The GSU experience is different at every stage of your education—and for good reason. Your needs change as you develop your skills, discover your passion, and prepare yourself for your professional journey ahead. But you also need a path that directs you from where you are to where you want to go. Here’s a snapshot of an undergraduate pathway at GSU.
As a GSU freshman, you’ll join an
intimate freshman class capped at 300 students. Attend full-time, daytime
courses in one
of our three learning communities , also known as cohorts, where you’ll experience a
cooperative learning environment made up of peers and mentors extending your
education far beyond traditional career preparation. Your academic advisor will ready you for success by providing a structured,
full-time schedule custom-built to keep you on track to finish college in four years. Every freshman receives
a free laptop and enrolls in First Year Seminar, a foundational humanities
course that prepares you for a strong academic experience.
On weekdays, you’ll
attend classes with your fellow learning community students. After class, dive
into life at GSU by attending athletics events, theatrical performances, or get a head
start on becoming a student leader by joining a club or organization. Don’t forget to
budget time for studying: find a spot in the Lakeside Lounge, or book one of
the Library’s reserveable group study rooms
equipped with smart technology.
Writing is a skill
that you will strengthen throughout your undergraduate experience, and it will
extend well into your professional life, no matter what your chosen career—that’s
why it’s at the heart of our curriculum. As a freshman, you will take First-Year Writing courses and may
have an embedded Supplemental Instructor who will guide you
through learning academic writing at the college level.
If you are transferring from another
accredited college or university with less than 24 credit hours,
you will enroll as a freshman metamajor. Consult with your advisor to determine
how your credits will transfer.
sophomore year, you’ve learned your way around campus and have gotten into the
rhythm of life at GSU. But there’s still a lot
left to experience. If you haven’t already, this is a great time to join a student club or organization—or if
you have, begin stepping up by running for a board member position to gain
valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
your sophomore year, you’ll focus your academic interests by selecting a major that
brings your mission to life. Select a major from one of our colleges, such as
the College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College
of Arts and Sciences, or the AACSB-accredited College of Business.
year is also the perfect time to begin planning a Study Abroad trip.
Opportunities are available around the globe in locations like Thailand, France, and
Nigeria, exposing you to distinct cultural and academic settings unlike
anything you’ve experienced in the U.S.
you have completed the first two years of your undergraduate experience at GSU
or at a community college, the junior year is where you will enter your
upper-level courses with other students on the same career trajectory.
Together, you will navigate the junior experience. You won’t lose the
small-campus feel, though—our average class size is 18 students through all
junior year is a common time for transfer and DDP students to begin their
journey at GSU. Our campus resources are dedicated to helping you navigate the
undergraduate experience—from the Center for the Junior
Year to Student Life,
you’ll receive the support to make your transition seamless.
a real-world education as you delve deeply into your major by taking advantage
of many on-campus opportunities for professional development. Our CJY is here to help you connect your passion to
your purpose. Visit Career Services to
learn valuable ways to build your interview skills, prepare your résumé, and
attend career and internship fairs.
year: a time for leadership
opportunities, resume prepping—and
senioritis. Avoid the notorious last-year jitters by taking advantage of the
opportunities across campus (and beyond) that will help you stand apart when
you begin your career search or graduate studies and help you make the final memories of your undergraduate
final year of your undergraduate experience culminates with a Senior Capstone
course. Demonstrate your academic achievement through a cumulative project that
shows off the accomplishment of four years of study. Many of our seniors create
capstone projects with real-life impact,
touching the lives of community members on and off-campus.
Learn More about
our Signature Programs.