Georgia Southwestern State University
Americus, GA, USA

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Georgia Southwestern State University
3.91 Average Rating

Daniele from Stone Mountain, GA

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
The Classes are not only informative but are extremely interesting. The professors are always willing and able to help. Like any other school, if you show an interest in your own education the staff at the school will make it a point of their duty to assist you as best they can.
Am enjoying being here
Georgia Southwestern is a good school. There are plenty of activities for students. There are sports and organizations (greek and non greek), there are clubs and outreach programs. There is a large variety of things to do on the campus. however, the town surround the campus is small and activities around the campus are not always so obvious unless you truly look. There are some larger cities a short drive away and there are more things to do; however, the best way to enjoy the college experience is with friends. Once you have friends anything you do will be enjoyable.
Bang for the buck
The prices seem fair, activities on campus are most always free for students. Georgia Southwestern is one of the less expensive schools in the state. I think for the amount students are asked to pay, things are reasonable. There are free services available to students, a writing center for help with writing papers, free tutors in most every subject, career services to help students get a job on or off campus. There are many many benefits
Tips for prospective students
Students should really sit down and plan out what classes they will take and when they will take them. The university is growing but it is still a small school, every class is not taught every semester and knowing when a class will be taught can only be beneficial to students. Get a mentor, the school offers free mentors to freshmen and they are upperclassman students who can help you when knowing where to buy cheaper books, what professors to take, and all the other tips and tricks only a fellow student would know.
Great for these types of students
Georgia Southwestern is a great school is you're an Art major because there is a glass blowing studio on campus and/or a preforming arts major because students often preform at a professional theater off campus. The nursing program is also an extremely competitive program and therefore a good school for perspective nursing students. The education major at GSW is a wonderful one. Students are given the opportunity to work in actual classrooms with students and teacher before graduation. There is also a school (for pre-school aged children) on campus for hands on campus for hands on experience.
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Victoria from Fortson, GA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Georgia Southwestern is a has a small, but beautiful campus. At first glance, you might think the classes are easy, but most of them are very rigorous. Although Americus is a small town, there is something to do everyday on campus or in the community.
Tips for prospective students
I would recommend coming to Preview Day before making a decision. I went to Preview Day with my parents and I did enjoy it. You'll get to meet students and faculty, eat in the cafeteria, tour the campus and see what the dorms look like!
Academic Rigor
I say four stars because classes can be very hard and some professors have extremely high standards. Rest assured, you are not expected to behave like you're at an Ivy League, but the standards are higher than you might think at first glance. If you think this school will be something you can just show up for, don't apply because you will regret it. Online classes are great and some can be very easy, but most have more work than a regular class, strict deadlines and require pristine time management.
Dorm Life
i have lived in both Oaks and Magnolia. Oaks is great when you have a private room! The most annoying thing about dorms is the noise that other people make, but that's going to be at every school. Magnolia is VERY nice. It has a new kitchen and new washer/dryers on the bottom floor. The top floor has a computer room so you don't even have to go out of the building if you want to use the computers. In Oaks, the room doors don't lock automatically, but they do in Magnolia so be careful!
Food and Dining
Boar's Head is delicious and healthy! Chick fil a is great for fry cravings and fast service. Unfortunately, both are expensive. Busy students will run out of flex cash with half the semester left. I loathe the cafe. Fried chicken Thursday is okay. Burgers are good but rare, as are fries. The ice cream machine is amazing. Don't eat the pizza...but if you have to opt for cheese, not pepperoni.

The Starbucks is great and the POD store has good but expensive snacks. You can use flex cash at both.
What to do for fun
It's a small town but there is always something going on. There are parties every weekend. Campus Activities Board has a plethora of events going on weekly, many of them involving food or free gift cards! If you like learning about culture, there are plenty of events usually held in the Nursing Auditorium with speakers from all over the world and students who participated in study abroad. Student Appreciation Day is SO much fun, free shirts, food, massages from trained specialists..it's just great. Show up early....like an hour early!

CanesConnect is great for finding events, as are the weekly emails with a list of everything going on. Tons of poster around campus too and check social media pages.
Bang for the buck
GSW is the most affordable school in the state of Georgia. Residents of Alabama and Florida are eligible for in-state tuition. The school has a lot of scholarships you can apply for and federal work study. I am in the work study program and get to work on campus in the English Language Institute. We have free tutoring and online tutoring. There's a $500 scholarships anyone who wants to study abroad can apply for also!
Great for these types of students
This school is great for nursing students. Not only is it one of the best Nursing Programs in the state, but also the country. The program is very competitive. The Nursing Building was built by Pres. Jimmy Carter's wife, Rosalynn Carter. It can turn into a hospital in less than twenty-four hours.

GSW is also great for students who want to be taught by professors, not TAs. We don't have TAs. Class are small, Nursing classes are a bit bigger. But you won't be in a class with more than 30-50 people. You can actually know your professor and classmates!
Greek Life
There are several Greek Organizations. The main sororities are ZTA and KD.
Campus Safety
Campus Safety are very polite and patrol campus a lot. There are emergency call boxes on campus. The campus is really safe. Dorms are only accessible by student ID, as is the halls. There is good lighting on campus for nighttime. The campus police are right by the Oaks and Magnolia dorms.
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Gloria from Ellaville, GA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
GSW is a wonderful school to attend. It is a relatively small, yet beautiful campus. The faculty and staff go above and beyond to provide you with the best advice as well as instill the knowledge in you that will last a lifetime.
Tips for prospective students
Start off with a bang! Be determined! Don't procrastinate!! Manage your time wisely!!! You can do it!!!
Academic Rigor
There are numerous ways to help you succeed around GSW campus. The library is a great place to start! They are open flexible hours and even on the weekend! There is a Student Success Center as well as a Writing Center to help proofread and give you that extra boost to do your best! Also, there are numerous tutoring services free of charge, which is always great!
Dorm Life
The dorms are all relatively new! They are up to date and kept very clean! I recommend experiencing the dorm life! It was a great experience!
Food and Dining
The food on campus is actually pretty amazing! They are working on adding a few more restaurants such as Chickfila and Boars Head Deli in the fall!
What to do for fun
There is always something to do! Flag football, Greek Life, Going to the Gym, Golf, and Athletic Events are just a few to mention. Campus Activities Board is always doing something on campus whether it be build a bear workshop or making t-shirts. There are also outside movie nights weekly. A weekly campus wide email is sent out to let you know of all the events taking place that week!
Campus Safety
Campus Safety is patrolling campus around the clock! This promotes a very safe atmosphere around campus!
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Lilly from Fitzgerald, GA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Georgia Southwestern has a great feel to it. It's like it's own tight-knit community. There is always something to do on campus.
Tips for prospective students
The freshman 15 is REAL! :) Don't overdo it in the cafeteria, and if you do, there are plenty of ways to work it off. They have raquetball, a rock-climbing wall, and all kinds of intramural sports. I adore this school because it has the small feel that I like, with a great academic program.
Academic Rigor
I do not know much about the academic rigor, but my friends say it can be a lot of work and you will need to buckle down and study hard!
Dorm Life
I love the dorms! I have stayed with a few of my friends who live in the dorms, and they are very nice. I really like how freshman can get private dorms and are not forced to do public dorms.
Food and Dining
I've only eaten in the cafeteria once, but I really enjoyed my experience. I've heard from my friends that there are good days and bad days, as like it is in all cafeterias.
What to do for fun
There are a TON of organizations, Greek and Non-Greek, and there are all sorts of things to do on campus. Watch a sporting event, go work out, or even climb the rock wall. There's not much in Americus, but there is a theatre next to a VERY good pizza place! :)
Bang for the buck
It is one of the most affordable colleges in Georgia. I love it, because the only way I can pay for college is through scholarships. I should be able to finish college here without any debt due to the large amount of scholarships avaliable and Georgia HOPE
Great for these types of students
People who like the small, close-knit feel in their classes and surroundings. I've visited the campus a few times and am completely sold! Having only grown up in small towns, I like GSW because of how laid-back it feels, you don't have the huge rush of a big city.
Campus Safety
Campus security is laid-back when they can be, but strict when they need to be. There are call boxes all over campus for if you ever have an emergency.
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Nichole from Americus, GA

a current student here
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In three sentences
because the average class size is about 20-30 students, the professors can get to know the student on a personal and individual level to help you achieve your goals. it is a small town so you make friends quick too! also, no friday classes! :)
Tips for prospective students
don't take the core classes for granted. absorb as much info as you possibly can because whenever you start taking your major classes, you will use those skills and knowledge and build from there. it's okay to have fun and go out, but do it in moderation. college will prepare you for life, partying won't. go to class!!! it could save your grade. :)
Academic Rigor
the core classes are not that bad as long as you study regularly, do you assignments, and go to class. many professors count attendance as 10% of your final grade, so that could make the difference between an a or a b, or even between passing and failing. college is different than high school because the professors aren't going to hand you everything and remind you of tests and such.
Dorm Life
i wouldn't know because i grew up here and stayed home for school, but i have some friends that live/have lived in them and they are very clean and everyone is very friendly.
Food and Dining
again, i wouldn't know because i don't eat my meals there, but i have heard it is super good! it sure does smell good though :) and if you are in a hurry, they have freshly made sandwiches you can pick up and run to class with! :)
What to do for fun
they have a game room with ping pong tables and i think xbox, ps3 and wii. there are 4 raquetball courts which are a ton of fun! they have group fitness classes which consist of aerobics, yoga, hip hop, latin, and many other fun classes! the greek organizations and other groups play intramural flag football and basketball. we have an awesome basketball team! there is a public high school and private high school here too and they both have football, basketball, softball and baseball games you could attend.
Bang for the buck
it is a very affordable university with the education of a private school. i love it because i know i am getting a great education because of how caring my professors are!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
there is a fellowship hall on campus that serves free lunch on wednesdays and sometimes even has free chick fil a. if you come here, you will learn that is a big deal to us! lol
Great for these types of students
if you like the comfort of a home town with friendly people, but also has a little spice to it when you are looking to have fun, this is the place! :)
Clubs and Activities
there are a few sororities and fraternities. i am not in one, but i do have friends in them and they love it. there is christian group as well! intramural sports! some of the intramural sports have supporters that is considered a team!
Greek Life
there are a few fraternities and sororities here.
Campus Safety
they're great!
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Azriel from Columbus, GA

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors are knowledgeable in their class. I am currently taking Anatomy & Physiology this semester and I am enjoying myself because the human body is interesting.
Am enjoying being here
This depends on how you are socialable to other students, roommates, professors, and joining an organization that will have people knowing your name. This is a small campus with no close malls just Wal-Mart. I enjoy being here because I make the most out of this college experience.
Tips for prospective students
If you plan to come here, don't be shy or closed up. Be friendly, join at least one organization whether it be non-Greek or Greek, don't try to go to all the parties first year of college (their will be more), please don't procrastinate on your studies such as work/studying your GPA will suffer and might lose HOPE, and don't be afraid to ask questions!
Great for these types of students
This college is good for students who want to go off to college but are still close to home, anyone who is tired of a fast paced city, anyone who wants a medium sized school, doesn't mind walking everywhere to class, and the Nursing Department is really good here if you go into the health field.
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Briana from Roswell, GA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
i am currently an art major at georgia southwestern state university and not only do i love the program but i also feel like i am learning a lot. i would compare our art program to one as good as uga. the one on one time that i get with my art teachers is priceless and they are always there to support and help me out. outside of the art deparment i have taken six other classes and have had only one mediocre experience and that was just because i didnt not enjoy the subject. the teachers are extremely knowedgeable and have helped me to truly enjoy learning.
Am enjoying being here
the people here are incredible. there is quite an eclectic group of students here and everyone gets along. i went to a huge high school in atlanta and had always experienced cliques and secular grouping but at gsw everyone is friends. i love walking around campus and having everyone i pass by say hello to me. ive never met a stranger here!
Bang for the buck
living on campus is okay. i now have moved off campus and although i am saving money i do miss being involved and always around people. the food is okay but the cafeteria setting is great! not to mention i feel as though i am getting the best art education possible in georrgia and for this price?! i wont be in student loan dept forever and that is fantastic!
Tips for prospective students
get involved. because this is a small town some people complain that there is not uch to do but once you get comfortible and get out and find stuff there is SO much to do and you can get so much out of the community. for most majors there are internships right here in americus. the community is also extremely supportive.
Great for these types of students
social, serious about school, need one on one teacher time, involved
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Chelsea from Shellman, GA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
GSW has a beautiful, safe, and friendly campus. All of the staff are equipped with the knowledge and willingness to help you with whatever you need. There is a wide variety of courses and majors to chose from.
Tips for prospective students
Always meet with your professors. Do not be afraid to ask them anything, they are always happy to help you with whatever you need. There is also a first year advocate that will keep you on the right path.
Academic Rigor
GSW is staffed with highly qualified professors. Always turn your work in on time, study, and never make excuses. If you are having trouble there is free tutoring available.
Dorm Life
The dorms are highly secure. There is always order. They are cleaned regularly.
Food and Dining
The lunches are always different with so much to choose from. The meals are cheaper than eating at some fast food restaurants. The cafeteria always has something you'll enjoy!
What to do for fun
Americus, is a small community. There is a theater and plenty of places to watch a sports game or just relax. There are also plenty of activities on campus.
Bang for the buck
GSW has on of the lowest tuition rates in Georgia! Not only are you get a great education, but you are also getting it at a great price!
Great for these types of students
Gsw's campus is perfect for someone who doesn't like the rush of a big city. It is calm and time just moves a little slower.
Clubs and Activities
If you can think it, there is a club for it! From the chemistry club all the way to theater club you can always stay busy.
Greek Life
Greek life is always thriving at GSW. They sponsor so many activites you will never have time to be home sick.
Campus Safety
The safety at GSW is phenomenal. Besides a staff of campus police 24/7, there are call boxes located all around campus in case of trouble. Literally, with one touch of a button help will arrive.
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