Southern Polytechnic State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Georgia


Southern Polytechnic State University, often referred to as Southern Poly or SPSU, was founded in 1948 as a two-year campus of Georgia Tech. Today the school is an autonomous public university that awards mostly bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide range of technological fields. The curriculum is career-based and grounded in application-oriented teaching. All faculty must have relevant work or research experience. SPSU is located 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia. Students come from 35 states and 82 countries. In athletics, the SPSU Hornets compete in the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 4818
Total Grad Students: 6
Undergraduate Students: 4812
Faculty: 151

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 32:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 32:1

Percent Male: 80%
Percent Female: 20%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 8%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1100 S. Marietta Parkway
Marietta Georgia 30060


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Main Phone: 678-915-7778

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
Applicants must have at least a 2.0 cumulative college GPA.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
All courses taken must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in accredited programs, and correspond in time and content to courses offered by SPSU. A grade of "D" is acceptable for Core Curriculum courses taken from a University System of Georgia inst

Credits (Min/Max):
If you have less than 30 semester hours of acceptable transfer credit, freshman requirements apply. The max amount of credits accepted from a 2-year is 60, 90 from a 4-year. You must take 20 credits at SPSU for an associate degree and 30 for a bachelor's.

Test Scores for Applying:
Official scores for all required college entrance tests -- for all undergraduate students, scores from the SAT or ACT are required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
SSU requires a Statement of Good Standing from your previous institution.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is not required for transfer amission consideration.

Application Fee:
There is a $20 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Applicants must have completed and exited all required remedial courses at their previous institution.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 25
English 20 25
Math 22 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 500 590
Math 530 620

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 817

Transfers Accepted: 728

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 89%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 74%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 15%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 1700

Other Expenses: 2900

Room and Board: 6892

Tuition and Fees: 15996

Total Cost: 27488

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 5500

Total Cost – In-State: 16992

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Each year, approximately 80% of our students receive aid consisting of loans, scholarships, grants and work-study assignments.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5368

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 73%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 42%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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