Academics

Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
13,272
Tuition (in-state)
$29,402 ($10,098)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: It's rigorous, but there's a lot of support especially for freshmen.

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4 College Senior

Academics: BME cirriculum is a bit disorganized, but workload is managable

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many research opportunities available to my major, as a student, you have to be active and talk to advisors to see what is available. ECE has free tutoring offered by students for students, great place to talk to people to see what teachers are good and which ones should be avoided.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel like a student can succeed under any teacher as long as they take time to understand the material. Study groups are important, the workload can be overbearing if you don't have a study group to help out. The CULC is the best place the study, hands down.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at Tech are excruciating. You really have to want to do well in order to succeed here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 78th
    Smartest Professors
  • 115th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 933rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1150th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mahssa Mostajabi
Hometown
Alpharetta, GA
Major
Science, Technology, and Culture
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If you choose to attend Georgia Tech, you can expect that the professors in any given course of study will be among the most recognized and respected names in their fields. Doctorates from Princeton, MIT, Stanford, CalTech, and Georgia Tech roam the halls, instructing the next generation's leading scientists and engineers. Having come from demanding academic backgrounds themselves, Georgia Tech professors are notorious for being stingy with grades. With that said, the vast majority of these professors will do their best to accommodate unforeseen difficulties and problems, if they are informed. Most large classes are constructed with one professor that oversees several teaching assistants, or TAs. The professor is obligated to carry on the regular lectures and the general administration of the class, but each TA is given charge over a small subset of students. Most of the interaction that takes place in the course is experienced between the students and these TAs. TAs are generally very helpful, since they were also students not long ago.

More specifically, different fields of study usually beget different breeds of professors. Social science professors are generally much more supportive than math professors. Engineering professors always require a lot of homework and are usually difficult on tests and exams. Physics professors are known for being vicious. Computer science professors are usually very helpful and are always very knowledgeable, but their TAs are very strict and sometimes not helpful. Overall, you will be expected to learn things without supervision, and you will be held to very high standards.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,039
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
186
Total FT Faculty
1,039
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$106,884
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
56
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 38%
  • 50 or More Students: 24%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Computing
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Management
  • College of Sciences
  • Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 6%
  • Industrial Engineering: 4%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 6%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Flag Building
  • Library
  • Management Building
  • Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't get behind, and keep up with readings.
  • Don't take 8 a.m. classes.
  • Go to class.
  • Study.
Did You Know?
Many freshmen dorms are equipped with learning centers, which offer tutoring to all freshmen as they adjust to college life and its academic rigors.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 27% Jimmy Carter - 39th U.S. president
  • 15% Mike Duke - president and CEO of Wal-Mart
  • 15% Chris Bosh
  • 10% John Young - astronaut
  • 8% Gil Amelio - former CEO of Apple Computers
  • 8% Bobby Jones - golfer
  • 4% Nomar Garciaparra - major league baseball player
  • 4% Jason Varitek - major league baseball player
  • 4% Sam Nunn - former U.S. senator
  • 2% John Portman - architect
  • 2% George P Burdell
  • 0% Arthur Murray - dance instructor and businessman
  • 0% Robert Crippen - astronaut

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 49 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 48 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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