Georgia Southern University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,371
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$15,463
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
5.32%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
91.2%
17,250 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
26,949
77.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
53.6%
2,194 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 (285 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (281 degrees), and General Psychology (218 degrees).

In 2020, 5,745 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgia Southern University. 59.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,622 degrees), 2.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1293 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Southern University is $4,371, which is $−24,258 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Southern University is $4,371, which is $−24,258 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,463.

In 2020, 84% of undergraduate students attending Georgia Southern University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,371
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Georgia Southern University was $4,371. The cost of tuition at Georgia Southern University is $−24,258 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$15,463
2020 Value
0.579%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Georgia Southern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,463. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Georgia Southern University grew by 0.579%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,178
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Georgia Southern University was of $9,178 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.11% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Georgia Southern University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 16.7% with respect to 2019, when 72% 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.
5.32%
2018 Default Rate
372
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Georgia Southern University was 5.32%, which represents 372 out of the 6998 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 17,250 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 24.5% annual growth. Out of those 17,250 applicants, 15,727 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 91.2% acceptance rate.

There were 26,949 students enrolled at Georgia Southern University in 2020, and 67% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Georgia Southern University has an overall enrollment yield of 34%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

91.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
15,727
Accepted Out of 17,250

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Georgia Southern University was 91.2% (15,727 admissions from 17,250 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 54.5%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 24.5%, while admissions grew by 108%.

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SAT Scores

67%
Submission Percentage
3,565
Scores Submitted

67% of enrolled first-time students at Georgia Southern University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Georgia Southern University has a total enrollment of 26,949 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Southern University is 20,853 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,096. This means that 77.4% of students enrolled at Georgia Southern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.5% White, 26% Black or African American, 6.92% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Two or More Races, 2.23% Asian, 0.341% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.152% 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 (25.8%) and Black or African American Female (16.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.4%), followed by Black or African American Female (15.6%) and White Male (15.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Georgia Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,949 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Southern University is 20,853 and the part-time enrollment is 6,096. This means that 77.4% of students enrolled at Georgia Southern University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2020 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 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), 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
    15,758
  2. Black or African American
    7,011
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,866

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University is 58.5% White, 26% Black or African American, 6.92% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Two or More Races, 2.23% Asian, 0.341% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.152% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 156 students (0.579%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1113 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 (3,622 degrees awarded). There were 2.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1293 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Georgia Southern University is Registered Nursing (285 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (281 degrees) and General Psychology (218 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 (439 degrees awarded), Education (829 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 (1,825,500 people), Secondary school teachers (443,455 people), Physicians (398,569 people), Education administrators (293,991 people), and Postsecondary teachers (230,001 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (439 degrees awarded), Education (829 degrees), Human Sciences (147 degrees), Biology (334 degrees), and History (64 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, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (439 degrees awarded), Education (829 degrees), Human Sciences (147 degrees), Biology (334 degrees), and History (64 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 (2,970,700 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (588,678 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (517,160 people), Offices of physicians (211,274 people), and Outpatient care centers (149,000 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (439 degrees awarded), Education (829 degrees), Human Sciences (147 degrees), Biology (334 degrees), and History (64 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. 285 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 281 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 218 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Georgia Southern University was Registered Nursing with 285 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,316
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,429
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,316 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Southern University, which is 0.675 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,429).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 173 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Southern University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 7.86 times more than the 22 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 285 degrees were awarded to women at Georgia Southern University in Registered Nursing, which is 6.06 times more than the 47 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%
100% Completion Time
50%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 25% of students graduating from Georgia Southern University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (61.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Georgia Southern University is Female and White (61.4% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.456% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,622 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,293 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    350 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Georgia Southern University is white (3,622 degrees awarded). There were 2.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1293 degrees).

0.487% of degree recipients (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,118 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,504 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    839 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Georgia Southern University is white female (2,118 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,504 degrees).

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Operations

Georgia Southern University has an endowment valued at nearly $76.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.22M (1.61%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Georgia Southern University had a total salary expenditure of $485M. Georgia Southern University employs 266 Associate professors, 248 Assistant professors, and 213 Professors. Most academics at Georgia Southern University are Male Associate professors (154), Male Professors(127), and Female Lecturers (125).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Southern University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 428 employees, Service, with 397 employees, and Management with 363 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$76.1M
2020 Endowment
0.97%
decline from 2019

Georgia Southern University has an endowment valued at about $76.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Georgia Southern University declined 0.97% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $226M 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. $4.81M - Federal
  2. $792k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Georgia Southern University received $4.81M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $792k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$205M
2020 Salaries
0.000427%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Georgia Southern University paid a median of $205M in salaries, which represents 42.3% of their overall expenditure ($485M) and a 0.000427% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.29% decline from 2018 and a 27.6% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$71.7M
Instructional Salaries
984
Number of Employees

In 2020, Georgia Southern University paid a total of $71.7M to 984 employees working as instructors, which represents 35% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
266 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
428 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Georgia Southern University were Associate professor with 266 employees; Assistant professor with 248 employees; and Assistant professor with 213 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Southern University were Office and Administrative Support with 428 employees; Service with 397 employees; and Management with 363 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Georgia Southern University was Male Associate professor with 154 employees, Male Professor with 127 employees, and Female Lecturer with 125 employees.

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

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