24 Facts About Georgia State


Georgia State University is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Georgia State is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity".

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The university is the most comprehensive public institution in Georgia State, offering more than 250 degree programs in over 100 fields of study spread across 10 academic colleges and schools.

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Georgia State has two libraries: University Library, which is split between Library North and Library South on the main campus and divided among the Perimeter College campuses, and Law Library, which is located on the main campus.

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Georgia State is a founding member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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In September 1947, the school became affiliated with the University of Georgia State and was named the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia State.

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Over its 100-plus year history, Georgia State's growth has required the acquisition and construction of more space to suit its needs.

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Georgia State's first move into the Fairlie-Poplar district was the acquisition and renovation of the Standard Building, the Haas-Howell Building, and the Rialto Theater in 1996.

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The board announced that the president of Georgia State would remain the president of the combined university, which retained the name Georgia State University.

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President of Georgia State University is the head administrator and is appointed and overseen by the Georgia Board of Regents.

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The building was previously the Trust Company of Georgia Building, and prior to Georgia State University acquiring the building was the SunTrust Bank Building.

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Since the early 2010s, Georgia State has been the nation's leading non-profit institution to annually produce the most African Americans with bachelor's degrees.

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Georgia State University operates Cinefest Film Theater, a student-run movie theater in the school's University Center.

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Georgia State is served by three MARTA rail stations; the Georgia State Station next to the Petit Science Center on the Blue and Green lines, Five Points Station on the Red, Gold, Blue, and Green lines with accommodations for both the Aderhold Learning Center and main campus, and the Peachtree Center Station on the Red and Gold lines, giving access to the Aderhold Learning Center, the University Commons, and the Piedmont North dormitories.

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Georgia State students are allowed access to the Georgia State Stadium parking lots just south of campus at the former site of Turner Field, although access to those lots is limited to weekdays between 7:00 am and 11:00 pm.

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Georgia State University is home to 31 fraternities and sororities: seven of the North American Interfraternity Conference, five of the National Panhellenic Conference, seven of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and 12 multicultural organizations operating as the Multicultural Greek Council .

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Georgia State added traditional Greek housing in 2010 to house five sororities and four fraternities.

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Georgia State University makes notable contributions to the cultural vitality of the downtown Atlanta community.

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In 2013, Georgia State University was one of six universities in the nation and the only in Georgia to be named a "Next Generation University" by New America for its proven commitment to expanding enrollment, focus on the neediest of students, and the success of its ethnically diverse student body.

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Biological research at Georgia State is divided into four categories; applied and environmental microbiology, cellular molecular biology and physiology, molecular genetics and biochemistry, and neurobiology and behavior.

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Georgia State is currently the only university in the United States operating a BSL-4 lab at level 4 conditions.

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Georgia State University was used during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, with the GSU Sports Arena hosting the badminton matches.

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In 2010, Georgia State University established its first ever marching band.

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Georgia State marching band has received many honors, which includes performing in 2013 for the Second inauguration of Barack Obama, the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2019 Super Bowl LIII halftime show, and the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

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