Georgia State University is a public institution of higher learning located in downtown Atlanta. As of 2015, more than 32,000 students pursue 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in approximately 100 fields of study.
Georgia State University has the largest experimental economics lab in the Southeast and the largest respiratory therapy program in the state. It has the second-largest baccalaureate nursing program in Georgia and houses a biosafety level 4 lab where students gain experience working with a number of pathogens, including ebola, herpes B and hanta virus.
Among the various schools and colleges at Georgia State are the College of Education, the School of Public Health, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the law school. The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies are also located here.
Georgia State started out in 1913 as a night school for the non-traditional student. Now known as the "Concrete Campus" because of its urban location, the school opened its first dormitories in 1996 when it took over the Olympic housing complex the city of Atlanta built to house the Olympic athletes in that year's summer games.
The university's athletic teams, the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division 1 Sun Belt Conference. Six men's teams and nine women's teams make up the program.