Actress, Julia Roberts, poses for a selfie. Right: Ludacris in front of a jet in a GSU shirt.

Actress, Julia Roberts, poses for a selfie. Right: Ludacris in front of a jet in a GSU shirt.

Georgia State University in Atlanta is a public research college with seven campuses, and more than 51,000 students.

In fact, some alumni have gone on to make a big name for themselves in the entertainment industry. From television to music, and even major motion pictures, they hit the books before hitting the red carpet.

This list of notable alumni showcases seven celebrities you may not have realized attended GSU, and whether they graduated or not, these stars might have sat in some of the chairs in classrooms you learn in today!

Omar Dorsey

Omar Dorsey is an actor from Decatur, GA, most commonly known for his roles in Selma,The Blind Side, and Django Unchained. He graduated from GSU after attending the DeKalb Center for the Performing Arts at Avondale High School.

Melissa Ordway

Melissa Ordway is an actress from Atlanta, GA who plays Abby Newman on the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless. She has also modeled for big brands like Old Navy, David's Bridal, and Skechers. The actress was in the Delta Zeta sorority at GSU.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts is an iconic Academy Award-winning actress. She pursued a veterinary degree at Georgia State University, but she dropped out and moved to New York City to pursue acting. Some of her most popular movies include Eat, Pray, Love and Pretty Woman.

Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens is a Grammy Award-winning country artist and producer that has been featured in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He attended Georgia State University as a music major and was signed to Capitol Records at the age of 18.

Melissa Ponzio

Melissa Ponzio is an American actress best known for her roles in the hit television series The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf. She graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

William Duvall

William Duvall is currently one of the lead vocalists in the rock band Alice In Chains, in which he also plays rhythm guitar. He graduated from GSU with a degree in philosophy and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.


Ludacris is an American rapper, actor, and entrepreneur who spent a part of his childhood in Atlanta, GA. He has won a total of three Grammy awards. He attended Georgia State University in the 1990s but left to pursue a career in music after landing a recording contract. In May 2022 GSU awarded him an honorary degree as a Bachelor of Science in Music Management.

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