Admission Tips

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Admission Tips

Top 7 College Application Tips

  1. Do Your Homework
    Read all the information that applies to freshman applicants to Georgia Tech.
  2. Review the application as soon as possible
    Georgia Tech is part of the Common Application, which opened on August 1. Our first application deadline (Early Action) isn’t until October 15, but starting now will give you plenty of time to get your application in on time.
  3. Pick a deadline
    To be considered for Georgia Tech’s Stamps President’s Scholarship, Scheller Dean’s Scholarship, and Honors Program, you should apply by our Early Action deadline of October 15. Our Regular Decision deadline is January 1.
  4. Submit an official high school transcript
    Ask your school counselor to send your transcript AFTER you have submitted your application. We prefer you submit your transcript electronically. You can find more details about how to do this via the Common Application, Naviance, or regular mail.
  5. Send us all of your test scores
    We "super score" within the same test (SAT and ACT) using all test date(s) to give you the best score possible. You may self-report standardized test scores on your application as a temporary place holder for official scores allowing us to get a head start on review of your file.
  6. Let us get to know you. In the Contribution to Community portion of the application, we are most interested in learning what you are passionate about, and we value the different interests our students bring to Georgia Tech.
  7. Don't rush
    Give yourself plenty of time to write and polish your essay. And build in time to get a parent, teacher, or friend to look at it with a fresh eye. Review this year’s essay prompts.

5 Reasons to Apply for Early Action

  1. You’ll find out faster
    If you apply by October 15, you’ll get your decision by early January.
  2. The criteria are the same
    The Early Action application is exactly like the Regular Decision, and we will make our admission decision based on the same factors.
  3. You’ll be considered for competitive programs
    Like our Stamps President’s Scholarship Program and Honors Program.
  4. If deferred, we’ll read your application again
    And you can update us on your fall grades and activities.
  5. There's nothing to lose
    Early Action is not binding, and you will have until May 1 to decide whether or not you want to attend Georgia Tech.

How to Write an Awesome College Essay

  1. Start early
    Don’t wait until the day before the application deadline to write your essay. Take time to choose a topic and formulate the content of your essay.
  2. Be authentic
    Write about a topic that’s personal to you, and specific to your life story. Think about your passions in life and what makes you feel excited. When you can feel yourself “get into” what you’re writing, you’ll know you’ve found your topic.
  3. Stay on topic
    When you read back over your essay, be on the lookout for tangents. The points you make and details you include should relate to your main topic.
  4. Show rather than tell
    For example, instead of simply saying "I am active in my community," describe things you have done to serve your community. 
  5. Proofread, then proofread again
    Grammar and syntax are important. Write your essay in a document editor (such as Microsoft Word) so that you can easily make edits and changes to your copy. Also, read it aloud. That’s a good way to pick up on typos and awkward phrasing.
  6. Don’t write what you think admissions counselors want to hear
    Essays focused on college rankings or fact and figures come across as cliché and rehearsed. We know who we are; this is your opportunity to show us who you are!
  7. Be careful with humor
    Not everyone shares the same sense of humor, and your essay riddled with satire may not come across as you intended, leaving us wondering if you’re being serious or sarcastic.
  8. Respect your audience
    If you tackle a hot button issue such as politics or religion, be sure to defend your position, but also keep the door open for other perspectives. We are looking for diverse, not divisive, points of view.

How to Email a College Admissions Counselor

  1. Do your research
    Check out the college’s admission website before hitting “send.” Most colleges have a wealth of information available on their admission sites. Examples include admission requirements, application deadlines, scheduling campus visits, and what majors are offered at the school.
  2. Beware of your email address
    Admission officers notice email addresses that are less than professional. If your current address is more cutesy than professional, you may want to consider creating a new account specifically for the college search process.
  3. Target your audience
    Be sure you’re sending your message to the correct department, and also to the correct school.
  4. Include your name and where you’re from
    There are times your message might be redirected to your specific admission counselor, and counselors are often divided by geographic location or by last name.
  5. Don’t send personal information via email
    If you're asked to submit information such as your Social Security number or a copy of your passport, call the admission office and ask for a specific address for a staff member, rather than sending to a general email account such as
  6. Remember spell check and grammar check
    Great tools, and they make a difference.
  7. Be polite and appreciative
    A respectful, courteous attitude will get you much further with staff members and student assistants than being arrogant, pushy, or demanding. Be respectful, and it will motivate the person on the other end of the message to go the extra mile for you!

College Admissions Tips for Parents

  1. Pay close attention to all application deadlines
  2. Make sure your student submits all required documents
    1. The Common Application
    2. High school transcript (to be completed by high school counselor)
    3. Standardized test scores
  3. Your student can also submit optional items for consideration
    We will also look at one teacher recommendation, SAT subject tests, and AP/IB scores.
  4. Fill out financial aid forms, which are required for scholarships, grants, and loans
    The priority financial aid deadline at Georgia Tech is January 31 for all applicants.
  5. Offer decision support
    If your student is accepted at several schools, making a final decision as to which one to attend can often be stressful, so your role in the process is critical.
    Here are some ways to help your student make this decision:
    1. Start with an old-fashioned pro/con list.
    2. Be realistic about college costs and what your family can afford.
    3. Explore all options for financing your child’s education.
    4. Take one last visit – you and your child will likely see the college through a completely new lens.
  6. Secure your student’s spot
    May 1 is the National Deposit Deadline by which all schools, including Georgia Tech, expect to know whether an accepted student will attend. By this time you should pay your admission and housing deposits.