Georgia State University

Georgia State University Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Georgia State University is one of four research schools in the state university system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at GSU.

Is Georgia State University the School for You?

Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University (GSU) is a public school with eight colleges and schools offering 250 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificates are also available. Review the facts below to find out if GSU is the school for you:


  • Several programs ranked among the top ten in the country, including undergraduate programs in insurance (#4) and management information systems (#8) as well as graduate programs in healthcare law (#2) and public finance and budgeting (#4)
  • Student indebtedness after graduation is $6,221 less than the national average
  • Accepts AP credits
  • Provides on-site day care, health services, 24-hour campus security and career services


  • Total cost is roughly $7,000 higher than the national average for public 4-year schools
  • Cost of room and board is around $2,000 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 13.5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-to-teacher ratio is five points higher than the national average of 16:1

Rankings & School Analysis

As a student at Georgia State University, you could pursue a wide range of degree and certificate programs. Some of the most popular undergraduate majors include management, business, marketing, psychology, social science, education and performing arts. As of 2013, U.S. News & World Report listed several other programs among the top ten in the country. However, GSU was ranked fairly low overall among national universities.

GSU has an annual undergraduate enrollment of over 24,000 students, so you'll most likely experience large class sizes at GSU. In 2011, the university's student-to-teacher ratio was 21:1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Moreover, TAs taught 23% of courses. You could also experience a more selective admissions process if you apply to GSU. The university admitted 52% of undergraduate applicants in 2010, compared to an average acceptance rate of almost 66%.

Information from NCES also shows that the total expenses for undergraduate in-state students attending GSU - including room and board, tuition, fees and other living expenses - were $24,198 for the 2011-2012 academic year. College Board reported that the national average for this period was $17,136, which means you could pay roughly $7,000 more to attend GSU. However, despite these high costs, GSU students graduated with an average debt of $20,439, as opposed to the national average of $26,660.

If you want to apply advanced placement (AP) credits to your college degree program, GSU does accept them, which may help you graduate faster. The retention rate for full-time first-year freshman was 83% as of 2011; 47% of these students who began in 2005 graduated within a 6-year period, according to NCES.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Georgia State University

Georgia State University only accepts online admissions applications. These must be submitted along with your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. Once you complete this process, you can track your application status through the school's website.

U.S. News & World Report indicated that 71.4% of GSU students received some form of need-based financial aid in 2011; 53.7% of which was awarded in the form of grants or scholarships. According to NCES, 54% of students also used federal loans to pay for college at GSU.

Applications & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) November 1*
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) May 1*
Application Fee (2012-2013) $60**
Acceptance Rate (2010) 52%***
All In-State Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $24,198***
Average Financial Aid Package (2011)$13,591*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 30%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011)$20,439*
Student Loan Default Rate (2009)6.3%***

Student Life at Georgia State University

In addition to several student organizations and clubs, Georgia State University features 23 Greek chapters. You can also participate in campus radio broadcasts, contribute to the student newspaper or join one of 11 varsity sports teams. If you're considering living on campus, 93% of student housing is offered in the form of coed dormitories, but there are a few rooms available at sorority and fraternity houses as well. GSU also boasts a diverse student body, with 37% of the population being Black or African-American, 36% white, 10% Asian and 8% Hispanic or Latino, according to NCES.

There are two libraries on campus, a general library and a legal library. These two libraries hold more than three million items. If you're a student who has to work during the daytime, many degree programs provide evening class options. You can also take advantage of distance learning. On-site day care facilities could also help you keep your children safe while you work towards earning your degree.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Urban; large city***
Undergraduate Student Population (2011) 24,101****
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 41.1% male to 58.9% female****
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 73%***
% of In-State Students (2011) 95%***
% of International Students (2011) 2%***
Retention Rate (2011) 83% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students***
Campus Housing Available Yes***
% of Students Living on Campus 14%****
Number of Libraries 2**
Extracurricular Activities 338 student organizations and clubs****

Article Sources: *College Board, **Georgia State University, ***NCES, College Navigator, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 4009, Atlanta, GA 30302-4009
  • Phone: 404-413-2500