Georgia Southern University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,371
2.51% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$15,374
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
7.04%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
54.5%
13,858 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
26,054
78.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
50.4%
2,285 Graduates

About

Georgia Southern University is a higher education institution located in Bulloch County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Georgia Southern University were Registered Nursing (312 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (244 degrees), and General Psychology (226 degrees).

In 2019, 5,874 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgia Southern University. 60% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,707 degrees), 2.73 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1360 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Southern University is $4,371, which is $−24,129 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Southern University is $4,371, which is $−24,129 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,374.

In 2019, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,371
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Georgia Southern University was $4,371. The cost of tuition at Georgia Southern University is $−24,129 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$15,374
2019 Value
0.395%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Georgia Southern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,374. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Georgia Southern University grew by 0.395%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,988
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Georgia Southern University was of $8,988 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board decreased by 6.86% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Georgia Southern University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.86% with respect to 2018, when 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
7.04%
2017 Default Rate
522
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Georgia Southern University was 7.04%, which represents 522 out of the 7417 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Georgia Southern University received 13,858 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 20.3% annual growth. Out of those 13,858 applicants, 7,549 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 54.5% acceptance rate.

There were 26,054 students enrolled at Georgia Southern University in 2019, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Georgia Southern University has an overall enrollment yield of 56.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

54.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
7,549
Accepted Out of 13,858

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Georgia Southern University was 54.5% (7,549 admissions from 13,858 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 67.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 20.3%, while admissions declined by −3.18%.

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SAT Scores

78%
Submission Percentage
3,311
Scores Submitted

78% of enrolled first-time students at Georgia Southern University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Georgia Southern University has a total enrollment of 26,054 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Southern University is 20,531 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,523. This means that 78.8% of students enrolled at Georgia Southern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.7% White, 24.7% Black or African American, 6.87% Hispanic or Latino, 3.63% Two or More Races, 2.24% Asian, 0.334% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0844% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Georgia Southern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.3%), followed by White Male (27.3%) and Black or African American Female (15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.3%), followed by White Male (15.9%) and Black or African American Female (13.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Georgia Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,054 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Southern University is 20,531 and the part-time enrollment is 5,523. This means that 78.8% of students enrolled at Georgia Southern University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Georgia Southern University was 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Georgia Southern University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    15,546
  2. Black or African American
    6,425
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,791

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University is 59.7% White, 24.7% Black or African American, 6.87% Hispanic or Latino, 3.63% Two or More Races, 2.24% Asian, 0.334% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0844% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1174 more women than men received degrees from Georgia Southern University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Georgia Southern University is white (3,707 degrees awarded). There were 2.73 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1360 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Georgia Southern University is Registered Nursing (312 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (244 degrees) and General Psychology (226 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Georgia Southern University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (401 degrees awarded), Education (799 degrees), and Human Sciences (147 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,542,084 people), Secondary school teachers (553,068 people), Education administrators (284,993 people), Special education teachers (216,241 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (211,310 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (401 degrees awarded), Education (799 degrees), Human Sciences (147 degrees), History (80 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (75 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Dentists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (401 degrees awarded), Education (799 degrees), Human Sciences (147 degrees), History (80 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (75 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,914,302 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (334,753 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (180,124 people), Child day care services (126,808 people), and Legal services (105,910 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (401 degrees awarded), Education (799 degrees), Human Sciences (147 degrees), History (80 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (75 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Georgia Southern University.
Most Common
  1. 312 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 244 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 226 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Georgia Southern University was Registered Nursing with 312 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

2,350
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
3,524
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 2,350 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Southern University, which is 0.667 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,524).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 158 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Southern University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 7.52 times more than the 21 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 319 degrees were awarded to women at Georgia Southern University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.25 times more than the 44 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%
100% Completion Time
46%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 23% of students graduating from Georgia Southern University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 46% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (58.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Georgia Southern University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (58.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.84% of graduates (42 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,707 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,360 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    315 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Georgia Southern University is white (3,707 degrees awarded). There were 2.73 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1360 degrees).

0.426% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,173 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,534 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    887 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Georgia Southern University is white female (2,173 degrees awarded). There were 1.42 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,534 degrees).

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Operations

Georgia Southern University has an endowment valued at nearly $76.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $952k (1.24%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Georgia Southern University had a total salary expenditure of $481M. Georgia Southern University employs 303 Assistant professors, 279 Associate professors, and 205 Professors. Most academics at Georgia Southern University are Male Associate professors (159), Male Assistant professors(152), and Female Assistant professors (151).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Southern University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 450 employees, Service, with 435 employees, and Management with 370 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$76.9M
2019 Endowment
13.7%
growth from 2018

Georgia Southern University has an endowment valued at about $76.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Georgia Southern University grew 13.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $234M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.1M - Federal
  2. $497k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Georgia Southern University received $5.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $497k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$205M
2019 Salaries
1.29%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Georgia Southern University paid a median of $205M in salaries, which represents 42.6% of their overall expenditure ($481M) and a 1.29% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 27.6% growth from 2017 and a 3.69% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$75.5M
Instructional Salaries
1,055
Number of Employees

In 2019, Georgia Southern University paid a total of $75.5M to 1,055 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
303 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
450 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Georgia Southern University were Assistant professor with 303 employees; Associate professor with 279 employees; and Associate professor with 205 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Southern University were Office and Administrative Support with 450 employees; Service with 435 employees; and Management with 370 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Georgia Southern University was Male Associate professor with 159 employees, Male Assistant professor with 152 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 151 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Georgia Southern University.

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