Updated: August 2020
As you prepare your college application, check out these helpful application tips from our admission counselors.
Ready to apply now? Georgia Tech's application for first-year admission is now open.
Top 6 College Application Tips
- 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.
- Pick a deadline.
Beginning with the 2021 application cycle, Early Action will be divided into two rounds. This change allows us to focus on Georgia students earlier in the process and is more in line with school start dates in our state versus other parts of the country.
Early Action 1
The October 15 application deadline is reserved for Georgia students — defined as those who attend a Georgia high school, or Georgia residents living outside the state.
Early Action 2
The November 2 application deadline is reserved for non-Georgia students — defined as those who attend a high school outside Georgia (including internationally) and are not Georgia residents — who wish to be evaluated during Early Action.
January 4 is the last date to apply for first-year admission for the following summer/fall term. The application and evaluation are the same as for Early Action.
- Upload an unofficial high school transcript.
When evaluating your application for first-year admission, we are very interested in understanding how you stretched and challenged yourself relative to the curriculum available at your school. Georgia Tech is looking for students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and aren’t afraid of a challenge! You may upload an unofficial high school transcript via your admission portal after application submission. Only if you are accepted and choose to enroll at Georgia Tech will you be required to submit an official, final high school transcript.
- 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 in your 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 the postal service.
- 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. 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 to College During Early Action
- You’ll find out faster.
If you’re a Georgia student who applies by October 15, you will get your decision in mid-December. If you live outside of Georgia and apply by November 2, you’ll get your decision by early January.
- The criteria are the same.
The Early Action application is exactly like the Regular Decision application, and we will make our admission decision based on the same factors.
- You’ll be considered for competitive programs.
Students who apply early are eligible for consideration for certain programs such as the Stamps President’s Scholars Program and the Scheller College of Business Dean’s Scholarship.
- 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 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…
- 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.
- 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 overlook the supplemental essay.
This small essay packs a big punch in the admission process. Check out the Georgia Tech Admission Blog for tips on making your short essay stand out.