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Rank: 27

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GAwww.gatech.edu
Georgia Tech gets results: The school has a graduation rate of 85%, and its alumni boast early-career earnings of $70,800, according to PayScale data. These impressive numbers are no accident. Georgia Tech only accepts about a quarter of applicants, and its courses are rigorous. Students have ample opportunities to assist in faculty research as well as pursue engaging minors like Korean, science fiction studies, and naval science. There's plenty to do on campus and in its Atlanta homebase; students can walk to Centennial Olympic Park or check out music festivals like Shaky Knees. Each year, Georgia Tech rents out a Six Flags theme park so that faculty, staff, alumni, and friends can enjoy the rides without long lines. ("We have a helluva good time," the school website brags) The school has 17 NCAA Division I teams, but football is particularly revered. Homecoming week for the Yellow Jackets comes with a full lineup of traditions, including a tricycle competition and a foot race that awards cakes to the winners and cupcakes to all participants. Students carry on one of the most intense college football rivalries in the country against the University of Georgia Bulldogs, which they first faced back in 1893. Georgia Tech students are known to describe the attitude toward their rival as "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate."
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$30,000
% of students who get any grants
62%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,900
Average price for low-income students
$6,860
admissions
Acceptance rate
23%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,810
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
52%
% of need met
54%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$5,690
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$23,750
Average salary within 3 years
$70,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
57%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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