Georgia State is always looking out for its Panthers and it shows through how we use technology and collaboration to help them stay on the path to graduation. Lately, Georgia State has been recognized by numerous organizations and individuals such as U. S. News & World Report, the Department of Education, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and even President Obama for our strides in increasing the university’s rate of graduationan unprecedented 22 points in 10 years—through innovative uses of technology and collaboration across departments.

For example, in its 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” edition, U. S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State fifth in the nation among the top “most innovative” universities. This list ranks institutions “that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities,” according to the magazine.

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Are you a rising high school senior or younger?

If you are, you’ll need to know about the ins and outs of the redesigned SAT, which began being administered in the U.S. in March 2016 and internationally in May 2016. The new test seeks to reflect a stronger connection to classroom learning and measure the essential elements for college and career readiness, and it affects students graduating from high school beginning in 2017. College testing insiders say this redesign includes a greater focus on reading comprehension and critical thinking overall. Continue reading to learn more…

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 Your junior year of high school is a key year in the college planning process. This is the year many of you will take standardized tests like the SAT and ACT for the first time, take upper-level honors, AP, or IB classes, strengthen your participation in extra-curricular activities, explore internship and volunteer opportunities, and begin researching colleges.
It’s important to use this year to continue building your stellar academic record—or repairing it if you had a shaky start to high school. College admissions counselors like seeing an upward trajectory in students’ records, so don’t worry if you didn’t have the best start your freshman year; there’s always an opportunity to do better right now and make it count. With the goal of maximizing your junior year, we’ve compiled this list of best practices to help you get a jump-start on college planning:

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Higher education is a goal that many hope to achieve. While there are many different ways that students can receive higher education, there are a few ways that ensure preparedness and a feeling of community more than others.

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Summer time is here! Georgia State is busy preparing all of its future Panthers for the best first semester they can have, but there are a few tips that all students can follow to have the most productive summer possible. Take these three tips and make sure you accomplish them while you’re having your summer fun. You’ll be glad that you did in the fall!

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has been working on a new resource for first-generation college students and their families,  and we’re excited to share it with the world. Georgia State’s Guide for First-Generation Students brings together a variety of resources to help trailblazing students who will be the first in their families to attend a four-year college or university.

Georgia State wanted to close many of the informational gaps that students face when trying to reach higher education including how to start a college search, filling out applications, learning about financial aid, testing tips and choosing a major. It is the reason we created firstgen.gsu.edu. And we’re proud to say that it is a useful resource for all students, even if they aren’t first-generation. There needed to be one place where all the information a student needed to get into college was explained – and now it’s here!

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Recently, the United States Department of Education released a new report that highlights different schools around the country that are doing their best to advance college opportunity for low-income students .

Georgia State is one of a handful of public four-year institutions featured for outstanding work in advancing student outcomes by increasing access to low-income students through the use of Pell Grants. From this group, Georgia State ranked fourth for the percentage of Pell recipients enrolled.

In addition, Georgia State is also a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World program, which is designed to improve low-income students’ college completion by implementing and testing innovative and evidence-based interventions. The university was one of 18 recipients from 14 states during the 2015 application cycle, and was awarded $8.9 million to further its innovation efforts—the second highest amount awarded. As a university instituting “promising practices for improving college access and completion”, Georgia State has been commended by the USDE for its innovations designed to increase retention and graduation rates among low-income and first-generation students.

While many of these stats and figures may be hard to understand, there’s one thing that’s easy to know. Georgia State is doing all it can to help students overcome obstacles and achieve success. Whether our students struggle with finances, study habits or finding a place to fit in, Georgia State extends it’s nationally recognized support to each and every one.

 

Georgia State University is committed to student success and making sure you’re always in the know! As we’re working to make sure all of our current and prospective Panthers are getting the help they need, make sure you follow us on social media. You can find us on Twitter at @GeorgiaStateU, Instagram at @georgiastateuniversity and Facebook on the Georgia State University page.

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The thrill of getting accepted into college is real. There’s nothing like knowing that you’ve put in the hard work and gotten admitted into the school of your choice. Now that you’re starting to receive your acceptance letters, make sure that you’re completing your next steps in order to stay on track to begin school in the fall.

Georgia State students are encouraged to begin their First Steps as soon as they receive their acceptance. Not only does this mean that the university has as much time to prepare for your arrival as possible, but it also allows you to have a stress-free summer knowing that you’ve taken care of business.

Completing first and next steps as an admitted student means that you can get your cool new student ID (hello summer movie student discounts) and applying for the housing of your choice (often first come, first serve). There are plenty of other responsibilities that new students should carry out, including registering for orientation and submitting important documents that will make enrolling in classes as easy as pie.

Do you have questions about what you should be doing as a newly admitted student? If you’ve been admitted into Georgia State, feel free to comment below and we’ll help! If you haven’t been applied to Georgia State…what are you waiting for? The freshman application closes March 1 at 11:59pm. 

Congratulations to all the newly accepted college students out there! Students like you will shape our future, and Georgia State knows that your potential is endless.

As you begin receiving acceptance letters from the schools you applied to, you may find that you’ve been asked to participate in a success program. Even if you didn’t apply to the program specifically, you should consider your invitation into the program as a sign that the university believes in you and your potential as a student.

There’s a lot of science behind success programs that students don’t realize. Often times, they are specially created to help students surpass existing academic performance standards and excel at their college curriculum. Success programs are carefully constructed using the latest in education innovation to provide students with the best set of skills that they can possibly have upon entering college. For example, Georgia State’s Success Academy students graduate at higher rates and maintain higher GPAs than their peers.

You should never feel any shame or stigma when accepting your invitation to be in a success program. In reality, invitations to programs like these are symbols that you have the full support of a university, and that they are willing to provide you with every resource possible for you to achieve all your college goals. If you’ve been invited to one, talk to your parents about this exciting new development in your acceptance and celebrate! It’s clear that you’re on the university’s radar as a student full of potential. Some programs even begin during the summertime – a valuable opportunity to get used to campus life and be a pro at everything college before other students arrive in the fall.

If you’ve been invited to Georgia State’s Success Academy, click here to learn more! And remember, say yes to success. Your future shines bright, and success programs will only help you shine brighter.