Georgia State is a national model for student success. We harness the power of data to help our students earn their degrees. We have had one of the most dramatic increases in graduation rates in the country and we have closed the achievement gap, proving that students from all backgrounds can succeed at the same rate.

We offer more than a dozen interventions and programs that provide financial and academic support to our 32,000 students. Our unprecedented approach has made us a national leader.

We use predictive analytics to track more than 30,000 students each day and alert them if they are making decisions that put them off track. Last year alone, the alerts led to more than 43,000 one-on-one meetings with advisers.

We offer micro-grants to students who have unmet financial need, helping them bridge the financial gap when they need it most. To date, we have brought 5,300 students back to the classroom with Panther Retention Grants.

We offer scholarships and workshops to student who have lost the HOPE Scholarship to help them earn it back and continue their studies. The Keep HOPE Alive program has helped raise our HOPE retention rate from 49 percent in 2008 to 75 percent today.

Graduation Progression Success (GPS) Advising Results


One-On-One Meetings Between
Adviser and Students

$10 Million

Tuition Saved In Two Years
With Early Interventions


Increase in Degrees Conferred
Since 2008-09


“My mom had the choice of either paying the mortgage or funding my last semester of college. I ran out of the HOPE scholarship because I double majored. The Panther Retention Grant helped me take the financial burden off of my mom and bridge the gap.”

Elijah Watkins, Class of 2015


“Georgia State…shows contrary to popular belief, students from all backgrounds can succeed at high rates and that dramatic gains can be made even amid the context of constrained resources.”

Dr. Timothy Renick,
vice provost and vice president of enrollment management and student success,
in testimony before a U.S. Senate panel.

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Georgia State Ranked Among The Most Innovative In Nation
    U.S. News and World Report magazine recognized Georgia State as one of the most innovative institutions in the nation and a national leader in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. In its 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” edition, U.S. News ranked Georgia State 5th in the country among the top “most innovative” universities, a list of schools nominated by college and university leaders.


  • PBS News Hour
    PBS News Praises Georgia State’s Major Student Success Initiatives
    PBS News Hour highlighted Georgia State for its Panther Retention grants, which keep hundreds of students in school each year. The article highlights many of Georgia State’s student success programs, including the Graduation Progression System and the university’s use of data.


  • Washington Monthly
    Washington Monthly Names Becker Among “Most Innovative” In Nation
    President Mark Becker was named by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the 10 most innovative college presidents in the United States. The magazine recognized Becker for leading university efforts to use predictive analytics to increase student success.



“Georgia State is seen as a major rising university. It is indeed that. And I’m confident that in the next few years, Georgia State is going to be increasing beyond that to become one of the outstanding urban universities in our country.”

Hank Huckaby,
University System of Georgia Chancellor