Gianna Cifredo
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What Does It Take to Get into the Georgia Institute of Technology?

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The Georgia Institute of Technology accepts 23% of applicants. What does it take to get in?


With a main campus in Atlanta, Georgia and international satellite campuses in Metz, France and Shenzhen, China, Georgia Tech offers a great education that takes advantage of an urban setting. Atlanta itself is full of history, and there are plenty of things to do with concerts, sports, night life, and other cultural opportunities.


Not only that, but Georgia Tech offers an unparalleled education in education, business, and technology. Its engineering program is ranked #4 in the nation, and Georgia Tech is ranked #8 out of public universities and #35 for overall universities according to U.S. News and World Report.


With so much going for it, Georgia Tech is a popular choice for students, but with only 23% of applicants getting in, you’ll need to put your best effort into your application. Read on to find out CollegeVine’s top tips for helping students get into the college of their dreams.


Want to learn what Georgia Institute of Technology will actually cost you based on your income? And how long your application to the school should take? Here’s what every student considering Georgia Institute of Technology  needs to know.


Applying to the Georgia Institute of Technology: A Quick Review


Apply to Georgia Tech using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Georgia Tech doesn’t prefer one application over the other, although we generally recommend students use the Common App. That said, it’s important that you use the application you feel the most comfortable with, so be sure to check out our post Common App vs. Coalition App: Which to Use to find out what makes the most sense for your academic goals.


Students may apply by the October 15 Early Action deadline or the January 1 Regular decision deadline. If you’re unsure about whether you should apply early, check out our post Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Restricted Early Action.


To apply, be sure to send in all of the following:


  • A general university application via the Common App or Coalition App
  • Supplemental essays and short-responses
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • School report
  • High school transcripts
  • $75 application fee or fee waiver
  • Optional: one teacher recommendation and one counselor recommendation


For homeschooled students: If you attended an unaccredited homeschool, then Georgia Tech recommends that you provide additional information about your academic preparation. This could includes previous college coursework (such as dual enrollment), SAT subject tests, or AP or IB exam scores.


For international students: If English is your second language, instead of submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score, you may choose to have an unscripted interview through a third-party company that will allow you to demonstrate your English fluency.


Georgia Institute of Technology Acceptance Rate: How Difficult Is It to Get In?


Getting into Georgia Tech takes hard work—last year only 23% of applicants were admitted. Georgia Tech received 35,613 applications last year and admitted 8,190 students; They had a preference for Georgia residents, admitting 39% of in-state applicants versus 19% of out of state applicants. This makes Georgia Tech similarly selective to other top public schools such as the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


If you aspire to attend a school like Georgia Tech, it’s critical to surround yourself with people who have been through the process before. CollegeVine offers mentorship for underclassmen and applications counseling for seniors to help you set yourself apart from the crowd. Even if you don’t choose to work one-on-one with one of CollegeVine’s trained near-peer mentors, connecting with someone who has successfully gained admission to a school like Georgia Tech can make the difference between rejection and acceptance.

So, How Does One Get Into the Georgia Institute of Technology?


Admissions officers are interested in you as a person, not just your grades or your essay. Use your application to reflect your strengths in these areas.


Academics. Take challenging courses and aim to do well in them. Most of the admitted students had an A average and scored 1400-1520 on the SAT and 31-34  on the ACT.


Extracurriculars. The admissions officers at Georgia Tech want to see that you pursued your extracurriculars with passion and excellence. This might mean taking a leadership position at your school, starting a new organization or initiative, or being recognized for your talents through awards. If you use the Coalition App, it includes a section for you to list your home and family responsibilities, so you can still demonstrate your passion and dedication through unconventional extracurriculars.


Character. Many aspiring engineers apply to Georgia Tech with good reason. Georgia Tech is looking for authenticity and thoughtfulness in your essay, so go beyond telling Georgia Tech that they have a great engineering program. Take your time to craft essay and short-responses that work together and that demonstrate your motivation or drive.


Contributions to Community. This is explicitly listed on their website as one of the major factors in their admissions decision. Georgia Tech is aiming for a diverse class, so show them how your experiences and perspective will bring a vibrant presence to their school. They especially like to see commitment, self-motivation, personal responsibility, compassion for others, initiative, leadership, and entrepreneurism.   



How to Make Your Application Stand Out


Every application is different, but over the years we’ve seen these strategies give our clients applications that are three times more likely to gain favorable admissions results.


Include the counselor and teacher recommendation. Although they’re optional, these recommendations can give the admissions officers additional perspective on who you are and what you bring to their school. If you decide to do this, be sure to pick recommenders who know you well and can write a compelling letter for you. Talk to them about why you’ve chosen them as a recommender or how you want them to complement your essay.


Tell your story. Georgia Tech is looking for bright, motivated students who will make the most of their education, and they pride themselves on bringing a diverse group of students together. Whatever you don’t include in your application, they won’t know about, so make sure you highlight your strengths, your values, and your passion throughout your application.


Enhance the themes of your completed application. A seasoned admissions counselor will review your entire application in about nine minutes and evaluate it. If you want them to remember something positive about you, then you’ll need to mention it throughout your application, not just once.


Try this strategy—finish your application at least a week early and leave it alone for a few days. When you return to it, read the whole application in nine minutes. What stood out to you? What wasn’t clear or could be improved on? Then make those improvements.



What If You Get Rejected?


Georgia Tech receives applications from more qualified students than it can accept. While it may be discouraging to receive a rejection at the end of the process, know that bright, motivated, resourceful students will find success, or create it, anywhere they go.


Georgia Tech does offer admissions appeals, but we advise against this. If you pursue this route, you’ll need to provide significant new information or extenuating circumstances that show you are a stronger applicant than they initially thought, but reversed decisions are rare.


You may choose to transfer, but it’s still very competitive as the transfer admission rate is 36%. Many of the application requirements and deadlines are similar to applying as a freshman, and you’ll need to do well and be involved at your first college.


You can reapply after taking a gap year, but this path is riskier than simply committing to another school and requesting to take a gap year there. To see if a gap year is right for you, visit our posts, What Are the Pros of Taking a Gap Year? and What You Need To Know When Applying to Colleges After a Gap Year.


We think that the best solution is to take your talents and drive to another equally great college. Some other similar schools in the South include Tulane University, the University of Virginia, and Wake Forest University. For advice on adjusting to a different college path, check out our post Envisioning a New Future: Preparing for Life at Your Second-Choice (or Third, or Fourth) School.


Curious about your chances of acceptance to Georgia Tech? Our free chancing engine takes into account your GPA, test scores, extracurriculars, and other data to predict your odds of acceptance at over 500 colleges across the U.S. We’ll also let you know how you stack up against other applicants and how you can improve your profile. Sign up for your free CollegeVine account today to get started!


Georgia Tech Resources: How to Write the Georgia Tech Application Essays 2018-2019

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Gianna Cifredo

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Gianna Cifredo is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she majored in Philosophy. She has six years of higher education and test prep experience, and now works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida and is a proud cat mom.

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