Admission Tips

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Admission Tips

Updated: October 2019

As you prepare your college application, check out these helpful application tips from our admission counselors.

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Top 7 College Application Tips

  1. Do your homework.
    Check out our first-year student profile and refer to the Georgia Tech Admission Blog for insights and tips about the undergraduate admission process.
  2. Choose one application.
    Georgia Tech accepts both the Coalition Application and Common Application for first-year admission. We do not have a preference, and there is no advantage in the admission process to using one application over the other. You should select one application that you are most comfortable submitting. Do not submit both. Bonus tip: If you decide to submit the Coalition Application, you are not required to complete the "grades 9-11 coursework" section of the application.
  3. Pick a deadline.
    Georgia Tech will begin accepting the Common App and Coalition Application on Aug 1. Our first application deadline (Early Action) isn’t until October 15, and our Regular Decision deadline is January 1, but starting now will help ensure you get your application in on time. Bonus tip: To be considered for Georgia Tech’s Stamps President’s Scholarship, Scheller Dean’s Scholarship, and the Honors Program, you should apply by our Early Action deadline of October 15.
  4. Submit an official high school transcript.
    Ask your school counselor to send your transcript AFTER you have submitted your application. We prefer that you submit your transcript electronically. Visit our Documents Submission page to find more details on how to do this.
  5. Tell us about all of your test scores.
    You may self-report standardized test scores on your application for us to use in file review. We will consider self-reported scores listed on your Coalition Application and Common Application testing section. We provide a form in your Admission Portal to self-report scores after you submit your application. We will not use scores received via email, fax, or postal service.
  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 to College during “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.
    Students who apply early are eligible for consideration for certain programs such as the Stamps President’s Scholarship Program and the Scheller Dean’s Scholarship.
  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 excites you. When you can feel yourself “get into” what you’re writing, you’ll know you’ve found your topic. Still stressed out over what to write about? Read this blog by our Director of Undergraduate Admission: College Admission Essays: I’ve Heard That One Before…
  3. Stay on topic.
    When you review 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 overlook the supplemental essay.
    This small essay packs a big punch in the admission process. Check out our admission blog for tips on making your short essay stand out.
  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.
  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.

The Right Way to Email a College Admission 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.
  6. Remember spell check and grammar check.
    These are great tools that do 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 Admission Tips for Parents

  • Read the Georgia Tech Admission Blog.
    It offers a wealth of information, insights, and tips about the undergraduate admission process.
  • Pay close attention to all application deadlines.
  • Make sure your student submits all required documents.
  • Your student can also submit optional items for consideration.
    We will also look at one teacher recommendation, SAT subject tests, and AP/IB scores.
  • Fill out financial aid forms, which are required for scholarships, grants, and loans.
    All financial aid documents are available starting October 1. The priority deadline for consideration is January 31.
  • 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:
    • Start with an old-fashioned pros/cons list.
    • Be realistic about college costs and what your family can afford.
    • Explore all options for financing your child’s education.
    • Take one last visit – you and your child will likely see the college through a completely new lens.
  • 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. Be sure to pay your admission and housing deposits by this date.

Behind the Scenes of the Undergraduate Admission Process

Wondering what happens to your application once you've submitted it to Georgia Tech? Watch this video to find out!