Atlanta, GA
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: GTPD officers are really nice and try not to get people in trouble if they don't have to. But if someone's safety is threatened or if illegal activity is taking place and they have to intervene, they do so very strictly

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tech has pretty good support for football and basketball, although the other sports get a little left out. Being a high-performing school academically means that our athletics aren't the best, but that's just part of going to an engineering school. Our facilities are great though, all the stadiums are nice, the SAC fields are beautiful (and recently redone), and the CRC is one of my favorite places on campus

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus, I always feel pretty safe. Obviously, no one should walk alone at night in the middle of Atlanta, even if you happen to be on campus. But GTPD is excellent, and there are emergency phones everywhere. General common sense keeps you pretty safe: don't walk alone at night (Tech has nighttime shuttles to take you home), lock your door, don't let people who aren't students into buildings, etc. GTPD's response times and the programs they have set up are pretty good at ensuring student safety

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus transportation is pretty good. Sometimes the schedules for the stinger shuttles run weird or they're too close together or too far apart, but for the most part you get everywhere you need to on time, and they go pretty much everywhere. The Trolleys also have a stop at a MARTA station, which is really convenient to get further around town and explore Atlanta, and especially convenient if you need to get to the airport and don't have a car. All in all, Tech's transportation and the transportation around the city is pretty accessible and convenient

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: Alcoholic school with an engineering problem

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2 College Student

Campus Housing: I live in a square

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5 College Student

Campus Strictness: there is nothing that strict

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4 College Senior

Weather: Georgia is notorious for schizophrenic weather, with rain, sun, hot, or cold varying day to day, but is generally mild. Days rarely go below freezing and fall and spring have excellent weather. Winters aren't too severe - with snow being a rarity - but summers can be uncomfortably hot and humid, so be sure to bring a fan for your room!

Additionally, spring heralds a flood of pollen that can cause allergy symptoms even in those without regular seasonal allergies. The high pollen season usually lasts a few weeks in March/April.

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College Senior

Overall Experience: Georgia Tech will likely be the most difficult thing you've done in your life thus far, and not just because it's college. Many classes and assignments are more difficult than they need to be. On the flip side, some classes can be a positive challenge, especially if it's something you're interested in. If you stick with it, get help when you need it, and manage your time, you can grow as a student, professional, and person and do well.

Despite the institute's reputation, not all professors are capable teachers - many only teach because it's a requirement for research. However, the institute attracts and retains great teachers and faculty that are passionate about teaching and are on the cutting edge of their respective fields.

Research can be a great opportunity or a great burden, but more often ends up as a positive experience and bolster for when you apply for jobs. The wide range of opportunities for undergraduate research that Tech offers can't be found most other places.

Overall, Tech is a place of extremes, but if you meet the difficult challenges the rewards are just as great.

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2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Apparently the bar is quite low to be an RA or member of on-campus housing. Students can be irreverent, messy, loud, and otherwise unpleasant, and the staff cannot be bothered to help you. Proximity to campus and friends is probably the only perk, as everything else is crazy and bureaucratically incompetent.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Georgia Tech prides itself on welcoming a wide breadth of diverse students from various backgrounds, ethnicities, and other factors. Resources are available for virtually any group and the large proportion of diverse students encourages cooperation and tolerance. Tech is also situated in Atlanta, which is more liberal than its surrounding metro area - there's a substantial LGBTQIA community in Midtown and a growing group on campus for minority, LGBTQIA, and women students, since the student body is still comprised mostly of men.

The larger ratio of men to women and nature of many science and technology fields makes misogyny and bias an issue, as male counterparts can be disrespectful in majors with poor male-female ratios. On-campus culture can seem like a "boy's club" but conditions are improving.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Look for outside scholarships cause unless you're a minority (either Hispanic or Black), you won't receive anything. You can try to work with the system, but it's better to avoid on-campus housing and/or meal plan to save a few dollars from the overall cost of attendance. Institute scholarships are hard to come by and most often, those with a slightly higher GPA will automatically get the scholarship so trying is relatively pointless. Take out a loan from a bank rather than with the Institute and/or apply for an on-campus job.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most dorms have automatic locks to prevent theft within campus. However, the campus is located in close proximity to the rest of the city so non-students are quite common. Most thefts/robberies occur a little off-campus near off-campus housing. Sexual assault/date rape are still common occurrences on various campuses, but can be prevented with greater safety precautions and education. Overall, obey the rules and ensure personal safety to be safe on campus.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Professors do give a bunch of busy work, but many of the courses offered are interesting and influential in different majors.The registration process is hectic where spaces fill-up FAST, but resources online aid in creating the perfect schedule. Popular study areas are mainly the Clough Undergraduate Commons and the College of Computing, but even dorms provide nice areas of study. With the workload quite heavy, there are many tutoring and educational resources on-campus to help students with academic needs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On-campus housing depends on the atmosphere one wants to engage in. Want a social experience? Choose east campus housing where dorms are constructed to be in close proximity to each other and near Greek life. Want an engaging and rather quiet experience? Choose west campus housing where dorms are relatively bigger and closer to the recreational center. Although the social atmosphere is greater on east, west campus housing provides greater comfort and space to study. Both are relatively close to inside campus and cost is about the same. The housing process is straight-forward and most people get their first pick.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is never an issue when you can stand-up for yourself and many people respect that. Although drugs and alcohol are readily available, usage depends on the people and overuse can be detected. However, there are great resources on-campus to deal with these issues. Campus security is strict on drug and alcohol use, but also helpful in controlling situations such as the Good Samaritan policy. The campus is very forward in educating students on handling drug and alcohol issues and emphasizes personal responsibility.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Since it's relatively close to the city, the nightlife is amazing if you risk the walk. Clubs and bars are usually open for 18+, but much of the scene dies down at the wee hours of the morning. Most frat parties are welcoming and are within campus, but underage drinking is always an issue. Most registered parties are great and create a club-feel, but nothing beats the real thing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Campus is relatively close to the city so dining options extend towards spots within the city visited by local residents. Overall, dining is unique and spread-out attracting all kinds of cuisine if you have the money for it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is welcomed and encouraged on-campus with various student organizations promoting ethnicity and heritage. Many people are from international backgrounds although a majority of the student body is white. However, walking around campus demonstrates the wide-variety of cultures and ethnic/racial diversity that are represented in the student body. Everyone is accepting and all views and orientations are encouraged and developed.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Within the city, it is somewhat hard to find available apartments, but overall the cost is lower than on-campus housing. Many of the off-campus housing is relatively close to campus and buses often drive those areas. However, parking and safety are somewhat an issue since campus security does not have jurisdiction in those areas. Therefore, off-campus housing is convenient, but a little risky to pursue.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Since many of the facilities have been recently constructed, athletics is a huge part of the campus experience. Most everyone has either attended an athletic event and/or participated in sports. Whether club, intermurals, and/or varsity sports, everyone has an idea about the athletic scene. School spirit is essential and manifests itself greatly during the football season.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a part of the Greek community, Greek life is somewhat essential on campus for networking purposes. However, not everyone has to be Greek to enjoy the social scene. Many of the fraternities and sororities are welcoming and kind towards non-Greeks since most parties on-campus occur at Greek houses. Greek life is a big part of the campus atmosphere, but is not essential for everyone to have a good time.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Every major is difficult at Georgia Tech, so describing a specific program or major here would be difficult. They are all difficult, and there are plenty of myths that one is easier than another, but in the end it all comes down to perspective.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have never had an internship or a job on campus, so this question does not apply to me.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Applying for and obtaining financial aid is easy. However, the type and amount of financial aid is abysmal. This is not the type of school you want to attend if you plan on going to college with a full ride. In fact, I don't even believe that's possible unless you get PLENTY of external scholarships. The complete tuition, room and board is harsh (thankfully this is a public school so Zell Miller covers tuition) and don't expect free money from the school.


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Mahssa Mostajabi
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It is true that many Tech students might sometimes wish that they had chosen another, less demanding school for college. Georgia Tech is very academically demanding, to an extreme that alienates many students and parents. Many see the school as a sort of "proving ground" for professional life.

However, the size of the student body is not overly large, and it is easy for one to get involved socially and academically without straining your GPA. The rigorousness of academic life at Georgia Tech instills a rare motivation in the students there that will prepare them well for professional life. Most students feel that an education at Tech was worth all the work.

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