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Georgia Tech sees largest applicant pool in its history


The Georgia Institute of Technology notified high school seniors this weekend whether they made the cut for regular decision admission. Georgia Tech notified early decision applicants in January.

Between early and regular decision, nearly 8,000 students were admitted this year, out of the largest applicant pool in Tech’s history. 

More than 35,600 students applied to Tech, an increase of 13 percent. 

Slightly more than one out of five applicants earned admission, for an overall admit rate of 22 percent.  Out of those 8,000 admitted students, it’s likely 3,000 or so will enroll at Tech. (This year’s freshman class numbers 2,800.)

According to Tech: 

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 being 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.


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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.