Nearly 8,000 Invited to Become Yellow Jackets This Year
Incoming students don their RAT caps at New Student Convocation at McCamish Pavilion in Fall 2016
Over the weekend, thousands of students found out if they were invited to join Georgia Tech’s next incoming class.
Regular Decision applicants were notified Saturday, March 10. In total, between Early Action and Regular Decision rounds, nearly 8,000 students from around the world were offered admission.
This year was Tech’s largest applicant pool in history at more than 35,600. Applications increased 13 percent (an additional 4,000), with an 11 percent increase from Georgia residents. This year’s overall admit rate is 22 percent.
Georgia admits have more widespread distribution across the state than ever before. That can be attributed in part to the Georgia Tech Scholars program, which offers admission to valedictorians and salutatorians from Georgia high schools.
Still, those within Undergraduate Admission realize that more applicants can also mean more disappointments. Each application is reviewed by at least two people, and faculty from all six colleges are involved in the holistic review process in both rounds of admission.
“These are difficult decisions that we’ve reviewed thoroughly, but the process only reinforces how tough it is,” said Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission. “We bemoan the fact that we have to deny so many talented students.” Many students not offered admission as first-year students, though, pursue one of Tech's various transfer pathway programs. Tech enrolls 1,000 transfer students each year.
For the first time this year, students applying to the industrial design and architecture programs were required to submit portfolios as part of their applications, a requirement that was instituted for music technology applicants last year.
Around 300 first-year students each year participate in Tech’s summer program, which lets them begin their college experience a semester early. This year, tuition costs have been reduced for summer semester.
During the next month, Admission will host more than triple its usual number of programs for admitted students, helping them make the decision of whether to enroll this fall. Faculty, staff, and current students can join in that process by sharing their love of Tech with accepted students — whether personally with those they know, or more broadly on social media with the hashtag #gt22.