Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology is a large, public research university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Georgia Institute of Technology the School for You?

Georgia Institute of Technology's doors officially opened in 1885, and it has since grown from a trade school to a major technological university. Often called Georgia Tech for short, this school has a 400-acre urban campus and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Degree programs are available in a vast array of fields, including mathematics, computing, engineering, science and liberal arts. Weigh the facts below to determine if Georgia Tech is the school for you.

Pros

  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 36th best national university and the seventh best public school
  • Has a diverse student body
  • Endowment grew by 16.6% between 2010 and 2011, as reported by the National Association of College and University Business Officers

Cons

  • Acceptance rate of 51.2% is lower than the national average of 65.5%
  • Student-faculty ratio is 17:1, which is slightly higher than the average of 16:1
  • 4-year graduation rate for students beginning their degree programs in 2005 was 31%, which was lower than the national average of 40%

Rankings & School Analysis

Georgia Tech has been consistently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten public universities in the U.S. and holds the number 36 spot for national universities. The school also boasts numerous top ten undergraduate and graduate programs, mostly in math, science and engineering areas of study. It's also been favorably ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Schools at Georgia Institute of Technology include the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, the Scheller College of Business and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Among undergraduate students, engineering, business, computer information sciences and biological sciences programs are popular.

Getting In & Financial Aid

Incoming freshmen must complete an application form, which includes submitting SAT or ACT scores, a list of extracurricular activities and a personal essay. Applicants do not send official transcripts of their high school performance until after acceptance. Instead, they fill in a self-reporting record of their high school academic achievement (part of the application) for a preliminary review. There is an application fee.

If you're seeking early admission, you must submit your application by Oct 15, and January 15 is the deadline for regular admission. To be considered for the President's Scholarship, which is awarded to 50 first-year students, a student in the top 2% of his or her high school class must apply to the school by the early application deadline. There is no separate application for the President's Scholarship.

Georgia Tech offers students financial aid options that include loans, grants, scholarships and work programs (federal work-study, co-ops and internships). Georgia Tech participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program, which streamlines the loan process. The school's financial aid website provides information about the financial application process, along with other relevant information, including eligibility and financial aid disbursement processes.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) January 15****
Admission Notification Date (2013) March 9****
Application Fee (2012-2013) $65*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 51.2%***
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $10, 584 (in-state), $26,860 (out-of-state)*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 15%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $26,412****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 2%*

Life at Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech's career services department strives to provide support for students and employers, as well as faculty and staff. The department offers services that help students select courses and experiential opportunities. The department aids students in their job search or selection of graduate programs through career counseling, career fairs and internship information sessions.

As a student at Georgia Tech, you can stay on-campus in a residence hall, suite or apartment or live at a sorority or fraternity. On-campus dining options include vegetarian, Indian, Mexican and Chinese, as well as a number of well-known fast-food eateries.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting City*
Student Population (2011) 13,948 undergraduate students, 6,993 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 68% to 32%*
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 91% of undergraduates, 79% of graduate students*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2010) 63%*
% of International Students (Fall 2010) 8%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 95% for full-time students, 83% for part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 56%***
Extracurricular Activities Over 500 student clubs and organizations***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Georgia Institute of Technology, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 225 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
  • Phone: (404) 894-2000