About the College

Who We Are

For nearly 50 years, ever since it awarded its first “information science” degree to a female master’s student, Georgia Tech has driven the research agenda in computing, cultivating new generations of technological leaders. In 1990 the Institute became (and remains) just the second major university to house its computing program within a College of its own, and since then the College of Computing has led “GT Computing,” as we call it, to become the imaginative, innovative and diverse community it is today.

Computing drives nearly all scientific and entrepreneurial progress in the modern world. At Georgia Tech we hold this truth to be self-evident, and we’ve turned it into a philosophy: When smart people with creativity, drive and ambition learn to apply the power of computation, they become more than just smart—a lot more. This approach allows us to achieve real, global impact through aggressive action on three fronts:

  • Education, through our transformative Threads curriculum for undergraduates and our 14 master’s and Ph.D. programs
  • Research, through multiple research centers and initiatives, as well as the combined (and typically collaborative) efforts of faculty in schools devoted to Computer Science, Interactive Computing, and Computational Science & Engineering
  • Community, by continuing to expand the gtcomputing universe through K-12 engagement, student organization, alumni outreach and social media
School of Computer Science School of Interactive Computing School of Computing Science & Engineering

How We’re Doing

Like every university, we’ve got numbers that back us up. We can say that computer science is Georgia Tech’s fastest-growing undergraduate major, expanding its freshman class by 39 percent in Fall 2012. Or we could say that, for several years, new CS graduates have received among the highest starting salary offers of all majors at Georgia Tech. Or we could talk about the 30-plus female professors who help make our faculty perhaps the most diverse of any Top 25 computing program. Or we could talk about the millions of dollars in research funding ($28 million in fiscal 2012) awarded to our researchers each year.

But here’s the best story: Georgia Tech recently surveyed bachelor’s graduates from 2006 to 2009, people who went through the Institute’s curriculum—which is grueling, we admit—and came out the other side. Almost 98 percent of College of Computing said they would recommend Georgia Tech to their friends and relatives.

So there you have it. Out of a sizable cohort of recent graduates, nearly every single one said he or she would recommend the College’s program. Evidently they agree that computing made them more than they were before.

At the College of Computing, that’s what we do. Through computation, we help people be more.