Educating and preparing students to succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace has long been Georgia State’s top priority, but the university also plays a special role in advancing the state’s economy—not to mention the health and well-being of its Atlanta neighbors and fellow citizens across the state. The university provides millions of dollars’ worth of free or reduced-fee services to citizens across the state—from legal representation for low-income taxpayers to health and nutrition clinics, as well as speech-language-hearing screenings, evaluations and therapy.
- 6 campuses
- 11 colleges and schools
- 53,000+ students from more than 170 nations and territories
- 3,000+ international students
- 250+ degree programs in 100 fields of study at the Atlanta Campus — the widest variety in the state
- 30+ associate degree pathways at five campuses and through the largest online program in the state
- $2.6 billion annual economic impact on metro Atlanta*
- 84 research centers
- 72 study abroad programs in 45 countries
- 400+ student organizations, including 31 fraternities and sororities
- 10,000+ degrees conferred each year
- #3 most innovative university in the U.S.**
- #3 best undergraduate teaching in the U.S.**
- #1 public university in the country for commitment to teaching**
- #6 for first-year experience**
- #9 in the nation for social mobility**
- #8 most ethnically diverse university in the U.S.**
- #1 public or nonprofit university in Georgia to confer undergraduate and graduate degrees to African-Americans, Asians and Latinos***
- #1 economics faculty in Georgia****
- #1 social work school in the U.S. (among those that do not offer a Ph.D.)**
- #1 best value law school*****
- Georgia State’s Perimeter College is among the top 20 two-year colleges in the nation******
- $2.5 billion economic impact in Georgia.(FY 2017)
- About 21,915 Georgia jobs created by Georgia State. (FY2017)
- Expenditures for research were about $201 million (FY2017). Estimated research expenditures for 2018 is $221.4 million for fiscal year 2018. This translates to a $319.2 million economic impact.
- $122.7 million (FY2018) in annual research awards supports thousands of jobs.
- Georgia State’s Perimeter College provides one of the largest Dual Enrollment programs in the University System of Georgia, serving almost 1,400 students in fall 2019.
- The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development’s evidence-based programs (EBPS) improve the lives of children and families. Among child welfare-related programs studied nationally, SafeCare©, yielded the highest return on investment, $28.90 for every $1 spent. Our programs ensured that thousands of professionals and caregivers received EBPs that prevented child maltreatment, promoted child and adult mental health through mobile Internet interventions, and improved the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.
- The HeLP Legal Services Clinic assists low-income residents of the metro Atlanta area whose children are receiving career at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. More than 6,500 low-income people have been helped by the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) and the HeLP Legal Services Legal Clinic.
- During the 2018-2019 school year, the Georgia State Regional Reading Recovery Training Center was responsible for serving 1,499 of Georgia’s children in Gwinnett County Public Schools, Dalton City Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Walker County Schools and Effingham County Schools.
- The Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic provides federal tax controversy resolution services to low-income taxpayers in Georgia. During 2017, the clinic secured approximately $82,000 in collective refunds for taxpayers and decreased taxpayers’ collectively liability by approximately $1.1 million, which is representative of the clinic’s annual economic impact.
- Bio-Bus Program has provided practical science education for more than 325,000 Georgia kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
- Georgia Health Policy Center and partners have provided technical assistance to 115 elementary, middle and high schools through Georgia SHAPE, the state’s childhood obesity initiative, affecting about 95,000 children.
- In 2018-2019 the Rialto Center for the Art’s annual economic impact on Atlanta and the state of Georgia was $27,385,469.
- The Rialto2Go programs reached over 2,700 elementary through high school students and more than 550 university students during the 2018-2019 academic year.
- Many Rialto Series artists from around the world perform for and engage in arts programming with underserved, public and Title 1 school students in Atlanta as part of the Rialto2Go program. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 of the Rialto Series 112 artists participated in the Rialto2Go program.
- Rialto Jazz for Kids, the Rialto’s signature education program since 2004, serves more than 2,500 public school students each year. The Rialto Jazz for Kids program serves the students who actively participate in the program, the students who participate in the six school-wide assemblies and the general public when they perform throughout the community, including their annual performances at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
- An estimated 25,000 people per year view the curated, bimonthly art exhibitions featured in the Rialto Lobby Gallery through the Rialto Visual Arts Series, which has highlighted more than 200 local artists and more than 90 shows since 2005.
- Top educator of health professionals across Georgia:
- Registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses – 6,581
(including 140 Ph.D. nurse educators and researchers)
- Registered dietitians and nutrition professionals – 1,284
- Physical therapists – 1,525
- Respiratory therapists – 1,360
- Health informaticists (or health IT) – 265
- Occupational therapists – 20
- Registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses – 6,581
- Graduates are the top nursing executives at two of Atlanta’s largest or highly regarded hospitals: Grady Memorial and the Shepherd Center.
- 811 of Education and Human Development graduates between 2016-2018 were employed by the Georgia Public School System.
- In 2017-2018, 72 percent of education student teaching placements were in high-needs schools.
- More than 72% of Education and Human Development graduates took their first jobs in a high-needs Georgia public schools in 2017-2018.
- In 2018-2019, the top five Georgia school systems employing Georgia State new teachers were DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton, Atlanta Public Schools and Cobb.
- In 2018-2019, 27 Georgia counties hired Georgia State new teachers.
- In 2017, the top five Georgia school systems employing Georgia State new teachers were Gwinnett, Fulton, Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb and Clayton.
- In 2017, 27 Georgia counties hired Georgia State new teachers.
- Georgia State Law students completed 46,679 hours of Pro Bono work during the 2017-2018 school year.
- Dental Hygiene students at Perimeter College provided reduced-cost treatment to approximately 803 patients in the college’s clinic on Georgia State’s Dunwoody Campus in 2019, and provided educational outreach, and free or low-cost oral exams and screenings to more than 1,607 people, ages 6 to 90 years, in programs across Georgia.
- Perimeter students also traveled to provide regular oral health education at battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters, adult day care centers and for head and neck cancer survivors. Perimeter’s student dental hygienists provided oral health exams and preventive services in metro Atlanta, including at the Ben Massell Clinic, Good Samaritan Home and the FISH clinic in Monroe, Ga.
- Respiratory therapy students provide more than 35,000 hours in unpaid health care and community education annually.
- Georgia State paid $12,695,270.04 in institutional scholarships to 5,566 Georgia residents in the 2017-18 academic year.
- Military Outreach Centers on all six campuses serve and support more than 3,000 military-connected students each semester. Georgia State University was ranked a Top Ten Military Friendly® School in 2019 and 2020, being ranked the No. 1 and No. 2 Military Friendly® Tier 1 Research Institute in the nation, respectively. In 2020, Military Times ranked Georgia as one of the top universities in the nation in its “Best for Vets” survey.
- In 2020, 100 percent of Perimeter College’s Nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination on their first try. The national average: 88 percent. The program boasts a job placement rate of more than 90 percent.
- Georgia State student-athletes did more than 1,000 hours of community service last year.
- Over the last four years, more than 130 Honors College students have interned in various organizations in Georgia including state and local government, nonprofits, and agencies. These include a large contingent of Honors College students in the Georgia Legislative Internship Program, students interning in governmental agencies such as the CDC and the Defense Forensic Science Center, and students interning in nonprofits such as the United Way and AmeriCorps.
- Fifteen Georgia State students are serving in the Georgia Legislative Internship Program over during the 2019 session.
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The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is the cultural centerpiece of downtown, located in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Fairlie-Poplar district. In 2018-2019, the Rialto’s annual economic impact on Atlanta and the State of Georgia was about $27.4 million.
The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute brings business-world concepts and experiences to those passionate about creating their own businesses, working for a start-up or bringing entrepreneurial skills to an existing organization.
Robinson’s Economic Forecasting Center is one of the few university-based forecasting centers in the United States that does a quarterly national, regional and local metropolitan area forecast.
The new Creative Media Industries Institute provides research, trains the workforce and incubates companies for the $5.1-billion-a-year-and-growing digital media economy in Georgia.
The Small Business Development Center at Georgia State is a public service unit that provides consulting and training to people trying to start their own business, and small businesses development for those that are already operational.
The Korean-American Business Center works with the business communities in Korea and Georgia, provides leadership, assistance and opportunity for Korean and American groups seeking knowledge about United States and Korean business practices.
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta provides a forum for discussion and understanding of international affairs and the complex global issues that affect Atlanta’s corporate community, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the public.
Nearly 70 health policy and research initiatives are undertaken every year by the Andrew Young School’s Georgia Health Policy Center.
The Fiscal Research Center is a non-partisan academic think tank that leverages the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ public finance expertise to assist Georgia’s state and local policy-makers on questions of tax and economic policy.
The Center for State and Local Finance is a collaborative effort of the Andrew Young School’s nationally ranked faculty to provide research on issues affecting the future of state and local public finance and to educate the next generation of leaders in public financial management.
The Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans provides free legal services to veterans at Georgia State.
The HeLP Legal Services Clinic assists low-income residents of the metro Atlanta area whose children are receiving care at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. More than 6,500 low-income people have been helped by the Health Law Partnership ("HeLP") and the Health Law Partnership Legal C...
The Investor Advocacy Clinic provides representation for investors who have suffered losses resulting from broker misconduct but cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claim.
The Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic provides federal tax controversy resolution services to low-income taxpayers in Georgia. During 2019, the clinic secured approximately $86,000 in collective refunds for taxpayers and decreased taxpayers’ collectively liability by approxim...
The Pro Bono Patent Prosecution program seeks to connect intellectual property students with patent practitioners to assist with pro bono cases provided through patents.
Students in the Property and Law course work with Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Units, citizen advisory councils that make zoning, land-use and other planning recommendations to the mayor and city council, to address health disparities and inequalities.
The Institute for Biomedical Sciences advances fundamental and innovative biomedical research that improves human health as well as educating and training future generations of leading biomedical scientists and health (non-M.D.) professionals.
The Center for Nano Optics, which focuses on developing tools and instruments as small as 1,000 times thinner than a human hair, is contributing to major breakthroughs in technology and bio-medicine.
The Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine meets healthcare needs by converting significant research findings into diagnostic tools and medicines to improve the health of individuals.
The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development is a research center committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of children, adults and families through research, service, education, training and advocacy.
Georgia State's Clarkston Campus is well known for its strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives and annually hosts the Science Olympiad at Perimeter College, attracting more than 350 high school students from more than 20 schools across Georgia.
Health informatics, a joint undergraduate program with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, is strategically aligned with the need to expand the workforce for Atlanta’s growing health information technology industry.
Georgia State is an annual sponsor of the Atlanta Science Festival, a public celebration of local science and technology.
The Linkage to Care Peer Guide Training Program has prepared 14 HIV-positive people from across the metro Atlanta area to help connect others living with HIV to medical care and other services.
The Professional Excellence Program in the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ School of Social Work has provided continuing education training for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services for more than a decade.
The Center for Leadership in Disability has provided training and technical assistance to more than 100 schools, service programs and advocacy organizations across Georgia on best practices for serving people with disabilities and their families.
Each year nursing students put in more than 82,000 hours of unpaid health care in hospitals and clinics in the Atlanta area, serving senior citizens, small children, emergency room patients and others.
The Department of Physical Therapy provides treatment and motor skill assessment to more than a 1,000 migrant farm workers and their children in South Georgia.
Dental Hygiene has treated 919 patients in the clinic on Dunwoody Campus in 2018 and provided educational outreach, oral exams and screenings for more than 2,500 people (ages six months to 98 years).
The Panther Pantry was developed by graduate nutrition students in 2014 after campus surveys revealed that up to 68 percent of students experience food insecurity at one time or another.
Perimeter College provides the largest Dual Enrollment program in the University System of Georgia, serving 1,683 students in fall 2018.
After-School All-Stars Atlanta, a comprehensive after-school program targeting middle school youth, provides programming for 2,600 students at 23 metro-Atlanta area sites and 1,600 children in summer programs at eight metro-Atlanta sites.
The Speech Language Hearing Clinic, which prepares graduate students in training to become state-licensed and nationallycertified speech-language pathologists, provides evaluation, screening and therapy services to the university and metro-Atlanta community.
This early intervention program for struggling readers, has served more than 48,000 students, certified more than 6,700 teachers and trained 58 teacher leaders in Georgia.
ESL students help older immigrants in the neighborhood learn English as they prepare for citizenship and tutor Clarkston high school students for whom English is a second language.
The debate center for the Atlanta Urban Debate League at Georgia State provides high-quality debate training for high school students and teachers throughout metro Atlanta for free.
This program brings college students to kindergarten through 12-grade classrooms across the state to teach science lessons using teaching modules with hands-on exhibits. The program has reached more than 250,000 Georgia kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
This Perimeter College project on the Decatur Campus pairs students in need of a computer or printer with student co-op members who help them repair or refurbish recycled technology donated by individuals and businesses.
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