About Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University is a public co-educational regional university located in Statesboro, Georgia, USA. It is part of the University System of Georgia and is the largest center of higher education in the southern half of Georgia. Georgia Southern is also classified as a Doctoral and Research University by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is one of the largest Universities in the University System of Georgia with a fall 2009 enrollment of 19,000 students (estimated Fall 2009)
Academic standards at the university have increased dramatically in the last decade - in 1999 the average SAT score was 987. For the 2008 fall semester, the average SAT score for incoming freshman was 1,111, an increase of 124 points. The 2008 freshman SAT average is the fourth-highest in the University System of Georgia.
In the 2009 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. Georgia Southern again appeared in the 2010 rankings of National Universities by the U.S. News and World Report.
The university offers more than 100 bachelor's degree, masters degree, and Doctorate programs in eight colleges.
In addition to becoming a National University, Georgia Southern has significantly expanded its online degree offerings. 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. 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).