With this essay, Georgia Tech gauges if applicants are truly interested in the university’s offerings or are simply intrigued by its name value. The key here is to showcase to the admissions officers that you see yourself thriving at Georgia Tech. Don’t let the low word count lull you to sleep. This question is vital to demonstrating your interest in the university.
But remember, this question is still about you. Ensure that you discuss topics such as how you will fit into the campus community or how you will improve the university. There are three foundational steps to taking on this essay: research, pinpoint, and personalize.
For this step, find out as much about Georgia Tech as you possibly can. The more that you know about the university, the more easily you will be able to express why you want to be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket. Georgia Tech rewards applicants who demonstrate thoughtfulness in expressing why they want to attend the university.
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Remember, the essential aspect here is to learn how you can take advantage of Georgia Tech’s opportunities and unique characteristics.
Since this essay is only 150 words, there is no space to waste. This means that you should focus on one aspect (at most two) of Georgia Tech that resonates with you. Your essay shouldn’t read like a list, but rather should give admissions officers a compelling idea of what you will bring to Georgia Tech. This strategy is most impactful if you choose something distinctive about the school.
The aspect of Georgia Tech you choose to hone in on does not need to be academic. For example, Georgia Tech is known for its school spirit. A powerful essay could describe how an applicant who planned and promoted school events during high school strives to cultivate a school identity similar to that of Georgia Tech.
If you’re looking to highlight a strength of Georgia Tech’s engineering culture without sounding cliché, you could bring up the Invention Studio, describing how much you’re looking forward to tinkering around with new gadgets. Connecting this to your desire to create and innovate new technological masterpieces would be a great way to add a personal element. In this way, you can showcase that your personality blends perfectly with Georgia Tech’s school atmosphere and values.
Now that you have an idea of what to write about, you should express something about yourself.
One way to do so is to discuss an extracurricular activity you participated in during high school and how you plan to delve deeper at Georgia Tech. For instance, an applicant interested in the environment might discuss her summer internship researching solar energy and how she plans to continue innovative research through Georgia Tech’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
Georgia Tech seeks students who are passionate and authentic. To demonstrate these qualities in your writing, strive to show, not tell. If writing about your interest in Georgia Tech’s study-abroad program, don’t tell the admissions officers that you like traveling and going to art exhibits. Rather, share an anecdote about how visiting the Louvre in France changed your perspective on the importance of art in society.
The Requirements: 2 essays of 150 words (1 required, 1 choice)
Supplemental Essay Type(s):Why, Community
Georgia Tech 2017-18 Application Essay Question Explanations
Georgia Tech’s unassuming supplement does a good job of disguising its challenges. 2 essays of a combined length of 300 words – easy, right? While the first prompt poses as a basic why essay, it issues a few caveats that may throw some applicants for a loop. The prompts of choice pose similarly cockeyed versions of classic college essay questions. Although the writing may be brief, applicants will want to spend some extra time planning their responses. Fortunately, we made you a guide!
Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech? (max 150 words)
If you’ve looked at any other supplements before this one, you have probably already seen some version of this question: why here? In almost every case the objective is the same — and twofold: (1) You need to demonstrate a solid knowledge of what the school has to offer. And (2) you should leverage that knowledge to clearly demonstrate your interest in the school. In Georgia Tech’s case, though, you may not be able to write about the main things that appeal to you. The prompt rules out three big ones: school reputation, location, and athletics. Admissions is pushing you to dig deeper than the basics, but more importantly, they are pushing you into a more academic realm. So, when you research the school (and yes, you will need to do this for every why essay), direct your focus to the departments and other scholarly opportunities that interest you. What do you want to learn? Bone up on professors and notable alumni in your field. Pick out classes to take and clubs to join. But remember, this essay is relatively short, so once you have at least a page of notes, try to zero in on one central idea as a foundation for your essay: do you want to become the best scientist you can be? Or become a global citizen by taking advantage of study abroad programs and the vast alumni network? Whatever you choose, make sure your choices reveal something important about who you are and what you value.
Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 150 words or less.
Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them?
Many schools ask applicants to write about the communities they come from, but this prompt turns that question sideways. You may have a few good stories about your grandma’s impact on your life, but have you ever taken a moment to think about how you might have changed her life? Your response can be super concrete (“I started working at age 16”) or more abstract (“I make people laugh”), but either way, you should focus on a single notable (and relatively brief) anecdote. Without a specific narrative, you risk writing an essay full of self-aggrandizing platitudes (“I changed my mom’s life for the better”) or irritating self-deprecation (“My family probably sometimes wishes I didn’t exist”).
Not sure where to start? Why not go straight to the horse’s mouth? Interview your parents, siblings, or extended family members about their memories. What are their fondest stories about you? How would they describe you? You can also dig through old photos and mementos like postcards and gifts/souvenirs. What are the kinds of things that your family members give you? What does that say about how they see you?
Georgia Tech is always looking for innovative undergraduates. Have you had any experience as an entrepreneur? What would you like Georgia Tech to provide to further your entrepreneurial interests?
It should already be clear who should/shouldn’t go for this question: if you don’t consider yourself an entrepreneur, move along. That said, there’s a pretty broad definition here: you don’t have to have started a tech company. Maybe you learned a valuable lesson from your first lemonade stand, or discovered something about the complications of working for friends/family when you decided to babysit for your neighbors. How did starting your business (of any variety) change the way you think about entrepreneurship? What did it reveal about your leadership skills?
Although your life experience should be central to this essay, you also need to consider how Georgia Tech can help you “further your entrepreneurial interests.” As with the first part of this prompt, you can think broadly here. “Entrepreneurial interests” don’t start and end with starting your own business; you might want to cultivate a sense of independence as an artist, or be prepared to advocate for yourself in the competitive world of local politics. Get creative, but be prepared to cite specific details about Georgia Tech! If you find that you are repeating points you already made in your Why essay, you might want to consider responding to another prompt.
We challenge our students to “be comfortable being uncomfortable”. Tell us about a time in high school that you felt outside of your comfort zone and the resolution.
We’re sensing a rule of three. Georgia Tech’s third option falls into a similar tradition as Common App prompt #3 and Coalition prompt #3. All of three ask you, in one way or another, to consider a time when you were the odd man out. If you’ve already tackled this question on one of the main application platforms, first of all, good for you. Second of all, you might want to pick a different prompt for your Georgia Tech application to avoid redundant storytelling.
While Georgia’s prompt provides more specific parameters than the other two, it comes with similar challenges. Talking about discomfort can be, well, uncomfortable, and producing a coherent essay on this prompt requires a great deal of maturity and self-awareness. They ask you to describe not only an uncomfortable situation, but also its “resolution.” So, be prepared to tell your tale from start to finish; if you haven’t totally processed an experience, don’t feel obligated to share it. Clearly, we want you to approach this prompt with caution. That said, your high school experience is probably rife with experiences that made you squirm. What was your first public speaking experience like? Did you have an argument with an old friend that revealed how much you had grown apart over the years? Were you ever forced to justify a belief you once took for granted? You’re welcome to get personal and reflective, but we’d caution you to stay away from the “sex, drugs, and rock n roll” realm of your life. (But if you must, we do have a tutorial for that.)