Consolidating Armstrong State University & Georgia Southern University
In January 2017, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. The new, 27,000-student university will be named Georgia Southern University with campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville. If approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia (BORUSG), the new University will be formed in January 2018 with the expected timeline for the first entering class will be fall 2018. Complete details at consolidation.georgiasouthern.edu.
How to Apply
For now, students should apply to the campus they plan to attend. For example, if you want to attend the Armstrong campus in Savannah or the Liberty campus in Hinesville, you should apply to Armstrong State University. If you want to attend the Statesboro campus, you should apply to Georgia Southern University. Please pay close attention to the programs/majors offered on each campus. These should help guide your decision in which campus you wish you attend.
Georgia Southern plans to consolidate their applications for undergraduate admission in late February 2018 for the fall 2018 term (August). After the consolidation, students will apply to all campuses – Statesboro, Armstrong, and Liberty – for the fall 2018 term using the Georgia Southern University application. Summer 2018 will still be available on the Armstrong State University application for the Armstrong and Liberty campuses.
Prior to February 26, 2018, Fall 2018 applicants should only apply once to either Georgia Southern or Armstrong State. Please do not apply to both campuses.
Choose Your Campus
Many things will factor into your decision of which campus to attend. Here are a few things we suggest you consider.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the consolidation happening? What are the benefits?
The main goal behind the creation of the new Georgia Southern is to serve students better and provide them with increased educational opportunities. The consolidation will combine the best of Georgia Southern and Armstrong while increasing efficiency and boosting economic development in the region.
When will the consolidation go into effect?
The timeline for past consolidations has been 12-18 months. The tentative timeline for the first entering class of this new university will be in fall of 2018. The Consolidation Implementation Committee is currently working on the details of the consolidation. The work of the committee will be submitted to the Board of Regents for its consideration in December 2017, with implementation finalized in January 2018, if approved.
Once the consolidation is finished, will the Savannah campus location continue or will it eventually be closed? What about the Hinesville campus?
The Savannah campus (to be called the Armstrong campus) will remain open and will be a vital part of the new Georgia Southern University. The Hinesville campus (to be called the Liberty campus) will also become part of Georgia Southern.
Will students have to commute and take classes on both campuses?
This issue has not been addressed yet. However, there is great sensitivity to to the challenges of commuting for students. This issue of commuting will likely be addressed by the Consolidation Implementation Committee.
Will I be able to choose which campus I attend?
Yes! Students will have the opportunity to pick whichever campus best meets their needs at the new Georgia Southern.
How can I decide which campus I want to attend if I don’t know what programs are being offered at each campus?
The majority of academic programs offered by both institutions will continue to be offered. Students should choose a campus based on the program of their choice. Programs currently delivered on a specific campus (as of fall 2017) will continue to be offered on that campus at least through Spring 2022 in order to allow students starting on a particular campus in Fall 2017 to remain on that particular campus.
What are the admissions requirements going to be? When will these be determined?
Admissions requirements for the new Georgia Southern have not been determined yet. The Consolidation Implementation Committee and the University System Office will be working on the admissions process and requirements for the new university with a target date set for fall of 2018.
Will tuition increase? Will it be the same for both campuses?
This has not yet been determined but the University System of Georgia is committed to college affordability. In the development of the new university, the University System will maintain college affordability as a guiding principle when determining appropriate tuition and fee structure.
Will Georgia Southern now offer in-state tuition to bordering states and counties like Armstrong
This has yet to be determined. However, students from Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama who are currently receiving out-of-state tuition waivers to attend Armstrong will continue to receive those waivers.
Which programs will be staying and which will be dropped?
Program locations have not yet been determined. However, The majority of academic programs will be offered as they currently are on each campus through spring of 2022.
Will the faculty/student ratio be changing? How about class sizes?
There should not be a significant change in the faculty-student ratio or class sizes. The faculty-student ratio are similar at Georgia Southern and Armstrong.
Will diversity among students, faculty, and staff be a priority consideration during the consolidation process? What will be done to encourage diversity in the new Georgia Southern University and to make students from all backgrounds feel welcome?
Diversity will be a priority throughout the consolidation process. The Consolidation Implementation Committee will make recommendations designed to promote the safety, protection, and inclusion of all members of the new university community, including recommendations for enhancing existing programming from each institution.
Last updated: 6/25/2017