ATLANTA—Georgia State University is among the national leaders in a series of recent surveys and rankings focused on institutions that produce the best outcomes for their students.
The university ranked first in Georgia and 25th in the nation in a Brookings Institution study of social mobility. The study tracks the ability of colleges and universities to help students improve their economic standing. It studies the number of students who enter college as low-income students (in the bottom 20 percent of Americans by annual household income) and who, 15 years later, are in the top 50 percent of Americans by annual household income.
CollegeNet recently ranked the university in the top 50 colleges and universities in its Social Mobility Index, which ranks institutions according to how effectively they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into good-paying jobs.
In addition, the university was among the top 100 public colleges and universities in the U.S. in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s Best College Values rankings.
Military Times has ranked Georgia State ninth in the nation for support of military learners and their graduation rates.
Georgia State is nationally recognized for student success initiatives which have increased graduation rates, reduced the time it takes to earn a degree and eliminated achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity or income.
The institution has used predictive analytics in advising, rethought academic support and created new ways to meet students’ financial challenges, expanding educational opportunity and achievement. To help students stay on track financially, Georgia State opened the SunTrust Student Financial Management Center in 2016. The center had more than 72,000 visits last year.
“Every year, Georgia State not only helps to transform the lives of thousands of students,” said Timothy Renick, vice president for enrollment management and student success. “It also helps to create a skilled workforce, higher employment levels, a better tax base and cutting-edge research that spurs economic growth.”