Georgia Southwestern State University

Americus, GA 31709
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Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is a public institution in the small town of Americus, Georgia. It is one of the most remote campuses out of the 10-campus University System of Georgia. The city of Americus has a population of just 17,000, while GSW has a student population of 3,000. The university was founded in 1906 as an agricultural and mechanical school. Over the years, the number of degree programs offered at the school has increased. These programs are offered through five GSW schools, including the College of Nursing and Health Science, which offers three ways to achieve a BSN.

Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing offers several undergraduate nursing programs. Students may choose from BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN programs. The school also offers an online MSN program that students can complete at home. The traditional BSN program is for students with no nursing licensure. Students have the opportunity to train in various clinical settings in the region, including local clinics, hospitals, and treatment centers. The traditional BSN program is a four-year program, with students completing their prerequisite general studies during their first two years of schooling. These nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE and the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students3,052
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 9 43
Master's degree 5 12
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1932 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1984 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT960 to 1110
ACT19 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $25

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$165/credit
In State Students$165/credit
Out of State Students$601/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$190/credit
In State Students$190/credit
Out of State Students$755/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $7,425 $7,425 $27,045
ADN 70 $11,550 $11,550 $42,070
BSN 125 $20,625 $20,625 $75,125
FNP 50 $9,500 $9,500 $37,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of Georgia Southwestern State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 51% $4,872
Other Federal Grant 7% $729
State Grant & Scholarships 67% $4,212
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 32% $4,041
Federal Student Loans 62% $5,190
Private Loans 4% $6,145


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,647
$30,001 to $48,000$11,579
$48,001 to $75,000$13,556
$75,001 to $110,000$15,798
Over $110,000$15,868

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Georgia state board of nursing.
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709

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