Points of Distinction

The Andrew Young School ranks fourth in the nation in public finance and budgeting, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its prominence has resulted in growing investment and collaborative opportunities with local, regional and national governments in the U.S. and other countries, as well as major foundations and agencies, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, USAID and the World Bank, among others.

Georgia State operates the largest experimental economics laboratory in the Southeast at the Andrew Young School. This lab provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to pursue research in environmental and labor economics, urban and regional economics, and public finance.

The school’s Georgia Health Policy Center is at work in more than 220 communities in all 50 states, helping to find policy solutions for today’s most complex health issues, including child health and well-being, health care reform and social determinants of health.

The university is the second largest producer of baccalaureate nursing graduates in Georgia.

Of the more than 700 nursing schools across the U.S., Georgia State’s nursing school is one of only about two dozen that offer a bachelor of science to Ph.D. degree program for nurses. The program is designed to expand America’s pool of nursing faculty needed to teach and prepare the growing number of nurses needed to meet health care demands.

Georgia State is home to the largest respiratory therapy program (RT) and the first physical therapy program (PT) in the state. The exemplary academic and clinical quality of these programs is reflected in these student success measures:

  • Every year between 2010 and 2013, Georgia State’s RT baccalaureate graduates achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the national certified respiratory therapist exam, well above the the national average (77-79 percent).
  • In 2012, Georgia State’s PT graduates achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the licensure exam—exceeding the national average (89 percent) and Georgia average (93 percent).
  • For the past five years, graduates from the university’s coordinated nutrition program achieved an average 92 percent first-time pass rate for the Registered Dietitian credentialing exam—exceeding the national average (81 percent).

The College of Arts and Sciences provides core classes to all undergraduates and also offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Its Geosciences Department manages The Visualization Wall, one of the world’s largest computer displays. This enormous display provides unprecedented color, detail and photographic resolution. It helps faculty and students from computer science, geosciences, biology and public health to visualize and understand complex data from bioinformatics, health informatics and geographic information systems.

The college’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) operates the world’s biggest interferometric telescope array on Mount Wilson in California. This array provides the highest resolution at visible and near-visible light wavelengths of any telescope in the world. Researchers using the array have produced the first direct image of an interacting binary star system and the first direct measurement of a planet outside our solar system, among other discoveries.

At the university’s multi-million-dollar Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory in Atlanta, students have access to the latest media technology available for research and production. Georgia State graduates represent a large percentage of the movie crews and other media professionals in Atlanta’s burgeoning entertainment market.

The Language Research Center is a unique facility where students and faculty members do behavioral—not medical–research with chimpanzees, capuchin monkeys, rhesus macaques and humans. Researchers at the center have produced groundbreaking research on the primate origins of language, self-control, competence with numbers and economic decision-making.

The college’s doctoral degree program in computer science has been ranked among the top 10 in the Southeast by the National Research Council.

The master of arts program in philosophy has been consistently ranked among the top 10 nationally by the Philosophy Gourmet Reportpublished annually by the University of Chicago. Graduates are regularly accepted into the top Ph.D. programs in the nation.

The Ph.D. program in creative writing was ranked No. 14 in the nation by Poets & WritersThe university’s English Department faculty includes David Bottoms, the Poet Laureate of Georgia.

Georgia State is home to three of America’s first research centers in children’s literacy and deafness, adult literacy and learning disabilities among children. These centers are:  1) The Center for Literacy and Deafness, aimed at dramatically improving reading for children who are deaf or hard of hearing; 2) The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, focused on ways to improve America’s adult literacy; and 3) a National Learning Disabilities Innovation Hub focused on learning disabilities among African American children in first through fifth grades.

Professors and students are pioneering ways to advance children’s physical, mental and social development, and quality of life, by improving movement for those with limb loss. Their biomechanics research explores how prosthetic limbs help children develop muscle strength and how the brain learns to control muscles over time.

Georgia State has been ranked a Top 5 Best Value Law School for five consecutive years by National Jurist.

The school is also considered among the top third of law schools (2014) in America by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the school’s health law program No. 3 in the U.S., and its part-time legal program among the top fifth of all programs (No. 16 of 94 programs).

The Honors College provides more than $4 million in annual scholarships that reward merit and promote student research. It hosts an annual university-wide undergraduate research conference and publishes the undergraduate research journal DISCOVERY.

Georgia State is home to one of the largest accredited public health programs in the Southeast.

It is also one of the most diverse public health programs in the nation. Nearly half of all students are minorities, and 20 percent are from outside the U.S., including 17 Fulbright scholars (2013).

Many graduates have gone on to serve in public health leadership positions around the world, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. to the Peace Corps.

The School of Public Health is home to a number of pioneering interdisciplinary public health efforts, including the:

  • Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research (CoEx), with a  key focus on urban areas;
  • National SafeCare Training and Research Center, whose evidence-based model for reducing child maltreatment has been adopted in 17 states (including Georgia) and in several countries;
  • Center for Leadership in Disabilities, one of 67 university centers nationwide funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, the state’s chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Georgia State is home to the largest business school in the South and the sixth-largest business school in the United States. The MBA and graduate programs consistently rank among the best in the nation:

  • The part-time MBA program is ranked No. 17 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the program as No. 1 in Georgia and No. 22 in the U.S. for teaching excellence.
  • The Executive MBA program is No. 19 in the U.S. and No. 63 globally in the Financial Times ranking of the world’s top 100 Executive MBA programs.
  • The graduate program in information systems is No. 8 in the U.S., according to U.S. News.

Three of Robinson’s undergraduate programs are in the top 10 – risk management and insurance (No. 4), information systems (No. 8) and real estate (No. 10), according to U.S. News.

The hospitality administration program – which offers undergraduate through master’s-level programs – is ranked No. 16 in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org.  It is the only hospitality program in Georgia to make the list and one of only three in the South.

Robinson offers the only master’s degree program in tax in the Southeast.

The college is home to the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk, a first-of-its-kind center focused on developing the topic of risk into a well-defined, interdisciplinary area of study, research and policy. The center collaborates with the Economics Department at Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The college’s faculty members are among the world’s most productive business researchers, according to rankings from the University of Texas at Dallas – No. 45 in North America and No. 51 globally.