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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Georgia State University

Featuring an interview with a recent GSU graduate, Manoa Daniel


Atlanta is a bustling city that offers an urban lifestyle with plenty of music, culture and fun for all. More than 32,000 students attend Georgia State University which is located right in the heart of historic Atlanta. The university offers 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study in its eight colleges and schools, something for everyone.

Georgia State has more than 50 nationally and internationally ranked programs, including:

  • Best Value Law School
  • City Management and Urban Policy
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Health Law
  • Hospitality
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Part-time Law
  • Part-time MBA
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Insurance


Actress Julia Roberts, rapper Ludacris, and Cinnabon CEO Kat Cole are all GSU Alumni.


We spoke with a recent GSU graduate, and here is what she had to say:


Name: Manoa Daniel

Year: 2014 Alumni

Major: Public Policy, Planning and Economic Development

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

GSU Student

Why did you choose to attend GSU?

  • Financial reasons; GSU participates in the HOPE Scholarship program, which covers over 50% of tuition for GA residents (I think maybe even 80-100% of tuition) if you meet GPA requirements. It saved me a ton of money and helped me avoid taking out too many student loans. Also because the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies has a very well respected Public Policy program.

What do you like most about GSU?

  • Living in the city! I loved being in Downtown Atlanta for classes. The professors in my program were also amazing. I think I went to more office hours than classes. My professors would also meet with me outside of their office hours to talk about things like career goals and graduate school. Going to school in such a big city also helped with internship opportunities. I interned at some really exciting places (Georgia Department of Economic Development, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.) because they’re headquartered in Atlanta.

What do you like most about living in Atlanta?

  • I like all the different neighborhoods in Atlanta. They each have fairly different vibes. Atlanta also has a great music scene; you can find live music every single night of the week.

What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?

  • I play soccer at the Silverbacks Stadium. I also rock climb at Stone Summit, although the outdoor climbing in Atlanta (or right outside of Atlanta) is really fantastic.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

  • Live on campus your first year. GSU is a commuter school, which can make it hard to meet people. Living on campus really helped me make friends. Joining a club or sports team helps too. There are so many clubs at GSU, you’re bound to find one that interests you. Trying to find a job on campus with the school is also smart, because they know you’re a student and creating a schedule that works with your classes is a lot easier. Become friends with your advisor. See them more than once a semester. ALWAYS know the class requirements of your major. Take advantage of living in the city! Atlanta has so many events, a lot of them free. Sign up for a newsletter or eblast that lets you know what’s going on in the city.


If you are interested in attending Georgia State University, you can download the “Visit GSU” mobile app. On the app you can take a virtual tour of campus or take a real GPS guided tour, see local restaurants and shops, view admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, and more!

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