On Dec. 1, 1906, 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.*
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Both institutions were created to serve their communities, make them more attractive to businesses and offer better career prospects to their residents. Ever since their creation, both schools excelled in their mission and continued to invest in southeast Georgia and expand the opportunities of their graduates.
Today, as one University, Georgia Southern is the state’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta. With 141 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern has been designated a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution and serves 26,054 students from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico as well as 102 nations. With three vibrant campuses — the Statesboro Campus, the Armstrong Campus in Savannah and the Liberty Campus in Hinesville — Georgia Southern offers an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery and personal growth. Georgia Southern’s nationally accredited academic programs prepare diverse scholars for leadership and service as world citizens. A unit of the University System of Georgia, the University boasts 200-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 expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness and social responsibility.
* 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.
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Best value university in Georgia.
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