The Honors College engaged more then 4,500 students across Atlanta and Perimeter campuses during the 2019-2020 academic year.
More than 435 students graduated during the 2019-2020 academic year, with 281 earning distinctions for their mastery of honors curriculum.
Our entering class size of first-year students for the 2019-2020 academic year was 290—our largest ever. Their average high school GPA was 3.89 and their average combined SAT score was 1420.
As we near the completion of another academic year that was truly like no other, I would like to share some highlights with you. After all, your gifts made it possible for our students to continue their education by offering emergency assistance when it was needed most, by providing opportunities for them to pursue their research interests, and by allowing them to seize life-changing opportunities.
In this report, you’ll read about just a few of our students and recent alumni. They have forever changed student voter registration, earned the first Marshall Scholarship for Georgia State University, and contributed to a volume of work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author that is shifting the way we think about race in America. These achievements would not be possible without your generosity.
Thanks to you, our students are leaving a positive mark on our city, region, state, nation and the world!
48 honors thesis projects completed and 183 projects presented during the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference
Despite the obvious challenges presented by the pandemic, the year was an incredible one for student achievement. We celebrated Georgia State’s first Marshall Scholar Nitheyaa Shree, an outstanding neuroscience student who worked closely with our Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships throughout the competitive application process.
We also witnessed incredible student leadership around civil justice, youth voter registration and community engagement. Several of our Presidential Scholars worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson on her latest bestseller, “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.” Class of 2020 honors graduate and Georgia Youth Poll Workers Project founder Evan Malbrough was recognized as the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Ambassador of the Year.
An honors computer science major garnered national attention for his research into the meaning of babies cries. Donor funding allowed him to present his findings during a national workshop in 2019 in California.