Traditional Freshman FAQ's

General Questions

  1. What are your standards for acceptance?
  2. When are tours offered? Who gives the tour? Do you have an open house?
  3. What is your enrollment deadline?
  4. What programs/degrees do you offer? What are the most popular majors at this college?
  5. What percentage of your students graduate in four years?
  6. Are there advisors for each student? How much time are they required to spend with each student?
  7. Do students have to take an admissions exam? Are there placement exams for courses once a student is accepted?
  8. How many students are enrolled at your college?
  9. What is the average class size? What is the largest?
  10. What extracurricular opportunities are available on campus? Are student organizations encouraged and supported by the school? How?
  11. Where do most freshmen live?
  12. What is an acceptable SAT/ACT score?
  13. What does the college look at as criteria for selecting students (i.e. SAT scores, grades , extracurricular activities, etc)?
  14. Are students able to study abroad?
  15. Who is the contact person for Admissions?

Financial Aid Questions

  1. What is the total cost of the program including books, fees, tuition and housing?
  2. How much is the Application fee?
  3. What type of financial aid is available?
  4. What is the percentage of your student body who receives financial aid?
  5. Who do we contact in this office when we have a question about financial aid? Will that person get back to me in a timely manner?
  6. How does my teenager apply for financial aid? Do you have everything we need here at this office?
  7. Do you have a financial aid deadline?
  8. When will we know if my teenager qualifies for financial aid?
  9. Are there scholarships available through your college? How can he/she apply?
  10. Are there scholarships available through your college for minorities? For women? How can he/she apply?
  11. Is there a work/study program available at this college?
  12. Are there summer internships readily available at this college?
  13. Which local banks do you work with for student loans?
  14. Who is the contact person for Financial Aid?
  15. How is the Hope Scholarship handled (if this is a Georgia school)?

    General Questions

  1. What are your standards for acceptance?
    • Georgia Tech is a selective institution; therefore, the freshman application process is competitive in nature. Each year we have many more students who apply than we can admit, so we use a holistic process when reviewing freshman applications to ensure we give all students the best opportunity to present a complete picture of their qualifications. Our holistic review includes consideration of five primary factors, which you can learn more about here
  2. When are tours offered? Who gives the tour? Do you have an open house?
    • Campus tours are offered most weekdays except for institute holidays. The College of Computing does weekly tours/information sessions every Monday at 3:45pm (except holidays). Tours and information sessions are given by students, Admissions Counselors and College Staff. There are various "Open House" events on campus at both the Institute and College levels. For more information on visiting campus, go to http://www.admission.gatech.edu/campus_visits/
  3. What is your enrollment deadline?
    • Application deadlines for freshman admission are outlined here
  4. What programs/degrees do you offer? What are the most popular majors at this college?
    • Georgia Tech is known for its Engineering Program but many of our non-engineering programs are top ranked. We offer degrees in Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Management, the Sciences, and many others. You can find more information about our Colleges, Schools and degree programs at http://www.admission.gatech.edu/degrees/index.html
  5. What percentage of your students graduate in four years?
    • I do not know the total percentage of students who graduate in four years; however the average student now graduates in 4 ½ - 5 years due to the many additional opportunities available at the University, including: Study Abroad, Co-ops and Internships, Undergraduate Research, Minors and Certificates and Student Organizations. We encourage all of our students to participate in many of these to make them a well rounded college graduate with many experiences that make them more marketable to companies and graduate schools.
  6. Are there advisors for each student? How much time are they required to spend with each student?
    • We have 2 Academic Advisors for Computer Science and 1 for Computational Media. Students are required to meet with their advisor at least once per semester in their first 2 years and in their last year but can meet with them as much or as little as they see needed in addition to these requirements. We encourage them to go at least 1 time per semester. In addition to Academic Advisors, we have an Intentional Advising Program for our entering Computing students that allow them to meet with an intentional advisor once a month to discuss life, problems and success they are experiencing both academically, socially and physically. All entering computing students are also paired with an upper class mentor to help guide them through their first semester and year. In addition to our formal programs, my office - The Office of Outreach, Enrollment and Community - which supports many of these programs has an "open door policy", in which students may come and hang out in our offices or talk to us about anything they may seem fit. We work to have a family style atmosphere here.
  7. Do students have to take an admissions exam? Are there placement exams for courses once a student is accepted?
    • We do not require an admissions exam specific to Georgia Tech. They are required to take the SAT (and the ACT, if they wish). We offer placement exams for many of our core courses that entering students may take to place out of a specific course. Specifically to Computing, we offer placement tests for our first 2 introductory Computer Science courses at no charge or penalty to the students.
  8. How many students are enrolled at your college?
    • Georgia Tech has around 13,515 Undergraduates enrolled. The College of Computing has around 1000 Undergraduates enrolled, including Computer Science and Computational Media. Our average incoming freshman class is around 2500-2600 students.
  9. What is the average class size? What is the largest?
    • The average class size depends on each course. In your introductory courses like Calculus, Biology, History, etc. is around 180 students. For Math and Science courses, students have a recitation or lab course of around 20-30 students in addition to the large lectures. For courses such as English, foreign languages and many other humanities courses, the average class size is around 30 students. In Computing, the first 2 years of introductory courses the average class is around 150-180, including recitation sessions of 20-30 students. Once you enter your upper level classes, the average class size can be anywhere from 15-90 students depending on the course. The largest courses are Calculus, Intro to Computer Science for Engineers, and the Sciences (Bio, Chem and Earth Sciences).
  10. What extracurricular opportunities are available on campus? Are student organizations encouraged and supported by the school? How?
    • There are over 300 student organizations on the Georgia Tech campus including social organizations, community service organizations, special interest groups, intramural sports, professional development organizations and academic organizations. The College of Computing currently has 18 student organizations and is continuously adding more. If a student is interested in starting an organization at either the university or college level, it is extremely easy and the support is in place to help them advertise and grow the organization. Involvement in Student Organizations is highly encouraged and supported by the University and the Colleges. Events, meetings and outings are highly advertised around campus and at recruitment and enrollment events.
  11. Where do most freshmen live?
    • Most freshmen live in the traditional dorms either on East or West Campus. Traditional dorms consist of 2 students sharing a living space and sharing a bathroom with their floor of typically 30 or so others. We are seeing more freshmen move into the suite style dorms. These consist of 2 students sharing a living space and 4 students sharing a bathroom that connects the 2 rooms. Information on housing and specific floor plans can be found at: http://www.housing.gatech.edu/
  12. What is an acceptable SAT/ACT score?
    • Competitive ranges for standardized test scores are outlined in our mid-50% ranges on our Class Profile. Additionally, to learn how we super score your exam results, please review the information available here
  13. What does the college look at as criteria for selecting students (i.e. SAT scores, grades , extracurricular activities, etc)?
    • Please review information about factors considered in Freshman Application review here
  14. Are students able to study abroad?
    • Students are able to study abroad and are encouraged to do so. Georgia Tech sponsors programs in numerous countries that are not major specific, like the Oxford and GT Loraine Programs. Many Colleges sponsor major specific programs. The College of Computing sponsors programs in Barcelona, Spain and Metz, France. For Computational Media students, Ivan Allen sponsors programs in Copenhagen and Italy. Georgia Tech sponsors additional programs in many other countries. To see all of the study abroad opportunities, please visit: http://www.oie.gatech.edu/sa/
  15. Who is the contact person for Admissions?
    • Your Admissions contact depends on your geographic location and/or county. All students can look up their admission counselor by location using this site: http://www.admission.gatech.edu/meetcounselor/. Your Admissions Counselor can assist you with any admissions questions you may have. If you have any specific questions about the College of Computing or our Computer Science and Computation Media programs, you will want to contact Jennifer Whitlow (jwhitlow [at] cc [dot] gatech [dot] edu).

Financial Aid Questions

  1. What is the total cost of the program including books, fees, tuition and housing?
    • Program costs change each year. The current estimate for total cost for the 2009-2010 year is $18,330/year (2 semesters) for a Georgia Resident and $36,540/year (2 semsters) for a non-Georgia Resident.
  2. How much is the Application fee?
    • The current application fee is $65. There are circumstances in which this fee can be waived. For more information regarding fee waivers, contact your High School Counselor or Admissions Counselor.
  3. What type of financial aid is available?
    • The following types of financial aid are available: Scholarships, grants, loans and work. For more information on these please visit: http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/.
  4. What is the percentage of your student body who receives financial aid?
    • I do not know the percentage but more than 11,000 Tech Students receive financial assistance through the Office of Financial Aid. Please visit: http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/ for more information.
  5. Who do we contact in this office when we have a question about financial aid? Will that person get back to me in a timely manner?
    • To contact the Office of Financial Aid, you will want to email finaid [at] gatech [dot] edu or call them at 404-894-4160. For additional contacts in the Office of Financial Aid, please visit http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/contacts/.
  6. How does my teenager apply for financial aid? Do you have everything we need here at this office?
    • To apply for financial aid, accepted students will need to complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid, as well as the FAFSA. All information for applying for financial aid can be found at: http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/apply/
  7. Do you have a financial aid deadline?
  8. When will we know if my teenager qualifies for financial aid?
    • Award notices are made available on April 1 for students to see how much financial aid they qualify for.
  9. Are there scholarships available through your college? How can he/she apply?
    • The College of Computing does have scholarships available through partnerships with alum, corporations and various outside organizations. Application requirements and deadlines vary for each of the scholarships/awards. Students are notified of these opportunities via email and other advertisements as the opportunities arise.
  10. Are there scholarships available through your college for minorities? For women? How can he/she apply?
    • There are scholarships for both minorities and women through the College of Computing and our partnerships with alum, corporations and other outside organizations. Application requirements and deadlines vary for each scholarship/award. Students are notified of these opportunities via email and other advertisements as the opportunities arise.
  11. Is there a work/study program available at this college?
    • There is a work/study program available at the University and College level, as well as various part-time employment opportunities, summer internships, co-ops and internships and off-campus employment opportunities.
  12. Are there summer internships readily available at this college?
    • There are many summer, fall and spring internship opportunities available at Georgia Tech and the College of Computing, as well as numerous co-op opportunities. Over 2700 undergraduates participate in the co-op program and many more in the internship program. For more information on co-ops and internships, visit: http://www.profpractice.gatech.edu/
  13. Which local banks do you work with for student loans?
  14. Who is the contact person for Financial Aid?
    • To contact the Office of Financial Aid, you will want to email finaid [at] gatech [dot] edu or call them at 404-894-4160. For additional contacts in the Office of Financial Aid, please visit http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/contacts/.
  15. How is the Hope Scholarship handled (if this is a Georgia school)?