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About Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) is a science and technologies school located in Marietta, Georgia. Founded in 1948, the campus houses 65 buildings on 203 acres. SPSU is located 18 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The school has approximately 87 student organizations as well as fraternities, sororities and athletics. SPSU also features the Southern Polytechnic Applied Research Corporation, which is comprised of 14 scientific and educational learning centers.


SPSU is composed of five schools offering 43 undergraduate and 12 graduate degree programs. The School of Architecture and Construction Management offers a Master of Science in Construction Management, while the School of Arts and Sciences offers a bachelor's degree plus teacher certification program with specializations in mathematics and physical sciences. Online programs are also available; SPSU offers 10 bachelor's programs and eight master's programs over the Internet.

Students can participate in a variety of study-abroad programs. The City as Text program allows students the opportunity to travel to the city that is being studied. The program professor selects the city, and locations change from year to year. Architecture students can enroll in an eight-week course at the Anhalt University of Applied Science in Dessau, Germany, and business students can take a two-week program at the North China University of Technology in Beijing, China.

SPSU offers multiple leadership programs including Emerging Leaders, Women's Leadership Initiative, Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference, L3 Summit and the Northwest Leadership Endorsement Alliance.


Students applying for the fall semester must submit the application, official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and a non-refundable fee of $40 by July 1. SPSU requires students to have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 and score at least 500 on the SAT in critical reading and math or 21 on the ACT in English and math. Potential students also need to have completed 17 secondary education credits in math, English, science, foreign language and social sciences. Incoming students can get credit for particular CLEP and Advanced Placement (AP) exams if they meet the minimum score requirements set by SPSU.

Of the 5,024 undergraduates enrolled at SPSU in the fall semester of 2011, 72% were full-time students and 82% were male. The middle 50% of admitted first-time students in fall 2011 scored between 500 and 590 on the critical reading portion of the SAT and between 530 and 620 for the math portion of the test.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total estimated cost of attending SPSU per year in 2011-2012 for undergraduates living on-campus was $16,992 for in-state students and $27,488 for out-of-state students. This figure includes room and board, books, school supplies and living expenses.

Georgia residents may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, and all students must complete the HOPE application regardless of their high school performance. The HOPE Scholarship is awarded to full-time and part-time students. SPSU also offers a variety of other scholarships that have specific requirements; all students who are accepted by March 1 of each year are considered for all of the institutional scholarships available.

School Type Public, four-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small town*
Student Body 5,024 undergraduates and 760 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Incoming freshman live in either Hornet Village or Howell Hall*
Schools and Programs Five schools, about 108 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (9)
Bachelor's: Mechanical engineering (85)
Master's: Entrepreneurship (61)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2005:
Seven percent in four years
34% in six years**
Admission Rate 74% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 601 students in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% of full-time and 50% of part-time students**
Middle 50% ACT Scores of Admitted Students Composite score was between 21 and 25 for students admitted in fall 2011**
Application Due Date July 1 for the fall semester*
Tuition and fees (2011-2012) $5,500 per year for in-state students, $15,996 per year for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (35%), state and local grants/scholarships (63%), institutional scholarships and grants (1%), federal loans (53%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 88% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Southern Polytechnic State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

Contact Information

  • Address: Southern Polytechnic State University, Undergraduate Admission, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA, 30060
  • Phone: (678) 915-4188
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