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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Didn't I already talk about this? Tech is a great school academically and offers great opportunities, but the workload and difficulty will consume your life.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are iffy; registration is chaotic; workload is excruciating; curriculum is what it needs to be at such a prestigious school. Plenty of special study options. Popular study areas (CULC, library) are convenient but fill up quickly, can get noisy in some areas.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It's a very large program and its still expanding. The advisors are very supportive.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration is solid; if you want a class and are patient and persistent, you can get it.

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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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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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 28% Jimmy Carter - 39th U.S. president
  • 14% Mike Duke - president and CEO of Wal-Mart
  • 14% Chris Bosh
  • 9% Gil Amelio - former CEO of Apple Computers
  • 9% John Young - astronaut
  • 7% Bobby Jones - golfer
  • 5% Sam Nunn - former U.S. senator
  • 4% Nomar Garciaparra - major league baseball player
  • 4% Jason Varitek - major league baseball player
  • 4% George P Burdell
  • 2% John Portman - architect
  • 2% Calvin Johnson
  • 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
  • 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 49 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.

How often do you:    Based on 6 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 6 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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