ATLANTA -- It has more than 30,000 students and more than 200 degree programs. Yet Georgia State University rarely tries to sell itself as an elite school.
With its concrete campus in downtown Atlanta, and its rather broadminded standards of admission, GSU's reputation has been that of a commuter school that sometimes battles an inferiority complex.
"In Georgia you have two extremes," said Eugene Kokesnik, a GSU grad. "The sexy, being UGA. The academic, Georgia Tech. And Georgia State's like -- neither."
That is exactly the point of a piece on a web site called BuzzFeed. It has compiled what it calls the sexiest, smartest colleges in America. Its chart puts Georgia State squarely among the least academic / least sexy schools.
"We're not sexy? That's shocking, I guess," mused Reina Pinto, a GSU sophomore.
Earlier this year, another site pegged Georgia State as the nation's top college for women seeking "sugar daddies" -- that is, men to fund their educations. Students at GSU have grown somewhat accustomed to that kind of abuse, and a more than a little defensive about their school.
"From the classes I've taken, the people I've met, I feel our reputation is better than what we're portrayed as," said Alex Osiadacz, who is news director at GSTV, the campus TV channel.
"I'll say, come to Georgia State University and see what it has to offer on the inside," said Shawn Simmons, a junior who also guides tours for potential students.
"Its sexy on the inside," he laughed.