Georgia Tech draws record applicants, 31,400. Today, it admits first round in early action

Georgia Tech ranked 7th among the nation’s public universities, while the University of Georgia ranked 16th.

Georgia Tech released its early action decisions today, admitting 28 percent of its 15,715 applicants.

The 4,380 admitted students boasted an average ACT score of 33 and SAT score of 1468 out of 1600. They had an A average and 11 college-level courses. Those academic credentials match the nation’s most competitive campuses.

Out of the nearly 16,000 early action applicants, slightly more than a quarter of them — 4,200 — were Georgians. Of that number, Tech admitted just under half.

That 75 percent of early action applications came from outside the state speaks to Tech’s growing national and international reputation.

Counting both early action and regular decision, 31,400 students this year applied for one of the 3,000 freshman spots at Tech. Last year, 30,520 students applied. Around 25 percent of them were offered admission between early action and regular decision rounds.

Here is the official Tech release on this year’s applicant pool:

As of noon, 4,380 high school students have a chance to be Yellow Jackets next fall. Georgia Tech offered Early Action admission today to another group of highly qualified students from around the state of Georgia, the U.S., and the world.

This year, 15,715 applied for Early Action admission, an increase of about 1,200 from last year’s early round. The admit rate for this round is 28 percent overall — 49 percent for Georgia students and 21 percent for non-residents.

This year’s applicants were as impressive as in years past. The average academic profile is a 33 ACT, 1468 SAT, 11 college-level courses, and an A average. Nearly 4,200 Georgia students applied in Early Action this year, a 3 percent increase from last year.

Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admission, attributes part of the quality of application review to faculty involvement. This year, faculty members from all six of Tech’s colleges contributed to the admission process during Early Action.

“We deeply value their insight in terms of what makes a good student for them,” Clark said. “It is helpful to hear faculty perspective based on their subject area, because what makes the best candidate for liberal arts or design is not necessarily the same as what makes the best fit for a student in computing or engineering. They can tell us what they see in the classroom and what they’re looking for in their students.”

That input can also shape future admission cycles.

“As they’re describing a student, we often ask where they would look for that in an application,” Clark said. “Getting that insight was helpful for this admit group and will shape how we review and design applications going forward.”

Some students — around 250 in the Early Action round – will receive the opportunity to transfer to Tech through the Arts and Sciences Pathway. This allows Georgia students who applied to majors in the College of Design, College of Sciences, or Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts to take a set of courses at another college, earn qualifying grades, and transfer to Tech the following year.

Applications for Regular Decision for the 2017 freshman class closed Jan. 1. More than 31,400 students have applied for admission to Georgia Tech for next year — a record high, and about a 3 percent increase from 2016. For comparison, Tech’s current fifth-year students (2012 enrollees) were part of an applicant pool of 14,700.

Regular admission decisions go out March 11.

The next two months are a hybrid time for Undergraduate Admission, as the staff prepares to help applicants understand Early Action decisions, host admitted student programs, and review Regular Decision applications.

“We say it every year, but it’s true — we’re blown away by the quality of these students,” Clark said. “It’s very exciting thinking about what we’re trying to create here and that we’re drawing applicants with significant ability to improve the human condition and live out Tech’s motto of progress and service.”

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AL Corndog
AL Corndog

Georgia is a worthless cesspool dump.  Foreign people often praise Tech as a wonderful excellent school, when they should be scorning it and avoiding it like the plague.  They often go there, graduate, get no job offers in the USA, then go back to their country and start fish farms, and never work in the field of engineering they graduated in.

Army13
Army13

Amazing since GT is in the burning, horrible district 5.

killerj
killerj

Would like to see GT expand to more avenues of education,bigger campus to enroll more people,such great talent that doesn't make the cut that has great ideals for the future that are not ever seen that go to other schools,keep up the good work GT this tradesman watches with a big smile towards the future!

Batmax1
Batmax1

A world class institution in a state where secondary education is a wasteland.  If your kid has a high enough level of ability at math/science to get in but doesn't care for math/science send em to the business school. They'll thank you 4-5 years later.

Mom64
Mom64

My daughter was accepted last year. And is so thankful she didn't attend. She has many more opportunities at a less competitive school... And is... Wait for it.... HAPPY! There is more to life than the gerbil wheel.

Captn_65
Captn_65

@Mom64 So, she wants to study how long shrimp can run on a treadmill, or, maybe, if dinosaurs really could sing ?.... Keep her room clean....She'll be back.... You're such a good mom....  

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

@Mom64 Some people aren't cut out for the pressure. I'm glad your daughter found some place she's happy, although, as we know, happy doesn't pay the bills. 

Murn8856
Murn8856

My nephew was one of those early admissions.  He will, however, give up his spot so he can go to Emory.

Captn_65
Captn_65

@Murn8856    So he came out ?  Right ?   And you never knew ?  Right ?

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

@Murn8856 When my daughter graduated, UGA rejects in her class were getting accepted to Emory. I found that surprising. Emory does offer a more intimate environment, although you pay a lot for that. 

General Concern
General Concern

I pray to God that one day, Georgia Tech may get what it truly deserves.

Captn_65
Captn_65

@ConnorsMama @General Concern   Hey Mama, great question....General Constipation seems to be clueless...How long do we wait before I talk about stupid people exposing their ignorance on a major media medium for all to see ?