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Georgia Southwestern is ranked 6th among the nation’s most affordable online colleges in 2016 according to a report by GSW received the Editor’s Award for Best Tuition.

Georgia Southwestern is ranked 40th out of the 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in the U.S. by  The site defined a “small college” as a traditional, four-year college or university that has 4,000 or fewer students. There are approximately 700 schools of this size in the U.S.

Similarly, ranked Georgia Southwestern 23rd out of the 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi. Of the more than 400 qualifying colleges, Great Value Colleges determined the top 100 most affordable by calculating each college’s net price, which is an adjusted price that takes into account the annual cost of tuition and other fees as well as the average financial aid package offered to students.

Top 5 in Education

Georgia Southwestern’s School of Education was listed as a “Top 5” best value education program in Georgia by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). GSW's undergraduate secondary education degree ranked third.

Best Online Nursing Programs

The Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing was recently ranked 38th in the nation on a list of the “Best Online Nursing Programs” by (AC Online) in its third annual ranking. Georgia Southwestern was among five universities in Georgia that made the list.

Southwestern's Master of Science in nursing program is ranked 45th out of the 50 best graduate nursing programs in Americaby

Top 20 Best Buy in BSIT

The online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology has been ranked as one of the Top 20 "Best Buys" in the country by, a consumer group that rates, ranks, and verifies the cost and credibility of online universities. The site ranked the University System of Georgia's (USG) WebBSIT program 16th in the nation, out of 88 schools. Southwestern is one of only six schools within the USG's WebBSIT program.

CPA Exam Success

According to a study by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Georgia Southwestern accounting graduates who took the most recent CPA exam stood out nationally. They ranked 25th among the nation’s medium-sized programs and 3rd among universities in Georgia. GSW students taking the exam for the first time scored a 67.7 percent pass rate, which is more than 12 points higher than the national pass rate and nearly four points higher than the pass rate for Georgia universities.

Best Value HR Degree

Georgia Southwestern is ranked 2nd on the 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for an HR Degree 2016 list assembled by GSW was one of only two Georgia colleges that made the list.


Georgia Southwestern State University strives to recognize its students for their excellence and achievement. In order to best acknowledge student accomplishments, GSW uses Merit Pages to announce and recognize students for their achievements. With Merit, GSW can construct a verified and public profile of a student’s educational and professional accomplishment called a Merit Page.

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What is Merit?

Merit is an online recognition system through which GSW highlights student accomplishment. 

Students receive recognition for a variety of achievements that include being named to the President’s List, earning a scholarship, joining an organization or studying abroad. When recognized, students receive “badges” through Merit. Each time a student has an achievement or an accomplishment, GSW will update that student’s Merit Page.

When students claim their Merit Pages, it creates an online profile that compiles a student’s achievements and accomplishments. When GSW adds an achievement to a student’s Merit Page, it builds a verified record of that student’s accomplishment, much like building a resume. 

How does Merit work?

Preview Day BadgeDepartments, organizations, and other campus entities can provide the Office of University Relations with a brief description of what they would like to recognize students for and a list of the students they would like to recognize.

University Relations will then create personalized stories about these student accomplishments and award a badge, which will be published on each student’s Merit profile. Stories may also be sent to each student’s hometown newspaper for publication. The Athletics Department also creates achievements based on student-athlete accomplishment.

When students receive badges for achievement, they are notified through their GSW email accounts. Emails will come from, which is a legitimate Georgia Southwestern email address.

Students can choose to share their accomplishments with family and friends on their social media accounts. They also have the ability to opt out.

How will Merit benefit students?

What GSW adds to each student’s Merit Page is verified by the university. Essentially, GSW is building a resume centered on each student’s college career.

This is useful for potential employers, internships, and others to view since the accuracy of the achievements listed on each student’s Merit Page is confirmed by the university.

How can students claim their Merit Pages?

Students wishing to claim their Merit Page can go to the Georgia Southwestern State University Merit homepage at and enter their names in the search function. They will then be given instructions on how to claim their Merit Page and achievements.

Merit achievements are also linked within each email notification.

Who can be contacted with questions and concerns about Merit?

GSW’s Merit Pages are managed by the Office of University Relations. Students with questions about their Merit Pages should contact the director of University Relations at 229-931-2037 or by email at

For additional information about Merit, visit

*Though scholarship "achievements" are sent using Merit, they do NOT constitute official GSW scholarship notices.


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A Public Service Announcement Series for Georgia Radio Stations

GSW continues a special initiative designed to bring educational facts about Georgia history to a statewide radio audience. Downloadable audio clips, 60 seconds each, are available from this page.


Note: audio files require Widows Media Player for download.

For more information, contact Stephen Snyder at or (229) 931-2037.

Production assistance courtesy GSW's Instructional Technology Center. Produced through the Division of University Relations, in cooperation with the Department of History & Political Science, with research by Professor Emeritus James E. Bagwell, Ph.D.



#1 King & Gandhi

#2 Carter and the Nobel Peace Prize

#3 Georgia's Three Governors

#4 Georgians and the American Revolution

#5 Georgia Day

#6 A Model Colony

#7 Ratifying the Constitution

#8 An Independent Country

#9 General Sherman's Mistake

#10 Battle of Atlanta

#11 Sherman's March to the Sea

#12 John C. Freemont


#1 A Popular Royal Governor

#2 Wormsloe Plantation

#3 War-Woman Nancy Hart

#4 The Cotton Gin

#5 The Methodist Church

#6 Another President from Georgia?

#7 Napoleon and Georgia

#8 Delaying Southern Secession

#9 South Carolina Invasion?

#10 President Jackson Backs Georgia

#11 Buzzard Roost Becomes Atlanta

#12 Mob Forces Governor Out


#1 General Polk

#2 Modern Warfare

#3 Last Battle

#4 Georgia vs. President Adams

#5 Hoppin' John

#6 Taft and Southern Cooking

#7 Southern Speak

#8 De Soto's Mark

#9 Guale or Georgia?

#10 Pirates

#11 Cough Remedy

#12 Carter & Peace


#1 Sparing Savannah

#2 Eating Clay

#3 Counties, Counties

#4 Republican Governors

#5 Peabody Awards

#6 Scalawags

#7 Black Eyed Peas

#8 Southern British Accent

#9 Doc Holliday

#10 Hoecakes

#11 Rising Creeks

#12 Georgia Aquarium


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