Originally created 01/07/97

Professors `personable' at Georgia Southern



Xtreme's college profile features a school from a student's perspective.

This week, Wrens High School graduate John McNerlin II talks about his school, Georgia Southern University, where he graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology.

Q:What attracted you to Georgia Southern?

A:Originally, I planned to go to Georgia Tech, but Atlanta didn't interest me that much. I heard Georgia Southern had a program, so I decided to check it out. Also, I knew the classes at Southern would be smaller. A key point was that it was only a hour-and-a-half from home, and I came home every weekend to work at the Honky Tonk (nightclub on Gordon Highway).

Q:What clubs were you involved in?

A:I was a member of the Student Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. There was a lot to do outside of class, but I geared toward the academics.

Q:How tough were the academics?

A:I found it very challenging. I worked hard at it, and it paid off. To some degree, there was competition among the students. Also, most of the professors were very personable. You could go talk to them after class. They try to help you out as much as they can. Before I graduated, one professor gave me the (phone) number of a company.

Q:What did you dislike about Georgia Southern?

A:The first year, they make you buy a meal plan, which I didn't like. At the time, I really didn't have the funds for it. They pretty much forced you to eat on campus, although you could buy something off-campus, which would be cheaper.

Q:How would you describe Georgia Southern?

A:At times, like at registration and trying to find parking, it could be chaotic. It is a midsize school. It was interesting because, coming out of a small high school, there were a lot more people.

Q:Was it tough or easy to make friends?

A:It was easy. Most people are from Georgia, but I was surprised to find out there were a lot from out of state, like New Jersey.

Georgia Southern University

  • Where:Statesboro

  • Enrollment: For 1995-96 school year, 14,157 students.

  • Cost: 1996-97 school year for in-state residents, $1,494 in tuition, $3,525 in room and board, $471 in fees. For out-of-state residents, tuition is $4,704.

  • Application requirements and deadlines: High school transcript, three years of high school math and science, two years of high school foreign language, and SAT I or ACT. Application fee is $10, and the deadline is Aug. 1.

  • Chances of getting in: Moderately difficult. For 1995, 8,555 applied and 4,105 were accepted.

  • Financial aid: 2,400 need-based scholarships (averaging $1,100), non-need scholarships (averaging $1,050), short-term loans (averaging $90), low-interest, long-term loans from external sources (averaging $2,200), federal work-study, 800 part-time jobs. Deadline for applications is April 15.

  • Athletics: NCAA Division I. Sports include men's and women's basketball, swimming, soccer, cross-country and tennis; men's baseball, football, golf; and women's softball and volleyball.

  • Favorite majors: Early childhood education, marketing/retailing/merchandising, finance/banking.

  • Housing: Freshmen are not required to live on campus but are given priority in campus housing.

  • Campus security: Late night transportation-escort service, student patrols, controlled dormitory access.

  • Campus clubs: Organizations include 14 national fraternities and 11 national sororities.

  • Student-faculty ratio: 24:1.

  • For more information, call (912) 681-5531 or write Dr. Dale Wasson, Director of Admissions, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. 30460-8033. E-mail is admissions@gasou.edu.

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