Georgia Southern University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 8055
Statesboro, GA 30460
Tel: (912)681-5611
Admissions: (912)681-5391
Fax: (912)681-5635
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1906. Setting: 634-acre small town campus. Endowment: $25.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4534 per student. Total enrollment: 16,100. Faculty: 708 (630 full-time, 78 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 8,434 applied, 54% were admitted. Full-time: 12,658 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 1,434 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 77 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 23% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 9% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, proof of immunization prior to enrollment, SAT or ACT. Required for some: SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2232 full-time, $97 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9290 full-time, $388 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $830 full-time, $415 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $6000. College room only: $3734. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 212 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Association, Campus Religious Ministries. Major annual events: Black History Month, Homecoming Week, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, residence hall security, locked residence hall entrances. 3,289 college housing spaces available; 3,236 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Henderson Library with 568,551 books, 884,997 microform titles, 2,697 serials, 28,913 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.8 million. 1,675 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Georgia Southern ranks among the safest college communities in the country. Its hometown of Statesboro is a neighborly college town and the seat of Bulloch County (50,000 residents). Because the campus and community have grown up together over the past century, shopping, services, and housing are tuned to student's needs. Just an hour down the road are the historic seaside city of Savannah and the beaches of Tybee Island.