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Learn About Georgia Tech Admission Guidelines

Miguel Marfori

Know Georgia Tech admission guidelines & procedure

Are you a tech-savvy person? Do you have your interests linked to business? Got the artsy flair in you? Do the sciences pique your curiosity? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then you’ll be right at home with Georgia Tech. This college, which is fully known as the Georgia Institute of Technology, is one of the world's elite colleges that makes the urban environment an advantage. While most colleges are far and away from the city to let the students go through a different journey, Georgia Tech embraces the urban world in such a way that you'll feel like being in the town is just a part of being a student. Yes, it merges the best of both worlds. Then add its reputation for being one of the top-ranked colleges that offer a robust education for the fields of business, sciences and arts along with the other cool stuff this institute provides for having fun such as sports events and concerts, and you got yourself a place that lets you enjoy the wonders of life and studies in one package.

So what will it take for you to get into this beautiful college? With the guide we got for you below, you'll find your way into a college that'll make you feel the city is just one big part of it. Ready? Read on and find out!  

1. Take note of Georgia Tech’s admissions overview and process

Similar to Cornell, Georgia Tech doesn't say much about what they're looking for in a student. You can head here and see that Georgia Tech says that, “In our comprehensive, holistic admission process, we consider your academic background as well as your pursuits and interests outside the classroom. We look for students who enjoy being challenged and who are committed to furthering the institute's mission of "improving the human condition."" It's not much, but they say it quite naturally without having to baffle any prospective students. But there's more than meets than the eye, and when you look deeper, you'll see there are factors they won't say that you must have:

  • Character

For this factor, Georgia Tech wants to know who you are as a person. They want to see if you're an excellent fit for them. In a way, it's your chance to show them you got the drive and motivation to be part of their institute.

  • Academic Performance

But character is nothing if you don’t have the grades to show, and that’s why your academic performance matters as well. It’s not that difficult to get this factor running: You can simply show Georgia Tech you do your homework and go above and beyond to get to the scores that will prove you’re not the typical student who just sits around and gets satisfied with just an “okay”.

  • Extracurricular Activities

This factor is where Georgia Tech will see that you're also spending time outside of your studies. You can show them this factor by going for activities that let you develop your skills, such as being a mentor to someone or participating in events where you can demonstrate your strengths.

  • Contribution to Community

As part of their holistic review process, this factor is something Georgia Tech considers essential because it's where they want to see a student who has the attitude and integrity to give to the community with conviction. You can get this one by being a strong presence in your communities. 

When you’ve taken note of these factors and confidently declare you have them all, then you’re ready for the next step. 

2. Have an idea on the myths about applying for Georgia Tech and how the institute responded

At this point, you're thinking, "Wow, so those are just the ways of being considered by Georgia Tech? Then it'll be easy!" Before you go exciting and celebrating like you discovered the lost city of Atlantis, you'll need to sit down carefully for this next part because underneath the goody vibes of Georgia Tech's admissions are some myths about applying for them which were noticed when the AJC ran a story about eight myths circulating the difficulty of getting accepted into Georgia Tech. When the author sent inquiries about them to Georgia Tech, Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admissions, and Mary Tipton Woolley, senior associate director, responded. You can check the article for more details. Still, one myth listed there was "Tech says it superscores SAT and ACT, but don't admissions counselors look at all the scores?” and Rick and Mary responded by saying, “Within the SAT or ACT, we look at the highest section score from any test date. This means the highest section scores we consider may come from multiple test dates. Our process is geared toward granting students the best possible opportunity to showcase their highest scores from either test and across any testing date.”

Whichever way it goes, Georgia Tech's higher-ups have dismissed the myths, but it can already tell you: It's still challenging to get accepted into this great college. The mere fact the myths are going out and about shows that the applicants trying to go in just find it so hard. Then add to that the factors Georgia Tech is looking for, so it's going to be one heck of a hill to climb.

3. Develop the spike within yourself

Though the factors you've learned earlier seem to be easy to grasp and harness for your application, the myths aren't things you can just dismiss because they impose the reality of how applicants really find it hard to get noticed and accepted. So how can you indeed be the one that Georgia Tech is looking for? You'll need to develop the spike that comes from within.

So what is the spike anyway? As PrepScholar defines it here: “A spike is what sets you apart from all other applicants. It goes against the spirit of simply being well rounded. By nature of being unique, you don't fit in with all of the other well-rounded applicants; you do something that truly stands out in a meaningful way. This spike requires consistent effort, focus, discipline, and passion for growing. Ideally, this spike is what makes you world-class and makes colleges think you're going to accomplish great things in your lifetime.” Another way to put it: You need to be a world-class person that’ll have everyone noticing you all the time. 

But developing the spike is a challenge to do because it's the matter of genuinely entering the excellent status of something and developing your skills in one area that'll make everyone look like average Joes. Need something to wrap your head around more? Think of Michael Phelps. You just mention his name, and you already remember his finesse with swimming. Sure, he can't do other sports, but his reputation around the world shows he did so well with his area that he is world-famous. But he didn't get to where he is now with a mere thought: He took a lot of work and determination.

So when you're going to develop the spike, make sure to pick one area you're confident you can excel. You'll also need to dedicate a lot of time and schedule for it. You can think of it as a morning ritual that will help you grow more and more. Do this, and you'll get the spike you've already had within you.  

4. Maintain excellence in other areas

As you're slowly developing the spike, it pays to maintain excellence in other areas of interest. As you've no doubt remembered, Georgia Tech appreciates an applicant who's got a diverse experience with extracurricular activities and contributing to the community. To get started, take note of the areas that you're really good at and leave out the rest. From there, you can begin scheduling time to maintain your greatness in them. For example, if you have ten areas of interest and only 3 or 4 of them are the things Georgia Tech likes, you can prioritize them and make weekly plans on maintaining your skills with them. You can also set goals on how you can grow in your prioritized areas.

5. Select the course from Georgia Tech that you want

Once you’ve got an idea of the reality of Georgia Tech’s admissions and done your internal homework, then you’re ready to pick the course you’re interested in. Georgia Tech’s course offerings are quite exquisite and will definitely get you all pumped. You’ll also see that the course you’re applying for will be under one of the six colleges under Georgia Tech. You can check this section out for more details.

6. Know the requirements Georgia Tech’s admissions require

When you've picked your course, your next move is being familiar with the specifications you'll need. They've got a summary of it listed here, but we've listed a peek at the stuff below:

  • Completed form via Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $75 application fee or fee waiver request
  • SAT or ACT results
  • Official transcript records
  • Letters of recommendation from one teacher (optional)
  • Counselor’s report and letter of recommendation (optional) 

You’ll also be doing supplemental essays when you’re submitting requirements, so make sure to be prepped up for them. (Don’t worry, we’ll give you some tips and tricks for that later).

7. Check out the scores Georgia Tech will look with interest

As part of the requirements, ACT and SAT test results are vital to your success in getting admission. Sure, Georgia Tech can say they're not putting some minimum score you need, but it'll get you somewhere most students can't even get through. But how vital are the results anyway? Check out the data laid out below courtesy of Magoosh:

Georgia Tech SAT and ACT Scores

As shown above, your ACT score has to be above 34 while your SAT score has to be above 1490. It's because of these scores that Georgia Tech will consider you significantly above everybody else.  

8. Score substantially on the tests

Now that you’re aware of the scores you need to get on the SAT and ACT tests for Georgia Tech to consider you more carefully, it’ll have you ask yourself: How will I be able to get scores as high as those? It’s possible by acing the tests above everyone else. It'll be a tough road ahead for you, and it’s going to have you spend some extra hours outside of your fun time to make sure you get everything right. so here are some tips to remember:

  • Practice the tests 

Be on part with the tests with the practice runs where you'll take on a test like you're really taking them similar to how athletes go into practice games that demonstrate the feel and pressure. Also, going on test runs will condition you to be more adaptive and perceptive on how things work with the SAT and ACT tests.

  • Prepare with the apps

Many years ago, prepping up for the tests was a hassle. You needed to carry books, make space for the requirements, and do all other things that just brought chaos upon your life. But now? You can finally prep yourself up quickly with the app versions which will give you a chance to apply what you've learned from your test runs and see if you're truly ready for the battle ahead.

  • Expand your knowledge

As you're slowly practicing for the tests, it pays to expand your knowledge. You can't be stuck on thinking SAT and ACT all the time, so why not give yourself a chance to improve your intellect? Read some greatly-challenging novels, tackle activities that'll let you contribute to a community, take on the part of the hobby that'll evoke growth… Give your brain an excellent little workout.

  • Attend a class

If you're going to aim for the acing of tests, you need to learn from the best. That's why to give yourself time to attend a class. You'll learn not only with fellow applicants who want to ace the tests like you but also be taught by the ones who tackled the trials and finished them with flying colors.

9. Know more about Georgia Tech’s acceptance rates

Compared to other elite colleges, Georgia Tech's acceptance rate is quite high. You can even say a lot of students were eager to get in. And how high were they? Here's some data to give you a good idea of them all:

Georgia Tech Acceptance Rates

As the data shows, above, acceptance rates from 2012 were at 54.5%! So that's more than half the students that applied. As, as the years went by, the acceptance rate went down to 20% for 2020.  

Still, these rates are high, but before you go thinking your chances have risen, don't be complacent. You even got other competitors who'll likely take advantage of the current rates and do their best to get in.

10. Rev up your application to the max

Now that you know what the acceptance rates are, have the requirements you need, and the other stuff that Stanford accepts without saying it exuberantly to the public, you're ready to get your application into becoming an exceptional one. With many who apply and a few get in, you have to truly show Stanford you're the one they need to pick. So what are the things to do when you want to make a big difference? Here are the things you'll need to get going with:

  • Do significantly with the essays

As you've learned earlier, you'll be doing essays when you're applying for Georgia Tech. They're the kind that will ask you why you chose your course and how Georgia Tech will prep you up for the future. When answering the essay, you can use your character while also giving a glimpse of your vision and other things that'll get them thinking, "This applicant has what we need!". 

  • Craft a great personal story with achievements 

Speaking of the essay, you can also craft your story in a way that'll make Georgia Tech see you under a whole new light. You can't just give them the vision: You need to tell them a story of yourself. Yes, you'll need to tailor it up with achievements you've done. But it'll also get them thinking of the high potential you can bring to their college.

  • Get to know Georgia Tech personally

While you’re at it, have some time to know Georgia Tech on a personal level. How? Visit them! Georgia Tech details it more here, but the gist of it here is they'll gladly give prospective students a chance to see what they're getting into when they apply with them. They provide tips on where to park, how to plan a visit and more. They even have virtual tour visits as well, so if you're not in the mood to move around, let VR make you feel like you're there.

  • Follow the admission tips from Georgia Tech themselves

Most colleges don’t do much in encouraging students to apply. They’ll just give you the requirements listed and just leave it as it is. But Georgia Tech does it differently by actually giving applicants tips here. Yes, they're going out of their way to let students the best ways to apply with them. Cool eh?

  • Consult with the experts

When you’re just about ready to submit your application, make sure to consult the experts first. You can get a second opinion, let them see what stuff you missed, and learn more about the ways in polishing up your application.

11. Know more about the way Georgia Tech admissions processes applications

Georgia Tech sure loves to explain things their way. Besides having tips for admissions and visits, they already give out a reasonable explanation for how they review applications. Georgia Tech's process is called a holistic review. It is composed of several factors that have many elements all put together to give them a system that'll guide them as they go through thousands of applications and choose the ones worthy of their institute. It can be a little daunting to think that Georgia Tech does this kind of process just to see who can be accepted. Thankfully, Rick Clark made it easier to understand what the holistic review was all about on his post here. He even breaks down the elements of what makes a comprehensive review and gives prospective an ease of mind. He even admits that “ The admission “process” is not just for students. Colleges also have an entire process, including one for review of all elements of an application. In most admission offices, there are initial guidelines for discipline/behavior/criminal review. Most of the questions relate to severity, timing, the school’s action, and the implications that incident had on other students. If the situation warrants additional review, staff members escalate it to an Associate Director, Dean, Director, or an official review committee. At this point, 99% of cases are cleared without further action. However, if the case requires another layer of review, schools will involve partners from around the university for insight and areas of expertise, e.g. Dean of Students, General Counsel, and perhaps Chief of Police or other security representatives.”

So in short: You can rest easy and know that Georgia Tech grows and evolves as they continue with their system. 

12. Get everything submitted, hope everything goes well and wait for the response

After you go through the process of getting everything ready and submitted, all you can do is hope everything goes well and you'll just have to wait for the response. Of course, you can't expect you'll get it all right away. You just got to have faith that Georgia Tech will consider you so be patient and see where it goes.  

Not Accepted? 

After the time has passed, you finally get the results and then see that you weren't accepted after all. "Oh, man! But I worked so hard… why didn't they give me a chance?" So should all hope be lost for you? Not necessarily because there are two alternative options you can try. They’re not the usual options but if your spirit still lives on for getting into Georgia Tech, give them a shot.  

Alternative Option A: Apply for a different college and transfer to Georgia later

You can always apply for a different college and then transfer to Georgia Tech later. So the strategy here is when you’re in the other college, get some experience in and then midway, you can go for it and apply again for Georgia Tech as a transfer applicant and re-do all the things we’ve discussed here to get your groove back. They even have details for how you can transfer here.

You'll be quite pleased that the transfer acceptance rate they had last year was 29.3% according to Campus Reel. Now you can’t be complacent in thinking that you’ll get in right away since Georgia Tech already had a good look at you before. But do some great things while you’re in the different college and it may just give Georgia Tech another chance to see they may have made a mistake rejecting you. 

Alternative Option B: Apply again after going through a gap year

Another way to get yourself into Georgia Tech is applying again after you've gone through a gap year, a year-long break before or after college to pursue other activities for further development in education and other parts of life. It's also the chance for you to take a nice long break from your time with school and pursue things that can expand your mind and body. Here are some benefits…  

The benefits of a gap year

But you have to know that going for this option is riskier than transferring because it'll likely give Georgia Tech an impression you aren't the person they expect to be when you're not going to another school or doing something useful. But on the other hand, this can be a way to develop your way of contributing to communities. Plus, you can rev up your spike and excellence with your areas of interests, so by the time you apply again, they're going to see the gap year made you better than ever.


Georgia Tech is quite the college to apply for. With its adaptiveness to the urban world and tailoring many elements that blend the life of a student with greatness, it’s no wonder many want to apply here. While their acceptance rates are quite higher than most elite colleges, they still got a process that shows that only 20% of the students that applied get in while the 80% are told they’re not accepted. So, do you want to be the 20% of students taken? Then get yourself some spark, boost yourself up, and know that with the guide we got here, you’ll be able to get an admission and enjoy the perks and benefits Georgia Tech has to offer. 



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