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Georgia State University

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Georgia State University (GSU) was founded in 1913 and today has six campuses throughout the metro Atlanta area. The school has a majority minority population of more than 54,000 students and prides itself on being “a national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds.”

GSU offers more than 250-degree programs in 100 fields of study at its Atlanta Campus, as well as over 30 associate degree pathways at five of its campuses, including significant coursework offered through  distance learning. The school boasts “the largest online program in the state.” The university is also research-oriented, classified as an “R1:Doctoral University”—i.e., one that has “very high research activity”—by the Carnegie Classification system

In keeping with its urban location, one of GSU’s strategic goals is to “be a leader in understanding the complex challenges of cities and developing effective solutions.” To that end, Georgia State launched the Council for the Progress of Cities in 2011, identifying “three primary areas of urban research strengths: urban well-being and health disparities; poverty and inequality in cities and urban areas; and resilient cities and urban areas.”

Georgia State has partnered with HSF since 2017, hosting seven programs: three College Camps and four College 101s. Both are free, bilingual, half- college preparation workshops held in various cities across the country, which are designed to help middle and high school students—and their parents—prepare, plan, and pay for college.