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Georgia Southern University
Established December 1, 1906 (1906-12-01)
Type Public
President Dr. Brooks Keel
Provost Dr. Gary Means
Faculty 801
Staff 1,821
Students 19,086 (Fall 2009)
Undergraduates 16,486
Location Statesboro, Georgia,
United States
Campus ~ 700 acres
Former names First District Agricultural and Mechanical School
Georgia Normal School
South Georgia Teacher's College
Georgia Southern College
Colors Blue and White
Nickname Eagles
Mascot GUS the Eagle
Freedom (live bald eagle mascot)
Athletics Division I
Affiliations Southern Conference

Georgia Southern University is a public co-educational regional university located in Statesboro, Georgia, USA.[1] It is part of the University System of Georgia and is the largest center of higher education in the southern half of Georgia.[2] Georgia Southern is also classified as a Doctoral and Research University (2006) by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[3] The university is the fourth largest university in the University System of Georgia with a fall 2009 enrollment of 19,086 students (Fall 2009), behind University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.[4]



Academic standards at the university have increased dramatically in the last decade - in 1999 the average SAT score was 987. For the 2009 fall semester, the average SAT score for incoming freshman was more than 1,106, an increase of 119 points.[5] The 2008 freshman SAT average (1111) was the fourth-highest in the University System of Georgia.[6]

In the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News and World Report, Georgia Southern was once again recognized as a National University. Georgia Southern was reclassified as a doctoral/research institution in April 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[7]

The university offers more than 115 bachelor's degree, masters degree, and Doctorate programs in eight colleges.[8][9]

In addition to becoming a National University, Georgia Southern has significantly expanded its online degree offerings ([1]). The online expansion has centered around offering several online degree options for teachers who want to advance their educational level. Teachers who already have an undergraduate degree may now apply for a Master of Education degree with one of several different concentrations. These concentrations include Instructional Technology, Accomplished Teaching, Instructional Improvement, Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership. Georgia Southern launched its online degree expansion efforts on January 9, 2008. The Georgia Department of Education, the Board of Education, the Board of Regents, and the Professional Standards Commission agreed on three levels of standards for teachers in Georgia: initial teaching, accomplished teaching and exemplary teaching. Additional online degree offerings include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Web MBA, Master of Science in Kinesiology (Coaching), Master of Science in Applied Economics, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, and Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The university also offers blended programs for the Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Kinesiology and the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teaching and Learning degrees. The DNP was introduced online in Fall 2008 through the University’s School of Nursing.[10]. It is one of only two such degree programs in the state of Georgia. It becomes the fifth doctorate degree program offered by the university, joining the doctoral degree programs in psychology (PsyD), public health (DrPH), and two education degree programs (EdD).

The university currently offers a variety of Honors options, the Honors Program, President's Scholars and the 1906 Scholars.

Georgia Southern is home to the Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology. An integral part of this program is the U.S. National Tick Collection, the largest collection of ticks in the world with more than one million specimens representing most of the world's 850 species.[11]

The College of Business Administration houses the only School of Economic Development in the southeastern United States. [12] The School of Accountancy in the College of Business Administration is the only AACSB certified school in the United States to offer forensic accounting courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. [13]

In 2009, the University was approved to offer its first ever Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. in Logistics/Supply Chain Management is the first of its kind to be offered in the state of Georgia through the University's College of Business Administration. Classes will begin in Fall 2010.



Enrollment at the university has increased in the last ten years from 13,904 in the 1998-99 school year to 19,086 students in the fall of 2009. [6]

Enrollment by College (Fall 2008) [14]
College Total Enrollment
College of Business Administration 3,424
College of Education 2,657
College of Information Technology 472
College of Health and Human Sciences 2,735
Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies 2,274
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health 107
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 3,675
Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology 3,100
[Other Degree Programs Non-Degree/Transient] 1,594



Georgia Southern is located in the city of Statesboro, Georgia and is accessible by Interstate 16 from the cities of Macon and Savannah. By car Statesboro is approximately one hour from Savannah and three hours from Atlanta. In addition, the university is approximately one and a half hours, by car, from the beaches and resort town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.


Presidents of Georgia Southern University[20]
J. Walter Hendricks 1908-1909
E.C.J. Dickens 1909-1914
F.M. Rowan 1915-1920
Ernest V. Hollis 1920-1926
Guy H. Wells 1926-1934
Marvin S. Pittman 1934-1941
Albert M. Gates 1941-1943
Marvin S. Pittman 1943-1947
Judson (Jake) C. Ward, Jr. 1947-1948
Zach S. Henderson 1948-1968
John O. Eidson 1968-1971
Pope A. Duncan 1971-1976
Nicholas W. Quick (Acting) 1977-1978
Dale W. Lick 1978-1986
Harrison (Harry) S. Carter (Acting) 1986-1987
Nicholas L. Henry 1987-1998
Bruce F. Grube 1999-2009
Brooks A. Keel[A] 2010-Present
The Builders of the University Terrace.

When First District Agricultural & Mechanical School’s inaugural academic year began in 1908, few could have foreseen a major American university growing out of four faculty members and 15 students in just a little more than one lifetime.

More than 100 years later, Georgia Southern boasts more than 19,000 students, 2,000 faculty and staff, and more than 115 programs of study at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Founded as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children, First District A&M began within two decades to shift its emphasis to meet the growing need for teachers within the state. Its name and mission were changed in 1924 to Georgia Normal School as a training ground for educators. Five years later in 1929, full-fledged senior college status was granted and the school was renamed South Georgia Teachers College.

Ensuing decades found more name and mission changes: to Georgia Teachers College in 1939 and Georgia Southern College in 1959. Continued program and physical expansion, including one stretch, 1984-91 in which enrollment doubled from just more than 6,000 to 12,000 students. The institution would experience probably its biggest change in identity in 1990 when it became known as Georgia Southern University.

Since then, the University has embarked on a massive upgrade of facilities, adding more than $300 million in new construction. While meeting the needs for an expanded physical campus, key indicators of academic quality have also soared in the past 10 years seeing not only an increase in enrollment, but in the quality of students. Georgia Southern was named a Doctoral/Research University by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006. The University is recognized in leading publications including U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools, Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges and most recently by Kiplinger for being one of the Top 100 Best Values among Public Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Georgia Southern’s MBA program was named one of the Best 301 in the country by Princeton Review.

Since 1999, two new colleges have been founded: the College of Information Technology in 2001, the only one of its kind in the Southeast, and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health in 2004. Additional undergraduate and graduate programs were formed including doctorate degrees in psychology, public health and nursing.

Equally exciting have been the initiation of new offerings to meet the growing demand for online learning. Online bachelor’s degrees are available in nursing and information technology. Master’s programs are offered in kinesiology, instructional technology, accomplished teaching, instructional improvement, higher education administration and educational leadership.

Intercollegiate athletic success – including six NCAA National Championships in football - has had a powerfully positive effect on the University’s public persona and pride of faculty, staff and students.

With a “students first” approach that as the guiding principal, Georgia Southern’s athletics program has a long and storied history, rich with tradition born of success. The University has not only produced conference and national champions, but has renovated or built numerous athletic facilities – crucial to the recruitment and retention of top athletes.

The past 10 years have represented the most significant period of growth in the University’s more than 100-year history. Not only has the University grown in enrollment, but it has also grown in quality and physical size. With a Campus Master Plan in place, the University has continued to expand most recently with the addition of the 1,001-bed residence hall - Centennial Place. In addition, the University completely renovated and significantly expanded the Zach S. Henderson Library making it one of the finest University libraries in the Southeast. The institution also recently completed the construction of the Eugene M. Bishop Alumni Center that will serve as a gathering place for alumni and friends of the University. Along with expansions of the Center for Wildlife Education, the Botanical Garden and numerous others, the University campus is continually recognized for its design and beauty.


A panorama of Georgia Southern's rotunda.

The university has a residential campus with 48 states and 90 nations represented in the student body.[21]

Sunset at Lake Wells and Ruby(left hand side) and the College of Information Technology (rooftop visible behind the trees).
Lake Wells and Ruby.
Pedestrium looking towards College of Business Administration and the College of Education.
GSU shrub lettering as viewed from Sweetheart Circle

Student Housing

Georgia Southern currently has ten housing facilities, offering mostly suite and apartment configurations. In fall 2009, Centennial Place, a new state-of-the-art residential complex with four buildings, was constructed. It contains 1,001 beds and retail space including a Cold Stone Creamery, Einstein Bros. Bagels, a convenience store, an optical shop and print shop. All freshmen, with some exceptions, are required to live on campus. [22]

Recreation and Activities Center

The Recreation and Activities Center (the RAC) is a 220,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) complex that includes areas for weight lifting, cardio, and basketball. It also includes an indoor track, two dance studios, a studio for yoga and pilates, five racquetball courts, and a 45-foot (14 m) indoor climbing wall.

In 2006, the RAC was expanded, adding additional basketball and multi-purpose courts, weight and fitness rooms, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a rehabilitation pool, and more space for CRI (Campus Recreation and Intramural) personnel. The expansion also brought an bandshell area that has hosted several national touring artists.

Wildlife Education Center and Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center

The Wildlife Center and Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center is home to Georgia Southern's eagle mascots and more than 5 acres (20,000 m2) of diverse habitats and species of bird of prey including, hawks, owls, falcons, kestrels, vultures. The center also contains an amphitheater and an indoor classroom. Inside, exhibits of reptiles and amphibians such as alligators, turtles, tortoises, rattlesnakes, corn snakes, king snakes, boa constrictors, pythons, are held. The staff perform flighted raptor demonstrations. In 2009, the center celebrated a 12-acre expansion known as the Wetland Preserve. This preserve features various examples of water fowl in their native habitats. Recognized throughout the country, the center is one of the most unique and the only one of its kind to be located in the center of a major University campus. [23]

Botanical Garden

The Georgia Southern Botanical Garden is centered on an early 20th century farmstead and offers visitors a unique view of the cultural and natural heritage of the southeastern coastal plain, an area rich in unique and endangered plants. The garden's nearly 11-acre (45,000 m2) site includes woodland trails, the Bland Cottage Visitor Center and Gift Shop, Heritage Garden, Rose Arbor, Children's Vegetable Garden, Camellia Garden, Native Plant Landscape Garden, Native Azalea Collection and Bog Garden. The Botanical Garden's mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the native plants and animals of the southeastern coastal plain, connect people to the natural and cultural heritage of the region and inspire environmentally responsible behavior. [24]


A permanent exhibit concerning ancient sea life at the Georgia Southern Museum.

For more than two decades, the University Museum has showcased artifacts of the natural and cultural history of the region, as well as offered visiting exhibits from U.S. and international museums. The only accredited museum of its kind in the coastal region, both its permanent and traveling educational programs appeal to a wide range of interests and ages and include interactive and hands-on programs for children, adults, families, and teachers. Visit for more information.

Center for Art & Theatre

The Center for Art & Theatre opened on February 29, 2008. The Center for Art and Theatre opens new opportunities for students, faculty, and the public for the visual and performing arts. One of its three galleries is the permanent home for The Georgia Artists Collection, a continuously expanding gift of pieces established and curated by Betty Foy Sanders, Bulloch County native and wife of former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders. Other galleries feature scheduled exhibitions of private, student, and faculty works. The Center also hosts a 150-seat Black Box Theatre for student performances.

For more information on performances, visit:

For information on art galleries and exhibits, visit:

Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center is home to world-class touring shows, renowned lecturers, and programs for cultural outreach. The 825-seat theatre features an orchestra pit and shell, a full-sized stage and state-of-the-art technology for lighting, sound, and production.

2009-2010 Remaining Schedule includes: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Nov. 20), John Berry (Dec. 3), Golden Dragon Acrobats (Jan. 22, 2010), U.S. Air Force Reserve Concert Band (Free Performance-Jan. 28, 2010), Hot 8 Brass Band (Feb. 13, 2010), Fran D'Ambrosio's Broadway (March 26, 2010), 4 Celtic Voices (April 16, 2010)

2009-2010 Remaining School Matinee Series (9:30 a.m./11:30 a.m.) Reservations Required: 912-478-7999 Are You My Mother? (February 3, 2010) and Click, Clack, Moo (April 15, 2010)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Facility Rental: The Performing Arts Center is available for rentals. For information, contact 912-478-7616 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays.


Georgia Southern's athletic teams are known as the Eagles and compete in NCAA Division I FCS as members of the Southern Conference. The Eagles compete in baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, and track & field. [25] The football team has won six NCAA Division I-AA national championships (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999 and 2000). The university's baseball team has participated in the College World Series twice (1973 and 1990).

The university offers intramural teams for all varsity level sports, equestrian events, fencing, and judo.

Student activities

Student media

Student media include a college radio station (WVGS 91.9 The Buzz), various cable shows running on Channel 97 (including ENN, and City Beat), and a daily college newspaper, The George-Anne Daily.[26]

Fraternities and sororities

There are three governing bodies for Greek-letter organizations at Georgia Southern University, governing all North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), or National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) recognized organizations on campus.

There are also Greek-letter professional fraternities, along with a number of academic honor societies (such as Alpha Upsilon Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta). In addition, there are a number of Greek-letter service organizations, such as Gamma Sigma Sigma and Omega Phi Alpha.

Social Sororities (NPC, NPHC)

National Panhellenic Conference
Organization Symbol Chapter (Chartered) Chapter Symbol
Alpha Delta Pi ΑΔΠ Epsilon Pi (1968) ΕΠ
Phi Mu ΦΜ Kappa Mu (1968) ΚΜ
Kappa Delta ΚΔ Delta Lambda (1968) ΔΛ
Alpha Xi Delta ΑΞΔ Epsilon Sigma (1968) ΕΣ (Inactive)
Zeta Tau Alpha ΖΤΑ Zeta Xi (1968) ΖΞ
Chi Omega ΧΩ Nu Kappa (1976) ΝΚ (Inactive)
Alpha Omicron Pi ΑΟΠ Alpha Lambda (1988) ΑΛ
Kappa Kappa Gamma ΚΚΓ Zeta Upsilon (1990) ΖΥ
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Organization Symbol Chapter (Chartered) Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ΑΚA Lambda Kappa (1979) ΛΚ
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ΔΣΘ Xi Eta (1979) ΞΗ
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. ΣΓΡ Nu Omicron (1993) ΝΟ (Inactive)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ΖΦΒ Epsilon Xi (1989) ΕΞ

Social Fraternities (NIC, NPHC)

North-American Interfraternity Conference
Organization Symbol Chapter (Chartered) Chapter Symbol
Alpha Tau Omega ΑΤΩ Eta Zeta (1968) ΗΖ
Delta Chi ΔΧ Georgia Southern (2002)
Delta Sigma Phi ΔΣΦ Theta Omega (2008) ΘΩ
Delta Tau Delta ΔΤΔ Epsilon Omega (2006) ΕΩ
Kappa Alpha Order ΚΑ Delta Theta (1968) ΔΘ
Kappa Sigma ΚΣ Kappa Zeta (1968) ΚΖ
Phi Sigma Kappa ΦΣΚ Chi Septaton (2008)
Pi Kappa Alpha ΠΚΑ Iota Upsilon (1993) ΙΥ
Pi Kappa Phi ΠΚΦ Gamma Kappa (1968) ΓΚ
Sigma Alpha Epsilon ΣΑΕ Georgia Alpha (1989)
Sigma Chi ΣΧ Eta Zeta (1970) ΗΖ
Sigma Nu ΣΝ Theta Kappa (1970) ΘΚ
Sigma Pi ΣΠ Gamma Tau (1968) ΓΤ (Inactive)
Sigma Phi Epsilon ΣΦΕ Georgia Epsilon (1993)
Tau Kappa Epsilon ΤΚΕ Lambda Upsilon (1968) [27] ΛΥ
Theta Xi ΘΞ Gamma Phi (2008) ΓΦ
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Organization Symbol Chapter (Chartered) Chapter Symbol
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ΑΦΑ Xi Tau (1980) ΞΤ
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. IΦΘ Zeta Chi (2008)
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ΚΑΨ Iota Pi (1978), Omicron Phi (2005) ΙΠ (defunct), ΟΦ
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. ΩΨΦ Zeta Delta Delta (1987) ΖΔΔ (Inactive)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ΦΒΣ

Pi Rho (1987)


See also


A.^ On November 24, 2008, Bruce Grube announced he would resign his position as President of Georgia Southern University effective June 30, 2009.[5] On February 24, 2009, at the request of Chancellor Erroll Davis, Grube agreed to remain in office through December 31, 2009.[28]


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  2. ^ Georgia Southern University from the New Georgia Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved on 2008-08-19.
  3. ^ "Institution: Georgia Southern University".  
  4. ^ "Semester Enrollment Report" (PDF). Office of Research and Policy Analysis. University System of Georgia. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-12-05.  
  5. ^ a b Healy, James (2008-11-24). "GSU president Bruce Grube to resign". Statesboro Publishing. Retrieved 2008-12-05.  
  6. ^ a b "Georgia Southern University Fact Book 2007—2008" (pdf). Georgia Southern University. Retrieved 2008-12-05.  
  7. ^ "Research week kicks off with COST" (pdf). The George-Anne. 2006-04-16. Retrieved 2008-07-01.  
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  11. ^ De La Rosa, Sheila (1998). The Encyclopedia of Weird. Tor Books. pp. 49. ISBN 0812555368.  
  12. ^ "The System Supplement: A Report of the Georgia Board of Regents". University System of Georgia Board of Regents. 2002-11-01.  
  13. ^ "Georgia Southern students can concentrate their studies in fraud and forensic accounting". AccountingWEB, Inc.. 2009-01-30.  
  14. ^ "Enrollment by College Index". Georgia Southern University Office of Strategic Research and Analysis. Retrieved 2008-11-10.  
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  16. ^ "2008 Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges". Kiplinger's Personal Finance.  
  17. ^ "2010 301 Best Business Schools". Princeton Review.  
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  19. ^ "2009 296 Best Business Schools". The Princeton Review.  
  20. ^ "March 07 Edition" (pdf).  
  21. ^ "Georgia Southern University Jobs and Profile". Yahoo Jobs. Yahoo! Inc..  
  22. ^ "First Year Live-On Requirement". Georgia Southern University Housing.  
  23. ^ "Statesboro, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau".  
  24. ^ "Georgia Southern Botanical Garden".  
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  27. ^ "Zach Henerson letter" (pdf).  
  28. ^ "Georgia Southern University Presidential Search Committee Holds First Meeting".  

Additional reading

  • "TSC Blues Review Interview with Erk Russell" August 2002
  • Presley, Delma Eugene (2006). The Southern Century: Georgia Southern University 1906-2006. Georgia Southern University. ISBN 13:978-0-9788650-0-9.  

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