Georgia Southwestern State University

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Georgia Southwestern State University
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Established 1906
Type Public
Endowment $30 Million
President Charles E. Patterson (Interim)
Students 2,666
Undergraduates 2,527
Location Americus, Georgia, U.S.
Campus 325 acres
Colors Navy blue and Gold[1]
Athletics Peach Belt Conference
Nickname Hurricanes
Mascot "Surge"
Affiliations University System of Georgia
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), located in Americus, Georgia, is a state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs.


Georgia Southwestern State University was founded in 1906 as the Third District Agricultural and Mechanical School. In 1926, the General Assembly granted a charter authorizing the school to offer two years of college work and to change its name to the Third District Agricultural and Normal College. The new charter resulted in the expansion of the curriculum to include courses in teacher training, and the State Department of Education gave teacher certification to students who completed the program.

In 1932, by legislative enactment, this college and other state-supported institutions of higher learning in Georgia were organized into the University System of Georgia and placed under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents. As a unit of the University System, the College continued its two-year curriculum and changed its name to Georgia Southwestern College.

In 1964, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia authorized Georgia Southwestern College to begin its transition to a four-year degree-granting institution. This action resulted in the development of baccalaureate programs, and the first bachelor's degrees were conferred in June 1968. The name of the institution was changed to Georgia Southwestern State University in July 1996.

A program of graduate studies leading to the Master of Education degree was approved by the Board of Regents and initiated in June 1973. This program has undergone continuous growth and development, and the Specialist in Education degree was begun in the summer of 1982. The Master of Science in Administration was added in the winter of 1983. The Master of Science in Computer Science was added in the Spring of 1986, and the Master of Business Administration was added to the curriculum in 2003.

A historic portion of the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 as the "Third District A & M School-Georgia Southwestern College Historic District".


Georgia Southwestern's academic degrees are offered through five schools, which include the following schools:

The College of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The College of Arts and Sciences at GSW offers undergraduate degrees in art (both the B.A. and the B.F.A), biology, chemistry, dramatic arts, English, geology, history, music, political science, psychology, and sociology. It has the only undergraduate art program in the Georgia State University System with a concentration in glass blowing. Also, the school offers a Master of Art degree in English with Critical Literacy & Communication focus.

School of Business Administration[edit]

The School of Business Administration offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Accounting, Human Resources Management, Management and Marketing specializations. On the graduate level, the school offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

School of Education[edit]

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All initial teacher preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commissions (PSC). The school offers bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees. Degree programs are offered in Early Childhood Education, Health & Physical Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, Exercise Science/Wellness, and Recreation.

School of Nursing[edit]

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through three tracks:

  • Generic
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing - online

There is a Georgia Southwestern Association of Nursing Students and a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Mu Pi.

School of Computing & Mathematics[edit]

The School of Computing & Mathematics is committed to strong, dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs in mathematics and computing, emphasizing knowledge that is relevant to educational, technological and business needs, offering students personalized and challenging experiences. The School of Computing and Mathematics offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The undergraduate degree programs are computer science, information technology, mathematics, mathematics with teacher certification. The graduate programs are computer science.

Dual & Cooperative Programs[edit]

Georgia Southwestern and the Georgia Institute of Technology offer a dual-degree program in engineering leading to a bachelor’s degree in science or mathematics from Georgia Southwestern and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech. The University also offers cooperative programs with South Georgia Technical College and several two-year institutions within the University System, culminating in a baccalaureate degree from Georgia Southwestern.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving[edit]

Mrs. Carter is the Board Chair of the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University. The RCI was established in 1987 and works to address issues related to caregiving in America. The Institute focuses its work on both family and professional caregivers for individuals living with chronic illness and disabilities, limitations related to aging, and other health concerns. The work of the Institute is extensive both locally (in Americus), throughout Georgia and the United States. For example, the Institute provides scholarships and fellowships to students throughout Georgia, offers a Certificate Program in Caregiving at the University, conducts needs assessments and research on caregivers, provides training and education for caregivers through its own curriculum, operates a Caregiver Resource Center for residents of southwest Georgia, offers a number of national caregiver awards including the Rosalynn Carter Caregiver Award, and partners with Johnson & Johnson to support innovative community caregiving programs throughout the United States.

Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) - an RCI program launched in 2012 - is an evidence-based one-on-one support program that builds strong military families and teaches problem-solving to families living with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and/or a physical disability.[2] OFC will pilot a new volunteer program in December 2015 thanks to funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and a new partnership with Blue Star Families, the largest chapter-based, volunteer, military family engagement organization in the nation.


Georgia Southwestern teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Hurricanes are a member of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and tennis. Football was played at the university between 1983 and 1989.[3]


Georgia Southwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degrees.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ Arey, Charles. "Discontinued Smaller College Teams". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Tietjen, Mildred. "A Century of Achievement 1906-2006: Georgia Southwestern State University." United States of America: Boyd Brothers, Inc., 2005. Print.

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Coordinates: 32°03′25″N 84°13′05″W / 32.057°N 84.218°W / 32.057; -84.218