgia residents paid $5,754 in tuition and fees for 2012-2013. Out-of-state residents were charged $15,575 for the same year. With $1,200 in books and supplies, $9,290 in room and board and $5,650 for miscellaneous housing fees, the total cost of attendance for on-campus students totaled $21,894. Non-Georgia students paid $31,715.

To offset the cost of attendance, students can apply for a number of GSU's scholarships, which are for students with high GPAs and standardized test scores. Other financial aid can be applied for by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). The NCES reported that 83% of first-time undergraduate students received financial aid at GSU in 2011-2012.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Remote town*
Student Body 17,993 undergraduates and 2,581 graduates (2012)*
Student Housing On-campus housing is required for freshman and transfer students taking less than 30 credit hours**
Schools and Programs 8 colleges; 124 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Bachelor's: General Studies (175)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (131)
Doctorate: Educational Leadership and Administration (37)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 23% in four years
50% in six years*
Admission Rate 49% (2011)*
Entering Class Size 3,616 (first-time degree seeking students in 2012)***
First-Year Retention Rates 77% for full-time and 42% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT: 510-590 (critical reading), 520-590 (math), 480-560 (writing); ACT composite: 21-24 (2011)*
Application Due Date Applications are due December 1, 2013 for spring 2014 and May 1, 2014 for fall 2014**
Tuition and fees (2012-2013) $5,754 (in-state) and $15,575 (out-of-state)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (37%), state and local grants/scholarships (54%), institutional grants/scholarships (8%), federal loans (63%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 83% (2011-2012)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Georgia Southern University, ***IPEDS Data Center, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 8024, Statesboro, GA 30460
  • Phone: (912) 478-5391
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