Georgia Tech: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 22.6%. Applicants can apply to Georgia Tech by using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Students who wish to be considered for Georgia Tech's academic scholarships must submit their application by the Early Action deadline.

Considering applying to Georgia Tech? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including the average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why Georgia Tech?

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Campus Features: Georgia Tech's 400-acre urban campus gives students close proximity to area restaurants, museums, and a wide range of cultural events.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 22:1
  • Athletics: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • Highlights: Georgia Tech represents one of the best values in the country for science and technology fields. The school places a heavy emphasis on research, so students gain plenty of hands-on experiences.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Georgia Tech had an acceptance rate of 22.6%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 22 were admitted, making GT's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 35,613
Percent Admitted 22.6%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 39%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Georgia Tech requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 73% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 670 730
Math 680 770
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Georgia Tech's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Georgia Tech scored between 670 and 730, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 730. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 680 and 770, while 25% scored below 680 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1500 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Georgia Tech.

Requirements

Georgia Tech does not require the SAT writing section. Note that GT participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At Georgia Tech, SAT Subject tests are optional; applicants can submit SAT Subject test scores if they believe they will improve their overall application.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Georgia Tech requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 31 35
Math 30 35
Composite 30 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Georgia Tech's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Georgia Tech received a composite ACT score between 30 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 30.

Requirements

Georgia Tech does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, GT superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Georgia Tech freshman was 4.07, and over 90% of admitted students had GPAs over 3.75. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Georgia Tech have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Georgia Tech Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Georgia Tech Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. 

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Georgia Tech. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The Georgia Institute of Technology is a highly selective public university that accepts less than a quarter of all applicants. Accepted students tend to have both high grades and high test scores. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that the majority of students who got in had a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1200 or higher, and an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. The higher those numbers are, the more likely a student is to be accepted. Note that a few students with high GPAs and strong test scores still got rejected or waitlisted from Georgia Tech. In fact, there's a lot of red (rejected students) and yellow (waitlisted students) hidden behind the blue and green in the upper right of the graph.

Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Georgia Tech has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Georgia Tech's average range. The Georgia Tech admissions website lists the factors that are used to make admissions decisions:

  1. Academic Preparation
  2. Standardized Test Scores
  3. Contribution to the Community
  4. Personal Essays
  5. Recommendations
  6. Interview
  7. Major Selection
  8. Institutional Fit