From Panther Welcome, Homecoming and Athletics, you will have plenty to be proud of as a Panther! Take advantage of the opportunities to learn more about the traditions of the university through orientation and welcome week activities. Cheer your fellow Panthers on at one of the many athletic events featuring Georgia State athletes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pounce, the blue panther, debuted in 1993. He got an upgraded look in 2009 in preparation for Georgia State Football's debut in 2010.
Panther Welcome is Georgia State’s official welcome celebration for incoming students. This university-wide initiative, which takes place at the beginning of each fall semester, features signature events, Ask Me Booths and dozens of other festivities hosted by campus partners across our six campuses.
You’ll meet members of your Panther family, unlock valuable resources and celebrate Georgia State’s culture and tradition.
ATTENDED ORIENTATION THIS SUMMER
STUDENTS, PARENTS & GUESTS JOINED THE PANTHER FAMILY
Georgia State is teeming with athletics programs that put student-athletes in the spotlight and bring crowds to their feet. We run on adrenaline, pride and the undying drive to be the best. Whether you’re playing on one of our teams or cheering from the stands, we invite you to be a part of the magic.
GEORGIA STATE HAS 16 VARSITY SPORTS TEAMS
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International Student & Scholar Services
ISSS is comprised of International Educators who provide comprehensive assistance and support for the international community at Georgia State. ISSS helps international students and scholars with their initial adjustment to the University and Atlanta; provides information and advice about immigration regulations, cultural differences, financial matters, and personal concerns; and assists them throughout their stay through cross-cultural programming.
Leadership Programs provide a variety of programs and services to assist students in developing their leadership potential and considering how they can positively influence their individual communities. All students have leadership potential. Leadership Programs’ philosophy is based on a new way of thinking about leadership that emphasizes process over position and encourages everyone to consider how they can make a positive change in the world. This philosophy is guided by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, a leadership model designed specifically with college students in mind.
Recreational Services wants you to stay healthy and physically active. We offer a wide array of programming and services on various campuses such as virtual classes, aquatics, fitness classes, instructional clinics, special events, personal training, intramurals, sports clubs and outdoor recreation. Come climb on the rock wall, recharge your mind at a yoga or fitness class, learn to swim and much more.
Through volunteerism, community service and service-learning assistance, Civic Engagement supports community initiatives and leadership opportunities giving students, faculty and staff the ability to serve their communities. Civic Engagement collaborates with many Atlanta area nonprofits within the city’s diverse, community service sector, as well as campus organizations and programs providing students a variety of service opportunities.
Career development begins your first year on campus. Do not wait until you are a senior to take advantage of the many career development opportunities offered on campus. Whether through University Career Services or another campus department, there are many programs and services available to help you connect your college experience to your career aspirations.
GEORGIA STATE IS PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTION FOR ALL STUDENTS.
Tailgating in the parking lots and areas around Center Parc Stadium is a great way to support the Panthers and meet friends both old and new. Check out the home football schedule for dates and the Athletics website for related policies. See you there.
Georgia State hosts a unique Homecoming parade in the streets of downtown Atlanta with golf carts decorated to represent student organizations, academic programs, various campus groups, and the Panther Band leads the way. Don’t miss this signature event and help paint Atlanta Panther blue.
The first weeks of the semester offer non-stop engagement activities through the annual Panther Welcome celebration. Panther Welcome usually begins the weekend before the first day of school with Cinema Under the Stars, First-Year Convocation and the Welcome Party! Then, start your classes off right with free food at the Panther Welcome Breakfasts held on the first days of classes across all campuses.
If you need some good luck, stop by Unity Plaza outside of Student Center East on the Atlanta campus to rub the nose on the bronze statue of Pounce. It’s a great spot for a selfie, too, or to meet friends in between classes.