Georgia Tech Accepted Students Raise the Bar

The Georgia Institute of Technology has high expectations for the 2012-13 freshman class, because their qualifications for entry have raised the bar. 

Freshman Convocation
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Freshman Convocation is the official ceremony to welcome new students to Georgia Tech's community of learners—celebrating enthusiasm for learning and discovery in achieving the university's mission of teaching, research, and service.

The average high school grade point average for those accepted to Georgia Tech for the fall semester is 3.9 with an average SAT score of 1430 or 2105 with writing included. That represents an average of 700 points for each section.

On average, admitted students will have taken eight classes that are Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college-level by graduation. Georgia Tech’s admission review process and GPA re-calculation values a student’s choice to take more rigorous courses during his or her high school career.

“This year’s accepted class is truly exceptional,” said Director of Undergraduate Admission Rick Clark.  “Each year, the competition for admission to Georgia Tech is increasing and every class raises the quality of our campus.”  

According to Clark, this year’s decisions were extremely difficult. “We conduct an extensive, holistic and comparative review process, which means every application is read multiple times. Our admitted class of students not only has remarkable academic achievements and established intellectual curiosity, but also has proven potential to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.”

The class also continued the trend of being more diverse, with 86 countries and 49 states represented in the admitted class. Georgia Tech accepted more women and Hispanic students this year compared to last year. Clark clarifies, however, that admittance statistics don’t necessarily predict ultimate enrollment numbers.

“We’ll see these numbers fluctuate between admittance and matriculation,” said Clark.  “Clearly this group of students has multiple offers of admission and high levels of scholarships to consider as well. It’s our sincere goal, however, to continue the recent trend of augmenting geographic, ethnic and background diversity in our class.”

Approximately 14,700 students applied for acceptance to Georgia Tech, an Institute record and a three percent increase from last year. Each student is vying for one of the 2,400 spots for fall admission or the 250 spots available to start this summer.

“Our summer program gives students the opportunity to experience a world-class research institution in an intimate setting,” said Clark. “Starting out with small class sizes, as well as a chance to really get to know professors, is a huge advantage.”

Early deposits are up by about 10 percent as well. Those accepted to Georgia Tech have until May 1 to make their deposits and enroll in classes during their freshman orientation.