Georgia valedictorians and salutatorians will now get automatic acceptance to Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech announced today it will follow UGA’s example and offer automatic acceptance to Georgia high school students who graduate first and second in their class.

From Georgia Tech this morning:

The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer automatic acceptance to all Georgia high school valedictorians and salutatorians under a new program that goes into effect with this year’s graduating class.

President G.P. “Bud” Peterson will unveil the Georgia Tech Scholars Program Thursday during an event at Gilmer High School in Ellijay. House Speaker David Ralston and other elected officials are scheduled to attend the kickoff.

The initiative applies to students who graduate at the top of their class from any accredited Georgia public or private high school with 50 or more graduates. It is designed to increase exposure and access to Georgia Tech for the state’s most prepared students.

“Georgia Tech has a long track record of partnering with Georgia K-12 schools to help young people prepare for college, and the Georgia Tech Scholars Program is an outgrowth of our commitment to improve college access for students from throughout the state,” Peterson said. “While we are proud of our global reputation, we are equally as proud to serve many of Georgia’s brightest undergraduate students. The Georgia Tech Scholars Program supports our ultimate goal to put a Georgia Tech education within reach of all qualified Georgia students.”

The program will allow more deserving young students to attend the state’s top colleges. The University of Georgia also offers automatic acceptance to Georgia students who graduate at the top of their class.

To become a Georgia Tech Scholar, students must be named either the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school. Students must submit an application and have successfully completed the prerequisite course work for entrance to the Institute.

The new program is a continuation of Georgia Tech’s commitment to benefit all Georgians and support economic development throughout the state.

In 2014, Georgia Tech announced the APS Scholars, which guarantees admission and provides financial support to the top graduates from Atlanta Public Schools. Since the introduction of that program the number of students from the district applying to Georgia Tech has doubled.

Students admitted through the Georgia Tech Scholars Program will have various financial aid opportunities available including the Zell Miller Scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal’s REACH Georgia program and other state and federal financial aid programs. Students may also be eligible for the Georgia Tech Promise Program, which allows academically qualified students with demonstrated financial need to earn a degree debt-free.

While the majority of Georgia Tech’s undergraduates come from Georgia, some of the state’s best students are not applying to the Institute, said Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admission. This program aims to change that.

“Georgia Tech is committed to recruiting and enrolling the best students from across our state, and this program is a reflection of that vision,” Clark said. “In order for Georgia to thrive economically in the future, it’s imperative that Tech recruit, develop and graduate our state’s top talent and cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship in business, technology and engineering.”

Learn more here about the Georgia Tech Scholars Program

 

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Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey

This will not work out in the end for many of these students from weak high schools.

Marcia Meredith Johns
Marcia Meredith Johns

Yep. She saw it last week. I wonder if she still needs to fill out a application.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Several states have similar policies.  Probably most beneficial to students from rural systems that do not offer the number of A/P classes that a Gwinnett or Cobb can offer.

Tcope
Tcope

What about schools that do not acknowledge a valedictorian or salutatorian? My children go to a prominent private school in Atlanta where this is the case.

Ed Browning
Ed Browning

Napolean School for the Boll Weevil will now be represented Stanley Stan Sheppard

Ben Man-n
Ben Man-n

Very smart move. They would have accepted them either way and they get great PR.

Atlanta Parent
Atlanta Parent

How does this work when Valedictorian/Salutatorian status is typically not confirmed until the end of the school year?

UGAGuy
UGAGuy

I must admit that I'm a little torn on the idea of graduating "debt-free" for those in financial need.  I think it's great that we are providing access to a quality education to more people.  I also think it's a great answer to reducing poverty.  Yet, when you consider the value of the education and the income potential these kids will have coming out of a top university, is it really necessary to provide it free of charge?  I'm solidly in the middle class and not looking forward to my kids going to college for financial reasons.  

Tammy Martinez
Tammy Martinez

MY NIECE WAS VALEDICTORIAN HER FATHER ATTENDED TECH.

Wrecker
Wrecker

Did Bud ever stop to think that some of the val/sal students are not applying to Tech because they do not want an engineering/hard science degree?

sssinff
sssinff

@Wrecker (GT offers more than engineering/hard science degrees). So yes....he probably did stop to think.

Astropig
Astropig

@Starik @sssinff @Wrecker


" Management. Got to have it to keep the athletes eligible"


Sigh.GT athletes are outstanding students.Of course some are better than others,as you would expect from a large diverse pool of athletes,but I'd take a Tech grad that played a sport any darn day of the week over some other schools.Tech does not give degrees-they are earned.


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Astrowife is a chemical engineer of 35 years standing.She's respected and well known on 3 continents.She has a couple of engineering interns assigned to her every year.She says that by far the best ones come from Georgia Tech.It's hard for her to admit this as she has her MBA from...(gulp) UGA.One of last years had been a long snapper for the FB team before deciding that his future was in chemicals.He was exemplary-could follow directions,understood the value of teamwork and held himself accountable.


You may want to look again at your opinion of athletes at Tech.

Krystal Seiz
Krystal Seiz

Im glad the article states that the class must have at least 50 students. I know of a guy who graduated salutatorian of his class with a 2.1 gpa. There were three people graduating from his private school. \U0001f602

Starik
Starik

That's nice. Are grades a reliable measure, though? I always found them subjective, unlike test scores. I'm afraid that kids from small schools won't have adequate preparation; the same goes for the worst urban schools.  

Andrea Hicks
Andrea Hicks

I wish they had this when I was in high school