Georgia State University: Perception vs Reality

Some students may have certain perceptions about GSU, and this post reveals the reality behind them.

 

Perception

Central Atlanta

“Our campus is spread across all of downtown Atlanta and is impossible to navigate.”

Reality

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The main campus of GSU stretches 4 by 7 blocks.

 

Perception

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“GSU only wants our money and does not care about student success.”

Reality

Commencement

Georgia State University was recognized as the national leader in efforts to dramatically increase graduation rates by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. GSU has increased its graduation rates by 22 points in the last 10 years, the most dramatic rise in the nation.

 

Perception

Admission Stock in the evening.

“Once it’s dark outside, I can’t walk anywhere.”

Reality

Safety Escort

GSU provides a 24-hour safety escort service that will help you get anywhere on campus and a panther shuttle bus that runs until midnight.

 

Perception

stock around campus

“GSU’s campus has homeless people everywhere.”

Reality

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When you step foot into the GSU buildings, plaza areas, and residence halls, they are filled with hundreds of students.

 

Perception

Admissions Stock Incept students walking with skyline in the background.

“GSU is located in the city, which automatically makes this an unsafe university.”

Reality

GSU Police

A city is a city no matter where you go. What happens in a city can also occur in the suburbs. GSU takes precautions by having its own nationally and state accredited police force. These officers are on the GSU campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Not only does the GSU police force roam our campus, the Atlanta Police Department, Capitol Police, Atlanta Ambassadors, and Panther Ambassadors do as well.

 

Perception

lights

“Robberies happen ALL THE TIME.”

Reality

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Robberies do occur, but not as often as some students believe. When something of this nature happens on the GSU campus, students will be notified via email due to the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Georgia State also has a Panther Alert system that notifies students via text, email, etc. when immediate safety precautions must take effect. (For example: school closings due to severe weather conditions.)

 

Perception

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“Plaza days are filled with all sorts of characters.”

Reality

For Spring Semester Back to School Week

Yeahhh…well…sometimes this one is true.

 

12 Responses to Georgia State University: Perception vs Reality

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