Top 7 College Application Tips
- Do Your Homework
Read all the information that applies to freshman applicants to Georgia Tech.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- You’ll find out faster
If you apply by October 15, you’ll get your decision by early January.
- 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.
- You’ll be considered for competitive programs
Like our Stamps President’s Scholarship Program and Honors Program.
- If deferred, we’ll read your application again
And you can update us on your fall grades and activities.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.