Introduction  |  Purpose

The Georgia State University campus today is dramatically different than that of a decade ago. In 1996, the university was experiencing increasing enrollment without the modern teaching and research space needed to serve students. The Main Street Master Plan was still in the final planning stages before its 1997 official introduction. Campus success stories such as the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts and the Student Center gave a glimpse of what the future would hold.

The Georgia State campus is now a lively community connected with the city and a place where students live, learn and work. *Increasing numbers of students come to campus from every county in Georgia, every state in the nation and 160 countries because they want to pursue their education at one of the nation’s leading urban research universities.

The Main Street Master Plan, a far reaching vision for a greatly expanded and vibrant campus that would address the growing needs of our students and faculty, has been put into place. Every concept envisioned in the 1997 Main Street Master Plan has been implemented or is in process. The Student Recreation Center, Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center, North Metro Center, University Lofts, Andrew Young School Of Policy Studies and the University Library Transformation are just a few highlights of what was accomplished in a decade..

Georgia State will continue with the themes of the Main Street Master Plan to serve an estimated 36,000 students in the next decade. With this plan, the university will continue to expand the campus as we grow to become the nation's leading urban research university.

Building on the momentum established by the 1997 Campus Master Plan, and in keeping with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents campus planning process, Georgia State University embarked on the creation of a 2005 Master Plan Update. This Master Plan Update is the result of a year long effort by a dedicated team of professionals guided by the vision of Dr. Carl V. Patton and his Steering Committee. The study incorporated input from deans, vice presidents, the provost, staff, faculty and student representatives. To ensure integration with the dynamic changes underway in the City of Atlanta, the process also included input from the Central Atlanta Progress staff. In developing this new plan, the University has set forth an exciting vision of a vibrant and growing urban research institution. The master plan focuses on creating a dynamic campus that fosters student life, leverages the strengths of an urban location and clearly articulates the needs of a growing student population.