I have written before about how colleges don’t make differentiation easy
Brochures show warm sunny days that are not too breezy
Or gaze pensively into the distance wearing school hoodies overseas
They smile while throwing a Frisbee- not an easy task, my friends
Or sip a smoothie while making a point… but we all know how it ends
With the picture that must be included, especially if for a STEM school–
Two students in lab coats examining something, while still looking remarkably cool.
Normally we keep this blog broadly focused on admission and college
In an attempt to provide some insight, advice, levity and insider knowledge
But in honor of National Poetry Month, we are taking a different approach here
To hit on some specifics of Georgia Tech and make a few points clear
My hope is to tell you a bit about our size, location and ideal student
However, rattling off too many statistics in rhyme simply won’t be prudent.
To understand who we are today you need to know about our founding
It was 1885, Reconstruction South, Atlanta had recently been burned to the ground…ing
What did the future hold? How would the city remain viable? Commerce was in question
So a few former generals turned politicians had a suggestion
Let’s start a place to imagine and Create the Next— to look ahead
We’ll bring young men to Atlanta, teach engineering and give ‘em a bed
Our motto of Progress and Service was as true then as it is today
A deep conviction to improve the human condition has always led the way
We want students who like to be challenged and stretched. Of hard work, they’re not afraid
They want to create, explore, collaborate, and innovate–and not just for a grade
Some call this Type A or confuse their passion with being slightly crazy.
A rare combination of character, purpose and vision: We seek not the smart and lazy.
“We attract, develop, and graduate white collar talent with a blue collar work ethic.”
A quote from Tech alum and College of Computing colleague, Cedric.
Tech students are skeptical, critical, analytical–they quickly raise an eyebrow.
Why are you wearing that? Why did you just say that? Why do you believe that? And then they ask HOW…
ARE we going to make that happen?
The solution isn’t just going to fall into our lap…pen.
Atlanta continues to thrive and our students are very much in that mix
With a traditional campus of grass and trees and squirrels, they still get their urban fix
Restaurants, theaters, and professional sporting events can quickly be found
Opportunities for internships, co-ops, and start-ups abound
There is a furiously entrepreneurial and progressive vibe in Midtown
Incubators, accelerators, innovation hubs and Fortune 500 companies all around.
It is important to give you a few facts and stats– a quick overview
15,000 undergraduates. 29,000 students total. Some call it a lot, others a few.
We are a mid-sized public school in the landscape of Higher Ed
With 35 majors and 6 colleges, we are streamlined, focused— our curriculum is limited
Many know us for Engineering, which is even in our fight song.
But the colleges of Business, Computing, Design, Liberal Arts and Sciences are also strong
We are not all things to all people as you can clearly see
Our approach is to teach what we believe the world needs– it’s simple really
60% of our undergrads are from Georgia, 40% non-resident
So whether you are from Marietta or Massachusetts don’t be hesitant…
…To apply- I had to work that in of course
(Did it disrupt my flow? It felt a bit forced.)
Our retention rate is 97% from first to second year. Among the highest nationally
If someone tells you Tech’s too tough, or students don’t succeed, they’re not speaking rationally
By every measure, list or metric our reputation continues to grow
Upon graduation, our students have options and choices–it’s a name people know.
Hopefully I’ve given you a sense of our campus— and into our students some insight
If not please visit or contact our office. We also have a website.
If you are not a big fan of couplets or rhyme- good news- this blog is now through
You can go back to thumbing through the college brochures that say it is all about you.
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