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Study at Southern Polytechnic State University

Southern Polytechnic State University, also referred to as SPSU or Southern Poly, was established in 1948 as the Technical Institute in Chamblee, Georgia, United States. The first classes were held with 116 students. It was renamed Southern Technical Institute in 1949 and moved to its present campus in Marietta, Georgia, around 1958. It went through another name change in 1987 and was named Southern College of Technology. Later in the summer of 1996, the university adopted its current name. Today, the university encompasses more than 230 acres and includes approximately 35 buildings. SPSU is made up of the following schools:

  • School of Architecture, CET, and Construction
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Computing and Software Engineering
  • School of Engineering Technology and Management
The sports teams of SPSU are nicknamed the Hornets and Lady Hornets. Their mascot is known as Horny the Hornet. The university participates in a number of men's and women's sport such as baseball, basketball, and soccer.

Profile of Southern Polytechnic State University

The main campus of Southern Polytechnic State is in Marietta, GA (a small city). The school is a public school. Southern Polytechnic State offers degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school students most commonly major in a field related to real estate and construction management, computer science and engineering, engineering technician, and architecture and planning.

Southern Polytechnic State Selectivity

Southern Polytechnic State does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 495 to 580. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 520 or more. Students attending Southern Polytechnic State come from a variety of places, in and out of state.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Southern Polytechnic State had 4, 460 enrolled students. Males make up the lion's share of the Student Enrolment at the school.

Student Life

Many students are part-timers. The school makes available a lot of student housing. Meal plans are available. Student athletes at the school belong to the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference for major sports.

Southern Polytechnic State Tuition and Affordability

Southern Polytechnic State offers comparatively low-priced tuition.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Southern Polytechnic State University is proud to be Georgias technology university. Our academic, professional, outreach and service programs embrace all aspects of technology, including the practical applied skills (techne) needed to solve todays real-world problems and the theoretical knowledge (logos) necessary to meet tomorrows challenges. SPSU graduates are well prepared to lead the scientific and economic development of an increasingly complex state, nation, and world. Our mission is to serve both traditional and non-traditional students at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels; in engineering and engineering technology, the sciences, applied liberal arts, business and professional programs. We work to develop the broader communitys intellectual, cultural, economic, and human resources. Facilitated by our innovative faculty, dedicated staff, and supportive campus environment, our learning community empowers SPSU students with the ability and vision to transform the future. "

Southern Polytechnic State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering Technician247electronics tech, engineering technology, mechanical engineering tech, civil engineering tech, computer engineering tech, quality control tech, surveying tech, industrial production tech, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering151computer science, information technology, software engineering
Real Estate and Construction Management70construction management
Business and Management54entrepreneurship
Architecture and Planning33architecture
Media30media studies
Science18biology, physics
Liberal Arts7international relations, liberal arts and sciences
Engineering6systems engineering

Contact: Southern Polytechnic State

Southern Polytechnic State University

1100 S. Marietta Parkway

Marietta, GA 30060-2896

General Phone: (678) 915-7778


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