Georgia State University is one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. As the second largest of 35 institutions within the University System of Georgia, Georgia State enrolls about 10 percent of all students in accredited higher education in Georgia. The main campus is in downtown Atlanta; a second facility, the Alpharetta Center, provides graduate-level and continuing education courses in a north-metro suburb.
The university is within an hour’s commute of over five million citizens in the metropolitan-Atlanta area — more than half of the state’s population. Georgia State’s economic impact in Atlanta and the South is $1.4 billion annually.
The university has eight colleges and schools: the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Law, the School of Public Health, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the Honors College. The university provides more than 100 fields of study with 250 degree programs. Courses are offered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and many programs are offered part-time as well as full-time.
The total full-time faculty numbered 1206 in the fall of 2014; 88 percent hold a doctorate, first professional, or other terminal degree and 47 percent hold tenure.