The Freshman Institute

The Freshman Institute (FI) is a male initiative that is a part of the Student Support Services (SSS) Programs at Georgia State University. This exclusive program, offered to a select number of individuals, provides specialized support services that address common issues surrounding the freshman experience. The program fosters an environment of community and a sense of brotherhood. Through this experience, participants are able to transition successfully into the collegiate atmosphere and are provided the necessary tools and support to assist with their retention and graduation.

You are eligible if:
Participants must demonstrate academic need, be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, and you meet at least one of the following:

  • Are a first generation college student and/or
  • Demonstrate financial need (or low income status), and/or
  • Have a documented disability, including LD and/or ADD with documentation on file in the Office of Disability Services

How to Apply:
Please call: 404-413-1680

Physical Office
Georgia State University
Student Support Services
30 Gilmer Street
145 Sparks Hall
Atlanta, GA 30302-3996
Office: 404-413-1680
Fax: 404-413-1958

The Georgia Board of Regents has identified several barriers to male success in college, some of which include: inadequate and inappropriate academic advisement, lack of peer support, and lack of financial aid. The Freshman Institute is designed to address these barriers through specialized services which include:

  • Access to computer lab with free printing, copying, and scanning services
  • Individualized and group tutoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • Academic, career, financial, and/or personal advisement
  • Cultural events and activities
  • Field trips
  • Supplemental grant aid, provided all program requirements are met