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Mission Statement

Georgia Southwestern State University is a state university serving a diverse population of students, offering a range of strong undergraduate and graduate programs in a vibrant learning environment. The University is a collegial community that values collaboration and community engagement with an emphasis on faculty, staff, and student interactions. An active student body and state-of-the-art amenities enhance the learning experience on a visually appealing campus located in historic Americus, Georgia.

Approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents October 12, 2022

Vision Statement

Georgia Southwestern State University aspires to be a comprehensive, progressive and inclusive university that serves as a vibrant center of learning, culture, and economic development for Southwest Georgia and beyond.


Core Values

  • Academic Excellence – We promote rigorous academic standards and intellectual pursuits.
  • Stewardship – We strive for fiscal accountability, social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and ethical acumen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are committed to a campus that values diversity in a climate of mutual respect.
  • Engagement – We encourage active involvement between the campus, community, and the world.
  • Connections – We foster meaningful relationships on campus and beyond.

University Learning Outcomes

GSW Graduates have demonstrated general competency in the following areas:

  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Problem Solving
  • Critical Evaluation of Information
  • Understanding of Cultural Differences
  • Articulating Factual and Conceptual Knowledge of the Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Interpreting Symbolic Representations of Data Relevant to the Physical World
  • Evaluating the Relationship between Observation and Inference in the Natural Sciences
  • Articulating Factual and Conceptual Knowledge Concerning Societal Dynamics
    • Concerning historical and societal dynamics within the US
    • Concerning world-wide historical and societal dynamics
  • Evaluating Problems or Texts
  • Composing Organized, Coherent, and Accurate Responses to Problems or Texts

GSW Graduates have demonstrated advanced competency in at least one area of Specialized Learning (the Major)

GSW Graduates have demonstrated competency appropriate to their area of specialized learning in the following Intellectual Skills:

  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy

GSW Graduates are able to apply their Specialized Learning and their Intellectual skills in real world situations

GSW Graduates have demonstrated general competency in the following areas of Global Learning:

  • Identifying, describing and explaining cultural differences
  • Asking questions about other cultures and finding answers to those questions
  • Interacting with people from other cultures


Approved April 2015