Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA, USA

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Georgia State University
3.86 Average Rating

David from Peachtree City, GA

a current student here
18 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The instructors here are amazing. Every instructor I have had thus far has been willing to help out in any aspect of my school work. All you need to do is ASK for the help. The professors are very accommodating tot he students needs and are prepared to answer any questions they have for them. Even the graduate students you find teaching classes know their stuff. Everyone is easy to understand. The work is tough, but that's what you are in college for... right?
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy the facilities of Georgia State very much. The students and staff are all very lively. This category loses a star because of the fact it is located right in the heart of downtown. I'm not a city person but don't get the idea that this is totally a bad thing. If you are living on campus it means there is everything you could possibly need within walking distance. However, it is walking through the city. Sometimes when it rains you find yourself a fair distance from where you need to be. But if you know your way around sometimes you don't need to set foot outside due tot he number of buildings Georgia State owns. There are also the street panhandlers to think about. And just walking the streets in general. On the other side there are over 100 restaurants right on or next to campus so you have quite a selection. The housing facilities on campus are very nice (Some better than the apartments I lived in once). And the meal plan is decent.
Bang for the buck
Okay so its not the least expensive school in Georgia. The number of facilities Georgia State owns and operates is constantly growing and those student fees are very reasonable considering all the school has to offer (assuming you use it all). From an enormous Gym which includes a few basket ball courts, indoor track, many tread mills (with t.v.'s to watch in there), raquet ball courts, weightlifting areas, an Olympic sized swimming pool, and a game room with pool tables, etc.. Then you have the enormous Library building that has yet to fail my reading wants and needs. Then there is the career service center that helps with resumes ( & much more), the instructional technology center (helps in training of computer equipment and programs used for teaching or just for students to get a better grasp on things). As well as my personal favorite, the Digital Aquarium, where supplies such as video cameras, green screens, and SLR cameras are available for lease from the school. And many. many more. As far as on campus housing goes you couldn't ask for a better deal. The room and board cost is great for the downtown area and safe and secure. The rooms are of above average size for a college campus and provide a very comfortable living area for residents. The meal plan is also a fairly good deal if you eat all 3 meals a day every day other wise eating out might be cheaper if you plan on eating out a lot to begin with. The meals are of wide variety and substantial. Over all pretty good.
Tips for prospective students
Okay so here are my tips:
1) Sit next to the smart people.... Not to cheat or anything but they are just as likely to teach you something as your professor is (assuming you are listening to them which brings me to...)
2) Listen to your professors. Classes aren't too hard as long as you pay attention. And not only listen to your professors but your classmates as well.
3) Make good use of the resources provided to you by the school. After all you are paying for them.
4) When signing up for classes check size of class to determine if it is going to be in a lecture hall or not (this may not matter to you but if it does it is nice to know before hand so you can plan for the class accordingly)
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students who need some small classes for more direct subject material but can also learn in a large lecture hall for some other classes of varying degrees of importance. It's also a great school for students who are willing to learn and live in the city.
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Vivian from Marietta, GA

a current student here
17 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
As a freshman music major, my review will focus on the school of music. The professors all have varied personalities which contribute to their unique teaching. However, the most impressive part of the school of music are the instrumental teachers. I have not heard one bad comment on the string, woodwind, brass, or voice professors. My viola teacher, Mrs. Clements, really loves discovering how to teach each individual student (she tells me about it every other lesson).

For the two core classes I have taken, I can see the teachers are more than competent. They are very knowledgeable in their subject and can answer any questions students have comprehensively. If the teachers for core classes are this amazing, I can only imagine how great the teachers for non-core classes will be in the future.
Am enjoying being here
Even though I tend to be an introvert, I have had a lot of opportunities to participate in a variety of events even before school started! Many clubs hold cookouts to recruit new members, and each floor of the dorms even hosts a variety of activities. The school of music hosts free concerts nearly every day in the recital halls.

However, the Freshman Hall is quite noisy during the nights, especially on Thursday from all the people who have no Friday classes. If you're going to live there, bring some earplugs for studying and peace of night.
Bang for the buck
Since I am a citizen of Georgia, the school definitely provides more than enough bang for the buck. The facilities are great and the library has some really good resources, like free and legal sheet music!

However, the dining hall and many of the restaurants close on the weekends. If you cannot go home on the weekends, you have very limited choices of where to eat. Also, the music building is very old and the practice rooms are not entirely soundproof, but they suffice.
Tips for prospective students
College is lots of studying and some work, depending on the classes you take. You get a fewer grades which carry more weight on your final grade and your teachers do not pass out progress reports, so you need to keep track of your grades yourself. Hold on to your syllabuses. They outline all the rules of the classroom, but more importantly, they tell you the percentages homework, quizzes, and tests are worth. Learn how to study and take notes before college so you know what to do in college.

Learn who your professors and how they teach. Pay attention to who is going to teach you when you register for classes; there is usually more than one choice. Go to ratemyprofessors.com and see their worth as a professor from the students' point of view.

It is in the city, so you will learn how to walk whether you like to or not.

As for music majors, practice practice practice! Practice your scales, practice your orchestra music, and practice your private lesson music. If you are easily distracted, find a practice room with no windows and no piano. Just reserve a time in the afternoon if you plan on practicing then because the practice rooms at that time are packed.
Great for these types of students
If you have a great interest in music but don't want to be in debt your entire life from your college (Juilliard), come here. The instrumental teachers are awesome and the professors are good, including core-classes teachers. If you are not a music major, come if you want a lot of opportunity. Many opportunities are available at Georgia State, so if you like opportunity, please come.
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3rd Generation GSU Student from Doraville, GA

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here are top-notch, no doubt about it, due in part because Georgia State is a research university; professors are doing research along with teaching as well. They really know their stuff and you'll find that most professors (well, all of the professors that I've encountered so far) are really passionate about what they teach. They are also really helpful and more than willing to meet with you during their office hours or answer any questions via email if you needed additional clarification.
Am enjoying being here
To be honest, I did not want to go to GSU at first mainly because both of my older sisters went there. I wanted to go somewhere different, but I'm glad I chose GSU over my top choice school (UGA). Five stars is not enough stars to describe how much I truly love it here. Honestly, Georgia State is underrated. I've heard so many bad things about GSU and I've heard people put GSU down but that's all just a misconception and a misunderstanding. After the first few weeks of attending GSU, I was surprised to find out how much I truly love GSU. The atmosphere and vibe of being in the heart of downtown is something no other Georgia college/university has to offer. I'm in the Honors Program here and it's been absolutely great. I've enjoyed all of my classes so far. There's plenty of things to do, people to meet, and resources to use. It's all a matter of putting yourself out there and getting the most out of your experience.
Bang for the buck
I live off-campus to save money on housing and I use Marta. GSU offers a great discount on monthly Marta cards for students (savings of $27 a month) and GSU is located conveniently in between the GA State Station (Blue/Green Line) and the Five Points Station & Peachtree Center Station (Red/Gold Line). With the new changes to HOPE, money's going to be a tight stretch for both incoming and current students. GSU offers great facilities such as the SRC and there's ALWAYS an event going on (and I honestly do mean ALWAYS). But, of course, every college could cut back on spending to make it more affordable for their students.
Tips for prospective students
1. Entering college is like moving to a new school in a different area; it's a brand new start where nobody knows who you are. So if you were the introverted, shy kid in high school, you can be the extroverted, funny kid in college. Nobody has to know. ;)
2. Don't be afraid to ask questions. People are always more than willing to help. Ask for advice and tips on classes and such from current students.
3. A great resource when planning out your schedule: ratemyprofessors.com Learn to LOVE it and cherish it; it'll become your best friend. Guaranteed.
4. Another great tip: go online and rent your textbooks. There are plenty of textbook websites that offer free shipping/returns for textbook rentals. It's a great money-saver as opposed to buying a textbook and trying to turn around and sell it.
5. Attend class. Just do it. Most professors base their tests and exams on their notes in-class. Just go. Students don't realize that it is YOUR money that YOU are PAYING to go to class. If you skip all the time, that's just a waste of your money.
6. School is still school. In college, though, you have to pay for books and classes. Be smart about your money and your time.
7. Enjoy the freedoms that comes with college but don't take anything for granted.
Great for these types of students
GSU is for the people who love the urban feel and raw edge of the city, who also love being in a diverse, open-minded cultural melting pot and love meeting people from all walks of life. If you don't really care for a pretty college campus and don't mind the hustle and bustle of the city, then GSU's the right place for you.
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Jasmine from Stone Mountain, GA

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Georgia state has great professors who are willing to help you and Keep you motivated to go to class and learn more. There are alot of opportunities for growth in your desired field.
Am enjoying being here
Yes, there are clubs everywhere. There alot of social events like fashion shows, fundraising events, and concerts. They have famous speakers and it's always something to do. For people who are athletic there's the gym which is wonderful with track, aand weights, sauna and pool. There are intramural clubs and sporting teams that you can join if you don't want to play on the GSU team. The library is stacked with books for all types of research and GSU has a wonderful set of librarians and technology expertised people.
Bang for the buck
I am a poor student but i can afford lunch anyday. It's high but the food is good. I have Hope so I don't have to come much out of pocket but I do have to pay about 200-300 dollars after tuition. There are alot of events that offer free food and attendance.
Tips for prospective students
Come prepared to work! Read every night! MEET WITH ALL PROFESSORS! Listen. You need to make sure that you talk to your advisors each semester because you need to make sure that you are on the right path and on your way to a successful college graduation.
Great for these types of students
It's great for kids who wanna be close to home and likes diversified races!
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Jamal from Athens, GA

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I feel as thought the classes really do enhance your knowledge of each course. Because of my African American History class I can name ten African ethnic groups that I never knew. I've learned in English how to compose a creative thesis statement and gone into a deeper understanding of Human Communication and how it works in my Speech class. I truly believe the professors at Georgia State know what they are talking about and are capable of molding young minds.
Am enjoying being here
I'm from a small college town and am glad I choose Georgia State as my school if choice. I like the city and everything it has to offer, there is never a moment where I have nothing to do. Right in the middle of downtown with plenty of interesting people.
Bang for the buck
I feel this was the best choice for me as cost goes for. Your money will not go to waste if you choose this school, tutoring, campus events, and organizations sets this school far apart from other campuses. With so much to do with the quality of an education you can't go wrong.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you are about your business. While State may be exciting you have to prioritize ahead of time so you can actually enjoy these times. Time Management is KEY. If you can master that get ready to enjoy the next four years.
Great for these types of students
Speaking to a counselor about how you can manage your time at State. They are also available to discuss anything, if you're feeling stressed, lonely, left out, or hurt don't be afraid to see them. You'll appreciate it in the long run.
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Veronica from Atlanta, GA

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I love Everything about this school. I have had some of the craziest and passionate teachers here. It is challenging sometimes but its all worth it in the end.
Am enjoying being here
I really enjoy being here because this is a very unconventional university. We are located in downtown Atlanta. This means that there is always something to do and you are not as limited if you don't have a car. And to top it off the food here is really amazing.
Bang for the buck
It is cheaper that most of the four year universities that I was considering before I made my final decision. But this doesn't mean you will be compromising on the quality of education that you will be receiving her. I have had professors that studied at some of the most prestigious Universities around the world.
Tips for prospective students
There is a university out there to fit every personality. Just find someplace that fits all the things you want in a university.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for people looking for something that's a little different from the normal college. And for anyone looking for one of the best business schools in the southeastern region.
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Shakari from Savannah, GA

researching this school
10 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
After attending Savannah State University. I want to attend Georgia State University because I believe this University will help me prepair myself for law school. I want to recieve my Masters Degree from Georgia State. Then I would like to proceed to law school. Since Georgia State University has a college of law, I think that it will help me a great deal with law school.
Will enjoy being here
Georgia State University is located in the heart of Georgia. Atlanta is one of the top places to live among other places. Atlanta has a rich environment and I believe that living in Atlanta will get my feet wet with becoming a lawyer. I might be able to intern at some law firms in the Atlanta area. Atlanta is also a beautiful place to live.
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Derrica from Doraville, GA

a current student here
76 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here at Georgia State are very supportive and understanding. they actually take time to meet with student before and after class sessions so we may get a better understanding.
Am enjoying being here
The small class sizes make learning at Georgia State very enjoyable. outside the classroom there are plenty of other exciting things to do. Being center in the heart of Atlanta, there is never a dull moment at GSU.
Bang for the buck
You defenitely get more bang for your buck at Georgia State. If you have to pay for you education you want to make sure you are getting your money's' worth. GSU not only provides you with the education you need to obtain career level jobs, but also provides student with the opportunity to intern and gain experience in their field of interest.
Tips for prospective students
Talk to your advisors within the first two weeks of class. They will help you decide weather or not the classes you are taking are actually necessary. Go to incept, it gives you a lot of helpful information about how things work at GSU. Finally, no matter what you think you want to major in take the Chemistry and Math placement test before you start your freshmen year.
Great for these types of students
Georgia State is great for students who want to experience the thrill and excitement of city life while seeking a higher education.
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Jayquan from hampton, GA

a current student here
35 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The teachers here rally make sure you learn what you are there to learn. If you are falling behind, most of the teachers will give you plenty of opportunity to catch back up. the class sizes were very reasonable. I was able to develop a personal relationship with all my teachers, making it easier to learn!
Am enjoying being here
I LOVE GEORGIA STATE!!! I would not want to be any where else. There is always so much to do on and off of campus. THe fact that the campus is located in downtown Atlanta is a huge plus!!!
Bang for the buck
Everything penny you pay is worth it. There are so many free events that offer things like free food, prizes, just everything is free. The education is wonderful, and when you buy books the school buys them back when you are done. It is defiantly a bang for the buck!!!
Tips for prospective students
Apply early, get extra money so you can have extra money to spend on the weekends, apply for housing as soon as the application is available. Good Luck
Great for these types of students
people who love diversity, love the city life, like Georgia weather, want to learn and have fun at the same time.
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Koushyllia from Alpharetta, GA

a current student here
26 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There is a huge contrast between college and high school curriculum-wise. At Georgia State University, and probably any college, the classes you take are like finishing a years work of a high school class in just one semester. Like any school every professor is different in how they teach the material. Some are funny and exciting, while others make students wish they'd stay in bed that morning. I've had both kinds of professors this past semester, and I must say that I've had days where it was fun learning something new about muscles for example in my Biology 1110 Lab. There were also days in my Bio Lecture when I had to fight to keep my eyes open, and my mind focused. Regardless of each situation, I've learned more than what I thought I could learn in one semester. My professors all had my best interest in mind which was to succeed in their classes. If I ever brought up a subject that I was unclear about, they all helped me in any way they could.
Am enjoying being here
I commute to Georgia State everyday, so I don't really stay on campus much. I love the area regardless. The only downside is the homeless and less fortunate you may run into on the way to Aderhold, a building where some classes are held. Campus police is available to escort anyone to class or to their car at any time of the day. Another down side is the fact that there have been instances where students have been robbed.
Tips for prospective students
I have just finished my first semester at Georgia State University. As a freshman, I joined a Freshman Learning Community (FLC), a program that introduces freshmen to the college community, and helps students meet new people. An FLC consists of about 24 students who have similar majors or career paths, which makes it easier to make friends who have the same interests as you. There are several different types of FLCs; I am a nursing major, so I joined the Pre-Nursing FLC. I must say that I enjoyed being a part of the FLC. I entered GSU knowing very little about the nursing career, and I now realize that there are several awarding career paths one could take with a degree in nursing. Another benefit to being in an FLC is getting to know the campus, and having the opportunity to meet and interact with important faculty members such as members of the Advisement Center, and for me, I was able to interact with various nurses that visited from the School of Nursing at GSU. I was also able to meet people who shared the same classes with me, and we often formed study groups to study for tests, which help immensely for major exams.
Great for these types of students
GSU is a great college for students who love city life, and diversity.
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