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The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
Georgia Southern's consolidation of Armstrong State's campuses became official as of January 1st. Georgia Southern now has three campuses: the main one in Statesboro, a large one that currently has 7k students in lower downtown Savannah, and a military-serving campus located on Fort Stewart. GS is now ~28,000 students large, the 4th largest in GA.

Normally, this wouldn't be a topic for a sports board, but it could affect where some Olympic teams in the SBC play and travel to in the future.

Unlike other state mergers like KSU/Southern Poly and GAST/Ga Perimeter which were right down the street from each other, Georgia Southern's campuses are a little less than an hour apart, but the Savannah Campus is not a branch at all. For now, all classes will be taught on both campuses and all students will be full-fledged, athletic-fee-paying students. Transportation will be provided to Savannah students to and from all home football games in Statesboro.

Georgia Southern is also moving the offices of some of its colleges to the Savannah Campus, namely GS's two most prestigious ones: School of Nursing and College of Education. This could mean that in the future, specific upper level classes might only be taught on one campus and students who would have attended class in Statesboro might now be moving to Savannah. That would spell doom for the City of Statesboro. In any rate, Georgia Southern will look and feel radically different in 5-10 years.

The expansion of the Savannah campus has already begun with a new Healthcare Professions College on the way and new dorms and auxiliary buildings having been finished recently.

Georgia Southern's Savannah Campus:

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For the future of Georgia Southern Sports:

All sports will continue to be played in Statesboro. However, since Savannah students pay athletic fees, different ideas have been tossed around to include the Savannah campus in sporting decisions and opportunities. Georgia Southern will most likely host volleyball, tennis, or even baseball/softball tournaments in Savannah going forward. Armstrong built a brand new 2M dollar tennis complex right before the consolidation was announced and has adequate facilities for things like volleyball and softball.

The City of Savannah is also building a 200M dollar basketball arena to replace the current dinosaur of a Civic Center. The arena will be 9,000-10,000 seats and will be located in the Canal District of downtown. With no other major sports in the city needing a facility like that, I think they are assuming that GS will play some games there or use it for tournaments. This would significantly help Georgia Southern with scheduling out of conference basketball games. Read more on the new arena here: http://www.savannahga.gov/arena

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RE: The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
So basically... Georgia Southern is slowly moving its campus from Statesboro to Savannah.
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They’re gonna need a pipeline to get that swamp water to Savannah.
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(01-03-2018 10:35 AM)CardinalBlackTrojan Wrote:  So basically... Georgia Southern is slowly moving its campus from Statesboro to Savannah.

No. The Armstrong campus was built for their enrollment of just over 6,000, largely commuter, students.

Georgia Southern has a campus of more than 21,000 traditional college students. Our campus will always be located in Statesboro.

Savannah has a large population but is growing toward Statesboro as the area of Pooler (where Savannah's airport is located) continues to expand. We certainly will want to take advantage of hosting basketball tournaments there but the "flagship" campus is never moving from Statesboro, in fact it's expanding as we speak with several new construction projects.
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will definitely be interesting to see how all this plays out over the next 10 years or so.
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RE: The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
A bit of hyperbole with OP's post.

"The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah"

"That would spell doom for the City of Statesboro. In any rate, Georgia Southern will look and feel radically different in 5-10 years."

I will say that for the College of Nursing and College of Education, it is not a bad idea to be closer to a population center considering students already have to travel on location for school and hospitals for field work.

Back when we had GTREP students would drive to Savannah for those classes, so this is not a new thing. Several fraternity brothers would spend a few days a week in Savannah.
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RE: The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
Move the main campus to Savannah. It could be like College of Charleston with average football.

Will you see in impact on football attendance considering a 35% increase in total enrollment?
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The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
There goes the neighborhood...
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(01-03-2018 10:59 AM)southcharlotteapp Wrote:  Will you see in impact on football attendance considering a 35% increase in total enrollment?

Ehhh.. not really.
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(01-03-2018 10:55 AM)TheEagleWay Wrote:  A bit of hyperbole with OP's post.

"The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah"

"That would spell doom for the City of Statesboro. In any rate, Georgia Southern will look and feel radically different in 5-10 years."

I will say that for the College of Nursing and College of Education, it is not a bad idea to be closer to a population center considering students already have to travel on location for school and hospitals for field work.

Back when we had GTREP students would drive to Savannah for those classes, so this is not a new thing. Several fraternity brothers would spend a few days a week in Savannah.

Driving to Savannah after all nighters in the engineering lab was a *****.
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RE: The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
(01-03-2018 10:55 AM)TheEagleWay Wrote:  A bit of hyperbole with OP's post.

"The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah"

"That would spell doom for the City of Statesboro. In any rate, Georgia Southern will look and feel radically different in 5-10 years."

I will say that for the College of Nursing and College of Education, it is not a bad idea to be closer to a population center considering students already have to travel on location for school and hospitals for field work.

Back when we had GTREP students would drive to Savannah for those classes, so this is not a new thing. Several fraternity brothers would spend a few days a week in Savannah.

I know that the Flagship campus will always be Statesboro but I think the rate of growth of the Statesboro Campus will definitely slow as more opportunities become available in Savannah. Statesboro is also trying to grow and add industry and infrastructure to the downtown area and that could be put in jeopardy if Georgia Southern sees a decrease in attendance in Statesboro.
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(01-03-2018 11:02 AM)TheEagleWay Wrote:  
(01-03-2018 10:59 AM)southcharlotteapp Wrote:  Will you see in impact on football attendance considering a 35% increase in total enrollment?

Ehhh.. not really.

Just imagine if you could lure even just 1/3 of these new students to games.

I'm sure y'all excited about this move and it appears to be a new trend. NC has discussed merging a number of universities. While it does consolidate and stabilize, are there any fears that it will give the perception of GS being a commuter school?
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(01-03-2018 10:59 AM)southcharlotteapp Wrote:  Move the main campus to Savannah. It could be like College of Charleston with average football.

Will you see in impact on football attendance considering a 35% increase in total enrollment?

Not significantly. Transportation is provided for Savannah Students to attend all the home games and they did actually fill those busses up this past season but we’re talking maybe 150 students max.
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(01-03-2018 11:11 AM)southcharlotteapp Wrote:  
(01-03-2018 11:02 AM)TheEagleWay Wrote:  
(01-03-2018 10:59 AM)southcharlotteapp Wrote:  Will you see in impact on football attendance considering a 35% increase in total enrollment?

Ehhh.. not really.

Just imagine if you could lure even just 1/3 of these new students to games.

I'm sure y'all excited about this move and it appears to be a new trend. NC has discussed merging a number of universities. While it does consolidate and stabilize, are there any fears that it will give the perception of GS being a commuter school?

I don’t believe so. I actually think this move was made to decrease the need for commuting between the two schools. We had a lot of joint programs already and a lot of Georgia Southern students already commute from Savannah daily. Armstrong has brand new dorms on their campus now too and students from Florida, SC, and Tennessee have been granted in state tuition if they live on the Savannah campus. Georgia Southern will continue to be a traditional university.
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Since when is the area where Armstrong is located called “lower downtown”?
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The Future of Georgia Southern is in Savannah
We're still 5th in enrollment in the state. GT now has over 28k.

I don't see this as big of a wholesale change as you seem to. Also, Savannah, while lovely, is a tiny city.
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(01-03-2018 11:16 AM)rokamortis Wrote:  Since when is the area where Armstrong is located called “lower downtown”?

It’s not in the historic district or anything but that area of Abercorn is still considered downtown.
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(01-03-2018 11:22 AM)TrueBlueDrew Wrote:  
(01-03-2018 11:16 AM)rokamortis Wrote:  Since when is the area where Armstrong is located called “lower downtown”?

It’s not in the historic district or anything but that area of Abercorn is still considered downtown.

No it isn’t. It isn’t even midtown. Armstrong is located in what is referred to as southside Savannah.
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not sure where Armstrong is but the Savannah Historic District is a pretty cool college scene. I saw SCAD students out and about everywhere
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(01-03-2018 10:35 AM)CardinalBlackTrojan Wrote:  So basically... Georgia Southern is slowly moving its campus from Statesboro to Savannah.

Will never happen...for a million reasons...OP was way over the top.
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