Georgia Southwestern State University: Narrative Description

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800 Wheatley St.
Americus, GA 31709-4693
Tel: (229)928-1279
Free: 800-338-0082
Admissions: (229)928-1273
Fax: (229)931-2983
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1906. Setting: 255-acre small town campus. Endowment: $25.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $306,667. Educational spending 2003-04: $1815 per student. Total enrollment: 2,323. Faculty: 136 (92 full-time, 44 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,105 applied, 75% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 77% from top half. Full-time: 1,585 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 517 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 35 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 33% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 31% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Middle Georgia College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, proof of immunization, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 8/1, 1/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2322 full-time, $97 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9290 full-time, $388 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $570 full-time, $293 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4506. College room only: $2380. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: religious clubs and organizations, SABU (Black Student Organization), Biology Club, Gamma Beta Phi. Major annual events: Homecoming, Student Appreciation Day, Alumni Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 567 college housing spaces available; 562 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James Earl Carter Library with 428,197 books, 480,606 microform titles, 516 serials, 9,356 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $613,268. 550 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:

Americus is located 135 miles south of Atlanta, the climate is mild with a yearly mean temperature of 65.7 degrees, and an annual rainfall of 49 inches. Airlines serve the area. The usual community facilities include a hospital, library, the newly restored Rylander Theatre, daily newspaper, radio stations, clinics, and shopping centers. Manufactured products include shirts, lumber, nails, auto parts, and paper products. Kaolin and Bauxite mines are nearby. Outdoor sports include tennis, baseball, golf and basketball. Historic sites in Americus include Plains, home of President Jimmy Carter, Andersonville National Cemetery and Civil War prison site, and Souther field where Charles Lindbergh made his first solo flight. Americus is also home to International Habitat for Humanity.