Georgia Southern University
, is a university located in Statesboro, Georgia,
USA, and part of the University System of Georgia.
The school which was to become Georgia Southern University was founded as a district agricultural school in 1906 as one of several agricultural and mechanical trades schools chartered by the Georgia General Assembly, the state legislature. During the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s the school
expanded, offering a richer curriculum with an emphasis on education. It
progressed from a two-year to a four-year teacher's college during those years. In 1959,
Georgia Southern became a senior college within the University System of Georgia
followed by receiving university status in 1990.
The university offers both graduate and undergraduate programs in a variety of disciplines including education, business administration, information
technology, biology, civil engineering, and art.The university participates in the National Biological Information Infrastructure program
with several centers including the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center and the Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology containing
the U.S. National Tick Collection.
The Georgia Southern Eagles are an NCAA Division I-AA football team
and participate in Division I in all other sports. The Eagles have won a record six NCAA Division I-AA national championships
(1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000). The university also has baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and track & field teams and offers intramural teams for these sports, as well as others such as equestrian, fencing, and judo.
The university has a botanical garden at Bland Cottage, the
Performing Arts Center where national acts as well as Georgia Southern student shows are performed, a college radio station (WVGS 91.9 The Buzz
), and a college newspaper, The George-Anne
. The Recreation and
Activities Center (the RAC) has an area for weight lifting, several basketball
courts, an indoor track, two dance studios, equipment for yoga and pilates, and an indoor climbing wall.
The town of Statesboro is located inland from the coast off of Interstate
16 between the cities of Macon (which is in central Georgia) and
Savannah (located on the coast of Georgia at the mouth of the Savannah River).
Statesboro is less than one hour's drive from Savannah, about two hours from Macon, and about three and a half hours from
- The Facebook - A multi-university networking site for students, faculty, and
alumni. A rapidly growing portion of GSU students are members.
Connection - A forum for GSU students
with approximately 300 current members.
- GSU Gaming - A site and forum for students interested in LAN gaming.