About Georgia Southwestern


Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is a world-class, four-year institution that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Located on 250 scenic acres in historic Americus, Georgia, our campus is full of culture, history, passion, and prestige.

Since 1906, GSW has provided an elevated educational experience for individuals all across Georgia, from each corner of the US, and from countries around the world. That diversity means our students engage with people from all walks of life who are ready to earn their way forward. Our small class sizes foster an emphasis on faculty and student interaction, and our administration and staff prioritize academic success and a spirited college experience.

Georgia Southwestern students understand that a degree isn’t given, it’s earned – and they know it doesn’t have to come with years of debt. Ranked as one of the most affordable colleges in the nation, Georgia Southwestern is committed to serving the needs of southwest Georgia and beyond with undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs, educational programs for high school students, and programs for technical and professional graduates.


Travel down Hello Walk on campus, and you'll notice Georgia Southwestern is marked by elegant landscaping with a mix of magnolias, dogwoods, and southern pines. Long, warm summers and short, mild winters are characteristic of the area's climate - making for pleasant living conditions and year-round recreation.


GSW's building landscape is a perfect blend of mid-century modern architecture with traditional brick. This scenery is continuing to transform with new construction and renovations. Canes Central, the new student services building, was fully renovated and opened in Spring 2021. Additionally, the newly constructed Baseball and Softball Indoor Training Facility opened in early 2021. Florrie Chappell Gymnasium, currently under construction with anticipated completion in Fall 2021, will be GSW's new student recreation center.


The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers was established and is located on Georgia Southwestern's campus. RCI promotes the health, strength, and resilience of all caregivers at every stage of their journey. Adjacent to the main campus also sits GSW's very own 18-hole golf course, Griffin Bell Golf and Conference Center. You can explore our campus further on the Interactive Campus Map.


GSW has approximately 3,000 residential, commuter and online students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and education.


The GSW Hurricanes compete for the NCAA’s Division II Peach Belt Conference, and include athletic teams in basketball, baseball, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, and cross country.


The University’s mission promotes a holistic learning environment for its student body and strong community involvement for students, faculty and staff.

Points of Pride

Georgia Southwestern takes pride in the achievements earned across campus through the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff for each and every program offered.

Points of Pride

The University System of Georgia

Georgia Southwestern State University is a member of The University System of Georgia.

The University System of Georgia (USG) is the organizational body that includes 35 public institutions of higher learning in Georgia. The System is governed by the Georgia Board of Regents. It sets goals and dictates general policy to educational institutions as well as administering Public Library Service of the state which includes 58 public library systems. The USG also dispenses public funds (allocated by the state's legislature) to the institutions but not the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship. The USG is the fourth largest university system in the United States by total student enrollment, with 311,442 students in 35 public institutions. The three larger systems are the University System of Ohio, State University of New York, and California State University.