|Ethnicity Breakdown||Asian||Black||Caucasian||Hispanic||Middle Eastern||Native American||Pacific Islander|
|Georgia State University Students||9%||58%||23%||15%||1%||2%||1%|
|All Bold.org College Students||12%||22%||36%||25%||2%||2%||1%|
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I think that if you enjoy city living and are very independent then Georgia State is the school for you.
Since there are so many students, the advisors barely have time to help you.
For me, the proximity of the GSU campus to the Georgia State capital is one of the most important aspects of my education experience. As a political science major, it offers the greatest amount of opportunities for internships and hands-on learning experiences for my future career and activist endeavors. While being in the heart of downtown Atlanta does have some stressors, if you're looking to expand your purview and get immersed in a wide array of cultures, Georgia State University is the school for you.
The campus size can feel somewhat overwhelming and you might fall into the feeling of being "just a number." There are some risks associated with being in a densely populated area as opposed to a smaller city or town and that can cause more worry depending on who you are and where you came from. The school's technology and online systems could still use improvement, and it is sometimes hard to get connected to the resources you need given the size of the college.
What I liked the most about Georgia State were the professors. Many of my professors would go out of their way to help any of the students that they believed put effort into their classes.
In all honesty, I have no complaints about Georgia State.
When I came to Georgia State University, I was a transfer student coming from Chicago. I wanted to come to the school for a specific class, Surgical Anatomy. At the time I wanted to be a Trauma Surgeon. As time went on, I realized I wanted to have a better work-life balance, and being a surgeon would not give me that option. I found an organization called the Pre-Physician Assistant Association at GSU (PPAA) that really opened my eyes to a new profession within the healthcare community. This organization and the professors that were associated with this organization really helped me in my last four semesters at GSU. The professors in the upper-division classes are extremely helpful and like when students go to their office hours since most times they are just sitting in their office waiting for a student. No one really goes to office hours unless it is midterms or finals, so I suggest students go to office hours throughout the entire semester to get all the help they can get and develop that professor-student relationship. Sometimes it works in your favor for letters of recommendation or knowing what is going to be on the test in advance of your peers.
Be aware of the laundry rooms and the different roommates you can possibly have. Sharing a dorm will definitely force a person to handle situations in a more mature way and not run to mommy whenever someone hurts their feelings. GSU police are not your friend. FYI ladies, watch out at night at the Racetrac gas station across from the Commons. There are creeps.
My favorite thing about Georgia State is hands down and the diversity. I met so many people from different backgrounds and fields of study who were terrific and very passionate. At the beginning of my college experience, I was scared that this would be too big of a shift, but after almost 2 years, I can say it's been great.
I think that future students should be made aware that while there are a lot of resources at Georgia State, most of the navigating will be your responsibility. Participation in activities, creating a schedule, and accessing resources all depend on the student. If you are someone who needs "hand-holding," getting used to Georgia State might have a learning curve.
What I like about Georgia State is the diversity of the students on campus. It is easy to meet new people and make new unique bonds.
One thing I do not like about it is due to the location of the Atlanta campus, there are many every day or homeless people in the streets which obstruct actual students from getting to class safely or on time.