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Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech gets results: The school has a graduation rate of 87%, and its alumni boast early-career earnings of $69,600, 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."
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Georgia Tech is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses in the fall semester, but the university's aim is to have some in-person attendance in most courses.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$29,500
% of students who get any grants
67%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,700
Average price for low-income students
$9,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
22%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1470/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
15,200
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
57%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$10,190
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$23,750
Average salary within 5 years
$69,600
% earning more than $28,000
91%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Georgia Tech is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses in the fall semester, but the university's aim is to have some in-person attendance in most courses.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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