GSU FAQ: Find Out More About Georgia State University


As a new or prospective Georgia State University student, you may have many questions about how to get started.

You want to learn as much as possible about your school before applying, attending or enrolling for classes.

Georgia State University offers an academically rigorous and culturally enriching experience for students from all backgrounds. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GSU provides an urban college experience that is stimulating and nurturing.

Due to the prestige and quality of education, applying to GSU as a student is competitive, and you may have some questions you need to be answered before taking the first steps. This blog post will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Georgia State University.

When was Georgia State University founded?

GSU was founded in 1913 as the Georgia School of Technology’s Evening School of Commerce. Due to the recognition it quickly gained as a premier metropolitan college, it was renamed the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia in 1947.

With this new status came independent accreditation for all academic divisions. In 1955, the school was renamed the Georgia State College of Business Administration and finally became known as Georgia State University in 1969.

Where is Georgia State University located?

Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. It has six campuses, twelve colleges and schools, and has over 52,000 students from more than 130 nations.

What is GSU known for?

Georgia State University is known for its academic rigor, international student body, and diversity. It has six campuses, 12 schools/colleges, 130+ undergraduate programs, and 150+ graduate programs. GSU has been recognized internationally as the leader in introducing advanced programs, initiatives, and technology that promote student success.

What is Georgia State University’s acceptance rate?

The acceptance rate for Georgia State University is 82.4%. GSU also requires a 3.49 GPA for admission. If you had a mix of many A’s and B’s and very few C’s, you have a very high chance of scooping up an acceptance letter.

How much is Georgia State University tuition?

Tuition cost at GSU depends on whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. In-state tuition fees total about $11,076, while out-of-state fees total about $30,114. The tuition fee is higher than the $27,028 national average for out-of-state students.

What type of scholarships are available to me?

GSU offers scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. The university provides departmental scholarships and university-wide awards for which enrolled students can apply. Applications for the next academic year start from December through February. New students receive scholarship information in your acceptance letter if they are eligible.

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GSU offers 85+ online and hybrid options at all academic levels from associate to doctorate to meet the needs of students juggling between school, work, and home life.

Are there scholarships for freshmen?

Yes. Freshmen can qualify for Zell Miller, HOPE, GSU merit-based scholarships, and more. Campus Atlanta scholarship is also available for eligible out-of-state students.

How do I apply for departmental scholarships?

To apply, you are required to send an email to the contact listed for major or college-specific awards for more information.

What is the scholarship award amount?

The number and award amounts for scholarships aren’t listed. Since university-wide awards are one-time, they may be paid in one semester or split between the spring and fall semesters of the year awarded. For other awards such as Presidential, Netzel, Berner, or Rice, check individual scholarship descriptions for more details.

Does Georgia State University offer online courses?

Yes. GSU offers 85+ online and hybrid options at all academic levels from associate to doctorate to meet the needs of students juggling between school, work, and home life. GSU’s online programs are designed and taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, ensuring an excellent education experience.

Does a GSU online student get an ID card?

All incoming (first-time cardholder) students will receive an invitation through their student email with the necessary instructions for submitting a passport photo to facilitate the process. If you don’t receive an email invitation, you can contact GSU at

Are online students required to attend any on-campus classes?

Most GSU degree programs are entirely online and don’t require campus visits. There are, however, some programs that will require occasional on-campus visits. Your academic advisor will notify you if you are required to attend some on-campus study sessions.

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Do I need to be tech-savvy to earn a degree online?

No. At a minimum, you will only need consistent access to a functional laptop, internet connectivity, and basic computer knowledge on how to troubleshoot a few everyday computer issues. GSU will provide you with tutorials for advances or special applications required during your studies.

What is the Georgia State University campus life like?

Georgia State University students enjoy vibrant campus life. Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta, GSU students are surrounded by art, culture, nightlife, history, dining, sporting events, and more.

What is the Student Recreation Center?

The state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center is a highlight of Georgia State’s campus. The facility offers a variety of cardio and strength training equipment, group exercise classes, personal training sessions, climbing walls, and an outdoor pool.

Is GSU a safe school?

Yes. GSU is one of the safest schools in the country, ranking position 39 of all schools. It has one of the nation’s lowest crime rates, with around 1/5th of the crimes of other universities.

What are GSU students’ favorite hangout spots?

The Student Center is a popular place among students where they gather for lunch, study sessions, and meet new people. Another hotspot is the GSU Library which is open 24/7. Students also enjoy spending time in Piedmont Park, Georgia Aquarium, and the vibrant downtown Atlanta.

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Is there off-campus housing at GSU?

Yes. Off-campus housing is available to students through local apartment complexes, nearby hotels, and other short-term lodging options. Unlike student dorms, off-campus housing has more benefits, with students accessing stylish and furnished apartments. 

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