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How to Write the Georgia Institute of Technology Essay

Updated for 2023-2024

Georgia Institute of technology requires students to submit just one supplemental essay for the 2023-2024 application cycle. At just 300 words, students have about half a page to convince admissions officers that they want to study their intended major at Georgia Tech specifically.

Why do you want to study your chosen major specifically at Georgia Tech? (300 words):

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Before you start working on your application, we recommend that you start by reading the Advice from Georgia Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Admission:

What Are We Looking for in Your Essays?
Essays are evaluated for both content and writing/grammatical skills. So, before submitting your application, you should take the time to edit and review your essay thoroughly. The traits of a strong essay include ones that:

  • Demonstrate authenticity & self-awareness.
  • Demonstrate thoughtfulness.
  • Display attention to topic, style, and grammar.
  • Demonstrate a student has thought about why Georgia Tech, specifically, is a fit for them and how their goals align with Georgia Tech’s Values. The Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university established by the state of Georgia in Atlanta in 1885 and committed to developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.

Our Advice for this Portion of the Application

  • Get started early. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your essays!
    Write and edit your essay in a document editor. Once you have the final draft, you can cut and paste it into your online application.
  • Don’t write what you think we want to read. Write what you want to say!
  • Don’t blow off the essay! We wouldn’t ask you to write it if we didn’t find it to be an important way to get to know you, and what you could bring to Georgia Tech.
  • In the same way you would not copy directly from any other source you may incorporate into the writing process, you should not copy and paste directly out of any AI platform or submit work that you did not originally create. Instead, approach and consider any interaction with an AI tool as a learning experience that may help you generate ideas, provide alternative phrasing options, and organize your thoughts. Ultimately, we want to read and hear your unique and valuable writing style.
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Explanation:

Consider this prompt a combination of the typical “Why this Major” and “Why Our School” questions. As you think about your answer, be sure to provide insight not only about why you wish to pursue your chosen academic interest and any experiences you already have in the field, but also about how the specific resources at Georgia Tech can help support your academic and career goals! Whether it be research opportunities, professors you hope to work with, or the teaching resources at one of their six colleges, the more detailed your answer is, the better. Don’t forget to weave in mention of one or more of Georgia Tech’s core values and how they align with your broader academic and personal pursuits!

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Sample:

As I displayed my vibrant Introduction to Python presentation through the projector, the 30 girls chatting excitedly settled into utter silence.

Since ninth grade, I’ve spent every weekend and school break teaching STEM classes to girls from low-income families at my local library. One of my favorite parts of the program has been designing a Python curriculum and watching the magic of code unfold for my students. From crafting lines that draw silly stick figures to writing looped commands for solving questions like converting our age to days, I’m always overjoyed to witness the growth in the girls’ confidence after successfully solving complex challenges.

Georgia Tech’s BSCS program at the College of Computing and commitment to making a positive impact through innovation present unique opportunities for me to further explore CS and its intersectionality with disciplines like human-centered design, while allowing me to use that knowledge to give back. By following the People Threads Curriculum, I can not only equip myself with the essential skills needed to develop interactive software using a human-centered approach, but also apply my learnings to real world applications. Taking courses like “Human-Computer Interaction” will allow me to develop a thorough understanding of the underlying principles guiding human interactions with computers, while “Educational Technology: Design and Evaluation” provides me the opportunity to practice creating effective educational software.

Beyond the classroom, I look forward to joining organizations like Women@CC, where I can be surrounded by inspiring, like-minded women in a male-dominated field. Through education abroad opportunities such as the Georgia Tech China Summer Program, I can deepen my connection to my cultural background and understand it in an academic context. Georgia Tech’s College of Computing offers the best resources for the undergraduate education I hope to receive, and I can’t wait to further explore on campus.