In 1995, Georgia State was designated as one of four research institutions in the state university system. GSU is now the second-largest university in the University System of Georgia, with more than 30,000 students, over 1,000 faculty members and over 250 degree programs in 62 fields of study that generate cutting-edge research and educate one of the most diverse student populations in the nation.
The research environment at Georgia State is designed to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research and to provide a dynamic training environment to prepare students to address 21st century problems. Over the next 10 years, Georgia State's Strategic Plan will focus on expanding support for doctoral programs and leveraging its national reputation in professional degree programs to develop societal leaders.
Georgia State's leadership is accelerating efforts that will position Georgia State among the leading public research universities and expand the scale of research that takes place at the University over the next 10 years. Essential components of this goal are to increase the University's competitiveness in the award of federal research funds and prestigious awards and fellowships, and to provide new structures, adjust existing ones, and encourage additional resources that will promote and increase interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, there are more than 60 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes and programs at Georgia State addressing issues related to public health, urban challenges, education, life and biomedical sciences, and international business and education partnerships, to name a few.
In 2011, GSU investigators received $58,492,317 in external research funding.