Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA, USA

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Georgia Southern University

4.01 Average Rating

Muhammed from Columbus, OH

a current student here
9 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors are very friendly and this makes the learning experience better. Overall i learned a lot from just my first semester at GSU.
Am enjoying being here
Statesboro is a small town but don't get me wrong, there are a lot things do. The people and students at GSU are friendly and nice, the campus is very beautiful and peaceful place. I can say that it is one of the best looking campuses in the United States and i enjoyed being at GSU.
Bang for the buck
The education i am currently receiving at Georgia Southern University is definitely a BANG FOR THE BUCK. Unlike other accredited colleges GSU is fairly cheaper compared to most colleges and the education system at GSU is superb.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you apply for housing on time so that you could stay in the dorms: there are some new dorms that were built recently and old ones have been renovated. If you somehow apply late for housing you might not get a chance to live on campus because a lot of students are deciding to attend GSU in the past couple of years.
Great for these types of students
Georgia Southern Univ. is great for any type of student as long as you focus on your school you would not have a hard time.
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Garrett from Lilburn, GA

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have not only learned what my professors have lectured on in class, but I have learned to be my own person and be independent. Southern is sometimes known as a PARTY SCHOOL, but not everyone here parties. I dont. I also dont feel pressured to go out and drink. Southern is full of friends who will all teach you things in many ways. A friend might teach you to enjoy life and go out walk around out wonderful campus. Learning is all over this campus, not just in the classroom.
Am enjoying being here
I have enjoyed my time in Southern. It has been so much fun. There is always something on campus to do, whether it is a movie at Russel Union or a concert at the Recital Hall. And I have found that there is always a friend to hang out with. Fun is always around here at Southern, and it is not always at the bars.
Bang for the buck
Every professor will do whatever he or she can to make sure that they are doing their job. Many will offer their office hours and contact info for students to use if they need some outside help. They are all very good at their jobs.
Tips for prospective students
Come visit campus and talk to students and see how everyone's experience here is different and anyone can find their place on campus.
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Jessica from Suwanee, GA

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
georgia southern is a wonderful school for students that want to have a home away from home. although the course work is tough at times, the professors and staff work extremely hard to make sure students are on track and have plenty of assistance. all in all, gsu is definitely one of the best schools in the south!
Tips for prospective students
prospective students should keep in contact with both their high school counselors as well as the admissions department at the university. communication is a crucial part of the admissions process at georgia southern. my suggestion: keep track of your eagle i.d. you should get it when you are accepted and it is your identification on campus.
Academic Rigor
academics at georgia southern are tough, but all the professors are really and willing to work with every students individually. there are tons of study groups available and the professors are shockingly easy to access for help. my suggestion: visit all your professors at least twice before midterms.
Dorm Life
life in the dorm is really what you make it. all the dorms are co-ed and there are no curfew. however, regulations in the dorms are very strict and some housing directors live in or near the dorms. i strongly recommend living on campus for all students because of accessibility to classes and for safety concerns. my suggestion: get out and meet your floor mates! always remember that your community leader is there to help you and give an occasional pearl of wisdom.
Food and Dining
food on campus is nice, but could be better. there are lots of options, which is a good thing, but it can be a bit mundane at times. some restaurants on campus include : a full service chick-fil-a and starbucks in the russel union building, cold stone creamery, einstein bros. bagels as well as other eateries like talons grill and landrum all you can eat cafeteria. my suggestion: keep track of your meal plans (food on campus is expensive if you are paying out of pocket) and keep your choices light.
What to do for fun
there is a constant stream of activity on campus. many of the on-campus events are organized by eagle entertainment - a student run organization. some of their events include friday night movie screenings in the union and tuesday open-mic nights at starbucks (complete with free coffee). also, volunteering with organizations on campus is a great way to meet new people, boost your resume and benefit the community. my suggestion: join hall counsel and be a part of events within the dorms.
Bang for the buck
do most of the shopping for your supplies off campus! grey's bookstore is amazing and there is a cluster of bargain chains not too far from campus (walmart, k-mart, big lots, etc). my suggestion: enroll in the wecar car sharing program if you do not have a car on campus. it is a cheap way to get what you need without bumming a ride everywhere.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
there is an annual lantern lighting in sweetheart circle in the fall semester. also, there is a myth that if you and your sweetheart walk around sweetheart circle 3 times, you will get married. my suggestion: join the traditions council if you want to know more about the traditions on campus.
Great for these types of students
georgia southern is good for all students : there is an honors college within the university for those who have the drive and also programs in place to help struggling students as well. gsu has a reputation for being a party school, but it is largely untrue. my suggestion: go to class. many professors do not have a attendance policy, but 98% of test materials cover topics only covered in class.
Clubs and Activities
there are countless numbers of volunteer organizations to join on campus. it is quick and easy to start your own organization too. many of the organizations work closely with the professors and you could earn some extra credit in your classes for participation. my suggestion: join the clubs that interest you the most and commit to them. many of the groups have free pizza and drinks at their weekly meetings!
Greek Life
there is a large greek presence on campus. there is no harsh initiation ceremonies and there are social fraternities as well as academic ones. my suggestion: frats are great for those who can afford it, but unless it is a strict family tradition for you - you can skip this one.
Campus Safety
safety on campus is a huge concern for everyone. the campus has its own police department and there is also an alert system called eagle alert. they send out text messages and call students that enroll in the service whenever something happens on or near campus. my suggestion: program the gsupd number in your phone your first night on campus. when you are traveling alone at night, call them for an escort (no one thinks it lame by the way).
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Kelly from Powder Springs, GA

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have only attended Georgia Southern University for one semester, and have already learn a lot of information. The professors here really know what they are talking about. Each professor works with the students to help them understand all of the information. The material is tough, but learning it will definitely be worth your while. Classes like Psychology and History go into great detail and expand your mind. They do not stick to cliche topics, but instead teach you the side of history and life that you do not already know!
Am enjoying being here
Georgia Southern University has definitely been the place for me! As with any college the social aspect is wonderful. There are local restaurants and bars that feature local and nationally known artists almost every weekend! The school itself offers a variety of activities including free movies, plays, and many other activities!
Bang for the buck
College expenses are always a stressful topic, but that is why Georgia Southern is so wonderful. It offers smaller classes, and a more intimate student teacher relationship than other big name universities without weighing down your wallet! The dorms are very well priced (and very spacious). The books can get pricey, but they offer cash at the end of the semester if you sell them back!
Tips for prospective students
Come to Georgia Southern knowing that you will have to buckle down on your academics. Despite what some say, Georgia Southern is not a school to be taken lightly. The social life is great, but without the grades it will not matter because you will have to leave. Prioritize and make sure you set aside time for both parts of your life.
Great for these types of students
Georgia Southern is great for students who are looking for that median school. Although not as large as the University of Georgia, or Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern still offers students the amenities of those larger schools (football!).
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Curtis from Cataula, GA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
So far all my teachers have been helpful, you just have to ask if you need the extra help. Not all classes are easy, but if you put effort and time into your work, you will make a B or A. I have learned a lot from my first semester classes.
Am enjoying being here
It is a great place, nice walking grounds, relatively close classes (all within 15 minutes of each other). The RAC (Recreational Activity Center) is one of the best places to exercise ever, so many different sports you can play for intramural. Pick up games are all the time, easy to make friends. Many different food areas across campus, I like all the places, so you are bound to find some place you like.
Bang for the buck
It costs way less than any big name schools, and you get a great education, and the RAC, which is one of the top gymnasiums in GA or the country if I'm not mistaken.
Tips for prospective students
1. Be organized.
2. Figure out where things are on campus before hand, (especially all your classes).
3.Try the RAC every now and again because there are plenty of activities to relieve stress.
4. Study for tests through out the week so that you are prepared.
Great for these types of students
Great for new, focused, hard-working college students.
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Ashley - Alpharetta, GA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
Not that hard. Some classes are a breeze, some are difficult. Really depends on the professor
Bang for the buck
Facilities are really great here! They always stay up to date on technology to make things easier for students and there is also a ton of resources that are available to assist with anything you can think of. You really do get what you pay for here
In three sentences
Georgia Southern is definelty a big scale, small feel university. The resources here are great, you get a great education here, and the campus is beautiful. I am really glad that I chose Southern
What to do for fun
Party, drink, go to savannah, go to the movies, or hang with friends are all good options. If you’re a guy, it’ll be really hard to get into frat parties if you don’t rush
Tips for prospective students
Come your campus to get a feel for it. Figure out what’s best for you and don’t come here expecting to party all the time without studying
Food and Dining
Pretty decent. There’s 2 cafeterias and about 4 or 5 places on campus to buy food (Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, boars head,etc) that’s included in your meal plan
Dorm Life
Great dorm life. Tons of options to choose from, and most have apartment style options for a cheap price. Only annoying thing is the constant fire drills
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Ivory from Union City, GA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
51 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I've only talk to a few professors, but i have already learned a lot.
Will enjoy being here
The campus itself is just absolutely beautiful! The best I've ever seen.
Bang for the buck
Large school, small feel. All the benefits of large school but you still get one on one attention with your professors. And the town thrives off Georgia Southern so the townspeople are always throwing parties and such for Ga. south.
Tips for prospective students
Just try to have your future mapped out if you don't already the counselors are more than willing to help. I don't know about anyone else but my high school counselors were horrible. but at Ga. South. your personal counselor is there to help you
Great for these types of students
Research, music, arts, and business...although i am majoring in criminal justice/justice studies, which is also a great major there
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Drew from Register, GA

a current student here
19 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The curriculum and academics have improved dramatically over the last few years. Some of the best professors in the country are bringing years of real world experience to a school where classes are small enough to be very personable. Instructors and students are able to connect better and have greater ease staying in touch. Degrees range from Nursing, to Fine Arts, to Education, to Political Science, even to Engineering. Internships are always available to those who want to get their feet wet. The campus is also getting the latest technology and equipment to prepare students. For example, the library has been completely rebuilt, and can accomidate thousands of students at a time. They've updated their books and databases, and brand new computers are available. The Center for Arts and Theater is brand new, and has a cool Black Box Theater. This new addition has broadened the horizons for the Drama Department, and anyone interested in performing arts would have a blast.
Am enjoying being here
Georgia Southern offers an easier transition out of high school than most colleges. The campus is small enough to where you see the new friends you make fairly frequently, yet you meet new people everyday. The athletic excellence (6 national championships in 1-AA football) provides contagious school pride, and brings a big school environment to a small town. Opportunities to excel are everywhere. When applying for a position on campus, you might be 1/50 applying for a spot instead of 1/200 like at bigger schools. Statesboro is also a great city with a small town, southern feeling.
Bang for the buck
Definitely more affordable than a lot of schools, and there are numerous scholarships through the university. Once again, it may be easier to stand out, or get an internship here because you won't have to compete with as many people for the same spot. Therefore, your money is going to a place where you have a better chance of making it big. On campus housing is expensive like everywhere else, but well worth it. There are two dorms that are the dorm-suite style, and come with a kitchen, living room, and individual rooms. Centinnial Place is brand new, and even comes with a Coldstone Ice Cream! I've heard great reviews on it. Living on campus will pay for itself by saving gas money, and it's pretty nice being only minutes away from the main part of campus.
Tips for prospective students
College is only as hard as you make it. No matter where you go. If you spend your time wisely, study when you need, set your priorities, and focus on your goals, then you will succeed. Your experience at GSU will be more fun if you get involved on campus. There are several clubs and student organizations, and intramurals are very popular. Most importantly, leave some time for yourself. If you spend all your time with your nose in a book, you won't fully experience college. Make sure that you spend as much time with your friends as you do studying and doing homework. Speak up in class, meet people, make friends, go out. These are the types of things that will help you develop the social skills needed to be successful in life. Definitely go to sporting events, particularly football and baseball because each game is a new experience in itself.
Great for these types of students
Georgia Southern is great for students who want to make a difference. They don't want to just get lost in a crowd. If you feel uncomfortable going to a school with a massive campus, and you don't do well with bustling, and congested areas, you'd fit in here. The school is big enough to where you know you're not in high school anymore, but it doesn't suffocate you. You can go at your own pace, and succeed academically while getting the most out of your college experience.
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Sasha from Lilburn, GA

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I feel that I am learning a lot at GSU. When I started my second semester in Fall 2009, I attended Summer 2009, I thought i would be able to just breeze through my classes, but that was not the case at all. I feel that I was being challenged in all classes. It was not where i could just skim over the material and be okay. I actually had to sit down and study, which I never did before. In the end it did pay off, i was better prepared for class and the information did not just leave my head after I took an exam. It was there to stay. Your professors are there to help you.
Am enjoying being here
YES. The campus is beautiful and there is never a dull moment. There is always something going on. There are many activities that you can get involved in on and off campus. Eagle Entertainment provides concerts, we even have our own talk show. There is a state of the art gym, the RAC, that has everything even rock climbing. When it's time to hit the books Henderson is the place to be. The library even has different floors depending on what noise level you can take. It comes in hand when finals arrive.
Bang for the buck
I definitely think that I am getting the bang for my buck. GSU is one of the cheaper universities out there. On average, a semester i spend a little over $5,000 (not the average price for everyone attending). That includes paying rent at my off-campus apartment. If you get HOPE and Pell Grant, as i do, you virtually have to pay nothing out of pocket. At that price I am getting a quality education and a nice place to live.
Tips for prospective students
Just try to have your priorities straight when you get there. I'm not saying not to have fun, but just know there is a time and a place for everything. GSU does live up to its reputation of a party school, there is always something going on. You just have to know what you are there for.
Great for these types of students
Those who want a large university feel but still have the closeness with their professors as a small university. If you are interested in the nursing field, GSU is top rated. If you are also interested in the music/arts program, business or research.
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Crystal from Brunswick, GA

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There is a lot of work that comes with going to college. At Georgia Southern, studying is a necessity. As long as you show up to class and study, you will get the grades you want and learn a lot in the process.
Am enjoying being here
Its a great school. Their motto is that they are a large school with a small feel. It could not be more true. Most of the faculty genuinely are there to do whatever they can to help you. I enjoy feeling like I'm a name and not a number.
Bang for the buck
College is expensive period, but taking into consideration that Georgia Southern is a large university, the prices are not too bad. However, the prices are atrocious at the University Store on campus. Also, books are extremely expensive. Try to get them from upperclassmen, online, or anywhere else if possible.
Tips for prospective students
Get your flu shot every year as soon as it comes out. It takes 10-12 days to be effective so don't procrastinate! This applies especially to people living in close quarters with a lot of students such as dorms. Keep well stocked on medicine for colds, sinus infections, and pain. My grades took a hard hit this semester because I got sick multiple times. Please learn from my mistakes.
Great for these types of students
I believe this school all types of students. I have seen a well-rounded variety of student here at Georgia Southern.
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