Parent Survival Guide

Your student has been accepted to Georgia Tech, now what?

College of Computing parent guide

Choosing a college to attend for the next four years can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, not just for the student but for the entire family.

We hope that this "Parent Survival Guide" provides you with the information you need to assist your student in choosing their home for the next four years.

Visit Campus

Visiting campus is also a great way to see if the university and college are a good fit for your student's personality and interests. For more information on visitation programs, please go to Georgia Tech's Admitted Freshman page.

Have a Conversation

As your student transitions from high school to college, your relationship will also begin to transform. We urge you to start creating a partnership with your student by having a conversation with them about their college options. Guide their path, but give them a voice.

Paying for College: Is It Worth It?

We understand that one of the most stressful aspects of the college decision process is determining how you and/or your student will cover tuition costs and other associated expenses.

There are several opportunities to help cover the costs of attending Georgia Tech for GA residents and non-residents.

Paying for college. Is it worth it?
  • Visit Georgia Tech Financial Aid to learn more about financial programs as well as critical dates and deadlines.
  • In addition to scholarships, grants and loans, students can participate in a co-op or internship to help offset costs.

    College of Computing students earn, on average, $15-$25 per hour (starting salary). In many cases, students earn enough to cover the majority of costs for the next semester, while building their resume and portfolio and learning life skills. Learn more about career development opportunities for computing students, including co-ops and internships. 

  • For non-Georgia residents, study-abroad opportunities allow students to pay in-state tuition during the semester they are abroad. This is a great way for students to save money and earn credits towards their degree plan, while exploring another country and culture. Go to the Study Abroad page and peruse more than 100 international study programs offered by Georgia Tech.
  • Many departments on campus hire students to work part-time while taking courses. Students are able to work up to 20 hours per week while earning $8+ an hour. On-campus opportunities often have flexible hours, as supervisors understand that school comes first.
  • Lastly, Atlanta's start-up community is on the rise. With several start-up incubators located within walking distance of campus, many of our students are able to find part-time opportunities working in these up-and-coming companies.

Housing Options

Living in a dorm is a rite of passage for most college freshman. Visit Georgia Tech Housing to fill out a freshman housing application and to learn more about housing options.

Safety: A Priority at Georgia Tech

Safety is every parent's priority for his or her student. Student safety is a priority for Georgia Tech as well. Learn more about campus safety: 2016 Campus Safety Report (.pdf).

"Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech" (FASET)

FASET is Georgia Tech's orientation program for new undergraduate students, as well as their parents, family members and guests.  For more information and a list of dates, please visit FASET Orientation.

Committing to Georgia Tech

Committing to Georgia Tech

Once your student has made the decision to attend Georgia Tech, don't forget to pay your enrollment deposit and housing deposit on Buzzport! Deposits are due May 1.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Mid-April - Financial Aid packets are available 
  • May 1 - Deposits are due ($250 enrollment deposit and housing deposit)
  • Late May - FASET registration opens 
  • June 21 - First day of classes for summer freshmen  
  • June 19 - Fee payment deadline for summer freshmen 
  • July 7- August 3 - Final Exams for summer freshmen 
  • Aug. 21 - First day of classes for fall semester 
  • Aug. 28 - Fee payment deadline for fall semester

Important Resources