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5 College Senior

Academics: Tech is hard. People who were literal geniuses in high school will find themselves struggling here. There is a huge emphasis on new-age technology and engineering majors, so if that interests you, you'll love it here. If you want to major in a STEM field, there's no better place. If you want to major in music or the arts, there are still a wide variety of great programs here, but there are better options out there.

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5 College Junior

Academics: People say that Georgia Tech is impossible, but really, the workload is manageable. There's a glut of study space on campus and a disciplined student body that makes academic success much easier. Granted, courses are still really difficult here, but you will learn so many useful things pertinent to your major that sets Tech apart as a school that does a great job preparing its students for the real world.

5 College Student

Academics: Top schools in the nation for engineering. Also has other great options outside of engineering.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are very difficult, forcing you to work hard. By the end of the semester, you are surprised by how much you have learned. However, there are some teachers that are very tough, bad, or just don't care.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Registration is like a war for now. Workload is heavy. Many do study abroad.

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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
55
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 93 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 48 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 48 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 52% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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