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Check Out These Application Tips from Tech's Admissions Counselors:

Seven Pointers for the Application Process

  1. Do your homework.
    Go online and 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 President’s Scholarship and Honors Program, you should apply by our Early Action deadline of October 15. Our Regular Decision deadline is January 10.
  4. Submit an official high school transcript.
    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. You can find more details at http://admission.gatech.edu/apply/freshman-application/gpa.
  5. Send all your test scores. 
    We super score from both tests (SAT and ACT) and all test date(s) to give you the best score possible. Read more here.
  6. Let us get to know you.
    Take time to fully describe your extracurricular experiences so we’ll have a chance to see who you are beyond academics.
  7. Don’t rush your essay.
    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.

 

Here's Why You Can't Go Wrong with 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 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. 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.

Six Ways to Support Your Student's Admission Activities

Your student’s senior year is an exciting time, but it will be filled with dates, deadlines, and requirements. The tips below will help you and your student navigate Georgia Tech’s admission process.

  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
    3. School report (to be completed by high school counselor)
    4. Standardized test scores
  3. Your student can also submit optional items for consideration.
    We will also look at teacher recommendations, 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 February 15 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.
    5. Visit our website for parents of admitted freshmen for information regarding next steps!
  6. Secure your student’s spot.
    May 1 is the National Reply Date by which all schools, including Georgia Tech, expect to know whether an accepted student will attend. At this time you will pay your admission and housing deposits.

Eight Strategies for an Awesome 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.

Here are our tips for making your email stand out and receiving a prompt response!

  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 admission@college.edu.
  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!

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Editor: Margaret Tate
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