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I started here back in 2012, and hadNot so brightBusiness - Management and Administration
I started here back in 2012, and had a very positive outlook on what my college education would create for my future. However, over the past years, it has become more negative and negative. I'm nearly graduated, learning or retaining nearly nothing useful for the real world. My department has several professors that have no care for their students and it's all about a number count for us. Emails are disregarded, ignored, or neglected. Even with current experience in a job, it is not considered applicable to college credit because I haven't completed one of their courses which has no relevance to the field I am going for or currently in. The CIS department is ranked highly in the nation according to different websites, however the way the department is managed and handled is a joke. I would never recommend this program to anyone that actually wants to learn about their major, but rather to anyone who already knows what they're doing and are just in need of that sheet of paper. Which at this point, is all I'm going for.
4th Year Male -- Class 2017
Surrounding City: A-, Individual Value: F
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Make sure you read the fine print inCommunications
Make sure you read the fine print in everything you sign! The university's motto about anything that goes array is "it is the students responsibility" They are not there to help you. They are there to take your money and receive government funding! Don't choose this school unless you are majoring in business.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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While professors and course work were satisfactory, theBrightLinguistics
While professors and course work were satisfactory, the administrative system is complete crap. For the entire time I attended I never knew when registration deadlines were, only to find out they had the incorrect email address for me, but were sending other emails to the correct one. Also the online portal requires you to change your password almost every 2 weeks which is just incredibly annoying.

This past Fall Semester I went to the bookstore to buy books and explicitly told them I did not want to rent, I walked away with what I assumed were books I bought, then 2 months after the semester was over I was charged for those books as though I had rented them. Turns out whoever completed my purchase in store screwed up royally and rang me up as renting, without putting stickers in the books to tell me the date they were due back, or letting me know in anyway that the books were not bought and paid for.

The Academic Advisement department was the absolute worst. I could not make decisions on my own in the system, I had to meet with an advisor and have them do it for me, but literally every time I called to set an appointment with who I was told my advisor would be, I was redirected to a new one. After it happened twice I avoided going to see the Academic Advisors as much as possible but I still managed to go through 8 different advisors during my time at GSU. The most frustrating thing about many of these interactions was that I was often not notified of the change in who my advisor was until I was already at the office and waiting for the now wrong advisor. For some reason the advisor's offices were spread out on campus, and their schedules were incredibly difficult to match with my own. I was not incredibly busy, but for some reason every advisor I had to meet with only had a few inconvenient time block available a week, which made no sense to me considering the vast amount of advisors there were.

When registering for classes, the online system would never recognize my applicable prerequisites for higher level classes. Every time a class required previous courses that I already had taken I would have to specifically email the professor and ask for their permission to join their class. This meant that I often couldn't get my full schedule set until the absolute last second and put the pressure on my professors, instead of just acknowledging my past credits and allowing me to join the class online. Last thing is I got married right before starting at GSU, and the university has absolutely no benefits for spouses. My wife would often want to participate in on campus events with me, get my same discounts for local hot spots, or get access to the university gym, but the University doesn't seem to acknowledge that spouses are an integral part of a student's life, and don't allow them the same simple benefits that most universities do. While getting these things for free might be a stretch for smaller Universities, most still allow discounted rates for spouses to benefit from the same things universities provide their students. It prevented me from wanting to participate in Campus activities because my wife couldn't join me without paying, and we would often opt to find off campus things to enjoy together.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2018
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: F
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