Georgia Southern University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,264

1.99% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$16,264

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

6.44%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

68.3%

9,202 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

20,418

82.6% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

49.9%

1,755 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 General Studies (206 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (182 degrees), and General Psychology (163 degrees).

In 2017, 4,289 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgia Southern University. 57.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,717 degrees), 2.59 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1048 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Southern University is $4,264, which is $-22,236 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Southern University is $4,264, which is $-22,236 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,264.

In 2017, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,264

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Georgia Southern University was $4,264. The cost of tuition at Georgia Southern University is $-22,236 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,264

2017 Value

0.887%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Georgia Southern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,264. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Georgia Southern University grew by 0.887%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,800

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Georgia Southern University was of $9,800 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

57%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Georgia Southern University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 67% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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6.44%

2016 Default Rate

461

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Georgia Southern University was 6.44%, which represents 461 out of the 7160 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 9,202 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.43% annual decline. Out of those 9,202 applicants, 6,284 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 68.3% acceptance rate.

There were 20,418 students enrolled at Georgia Southern University in 2017, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Georgia Southern University has an overall enrollment yield of 55.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

68.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

6,284

Accepted Out of 9,202

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Georgia Southern University was 68.3% (6,284 admissions from 9,202 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 64.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -6.43%, while admissions declined by -1.01%.

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SAT Scores

65%

Submission Percentage

2,272

Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at Georgia Southern University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Georgia Southern University has a total enrollment of 20,418 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Southern University is 16,873 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,545. This means that 82.6% of students enrolled at Georgia Southern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.4% White, 23.9% Black or African American, 5.27% Hispanic or Latino, 2.44% Two or More Races, 1.91% Asian, 0.436% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0931% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Georgia Southern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (31.7%), followed by White Female (31.4%) and Black or African American Female (13.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (37.7%), followed by White Male (18.2%) and Black or African American Female (14%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Georgia Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 20,418 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Southern University is 16,873 and the part-time enrollment is 3,545. This means that 82.6% of students enrolled at Georgia Southern University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%

2017 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 (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

    12,747

  2. Black or African American

    4,889

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,076

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University is 62.4% White, 23.9% Black or African American, 5.27% Hispanic or Latino, 2.44% Two or More Races, 1.91% Asian, 0.436% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0931% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 243 students (1.19%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 651 more women than men received degrees from Georgia Southern University. The majority of degree recipients at Georgia Southern University are white (2,717 degrees awarded). There were 2.59 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1048 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Georgia Southern University is General Studies (206 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (182 degrees) and General Psychology (163 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 (378 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (160 degrees), and Education (631 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 (1,971,366 people), Secondary school teachers (341,927 people), Education administrators (280,862 people), Postsecondary teachers (200,205 people), and Other managers (187,784 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (378 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (160 degrees), Education (631 degrees), Physical Sciences (100 degrees), and History (59 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, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (378 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (160 degrees), Education (631 degrees), Physical Sciences (100 degrees), and History (59 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 (2,902,822 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (419,168 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (231,338 people), Child day care services (117,264 people), and Computer Systems Design (116,394 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (378 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (160 degrees), Education (631 degrees), Physical Sciences (100 degrees), and History (59 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. 206 degrees awarded

  2. 182 degrees awarded

  3. 163 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Georgia Southern University was General Studies with 206 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,819

  2. 2,470

In 2017, 1,819 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Southern University, which is 0.736 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,470).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 142 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Southern University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.37 times more than the 104 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 154 degrees were awarded to women at Georgia Southern University in General Psychology, which is 4.67 times more than the 33 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

24%

100% Completion Time

50%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 24% 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 53% 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.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (58.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Georgia Southern University is Female and White (58.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.42% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,717 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,048 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    204 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Georgia Southern University is white (2,717 degrees awarded). There were 2.59 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1048 degrees).

1.54% of degree recipients (66 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,530 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,187 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    662 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Georgia Southern University is white female (1,530 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,187 degrees).

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Operations

Georgia Southern University has an endowment valued at nearly $51.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $747k (1.46%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Georgia Southern University had a total salary expenditure of $368M. Georgia Southern University employs 284 Assistant professors, 200 Associate professors, and 141 Professors. Most academics at Georgia Southern University are Male Assistant professors (160), Female Assistant professors(124), and Male Associate professors (116).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Southern University are: Service, with 494 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 391 employees, and Management with 295 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$51.2M

2017 Endowment

7.65%

growth from 2016

Georgia Southern University has an endowment valued at about $51.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Georgia Southern University grew 7.65% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $235M 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. $5.11M - Federal

  2. $584k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Georgia Southern University received $5.11M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $584k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$163M

2017 Salaries

3.69%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Georgia Southern University paid a median of $163M in salaries, which represents 44.3% of their overall expenditure ($368M) and a 3.69% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.06% growth from 2015 and a 2.44% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$56M

Instructional Salaries

811

Number of Employees

In 2017, Georgia Southern University paid a total of $56M to 811 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

284 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

494 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Georgia Southern University were Assistant professor with 284 employees; Associate professor with 200 employees; and Associate professor with 141 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Southern University were Service with 494 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 391 employees; and Management with 295 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Assistant professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Georgia Southern University was Male Assistant professor with 160 employees, Female Assistant professor with 124 employees, and Male Associate professor with 116 employees.

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

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