Georgia State University is one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. As the largest of the 29 institutions within the University System of Georgia, Georgia State enrolls about 52,000 students in accredited higher education in Georgia. The main campus is in downtown Atlanta. Other campuses include Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton.
The university is within an hour’s commute of over five million citizens in the metropolitan Atlanta area which is 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 nine colleges and schools: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, College of Law, Honors College, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Perimeter College and School of Public Health. 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.