Students Say

The Georgia Institute of Technology—Georgia Tech for short—“challenges its students academically while providing a culturally diverse environment, all culminating in preparation for life after college.” Students warn that the school “is extremely challenging, academically. If you don’t like learning it’s probably not for you.”

Overview

Applicants
25,884
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average HS GPA
3.95

GPA Breakdown

83%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
630 - 720
SAT Math
680 - 770
ACT Composite
30 - 33

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Overall

Students Say

The Georgia Institute of Technology—Georgia Tech for short—“challenges its students academically while providing a culturally diverse environment, all culminating in preparation for life after college.” Students warn that the school “is extremely challenging, academically. If you don’t like learning it’s probably not for you.” They also point out that “since Georgia Tech is a research school, most professors are more concerned about their own research than the quality of their teaching. You’re basically teaching yourself the entire subject in order to prepare for an almost impossible exam,” although students also add that “while many of the professors at Georgia Tech are focused on their research, there are teachers who truly care about their students and the learning process.” As one student advises, “a lot of classes seem to be more about getting the right professor: Some are bad teachers, some are inaccessible, but some are so good that their classes fill up seconds after registration opens.” And while “classes are challenging,” they’re also “interesting” so all of that hard work is “not too bad. If you’re organized and get help when you need it, you’ll be okay, because we have tons of free tutoring on campus…If you need help with anything, there are countless different places that offer tutoring. The best resource is usually fellow students. Because everyone knows how tough of a school it is, there is a spirit of camaraderie here that you don’t find anywhere else.” Students also appreciate that Tech “is one of the only schools in the country that offers the BS distinction for liberal arts majors because we [get] such a rigorous grounding in math and science.” Finally, students note that “career services are outstanding.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.07:1
Total Faculty
1,160
with Terminal Degree
929

859
Men
304
Minority
301
Women
17
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


"Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Sandra Magnus
Astronaut who flew on Atlantis and final Space Shuttle Mission in 2011

Philip M. Breedlove
Commander, U.S. European Command and 36th Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air For

Wayne Clough
12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

President Jimmy E. Carter, Jr.
39th President of the United States

Valerie Montgomery Rice
Dean and Executive Vice President, Morehouse School of Medicine

David Perdue
U.S. Senator

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
80
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,168

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,522

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,446

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,891

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,734

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,002
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,306
Required Fees
$2,392
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“The greatest strength of Georgia Tech is its diversity,” undergrads report. “Students, activities, opportunities, teachers—all are diverse.” One observes that the school hosts “the full range of stereotypes, from the fraternity boys with their croackies and boat shoes to the socially challenged nerds who stay in their rooms 24/7 programming computers. But no matter what, you know everyone is highly intelligent. Many times it is the students who have the best grades who are the drunkest.” One student explains, “Unlike at high school, no one looks down upon you if you know the entire periodic table, if you can do differential equations, or you can speak three languages; rather, you are respected.” One sore spot: Men outnumber women here by greater than a two to one ratio. The situation is most pronounced in engineering (three to one) and computer (more than four to one) disciplines. Women actually outnumber men in the liberal arts and science colleges.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,682
Out of State
31%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
95

Demographics

21.68%
Asian
7.14%
African-American
7.14%
Hispanic
58.65%
Caucasian
1.21%
Unknown
12.12%
International

34% female
66% male
31% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

One Georgia Tech engineer sums up the typical student itinerary this way: “Study, study, drink. Repeat.” As another student puts it, “there is a saying here that between good grades, a social life, and sleep, you can only have two.” That’s why “basically people bust their [butts] during the week, and when the weekends arrive they’re prepared to let loose a bit.” Fortunately, “Georgia Tech has a little something for everyone. Salsa club on weekends, musical groups, intra-mural sports—even a skydiving club!” Other options include “a ‘good enough’ NCAA Division I sports program, a good social scene,” a welcoming Greek community, “and for everyone else, there’s the city of Atlanta right at your doorstep. You’re just a short ride away from movies, shopping, the Fox Theatre, the High Museum of Art, Piedmont Park, and one of the best club and bar scenes in the South,” centered mainly in the neighborhoods of Buckhead and Midtown. For those without cars in this driving city, transportation comes in the form of “a ‘Tech Trolley’ that takes a route around midtown, and a ‘Stinger Shuttle’ that goes to the MARTA [Atlanta’s subway] station, giving students access to the airport, downtown (although that is walkable), and Lenox Square Mall.” With more than “300 organizations already on campus,” students seeking leadership experience can most likely find it, and they can find other students with like-minded interests.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
54%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
529
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
41

23% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Yellow Jackets)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Yellow Jackets)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.pride.gatech.edu

Minority Support Groups: Office of Minority Educational Development (http://www.omed.gatech.edu/)

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Besides having one of the world’s largest grid-attached rooftop photovoltaic solar systems, the GreenBuzz portal highlights what Georgia Tech students, staff, and faculty can do to create a more environmentally friendly campus. Tech has the largest university residence hall in the world to achieve LEED Gold under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system. Home to 2,000 students, it is a renovated Olympic Village. Tech's 1,400,000 gallon cistern collects rain and condensation water for flushing and irrigation and is the largest system on a U.S. campus. This massive cistern is integral to the Undergraduate Commons, a sustainability showcase and new freshman science building with green labs, garden roof, dashboard, solar photovaltaics, solar thermal, a chilled beam pilot, etc. The Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory building, completed in 2012, houses energy researchers. With twenty-one endowed chairs and thirty research centers focusing on sustainability, Georgia Tech is home to the Strategic Energy Institute, which focuses on alternative energy and energy efficiency, the Institute for Sustainable Systems, the Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Center, and more. Georgia Tech, a President's Climate Commitment signatory, continues to encourage investing in energy and water efficiency by being a Found Circle partner for the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge” and participating in the “Atlanta Better Building Challenge. The school offers more than 350 courses with a sustainability focus with the goal that every student take at least one sustainability focused course by graduation. In the school’s own words, it wants students to experience sustainability so that they can “take it with them throughout their careers and live it every day.”

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
41%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
26

Average Number of PC's per Lab
29

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Merideth Ray
Sr. Assistant Director, UG Admission

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
225 North Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30332-0320

Phone
404-894-4154

Email
admission@gatech.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Tech Square - Bookstore/Hotel/College of
Olympic Aquatic Center/Campus Recreation
The Hill/Tech Tower
Student Center Commons and the Library
Ferst Center for the Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola Museum
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10:45am-12:15pm and 1:45pm-3:15pm, except holidays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F(except Holidays) 10 am, 1pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Faculty Directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
High-achieving prospective freshman

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is approximately 11 miles from campus. To get to campus, take MARTA (public transit) rail line from the airport baggage claim to the North Ave. station (about a 20-minute ride). Walk 3 blocks west to campus, or transfer to a bus on Route 13. Fare is $2.00 each way, and exact change is required (change machines are available at MARTA stations). At the intersection of North Ave. and Fowler St. (just west of the football stadium), ascend the stairs under the archway, and make an immediate right. Follow the path to the Student Success Center (which appears to be attached to the west stands of the football stadium). Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses also offer service to Atlanta.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take Exit #249D (North Avenue). At the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto North Avenue. Cross Techwood Drive (the first light) and continue on North Avenue to Cherry Street and make a right. Make a left onto Ferst Drive. Follow Ferst to Visitor Parking Area 3, the first right after the Student Center Parking Deck Area 2. Though there are closer parking areas and metered parking on the streets, the Visitor Parking Area 3 is the most economical parking area. If "Lot Full" sign is posted, please try the Student Center Deck Area 2. Take Exit #249D (Spring Street, West Peachtree Street). At the top of the exit ramp, go through the first intersection (Spring Street). At the next intersection (West Peachtree), turn left. Continue on West Peachtree for approximately one block and turn left onto North Avenue. Cross over the interstate and Techwood Drive. Continue on North Avenue approximately two blocks to Cherry Street. Turn right onto Cherry Street. Go to the stop sign and turn left onto Ferst Drive. Go down Ferst Drive past the Student Center parking lot on the right. Park in V-03 just past the Student Center Visitor Lot (on your right), or return to the Student Center lot if V-03 is full. Though there are closer parking areas and metered parking on the streets, the Visitor Parking Area 3 is the most economical parking area. If "Lot Full" sign is posted, please try the Student Center Deck Area 2.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard Inn by Marriott - 1132 Techwood Drive. 404-607-1112 - Reservations 800-321-2211 Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center - 800 Spring Street NW. 404-347-9440 Reservations 800-706-2899 Hampton Inn - Ga Tech - 244 North Avenue. 404-881-0881
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Key Stats

25,884
Applicants
14,682
Size
33%
Acceptance Rate
1400
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists