With almost 27,000 students, approximately 140 different degree programs, three campuses on a single vision of growing others, Georgia Southern University is already moving and ready for more. The historic brick streets or moss-dripping oak trees may make our picturesque campuses seem pristine, but there’s a lot of roll-up-your-sleeves work going on here. Research is focused on community impact. Teaching is focused on the students. And the students are focused on their future.
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The foundation for this can-do spirit was born on Dec. 1, 1906, when delegates from Statesboro, Georgia, traveled to the DeSoto Hotel in Savannah and offered the winning bid to create the First District Agricultural School to be located in Statesboro. Just 29 years later and only a few blocks away on Bull Street in Savannah, Armstrong Junior College was established at the historic Armstrong House.*
Both institutions were created to serve their communities, make them more attractive to businesses and offer better career prospects to their residents. Both schools grew because faculty, staff, donors and partners believed there was something special here that should be expanded. Lives and communities were being transformed as educational investments in southeast Georgia created opportunities for our graduates.
Today, as one University, Georgia Southern is the state’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of I-20. With programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern is a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with three vibrant campuses — the Statesboro Campus, the Armstrong Campus in Savannah and the Liberty Campus in Hinesville. Georgia Southern’s nationally accredited academic programs include a heavy dose of real-world work so our graduates are ready from the day they graduate. A unit of the University System of Georgia, the University boasts 300-plus student organizations, outstanding Division I athletics and state-of-the art residence halls and campus facilities.
Since 1906, the University’s hallmark has been a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom and promotes student growth and life success. Central to the University’s mission is the faculty’s dedication to excellence in teaching and the development of a fertile learning environment exemplified by a free exchange of ideas, high academic expectations and individual responsibility for academic achievement. Faculty, staff, and students embrace core values of collaboration, academic excellence, discovery and innovation, integrity, openness and inclusion, and sustainability.
* Historical notes taken from “The Southern Century: Georgia Southern University, 1906-2006” by Delma Eugene Presley, and “From the Mansion to the University: A History of Armstrong Atlantic State University” by Janet D. Stone.
At a Glance
Lowest cost for higher education: Savannah
ꟷ WalletHub, 2020
Best schools for military students
ꟷ Best for Vets Colleges, 2019
in a row named one of the nation’s top eco-friendly campuses
ꟷ The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges
Best value university in Georgia.
ꟷ James Magazine, 2020