College Highlight of the Week – Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the oldest polytechnical universities in the Unites States and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is “one of the nation’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.” www.gatech.edu. The campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city, with more than 20,000 students who will receive a focused and technologically based education.
Georgia Tech offers degrees in 35 undergraduate majors, 47 master’s programs and 30 doctoral programs as well as pre-professional tracks in law, dentistry, medicine, technology, pharmacy and veterinary. The University is consistently ranked in the U.S. News and World Reports top ten public universities in the United States. In those same reports, it is ranked Number 1 Industrial Engineering Program and Number 5 Undergraduate Engineering College in the country.
Incoming freshman at Georgia Tech have an average high school GPA of 3.8. Although they are diligent in their studies, they also have time and many opportunities to get involved around campus. The Ferst Center at Tech often has rock and classical concerts, as well as comedy acts, dramas and musicals. Students have a blast at the NCAA Division 1 sporting events.
They can also choose from 583 intramural teams each semester and join one or more of the 400 student organizations. If this is not enough, there is a 184 foot spiral water slide on campus and a 300,659 square foot recreation center that was ranked Number 1 by The Princeton Review in 2011.
Many students feel privileged to attend school in Atlanta because it is home to headquarters of 24 Fortune 1000 and a dozen Fortune 500 companies. Employees in the area are eager to hire GT graduates because they know the value students bring to the workforce. Georgia Tech graduates yearly median income starting salary for students with a Bachelor’s Degree is $61,000. Smart Money Magazine named it as the Number 1 Best Tuition investment in the U.S. for the 2nd year in a row.
Each year, around 17,678 people apply to the university. With an acceptance rate of 41 percent, the freshman class is only 2,700 students. Many factors are considered during the application process. The University looks at rigor of curriculum (an average of 6-11 AP classes is recommended), GPA, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, personal essays and school reports. The mid GPA is 3.85-4.11.
The application deadline is October 15th for Early Action and January 10th for Regular Decision. For more information about scheduling a visit, click here.
To visit the Admissions page, click here. Top 5 Majors: Engineering Business Computer and Information Sciences Biological and Biomedical Sciences Architecture
In-state tuition and fees are $10,098. (GT awards graduates with more than $105 million in need and merit based aid.)