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| free_label = NewspaperThe Signal (college newspaper)>The Signal| image_name = Georgia State University Official Seal.png| image_size = 190px (Latin)GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY FACT BOOKSURL=HTTPS://OIE.GSU.EDU/GEORGIA-STATE-UNIVERSITY-FACT-BOOKS/, | mottoeng = Truth is valuable and shall overcome| established = 1913| parent = University System of GeorgiaAssociation of Public and Land-grant Universities>APLUORAUSURA UIAWEB, University Innovation Alliance, March 31, 2019,weblink USUURL=HTTPS://WWW.USG.EDU/FISCAL_AFFAIRS/FINANCIAL_REPORTING/, State university system>State university| address = 33 Gilmer Street SE| city = AtlantaGeorgia (U.S. state)>Georgia| postalcode = 30303ACCESSDATE=APRIL 3, 2019, URL=HTTPS://PRESIDENT.GSU.EDU/, | provost = Risa PalmPUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA, April 4, 2019, | administrative_staff = 3,627 (Fall 2017)PUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA, December 3, 2018, | undergrad = 44,735 (Fall 2018)| postgrad = 6,789 (Fall 2018)| doctoral = 1,866 (Fall 2018)3313.38409.5display=inline,titleACCESSDATE=APRIL 6, 2019, Urban area>Urban (main campus) and Suburb (Perimeter College);Downtown Atlanta Campus (main campus):{{convert>109.87km2sp=us}};All instructional sites (including Perimeter College campuses):{{convertacre31,011.37km2sp=us}}| free_label2 = Radio stationWRAS (FM)>Album 88 (WRAS 88.5 MHz/HD-2)| athletics = NCAA Division I – Sun Belt ConferencePounce (mascot)>Pounce, the blue pantherGeorgia State Panthers>PanthersPUBLISHER=COMMKIT.GSU.EDU ACCESSDATE=MARCH 20, 2016, {{color box#FFFFFF}} {{color box|#CC0000}}www.gsu.edu}}| logo = File:Georgia State University Logo.svg| logo_size = 150px}}Georgia State University (Georgia State, State, or GSU) is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia.NEWS,weblink Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility, 2018-05-15, The New York Times, 2018-05-15, en-US, 0362-4331, Founded in 1913, it is one of the University System of Georgia's four research universities. It is also the largest institution of higher education by enrollment based in Georgia and is in the top 10 in the nation in number of students with a diverse majority-minority student population around 53,000 including approximately 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the main campus downtown {{as of|2018|lc=y}}.MAGAZINE, Georgia State University Part-Time Job Fair- Atlanta Campus,weblink Forbes, November 21, 2018, Georgia State University is classified as an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.WEB, The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education,weblink Carnegie Foundation, November 19, 2012, The university's over $200 million in research expenditures for the 2017 fiscal year ranked 1st in the nation among universities without an engineering or medical school.WEB, Georgia State University's Research Expenditures Top $200 Million For The First Time,weblink Georgia State University, December 3, 2018, The university is the most comprehensive public institution in the Atlanta metro area, offering more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs spread across eight academic colleges with around 3,500 faculty members.WEB, Database of Institutions Accredited by Recognized US Accrediting Organizations,weblink Council for Higher Education Accreditation, May 28, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130911035600weblink">weblink September 11, 2013, yes, mdy-all, WEB, Georgia State University,weblink Collegeboard, June 8, 2013, WEB,weblink Quick Facts - Georgia State University, Georgia State University, September 22, 2014, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130603045025weblink">weblink June 3, 2013, WEB, Employment,weblink Georgia State University, May 28, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130527045734weblink">weblink May 27, 2013, GSU has two libraries, University library and Law library, which hold over 4.3 million volumes combined and serve as a federal document depository. GSU has an economic impact on the Atlanta economy of more than $1.4 billion annually.WEB, Valdes, Renee, Georgia State University impacts the Atlanta economy by $1.4 billion,weblink Georgia State University, April 14, 2012, The Georgia State Panthers represent the NCAA Division I sports teams of Georgia State University. The university's athletic teams (except beach volleyball) are members of the Sun Belt Conference, of which Georgia State is a charter member.

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ACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 3, 2018 URL=HTTPS://WWW.TOPUNIVERSITIES.COM/UNIVERSITY-RANKINGS/WORLD-UNIVERSITY-RANKINGS/2019, ACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 3, 2018 URL=HTTPS://WWW.TIMESHIGHEREDUCATION.COM/WORLD-UNIVERSITY-RANKINGS/2019/WORLD-RANKING#!/PAGE/0/LENGTH/-1/SORT_BY/RANK/SORT_ORDER/ASC/COLS/STATS, ACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 3, 2018 URL=HTTPS://WWW.USNEWS.COM/BEST-COLLEGES/RANKINGS/NATIONAL-UNIVERSITIES, ACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 3, 2018 URL=HTTPS://WWW.USNEWS.COM/EDUCATION/BEST-GLOBAL-UNIVERSITIES/RANKINGS?PAGE=46, ACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 3, 2018 URL=HTTPS://WASHINGTONMONTHLY.COM/2018COLLEGE-GUIDE?RANKING=2018-RANKINGS-NATIONAL-UNIVERSITIES, }}{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed floatleft" "text-align:left"! colspan=4 style="{{CollegePrimaryStyle|Georgia State Panthers|color=white}}" |U.S. News University Rankings! Category! RankingMAGAZINE, Georgia State University – U.S. News & World Report Education, U.S. News & World Report, December 3, 2018,weblink | 2| 148| 2| 187| 100| 3| 9| 10{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed floatleft" "text-align:left"! colspan=4 style="{{CollegePrimaryStyle|Georgia State Panthers|color=white}}" |U.S. News Graduate School Rankings! Program! RankingMAGAZINE, Georgia State University – U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, March 31, 2019,weblink | 140| 114| 62| 22| 59| 45| 54| 11| 99| 131| 39| 125| 67| 2| 10| 136| 126| 99| 136| 110| 72| 112| 21| 7| 9| 8| 19| 22| 8| 56| 55| 59| 71| 53{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed floatleft" "text-align:left"! colspan=4 style="{{CollegePrimaryStyle|Georgia State Panthers|color=white}}" |U.S. News Global Rankings! Category! RankingMAGAZINE, Georgia State University – U.S. News & World Report Education, U.S. News & World Report, December 3, 2018,weblink | 107| 87| 370| 518| 177| 196

History

Initially intended as a night school, Georgia State University was established in 1913 as the Georgia School of Technology's Evening School of Commerce.WEB, 97 Years Strong,weblinkpdf8/705701.pdf, Georgia State University, June 6, 2012, https:web.archive.org/web/20111111134243weblinkpdf8/705701.pdf, November 11, 2011, yes, mdy-all, A reorganization of the University System of Georgia in the 1930s led to the school becoming the Atlanta Extension Center of the University System of Georgia and allowed night students to earn degrees from several colleges in the University System.WEB, History, http:www2.gsu.edu/~wwwmsp/2006/history/1.htm, Main Street Master Plan, Georgia State University, May 28, 2013, During this time, the school was divided into two divisions: Georgia Evening College and Atlanta Junior College.WEB, Evening Signal, 1933-10-02,weblink Digital Collections, Georgia State University Library, May 28, 2013, In September 1947, the school became affiliated with the University of Georgia and was named the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia.WEB,weblink The Georgia State University Signal, 1970-10-22., Digital Collections, Georgia State University Library,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140202125541weblink">weblink February 2, 2014, yes, May 28, 2013, For its first four decades, the school was treated as an offsite department of its parent institution, Georgia Tech, until 1947, and UGA after 1947. Accordingly, its chief executive was called a director. However, in 1955, the Board of Regents made it an autonomous four-year college under the name Georgia State College of Business Administration.WEB, Carabello, Joanna Soto, J. Mack Robinson College of Business,weblink Business and Industry, The New Georgia Encyclopedia, May 28, 2013, Walter Sparks, who had served as director since 1927, became the newly autonomous institution's first president. In 1961, other programs at the school had grown large enough that the name was shortened to Georgia State College.WEB, Special Collections and Archives: Georgia State University History,weblink Research Guides, Georgia State University Library, May 28, 2013, It became Georgia State University in 1969.WEB, Reed, Merl, In Business,weblink Georgia State University Magazine, Georgia State University, May 28, 2013, In 1995, the Georgia Board of Regents accorded Georgia State "research university" status, joining the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Augusta University.WEB, Core Mission Statement for Research Universities,weblink University System of Georgia, May 29, 2013, WEB, Achieving Research University Status,weblink Making History, Georgia State University, May 29, 2013, (File:GSU1.JPG|right|thumb|300px|View of (from L-R) the Sports Arena and Library South on Decatur Street)The first African-American student became enrolled at Georgia State in 1962, a year after the integration of the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.WEB, Georgia Tech Integration,weblink Civil Rights Digital Library, University System of Georgia, May 29, 2013, WEB, University of Georgia Integration,weblink Civil Rights Digital Library, University System of Georgi, May 29, 2013, Annette Lucille Hall was a Lithonia social studies teacher who enrolled in the course of the Institute on Americanism and Communism, a course required for all Georgia social studies teachers.WEB, Babiarz, Liz, Quiet Courage,weblink GSU Magazine, Georgia State University, March 2, 2013, The Peachtree Road Race was founded in 1970 by Georgia State cross-country coach and dean of men Tim Singleton, heading it in its first six years before turning it over to the Atlanta Track Club.WEB, Asher, Gene, Always in the Running,weblink Georgia Trend, May 30, 2013,

Campus expansion

1913–1975

Over its 100-plus year history, Georgia State's growth has required the acquisition and construction of more space to suit its needs. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, numerous buildings were constructed as part of a major urban renewal project, such as the Pullen Library in 1966, Classroom South in 1968, the expansion of the Pullen Library in 1968, the Arts and Humanities Building in 1970, the 10-story General Classroom Building in 1971 (now called Langdale Hall), the Sports Arena in 1973, and the 12-story Urban Life Building in 1974.WEB, Campus Expansion,weblink Campus Expansion, Georgia State University, May 30, 2013, In addition, a raised platform and walkway system was constructed to connect these buildings with each other over Decatur Street and various parking structures.WEB, Elrod, Jacoby, Georgia State's Platform Plaza,weblink The American City, James Polhemus, June 5, 2013,

1980–1989

In the 1980s, another round of expansion took place with the acquisition of the former Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in 1979,WEB, Atlanta Municipal Auditorium,weblink Downtown, Atlanta Time Machine, June 5, 2013, which was subsequently converted into Alumni Hall in 1982 and then to Dahlberg Hall in 2010,WEB, GSU Renames Alumni Hall for Dahlberg,weblink Atlanta Business Chronicle, American City Business Journals, June 5, 2013, and currently houses Georgia State's administrative offices.WEB, Dahlberg Hall,weblink Georgia State University, September 12, 2013, That same year, the College of Law was founded in the Urban Life Building,WEB, About,weblink College of Law, Georgia State University, September 12, 2013, and the Title Building on Decatur Street was acquired and converted into the College of Education's headquarters and classroom space.WEB, Lawyers,weblink Downtown, Atlanta Time Machine, June 5, 2013, In 1988, the nine-story Library South was constructed on the south side of Decatur Street, which was connected to the Pullen Library via a three-story high foot bridge (officially referred to as a "link") and effectively doubled the library's space.JOURNAL, Burtle, Laura, Spotlight on Construction: Georgia State's Library Transformation Project Completed, Georgia Library Quarterly, January 1, 2008, 44, 9,weblink June 5, 2013,

1990–2004

Georgia State continued this growth into the 1990s, with the expansion of Alumni Hall in 1991,WEB, Building Timeline,weblink Special Collections and Archives: Georgia State University History, Georgia State University Library, June 6, 2013, the opening of the Natural Science Center in 1992,WEB, Natural Science Center,weblink Digital Collections, Georgia State University Library, June 6, 2013, and the acquisition of the former C&S Bank Building on Marietta Street in 1993, which is now the home of the Robinson College of Business. 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. The Standard and Haas-Howell buildings house classrooms, offices, and practice spaces for the School of Music, and the Rialto is home to Georgia State's Jazz Studies program and an 833-seat theater.WEB, Rialto History,weblink Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130118120027weblink">weblink January 18, 2013, yes, mdy-all, In 1998, the Student Center was expanded toward Gilmer Street and provided a new 400-seat auditorium and space for exhibitions and offices for student clubs.WEB, Center Layout and Floor Plans,weblink Student*University Center, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131011163429weblink">weblink October 11, 2013, A new Student Recreation Center opened on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Gilmer Street in 2001. In 2002, the five-story Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center opened on Luckie StreetWEB, DeLoach, Doug, Growing University has Big Footprint,weblink Atlanta Business Chronicle, American City Business Journals, June 6, 2013, amid controversy over the demolition of historical buildings on its block.WEB, Dixon, Brad, Georgia State to implode office building in Fairie-Poplar district April 16,weblink Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, Most recently, in 2004, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies was moved to the former Wachovia Bank Building at Five Points.WEB, The Building,weblink Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130526005627weblink">weblink May 26, 2013,

2005–2015

After the release of the 2006 master plan update, a host of new building activity occurred on campus. A $20 million refurbishment to the Pullen Library complex was completed during the 2006-07 school year.NEWS,weblink GSU Plans Record $1b Expansion, Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 17, 2006, Multiple new units of on-campus housing were built, including the 2,000 bed University Commons in 2007, a new dormitory named Freshman Hall (later renamed Patton Hall) in 2009 and a conversion of a former Wyndham Garden Hotel and a Baymont Inn & Suites into a new 1,100 occupancy dormitory named Piedmont North.WEB, Georgia State North Piedmont Housing,weblink Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Central Atlanta Progress, June 6, 2013, WEB, Wheatley, Thomas, Georgia State purchases downtown hotels for student housing,weblink Fresh Loaf, Creative Loafing, June 6, 2013, New Greek housing was built in 2010 along Edgewood Avenue. The Citizens Trust Building on Piedmont Avenue was purchased by the university to make room for offices and student services in 2007. The Parker H. Petit Science Center was completed in 2010, opening up state of the art science laboratories and teaching space. In 2013, Georgia State started operating from the original home of the Trust Company of Georgia and the SunTrust Bank, the 25 Park Place Building, a 26-floor skyscraper located adjacent to Woodruff Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The building currently houses many academic units of the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Dean's Office, the University Advisement Center, and facilities of the School of Public Health. In May 2015, the College of Law was moved to its new building at 89 Park Place after the land was donated to the university.WEB, Poe Ross, Kathleen, Designing a New Home,weblink College of Law, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140202135159weblink">weblink February 2, 2014,

2016–present

The newest incarnation of the university's strategic plan gives an outline for the university's growth from 2011 until 2016 and a brief overview that will be amended for up to 2021.WEB, Strategic Plan 2011-2016/21,weblink Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, In 2016, an extension to the Petit Science Center was completed. Plans exist for the building of graduate student housing behind the center.On May 31, 2012, the athletics department released a new facilities master plan.WEB, Georgia State Athletics Master Plan,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, The plan includes upgrades and renovations to the GSU Sports ArenaWEB, Sports Arena Master Plan,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, including new outdoor sand volleyball courts (which have since been completed)WEB, Sand Volleyball Complex Master Plan - Completed Sept. 2012,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, as well as plans to build new baseball, softball, and soccer stadiums.WEB, Baseball Complex Master Plan,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, WEB, Softball Complex Master Plan,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, WEB, Soccer Complex Master Plan,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, These would replace the current stadiums in Panthersville. In May 2014, the university announced its intentions to pursue the 77-acre Turner Field site once the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball club moves into SunTrust Park in 2017. The university intends to retrofit Turner Field into a 30,000 seat open-air football stadium and build a new baseball field on the site of the former Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, incorporating the wall where Hank Aaron hit his record-breaking 715th home run. Additional retail and student housing development is also planned for the parking areas surrounding Turner Field.WEB, Roberson, Doug, Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium,weblink Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 27, 2014, On December 21, 2015, the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority announced that Georgia State's bid to redevelop Turner Field had been accepted.WEB, Georgia State/Carter/Oakwood Team Named Winning Bidder for Redevelopment of Turner Field,weblink Georgia State University, December 22, 2015, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20151223091134weblink">weblink December 23, 2015, On August 18, 2016, Georgia State and the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority reached a tentative purchase agreement for Turner Field, and the purchase and redevelopment plan was approved by the Board of Regents on November 9, 2016.NEWS, Davis, Janet, Suggs, Ernie, Trubey, J. Scott, Georgia State, partners reach deal to buy Turner Field for $30 million,weblink August 18, 2016, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NEWS, Brown, Molly, Trubey, Scott, Georgia State's $53M Turner Field redevelopment plan approved,weblink November 9, 2016, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, On January 5, 2017, Georgia State's acquisition of Turner Field, since renamed Georgia State Stadium, was officially closed, with the stadium conversion project beginning in February 2017.WEB, Georgia State, Private Development Venture Finalize Acquisition of Turner Field Site,weblink Georgia State University, January 6, 2017, Georgia State Stadium hosted its first game on August 31, 2017.WEB, Holmes, Mike, Football Stadium Opener Date Set,weblink Georgia State Athletics, February 10, 2017,

Consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College

On January 5, 2015, news broke that Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College would merge.WEB,weblink Georgia Perimeter, Georgia State Possibly Merging, Tanya Ott, GPB News, January 5, 2015, January 6, 2015, Over a year later, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College, a 2-year college with five campuses. The board also announced that the current president of Georgia State, Dr. Mark Becker, would remain the president of the combined university, which retained the name Georgia State University.NEWS,weblink Merger of GPC, GSU approved, Covington News, January 6, 2015, January 6, 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150106184243weblink">weblink January 6, 2015, yes, mdy-all, The merger created the largest university in the state of Georgia at about 52,000 students.WEB,weblink Welcome to the Panther Family, GSU.edu, Georgia State University, January 6, 2016,

Coat of arms

The school's coat of arms is registered in the College of Arms in London.WEB, Royal Registrar Gives Winthrop Coat of Arms,weblink The Sumpter Daily Item, December 1980, The Latin motto means, "Truth is strong and will conquer" (or alternatively, "Truth is valuable and shall overcome"). The panther holds the symbol of education, with the quill in red to symbolize the fire in Atlanta's city emblem. The gold coin indicates the university's beginnings as a business school. The crown august is a representation of the Stone Mountain granite. The center flame is an eternal flame in honor of the first president, George Sparks, and represents flames of scholarship and the burning of Atlanta.WEB, Symbols, Seals, and Logos,weblink Georgia State University, April 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120405030331weblink">weblink April 5, 2012,

Organization

(File:Georgia State University College of Law Building.jpeg|right|thumb|250px|GSU College of Law)The President of Georgia State University (currently Mark P. Becker)WEB, Meet The President,weblink Office of The President, Georgia State University, May 28, 2013, is the head administrator and is appointed and overseen by the Georgia Board of Regents.The university is composed of 11 colleges (although those divisions use "college", "school", or "institute", those titles do not indicate any distinction between them):

Schools and colleges

† Unlike the other colleges that make up the university, students accepted to Perimeter College only have access to the five suburban campuses associated with that college and not the main campus. A Perimeter College student must apply for acceptance to the main downtown campus for access to bachelor's degrees.WEB, Transition to the Atlanta Campus from a Perimeter College Campus,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, January 7, 2016,

Campus

(File:GSU2.JPG|left|thumb|300px|View of (from L-R) the Student Center, Urban Life Building, and University Center)From Georgia State's days as a single building night school into the university it is today, Georgia State has built itself into the heart of urban Downtown Atlanta. Whereas the school's nickname—dating from the early 1960s—of "the Concrete Campus" was once a source of mild embarrassment,WEB, Richards, Doug, Georgia State among "least academic, least sexy" colleges?,weblink 11 Alive, NBC, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20130616004236weblink">weblink June 16, 2013, the name has been embraced by the university community.NEWS, Anderson, Zakkiyya, Concrete Crazies change men's basketball forever,weblink June 6, 2013, The Signal, January 17, 2012, The university embraced the slogan, "a part of the city, not apart from the city" as its growth into Downtown Atlanta increased.WEB, Goal Formulation,weblink Main Street Master Plan Update 2005-2015, Georgia State University, April 14, 2012, This has led to the widening of sidewalks around the campus, and a focus on Decatur Street as becoming the "Main Street" of the campus.WEB, Mainstreet Master Plan,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, April 30, 2016,

Sparks Hall

Sparks Hall was the first building designed and built specifically for the school. It was designed by the Atlanta architectural firm of Cooper, Barrett, Skinner, Woodbury, and Cooper. Construction took place between 1952 and 1955 and cost about $2 million. The first classes were held in the building on April 21, 1955. On June 8, 1960, the building was named for George McIntosh Sparks, former president of the college.WEB, Campus Historic Preservation Plan,weblink Georgia State University, June 6, 2014, Currently, the building houses Undergraduate Admissions, the Student Advisement Center, and the One Stop Shop. It also primarily houses classrooms and computer laboratory space.

Housing

After the 1996 Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta, Georgia State acquired its first on-campus dormitories in the 2,000-bed Olympic Village housing complex located at the southeast corner of Centennial Olympic Park Drive (formerly Techwood Drive) and North Avenue that was used to board Olympic athletes during the Games.WEB, Georgia State University Village,weblink SCRA, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, The Village was later sold to the Georgia Institute of Technology and renamed the North Avenue Apartments.WEB, North Avenue Apartments,weblink Georgia Tech Facilities, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130401005752weblink">weblink April 1, 2013,

University Lofts

In August 2002, the 450-bed University Lofts opened at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Courtland Street on the northeast side of campus as housing for undergraduate students and student athletes, as well as students with families and graduate students.BOOK, 2006-07 On Campus Student Handbook, 2006, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 72, In 2008, the Lofts were converted into multiperson dormitories as well as apartment style dorms, raising the bed count to its current number of 550 residents in 231 apartments.WEB, The Lofts,weblink University Houstin, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013,

University Commons

On August 10, 2007, Georgia State opened the University Commons, a $165 million complex housing 1,992 students, occupying a city block bounded by Ellis Street, Piedmont Avenue, John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.NEWS,weblink author = Duffy, Kevin date = July 25, 2007, July 25, 2007, {{dead link|date=June 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} A GSU economics professor estimated the new dorm could have an economic impact of $10–12 million on downtown Atlanta. The university plans to ultimately accommodate 20% of its enrollment in housing near the downtown campus. With the planned opening of University Commons, it was announced on March 7, 2007 that the Georgia Institute of Technology was acquiring the Olympic Village housing, which is located across North Avenue from the Institute.WEB,weblink Olympic-Era Residence Halls Transferring to GA Tech, March 7, 2007, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070315070945weblink">weblink March 15, 2007, In 2011, the Commons were voted "best overall dorms in the country" by DormSplash.com.NEWS, Walsh Giarrusso, Theresa, Ga. State University honored by web site with 'best dorms',weblink June 6, 2013, Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 21, 2011, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20130616004229weblink">weblink June 16, 2013, This was followed in 2012 by The Fiscal Times rating the Commons as some of the most luxurious dormitories in the country, rated 3rd most "insanely luxurious."WEB, 10 Public Colleges with Insanely Luxurious Dorms,weblink The Fiscal Times, June 6, 2013,

Patton Hall

File:Hurt Park, Atlanta.JPG|right|thumb|200px|Hurt Park ]]In the fall of 2009, Georgia State opened a 325-bed residence hall exclusively for freshman students, originally named Freshman Hall. Renamed Patton Hall in 2013 after former Georgia State President Carl Patton,WEB, Ed, GSU Honors Two University Greats,weblink Peach Pundit, June 6, 2013, WEB, Patton Hall,weblink University Housing, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130613033914weblink">weblink June 13, 2013, the dorms are located on the corner of Piedmont and Edgewood Avenues, approximately 0.2 miles from the heart of GSU's campus.WEB, Google Maps,weblink Google, June 6, 2013, The facility includes a 24/4.5 dining hall offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a buffet style.WEB, Patton Dining Hall Menus,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130702082234weblink">weblink July 2, 2013, The dining hall is open to all Georgia State students, and all residents of Patton Hall are required to have meal plans for the dining hall.WEB, Meal Plans,weblink University Housing, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141026060324weblink">weblink October 26, 2014,

Greek housing

For the 2010 academic year, Georgia State opened its Greek Housing facility, located adjacent to Patton Hall on Edgewood Avenue. Each townhome in the complex features a chapter room, kitchen, and bedrooms ranging from 9-19 beds.WEB, Greek Housing,weblink University Housing, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013,

Piedmont North

Most recently, following its plan for expansion, Georgia State acquired two hotels in downtown Atlanta, the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Baymont Inn and Suites on Piedmont Avenue. The hotels and grounds have been renovated and changed into dorms, Piedmont North Buildings A and B, contributing to the university's transformation into a more traditional campus.WEB,weblink Three metro Atlanta hotels to close, change course, August 18, 2010, The complex now includes living and study space for approximately 1,100 students, as well as greenspace, recreational areas, and a brand new {{convert|12000|sqft|m2|adj=on}} dining hall, the Piedmont North Dining Hall.

Piedmont Central

On May 14, 2014, ground was broken on a new, 1,152 bed residence hall named Piedmont Central.WEB, Booker, Lauren, Georgia State unveils plans for new dorm Piedmont Central, Georgia State Signal, Georgia State University, April 30, 2016, The hall received its first residence in fall semester of 2016. The facility includes a 15,000 square foot dining facility, conference rooms, communal kitchens, study rooms, and laundry facilities.WEB, Piedmont Central,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, April 30, 2016, File:Georgia State University Police GA.jpg|thumbnail|left|A Georgia State police vehicle on campus in AtlantaAtlanta

Campus security

The department is composed of more than 160 state-sworn police officers, 60 full-time security guards, 10 part-time security guards, 16 communications dispatchers and eight staff members, making it the largest campus law enforcement agency in Georgia.WEB, About Us,weblink Safety and Security, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013,

Perimeter College

Perimeter College consists of five different campuses around the Metro Atlanta region. Campuses in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton County each offer different amenities. The Alpharetta campus consists of two buildings, with students enrolled at that campus having free access to a nearby private gym, as well as access to the other Perimeter campus' amenities. The Clarkston campus is a full campus with athletic facilities, (tennis courts, soccer field, gym) and 14 buildings. The Decatur campus includes greenhouses, tennis courts, as well as six academic buildings including a Student Success Center. The Dunwoody campus includes a gym, weight room, soccer field, tennis courts, an observatory, a gazebo, and eight academic buildings. The Newton campus consists of a baseball field, a softball field, a health and recreation center, and two academic buildings.WEB, Our Campuses,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University,

Student life

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Student media

Five organizations are a part of the office of Student Media:
  • The Signal, an award-winning daily website/weekly newspaperWEB,weblink Signal wins top Georgia College Press award, TruthGuy69er, February 5, 2013,
  • GSTV, an online video organization with news, sports, and creative content produced and aired by students
  • Album 88 radio, with nighttime broadcast on 88.5 FM and 24/7 broadcast online and on HD radio.WEB, Where Can I Hear WRAS?,weblink Georgia State University, April 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120225083355weblink">weblink February 25, 2012,
  • New South, a national literary journal edited by graduate students
  • Underground, undergraduate arts and literature journal
Additional student-produced media outside of this division include:
  • GSUTV, a statewide TV channel produced by students and broadcast over the GPTV Knowledge channelWEB, GSUTV Programming,weblink GSUTV, Georgia State University, April 30, 2016, GSU TV is offered as a practicum on the Atlanta campus.
  • Creative License, an annual student-edited literature and arts publication from Perimeter College: The magazine is funded by Perimeter College's Student Activity Fee and edited under the advisement of the College's English faculty.
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Diversity{|style"text-align:center; float:right; margin-left:1em; margin:auto;" class"wikitable sortable"|+Fall 2018 Semester Enrollment Report: Enrollment by Self-Declared Race/Ethnicity

! Race/Ethnicity !! Number !! Percent! American Indianor Alaska Native| 0.1%! Asian| 14%! Black or AfricanAmerican| 41.1%! Hispanic/Latino(of any race)| 11.4%! Native Hawaiianor Other PacificIslander| 0.1%! Race Unknown orUndeclared| 1.8%! Two or MoreRaces| 5.7%! White| 25.7%! Total Enrollment| 100%Georgia State University is a majority-minority institution.WEB,weblink Georgia State University leads nation in black graduates, CBS46 News Atlanta, It has achieved the most ethnically diverse student population in Georgia and one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation.WEB,weblink Georgia State is one of the most diverse universities in the country, SaportaReport, March 20, 2016, WEB,weblink Georgia State Ranks Among The Most Diverse Institutions In The Country - Georgia State University News -, August 18, 2017, Since the early 2010s, Georgia State has been the nation's leading non-profit institution to annually produce the highest number of African Americans with bachelor's degrees.WEB,weblink These Georgia colleges graduate the highest percentage of black students, Christopher, Quinn, ajc, WEB,weblink Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility, Richard, Fausset, May 15, 2018, NYTimes.com,

Student facilities

Student Recreation Center

The on-campus Recreation Center features racquetball courts, a squash court, a 7,000-square-foot free-weight area, an aquatic center, a 35-foot climbing wall,WEB, Climbing Wall & Boldering Cave,weblink Recreational Services, Georgia State University, June 7, 2013, game rooms,WEB, Game Room,weblink Recreational Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, exercise rooms, aerobics, dance, and martial arts studios, and a gymnasium containing four basketball/volleyball courts. The top level includes a running track and omni gym.WEB, Facilities,weblink Recreational Services, Georgia State University, June 7, 2013, The aquatic center features a 9-lane lap pool, a "leisure pool" with vortex, a spa, and a sauna.The omni gym is outfitted to allow for different sports, including badminton, basketball, fencing, arena flag football, indoor soccer, and volleyball.WEB, Student Recreation Center,weblink Georgia State University, April 14, 2012,

Indian Creek Lodge

Land in Indian Creek was purchased by the university in 1938, and in 1974 operation of the swimming pool in the facility was taken over by Recreation Services. Tennis courts, Indian Creek Lodge, and the rest of the 15.5 acres were taken over by Recreation Services in 1991.

Panthersville

The university's outdoor intramural fields are currently located in Panthersville, a suburb of Atlanta. These facilities include two large lighted fields, a sundeck, restrooms, and parking. New land has been purchased by the university east of the University Commons to make room for new intramural fields.

Cinefest

Georgia State University operates Cinefest Film Theater, a student-run movie theater in the school's University Center.WEB, Cinefest Film Theater,weblink Cinefest, Georgia State University, June 7, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130819032353weblink">weblink August 19, 2013, yes, mdy-all, Cinefest exhibits a wide array of motion pictures including international cinema, art house films, revival house movies, and second-run Hollywood fare. Cinefest also has had numerous classic 35-mm film festivals including the Film Fatale Film Festival, and the Summer Camp Nightmare Festival. These festivals often feature rare prints that cannot be seen anywhere else.WEB, Cinefest Film Theatre,weblink Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Central Atlanta Progress, June 7, 2013, It has played host to various special events including screening films for The Atlanta Underground Film Festival, the Atlanta Asian Film Festival, the Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival, and DragonCon.WEB, Schmals, Shellie, A Burlesque Guide to Dragon*Con,weblink Atlanta Retro, June 7, 2013, The theatre has 135 seats and is free to all Georgia State students, or $3 before 5 pm and $5 after 5 pm.WEB, FAQ,weblink Cinefest, Georgia State University, June 7, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131021174344weblink">weblink October 21, 2013, yes, mdy-all, The theatre was first named Cinefest in 1991, but was known as the Lyceum Film Series.

Panther Dining

Three dining halls are at Georgia State, one in Patton Hall, one in Piedmont Central, and another in Piedmont North dorms. In addition to these, food courts are in the University Center and in the Student Center. WEB, Panther Dining,weblink Georgia State University, April 14, 2012,

Campus transportation

Panther Express

(File:GSU Panther Express bus in front of Alumni Hall, GSU.JPG|right|thumb|250px|GSU Panther Express)The university provides shuttles circulating around campus following four different routes.WEB, Shuttle Routes,weblink Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, The blue route circulates from the parking lots of Turner Field to the heart of campus with stops at Langdale Hall and Sparks Hall, and is active on weekdays from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm. The red route circulates between the main campus and the Aderhold Learning Center with stops at the Arts and Humanities building and at the Rialto Center/Aderhold. It is active on weekdays from 7:00 am to 12:00 am. The green route is active from 7:00 am to 12:00 am on weekdays with stops at the Student Center, the University Commons, and Piedmont North. The purple route is active on weekends from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am with stops at the Arts and Humanities building, the Student Center, the University Commons, Piedmont North, and the Rialto Center/Aderhold.

MARTA

Atlanta's mass transit system, MARTA, provides Georgia State students with access to the system at a reduced rate when bought through the university.WEB, Marta,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, Georgia State is served by three 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.WEB, Rail Maps,weblink MARTA, June 6, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130531060952weblink">weblink May 31, 2013,

Streetcar

In December 2014, streetcars returned to Atlanta for the first time in 60 years. The current route transverses the campus along Edgewood and Auburn Aves. It connects the main campus to the Aderhold building and Rialto Theater in Fairlie-Poplar, as well as the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Parking

The university has numerous parking locations, with restrictions in some to faculty and staff.WEB, Parking Locations,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, Parking attendants are only on duty from 6:30 am to 10 pm on weekdays, after which parking permits must be used. Some dormitories have built-in parking such as Piedmont North and the University Commons, but parking in these dorms is restricted to students living in them.WEB, University Commons,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, WEB, Piedmont North,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, The University Lofts allow access to permit holders who are primarily residents of the Lofts, the Greek Housing, and Patton Hall.WEB, University Lofts,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, It also allows access to some nonresident holders, faculty, and staff. The G Deck is reserved for use by Georgia State faculty and staff, although on days in which the Sports Arena is in use, it becomes visitor parking for that game or event.WEB, G Deck,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, WEB, Directions and Parking for the GSU Sports Arena,weblink Georgia State Athletics, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, The K and T Decks are available for students using cash or a budget card with a valid student parking permit.WEB, K Deck,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, WEB, T Deck,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, The N and S decks are for general parking, while the M Deck is reserved for students with a lottery-won permit.WEB, M Deck,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013, 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.WEB, Turner Field,weblink Auxiliary and Support Services, Georgia State University, June 6, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130618224703weblink">weblink June 18, 2013, yes, mdy-all, During the Atlanta Braves' tenure at Turner Field, those times were further limited on home game days. With the conversion of the Turner Field site from a professional baseball venue to GSU's football venue, it is expected that parking restrictions beyond the regular hours will be limited to days of Panthers home games. Due to its distance from the university, shuttle services run from the parking to the main campus.

Arts

Rialto Center

(File:Rialto-Center-Atlanta-01.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Rialto Center)Georgia State University makes notable contributions to the cultural vitality of the downtown Atlanta community. A prominent cultural stage is the Rialto Center for the Arts, an 833-seat performing-arts venue located in the heart of the Fairlie-Poplar district in downtown Atlanta. The venue is home to the Rialto Series, presenting the best of national and international jazz, world music, and dance; School of Music performances; the Atlanta Film Festival, and many others. The School of Music holds concerts featuring faculty, students, and guest performers in the Kopleff Recital Hall throughout the year. In addition, the university's Art Galleries, based in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, feature special exhibitions, student and faculty works, and visiting artist collections.

Marching band

In 2010, Georgia State University established its first ever marching band. The marching band began its inaugural season in the fall of 2010. 150 students successfully auditioned for the band. In its first year, the band performed at all home football games, a high school marching band exhibition, and (most notably) during the Georgia State vs. Alabama football game on November 18, 2010, in Tuscaloosa. The band is a drum corps style unit that focuses on precision musicality and movement. Like most ensembles, the band features a colorguard section, but in a departure from typical marching bands, the traditional auxiliary front sideline percussion section, or pit, has been replaced by a four-piece rock band consisting of a lead guitar, bass guitar, drum set, and keyboard synthesizer. Just after its third full season, the Georgia State University Marching Band participated in the Presidential Inauguration Parade in January 2013. In the fall of 2014, the Georgia State marching band performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

DAEL

The Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL), housed in the Department of Communication, offers equipment and facilities for digital media research and production. The DAEL also holds a media festival featuring different productions and media produced by students.WEB, GSU Student Media Festival - 2013,weblink DAEL, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013,

Digital Aquarium

Georgia State hosts a multimedia lab allowing students access to multimedia-editing workstations, professional software, technology training workshops, and equipment that can be checked out.WEB, Digital Aquarium,weblink Information Systems and Technology, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130726212856weblink">weblink July 26, 2013, yes, mdy-all, The facility also hosts a pro-level recording studio featuring full soundproofing, a dual-screened Mac Pro, a keyboard, and two microphones, although the area is set up to allow for students to bring their own equipment.NEWS, Cooper, Robert, Digital Ideas: Georgia State's digital aquarium,weblink July 11, 2013, The Signal, November 21, 2002,

Research and Innovation

GSU is one of four research universities in the University System of Georgia. Georgia State University's research expenditures of over $200 million for the 2017 fiscal year ranked first in the nation among universities without an engineering or medical school. In 2019, US News & World Report ranked GSU the second most innovative university in the nation.WEB,weblink Georgia State Rises To No. 2 In Nation In U.S. News Innovation, Commitment To Teaching Rankings - Georgia State University News - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, College of Law, College of Nursing and Health Professions, College of the Arts, Creative Media Industries Institute, Honors College, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Perimeter College, Robinson College of Business, School of Public Health, September 9, 2018, 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.WEB, The Next Generation University,weblink newamerica.org, New America, 11 May 2019,

Libraries

(File:GSU3.JPG|right|thumb|350px|View of the plaza with Library North, Library South, and the Classroom South Building in the background)Georgia State houses three university libraries. Additionally, many academic departments provide libraries for their students. The University Library (formerly known as the William Russell Pullen Library), housed in Library North and Library South, contains more than 1.4 million volumes, including 8,000 active serials and nearly 22,000 media materials. The library provides access to numerous electronic periodical and resource indexes (many with full text), more than14,000 electronic journals, and about 30,000 electronic books. It is also a Federal Document Depository and holds more than 820,000 government documents with electronic access to many additional titles.WEB, Seamans, Nancy, Welcome to the Library,weblink Georgia State University, April 14, 2012, From December 2015 through February 2016, the University Library received significant media attention for several armed robberies and other crimes against GSU students within the facility.WEB,weblink Atlanta's campus crimes concern students, parents,

SURAgrid

On August 31, 2006, Georgia State announced that it would be participating in a supercomputing grid with the installation of an IBM P575 Supercomputer in its Network Operations Center. Through an initiative known as SURAGrid, eventually 24 universities in 15 states throughout the Southeast United States will form the research backbone and at its peak, the network will be able to perform over 10 trillion calculations per second. University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University are also part of the SURAGrid.Georgia State University News & Events {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20061013172941weblink |date=October 13, 2006 }}

Physics and astronomy

Physics at Georgia State is split between physics and astronomy. Areas of research range from biophysics, condensed matter physics, neurophysics, nuclear physics, and physics education and innovative instruction. The astronomy program uses many observatories, including the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and the Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System (or SMARTS) in Chile, and the CHARA array on Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles County, California, Hard Labor Creek Observatory in Rutledge, Georgia, and the Urban Life Observatory, all of which are operated by Georgia State. Astronomy is now also a partner in the Apache Point Observatory 3.5-m telescope.WEB, Observatories,weblink Georgia State Astronomy, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130621064753weblink">weblink June 21, 2013,

Biology

Biological research at Georgia State is divided into four categories; applied and environmental microbiology (AEM), cellular molecular biology and physiology (CMBP), molecular genetics and biochemistry, and neurobiology and behavior. The AEM program concentrates on the environmental, industrial, and medical aspects of microbiology, including bioremediation, toxicology, genetics, cellular responses and natural product biosynthesis.WEB, AEM Program,weblink Department of Biology, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20130711032309weblink">weblink July 11, 2013, WEB, Applied and Environmental Microbiology Research Faculty,weblink Department of Biology, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130208013502weblink">weblink February 8, 2013, Cellular and molecular biology and physiology focuses on the function and regulation of eukaryotic cells and organisms, doing research including signal transduction, cancer immunology, virology, immunology, and diabetes research.WEB, Cellular Molecular Biology and Physiology Research Faculty,weblink Department of Biology, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130302175955weblink">weblink March 2, 2013, The MGB program ranges from lower eukaryotic programmed cell death to viral RNA replication.WEB, MGB Program,weblink Department of Biology, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20130711032238weblink">weblink July 11, 2013, The neurobiology and behavior program is involved in research focusing on topics such as neurobiology, behavior, hormonal action, developmental neurobiology, and vertebrate sexual plasticity, to name a few.WEB, Neurobiology and Behavior Faculty,weblink Department of Biology, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141025221908weblink">weblink October 25, 2014, Georgia State is currently the only university in the United States operating a BSL-4 lab (the highest bio-safety level) at level 4 conditions. These labs are currently used to investigate herpes B virus, hantavirus, and ebola.WEB, Georgia State University,weblink Forbes.com, Forbes, June 12, 2014,

Research centers

The College of Arts and Science is home to several centers, institutes and areas of focus, under which the departments of chemistry, biology, psychology, and other college-wide departments can collaborate on interdisciplinary subjects.WEB, Centers, Institutes & Areas of Focus,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, June 1, 2016,
  • The Language Research Center specializes in language research, with bonobos and chimpanzees. Kanzi, a male bonobo raised at the center, has become famous after learning to communicate via lexigram with his researchers.WEB, Language Research Center History,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, June 1, 2016,
  • The Center for Neuromics promotes the study of the nervous system using informatics and computational approaches.
  • The Neuroscience Institute comprises neuroscience faculty in all departments across the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning was founded in 1998 to stimulate basic and applied research spanning developmental, clinical, and education psychology, neuropsychology, special education, and speech-language pathology.WEB, Centers,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, June 1, 2016,
Likewise, several university-level institutes exist, allowing collaboration between departments throughout the university as a whole.
  • The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience is composed of more than 60 researchers over seven other Atlanta institutions, including Emory University and Georgia Tech. The institute was originally established in 1998 by a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and expanded in November 1999 to become one of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Centers.WEB, About Us,weblink Center for Behavioural Neuroscience, Georgia State University, June 1, 2016,
  • The Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics is housed in the Petit Science Center; the center's goals include developing highly sought-after biomarker-guided therapies and imaging agents and translating that research into clinically useful diagnostic and therapeutic agents.
  • Center for Nano-Optics
  • The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy at Georgia State University hosts one of the world's most powerful optical stellar interferometers, the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy, atop Mt. Wilson, California; in 2007, this telescope array became the first to actually obtain an image the surface of another sunlike star.WEB,weblink Looking up at the Man in the Star?, November 14, 2010, The array is composed of multiple telescopes, each containing a light-collecting mirror 1 m in diameter. The combination of these telescopes works as a single unit, allowing for ultra-high resolution imaging.WEB, The CHARA Array,weblink Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy, Georgia State University, July 11, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130301053020weblink">weblink March 1, 2013,
  • The Center for Neuroinflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases focuses on how brain inflammation may contribute to a number of serious health conditions.WEB, Marquez, Jennifer, Georgia State Introduces Center Focused On Neuroinflammation Georgia State Introduces Center Focused On Neuroinflammation,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, January 9, 2018,
  • The Center for Advancing Brain Imaging is a joint venture between Georgia State University and Georgia Tech providing state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities for studying brain-behaviour relations in children and adults.WEB, CABI Information,weblink Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 1, 2016,
The Institute for Biomedical Sciences operates as its own college within the university.The College of Arts and Sciences also maintains several areas of focus for cross-disciplinary study:
  • Molecular Basis of Disease is a program in computational biomedicine stretching over six departments and supports undergraduate and graduate research.
  • Brains and Behavior promotes research broadly related to the neurosciences, sponsoring student fellowships and seeding grants for research.
  • Biosensors and Diagnostics
  • Biomolecular Structure and Interactions
  • New Therapeutic Agents and Approaches

Athletics

{{See also|Georgia Southern–Georgia State rivalry}}File:Georgia State Stadium field.jpg|175px|upright|thumb|left|Georgia State StadiumGeorgia State StadiumThe 16 Georgia State varsity athletic teams participate in the NCAA's Division I FBS as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The university has won conference championships in basketball (men's and women's), baseball, golf (men's and women's), softball, soccer (men's and women's), women's tennis, and beach volleyball. The beach volleyball team has been ranked in the top 10 of all programs every year since its inception in 2013.Georgia State began competition in all sports in the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, although it had already played all individual sports in the Sun Belt during the 2012-13 season.WEB, GSU to Compete in 10 Sun Belt Championships in 2012-13,weblink GeorgiaStateSports.com, Georgia State University, July 2, 2013, This marked a return to the conference that Georgia State had helped found in 1976.WEB, Taylor, Charlie, Back to Its Roots: GSU Returns to Sun Belt Conference,weblink GeorgiaStateSports.com, Georgia State University, July 2, 2013, Prior to joining the Sun Belt, GSU played in the CAA from 2005-2013, participating for only one season (2012) as a football school.WEB, Roche, Bryan, Football Preview: Georgia State vs. Maine,weblink WMEB Sports, WMEB 91.9FM, July 2, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160305110539weblink">weblink March 5, 2016, Prior to joining the CAA, the Panthers competed in the (then Trans America Athletic Conference, or TAAC) Atlantic Sun Conference, joining in 1983 and leaving for the CAA in 2005.Georgia State University charges a fee to each student who enrolls at the school. This fee is used for athletic scholarships and other costs associated with competitive athletics. The athletic fee allows students to use their Panther Card (student identification card) for free access to athletic events.WEB,weblink Facts on Student Fees at Georgia State University, Fiscal Year 2012, Georgia State University Dean of Students Office, January 19, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120116065303weblink">weblink January 16, 2012, The Panthers' most historic rivalry is with the Georgia Southern Eagles with basketball being played between the two since 1972. However, rivalries have grown since, including with South Alabama with the two programs starting football within a year of one another and playing each other and having played one another every season since Georgia States football's inception except one.File:GSU Sports Arena Barefoot Game.jpg|175px|thumb|upright|GSU Sports Arena, the on-campus basketball venue at GSU, was used in the 1996 Summer Olympics1996 Summer OlympicsThe university also boasts several nonvarsity sports, including badminton, rowing, rugby, and wrestling WEB, Current Clubs,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, July 13, 2016, {{Use mdy dates|date=April 2018}}

1996 Summer Olympic Games

File:JO Atlanta 1996 - Drapeau.jpg|175px|thumb|left|The Olympic flag waves at the 1996 games ]]Georgia State University was used during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, with the GSU Sports Arena hosting the badminton matches. Georgia State's prominent position in downtown Atlanta allowed the city to build some of its venues with adaptive reuse in mind to be used by the university.WEB, Nickisch, Curt, Nearly 20 Years Later, The Legacy Of Atlanta's Olympic Venues Is Still Being Written,weblink WBUR.com, WBUR, July 13, 2016, The first on-campus dormitories at the university, the Village, was constructed as part of the Olympic Village to house athletes.WEB, Georgia State University Village,weblink GSU.edu, Georgia State University, July 13, 2016, This began the metamorphosis of GSU from a commuter college to a massive urban research institute, as well as one of the largest universities in the United States.WEB, Eloy, Michelle, Atlanta Olympics Helped GSU Shake Off Commuter School Image,weblink WABE.com, WABE, July 13, 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160714155225weblink">weblink July 14, 2016, yes, mdy-all, Centennial Olympic Stadium, host of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, was after the games converted to Turner Field, home of MLB's Atlanta Braves. After the Braves moved to SunTrust Park in suburban Cobb County, Turner Field and the surrounding grounds were purchased by Georgia State in January 2017.WEB, Leslie, Katie, Turner Field to be sold to Georgia State and developer Carter,weblink Atlanta Journal Constitution, Cox Communications, July 13, 2016, The university converted the stadium to a football field for the school's football team, now called Georgia State Stadium, and is building a new campus baseball stadium on the site of the former Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, and new classrooms and housing on the lot.WEB, Davis, Janel, Turner Field holds future for Georgia State, neighborhoods,weblink AJC.com, Cox Communications, July 13, 2016,

Greek life

Georgia State University is home to 29 fraternities and sororities:WEB,weblink Information on Fraternities & Sororities, September 22, 2014, five of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (IFC), five of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), Eight of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and thirteen multicultural organizations operating as the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). Georgia State added Greek Housing in 2010.

Alumni and faculty

Since its opening, Georgia State has graduated more than 227,000 alumni. Currently, an estimated 100,000 alumni live in the metro Atlanta area.

See also

Further reading

  • Reed, Merl E. Educating the Urban New South: Atlanta and the Rise of Georgia State University, 1913–1969 (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009. xiv, 321 pp.) {{ISBN|978-0-88146-148-0}}

References

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