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One Of the Nation’s Leading Major Research Universities

Georgia State University ranks among the nation’s top 115 public and private universities in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of Research Universities/Very High Research Activity. This category represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting universities in the U.S.

The Carnegie classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four decades. The very high research activity designation further confirms that Georgia State is competing with the Nation’s top universities.

Today, Georgia State is one of the nation’s premier urban public research universities, solving global challenges in human health. Researchers at Georgia State utilize the university’s state-of-the art facilities and work across the disciplines to address critical quality of life issues, such as cancer, obesity, inflammation, vaccines, child and adult literacy, and public health issues related to smoking, among others.

Georgia State’s total research expenditures exceeded $200 million for the first time in fiscal year 2017, as reported in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, a nationally recognized barometer of university research activity. From fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2017, expenditures increased by 148 percent, making Georgia State one of the nation’s fastest-growing research universities. The institution ranks 108th out of 902 universities in the U.S. for research expenditures.

Georgia State has also significantly increased its research award funding over the past several years. Annual research awards of $122.7 million were received in fiscal year 2018, the fourth year in a row the university has earned more than $100 million in external investment.