Georgia State University History

In 1913, Georgia Institute of Technology started an evening school to help broaden their engineering program. The Evening school moved to downtown Atlanta the following year, because most of their students were employed in local business there. In 1916, the first commerce class graduated with full-time jobs and degrees in Commercial Science. During World War I, male attendance started to decline, so the commerce school started to admit women. In the 1920s, the commerce school’s attendance increased which led Dean Watters to inaugurated more innovative programs such as life insurance, real estate, and marketing. The Commerce School relocated four times and expanded their school to three new buildings between 1931 and 1946. In 1933, the creation of the University System of Georgia allowed the Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce to become an independent college. The Board of Regents merged University of Georgia and Tech School of Commerce and renamed it the “Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia.” The Regents separated Georgia State from the University of Georgia. It went from the Georgia State College of Business to the Georgia State College. In 1969, it finally gained the name Georgia State University after new colleges were established and advanced degree programs were added.

In 2009, Georgia State University offered 250 fields of studies with 55 nationally accredited degree programs. The Georgia State library contained over 1.3 million book volumes and 7,900 periodicals. U.S. News and World Report ranked the J. Mack Robinson College of Business number five in the nation and their law program number fifteen. In 2016, Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University consolidated their two colleges together. Today, Georgia State University is the largest college in the University of Georgia.