Applications Open for Campus Tour Guides

Applications for Summer and Fall 2024 tour guides will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.

A tour guide speaks in front of a crowd

Georgia Tech is now accepting applications for campus tour guides for Summer and Fall 2024. Georgia Tech campus tour guides are current students who provide prospective students and their families with an informative and engaging visit around campus.

Applications for Summer and Fall 2024 tour guides will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. The Summer 2024 application can be found here, and the Fall 2024 application can be found here.

Being a campus tour guide allows students to develop or refine their communication skills, as well as meet other enthusiastic students. Thirty slots are available for both summer and fall. For prospective students, a campus visit helps them get a feel for whether the Institute is a good fit for them.

“Not only does a visit provide a more in-depth look, but students can also learn more and connect virtually as well,” said Tera McDonald, assistant director for Campus Visits in Undergraduate Admission. “In-person tours provide students the opportunity to connect with current students and faculty and learn more about the campus culture, community and environment.”

Register for a campus tour here.

Undergraduate Admission Delivers Over 31,800 Decisions to Early Action 2 Applicants

Admitted students join those accepted in December during Early Action 1, an application pool reserved for Georgia students.

On Friday evening, more than 31,800 students who applied to Georgia Tech in Early Action 2 received their admission decision.  

The overall admission rate for Early Action 2, which encompasses both international and U.S. students residing outside of the state of Georgia, stood at 9%. The 3,000 students admitted in this round represent all 50 states, 78 countries, and 1,800 high schools globally. These students join the 2,688 Early Action 1 admitted students from the state of Georgia who received their decisions in December. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admission received a record number of 31,826 Early Action 2 applications, a 15% increase from last year.  

“The students who apply in Early Action 2 represent over half of our applicant pool this year and have a tremendous depth and breadth of talent and experience,” said Mary Tipton Woolley, interim executive director of Undergraduate Admission. “The volume and quality of applicants in this round are a challenge each year, and the team in Undergraduate Admission has worked incredibly hard to process and review each application.”  

Campus visits and outreach opportunities are already in progress for all admitted students, with additional information available on the campus visits page. 

Students who applied in Regular Decision or were deferred from Early Action 1 or 2 can expect to receive their admission decisions in March.  

Learn more about potential first-year admission decisions and transfer pathways

Georgia Tech Outreach Prepares Students for Technology Jobs and Future STEM Education

In early December, Georgia Tech accepted over 2,600 students from 111 different counties. The first student admitted, however, was from an unexpected locale – Twiggs County – where in many years no student applied, and no other applicant had been admitted since 2000.

Cameron Pearson smiles while holding his acceptance letter. He stands next to Mack Bullard, who is also smiling and looking at the camera.
Cameron Pearson (left) poses with his acceptance letter to Georgia Tech next to Mack Bullard (right), the superintendent of schools in Twiggs County. Cameron was the first student to receive his acceptance letter to Tech this school year. 

In late November, a group of 60 Twiggs County High School students visited Georgia Tech’s campus. Among them was senior Cameron Pearson, who had recently applied to Tech as an electrical engineering major. Just a few days away from releasing Early Action 1 admission decisions, Tech surprised Cameron by presenting him with his acceptance letter in person. 

“While Georgia Tech has an international reputation, our top priority is attracting talent from communities around our state and providing them with a world-class educational experience,” said Rick Clark, executive director for strategic student access in the division of Enrollment Management at Tech. 

From its founding in the late 1800s, Tech has focused on equipping Georgians with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the state’s economy and competitive standing. Nearly 150 years later, through research, training, and statewide partnerships, this commitment and mission is stronger than ever: guaranteeing admission to Georgia’s high school valedictorians and salutatorians, providing millions of dollars in scholarships to talented Georgians through the G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program, and partnering with Georgia communities to help them improve and innovate. 

One way Tech is reaching across Georgia is through its Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). CEISMC provides K-12 support through professional development, STEM enrichment, and other outreach programs and partnerships that have become essential to Georgia’s thriving technology industry. 

“Engaging with communities in all regions of Georgia allows us to have an open dialogue about the resources Tech can provide to assist in preparing students for life beyond school,” said Sirocus Barnes, senior program director for CEISMC. “We can also help prepare students who decide they want to earn a degree from Tech.” 

One of CEISMC’s efforts, the Computer Science for Rural Georgia High Schools Pilot Program, began in 2022. This program, in partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) K-12 outreach program STEM@GTRI, connects participating districts and their students to Georgia Tech faculty and staff, as well as quality instruction and high-level resources. 

Twiggs County was quick to become a partner in the program, joining in the fall of 2023 to bolster their computer science program. 

“In 2021, the technology sector in Georgia prospered with over 100,000 jobs, spanning areas such as programming, coding, cybersecurity, software engineering, technical repair, and artificial intelligence,” said Mack Bullard, superintendent of schools in Twiggs County. “Specifically, there are more than 25,000 IT and technical repair occupations and over 24,000 cybersecurity and system engineer positions in the state. Through our partnership with Georgia Tech, our students and faculty gain valuable exposure to highly respected faculty, cutting-edge research, and professional development programs. This exposure is integral to preparing our students for technology-related career fields.”  

On top of CEISMC’s efforts across the state, the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech greatly expanded their state travel efforts in 2023. Counselors visited 98 counties, 60 more than their usual pre-pandemic circuit, and connected with nearly 4,500 students at 282 schools. 

CEISMC plans to expand the pilot program to include eight additional schools this spring. To learn more about CEISMC, view their fall 2023 CEISMC Impact Magazine. To provide support for CEISMC and other outreach efforts, visit the Transforming Tomorrow campaign website

Georgia Tech Welcomes 2,688 Students in Early Action 1

Friday, Dec. 8, brought decision release for nearly 7,000 Early Action 1 applicants, with the Office of Undergraduate Admission personally delivering acceptance letters to students across the state.

On Friday evening, admission decisions were delivered to nearly 7,000 students who applied in Early Action 1, marking a 9% rise in applications from last year.

A total of 2,688 students were admitted, for an overall admit rate of 38%. These accepted students hail from 111 Georgia counties and 404 high schools across the state.

“Early Action 1 decision release caps off years of dedication to school and community by students in our applicant pool,” said Mary Tipton Woolley, senior associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Admission. “It takes an incredibly dedicated admission staff and months of training and holistic review to make decisions amongst such qualified applicants. I’m so glad some of our staff were able to celebrate with students in person today.”

Several students got their acceptance notification in the form of surprise personal deliveries.

At 15 high schools in Atlanta, Cartersville, Griffin, Athens, Hiawassee, and beyond, students were given their acceptance letters in person by members of the admission office and other Tech faculty and staff.

At Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia, six students received their acceptance letters from admission counselor Katie Mattli. Each student was surprised with the announcement while surrounded by family, school faculty, and staff.

Family members learned the news first, ahead of their student’s arrival. Keiko Ishibashi, mother of Sola Ishibashi, shed a few tears when she learned of Sola’s acceptance moments before Sola received the surprising news herself.

“She’s been stressing about this,” said Keiko.

Sola entered the room next, where she said she thought she was meeting to go over information for a class. Instead, she opened her admission letter and read the first couple of sentences that congratulated her on her admission to Georgia Tech.

“This is so much better than sitting in front of a computer screen,” she laughed.

Keiko and Sola Ishibashi stand against a plain wall. Sola holds a sign saying '#gt28'
Keiko (left) and Sola Ishibashi (right) pose for a photo following the hand delivery of Sola’s acceptance letter on Friday, December 8.

Announcements to other students went similarly, with faces of surprise from both students and families alike followed quickly by celebration. For Mattli, the magic of hand deliveries is unmatched.

“I’ve been doing this for quite a few years, and my favorite thing is getting to see the joy in that room,” said Mattli. “The college application process is stressful for students, and today we get to watch them look around the room and see everyone who helped them get to this moment and who have been in their corner — family, counselors, teachers. It’s just such a joyful time.”

The hand deliveries capped off what has been a banner year for travel for the admission office at Tech, which saw visits to 282 schools and connections with nearly 4,500 students.

A record high number of 11,000 degree-seeking Georgia students enrolled at Tech this fall, a 20% increase over the past five years. As enrollment from Georgia students grows, Tech remains committed to serving these students and the state.

“In recent years, the undergraduate admission office has focused on serving students in our home state,” said Woolley. “And that means ensuring students from all corners of the state have the opportunity for a Georgia Tech education.”

First-year applicants choose one of three admission plans: Early Action 1, Early Action 2, or Regular Decision, with Early Action 1 reserved for Georgia students. Early Action 2 decisions for non-Georgia students will be announced in January, and the Regular Decision announcement will occur in March.

Follow @gtadmission on social media to keep up to date on undergraduate admission at Georgia Tech or visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission website for more information.

Undergraduate Admission Reaches Thousands of Georgia Students With Fall Recruitment Efforts

The Office of Undergraduate Admission had a banner year for travel this fall, visiting with more than 4,000 students in the state of Georgia. As they wrap up their travel efforts, the admission team turns its focus to Early Action 1 application review to prepare for the upcoming decision release on Friday, Dec. 8.

A Georgia Tech admissions counselor smiles as she talks to a student.
A Georgia Tech admission counselor speaks with a student at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia.

Each fall semester, the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech hits the road to share information about Tech with high schoolers throughout the state of Georgia. This year, they visited 282 schools in 98 counties, connecting with 4,486 students in the state.  

As part of advancing its efforts related to expanding access to a Tech education in Georgia, this undertaking was the largest on-the-ground effort since the coronavirus pandemic. 

“As we’ve intensified our focus on recruiting students from across our state, I’m proud of the work our team did to visit 60 more counties than our last ‘normal’ travel season,” said Mary Tipton Woolley, senior associate director of Undergraduate Admission. “Expanding access starts in our home state, and I am excited about the groundwork being laid this fall to engage more Georgians.” 

The season began with the Peach State Tour, an annual joint recruitment effort by Georgia Tech, Augusta University, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia, to share information about their institutions with students, counselors, and parents. The tour began in late August and continued through mid-September. 

This year, the tour reached nearly 400 counselors and over 2,500 students during 22 virtual and in-person events. This year was the first since the pandemic that admission counselors expanded their travel commitments to encompass every region of the state, from the northern mountains to the southern plains. 

Sean Kilgore, senior admission counselor and a Northwest Georgia native, spent much of the early fall in that region, connecting with hundreds of students. One of his most impactful experiences was in Lafayette, Georgia, where he spoke to over 50 high schoolers about Tech and applying to college in general. 

“Going back to areas that I grew up in, I’ve been able to utilize this knowledge to understand what students are able to bring to the Georgia Tech community,” he said. “I was so excited to visit schools in the area where I grew up and even more thrilled to see such a large turnout at LaFayette High School, where Georgia Tech has not visited in many years.” 

Moving forward, the office continues to explore new ways to help students across the state see Georgia Tech as an option for college, including this fall hosting specialized drive-in visits for students and staff from Greene County, Coffee County, Forest Park, and Arabia Mountain High Schools. 

“Boots on the ground has always been one of the most important parts of recruitment,” said Woolley. “Building relationships with counselors and school officials, meeting students in their home environment, staying and eating in a community — all these things help us understand the challenges and opportunities faced throughout our state.” 

Now the office turns to completing a holistic review of the record number of applications received for Early Action 1. This year, more than 7,000 applications were received for this decision round, which focuses only on Georgia applicants. This represents an increase of more than nine percent from last year.  Decisions will be released for Early Action 1 on Friday, Dec. 8, but first-year applications will continue to be received through the Regular Decision deadline of Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. 

For more information about the undergraduate admission process at Tech, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission website

Army Medic to NASA ‘Space Plumber’: An Army Veteran’s Journey at Tech

Corey Crisostomo served as a United States Army medic for seven years. During that time, he cultivated a love for engineering that brought him to Georgia Tech. For Veterans Day, we celebrate his time in the military and his path since.

Corey poses for a photo while wearing his full military gear with a member of the Canadian army, also a medic and wearing his full military uniform.
Corey Crisostomo (right) during his time as a medic in the United States Army.

Corey Crisostomo’s passion for engineering first took root on medical calls during his time as a United States Army medic. In his seven years in the Army, Crisostomo often found himself fiddling with medical devices and thinking about how designs could be improved for the medics to use more effectively.

“I remember being on medical calls and messing with the equipment,” recalled Crisostomo. “I’d be thinking, who designed this? It doesn’t do what we need it to. This was made by someone who only thinks they know what we do.”

So, when his time in the Army ended, Crisostomo was set on pursuing this found interest in engineering. He enrolled at Georgia Southern University to complete his core classes, but Georgia Tech was always his end goal for its reputation in the engineering field.

After a year, he transferred to Tech as a mechanical engineering major via the Veterans Transfer Pathway, a program that assists veterans who have completed active duty within the past five years gain admission into Tech.

Crisostomo has now been at Tech for two years and rotates between semesters of classes and working as a NASA Pathways intern. In his role at NASA, he works as a cryogenics propulsion specialist on the Artemis Project, a job that others in the unit fondly describe as a “space plumber.”

“I make sure that all the valves and pumps involved with fuel delivery work correctly,” Crisostomo explained, “essentially making sure that fuel can get to the rocket’s engines so that it actually gets up into the air.”

The position has been enlightening for Crisostomo, especially when it comes to understanding the breadth of the field of engineering and where it can take him.

“I would love to help Army medics, and the more I think about it, the more I think I might want to follow that path,” he said, “whether that be with Army Medical Research or companies that interface with those products.”

Aside from attributing the inspiration for his engineering pursuits to his military experience, Crisostomo also credits it with helping him tackle the academic rigor of his Tech coursework.

“My time in the Army gave me the ability to know that I can do hard things,” he said. “The military gives you a lot of soft skills that help you frame problems and have a system for approaching a solution. Also, it teaches you how to operate in nearly any environment.”

To learn more about Georgia Tech resources for veterans, visit the Veterans Services page and the Veterans Resources Center.

Applications Open for Campus Tour Guides

Georgia Tech is now accepting applications for campus tour guides for Spring 2024. Georgia Tech tour campus tour guides are current students who provide prospective students and their families with an informative and engaging visit around campus. Applications for tours guides will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2023.

A tour guide speaks to a group of visitors on the Georgia Tech campus.

Being a campus tour guide allows students to develop or refine their communication skills, as well as meet other enthusiastic students. Thirty slots are available for the spring term.

For prospective students, a campus visit helps them get a feel for whether the Institute is a good fit for them.

“In-person campus tours provide students the opportunity to connect with current students and faculty and learn more about Georgia Tech and all the opportunities here for them,” said Tera McDonald, assistant director for Campus Visits in Undergraduate Admission.

Apply to be a tour guide here.

To register for a campus tour, schedule online.

InVenture Prizewinning Transfer Students Offer Inspiration and Advice

Nearly 23% of the 2023 incoming class at Georgia Tech represents transfer students, so we’re highlighting a couple of them to mark National Transfer Student Week.

Tyler Ma and Jeff Mao, co-founders of SellRaze, transferred to Georgia Tech in pursuit of a driven college environment that would help them develop their startup. Now winners of the InVenture Prize, they reflect on their time at Tech and share student tips.

Jeff Mao (left) and Tyler Ma (right) celebrate while holding their InVenture Prize trophy.

For 2023 InVenture Prize winners Tyler Ma and Jeff Mao, a college experience where they could foster their focus on innovation was key — a characteristic they found in spades upon transferring to Georgia Tech.

For Mao, the culture that drew him to Georgia Tech became apparent at a fall visit during the annual Moon Festival, hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association. Soon after, he began the transfer application process.

“People were overwhelmingly nice and passionate about their work,” said Mao of his visit. “Georgia Tech students are doers, and the campus caters to that within the learning environment.”

For Ma, Tech was always the ultimate goal. When he initially applied as a senior in high school, he was offered the Talent Initiative Transfer Pathway Program that granted him admission after a year at another institution.

Ma and Mao met during their time at their previous institution, becoming fast friends. Both computer science majors, the duo spent much of their time as first-year students thinking about how to use code to create the next billion-dollar idea and solve problems. In between classes and other commitments, Ma and Mao created SellRaze, an e-commerce management platform that helps businesses list their products on multiple platforms at once.

Ma did, in fact, transfer to Tech in Fall 2022 through the Talent Initiative Transfer Pathway Program, and Mao followed through the regular transfer process in Spring 2023. According to the two, coming to Tech allowed them to develop SellRaze even further.

Programs like Idea to Prototype challenged them to learn how to present, improve, and analyze SellRaze. It also gave them a mentor in the form of Caleb Southern, a beloved Georgia Tech professor in the College of Computing known for his care for Tech students. For Ma and Mao, finding someone they felt comfortable approaching for mentorship help was difficult as new students, but Southern readily accepted them as his mentees and became a key influence in the project. Southern since passed away, but Ma and Mao say he continues to be a motivational force for them.

“He was the one that got us to think beyond the back-end coding and into how everything actually looks,” said Ma. “I would advise other transfer students to seek out that kind of mentorship.”

It was during Mao’s first semester at Tech that the duo was able to enter the InVenture Prize competition, a faculty-led innovation contest for undergraduate students and recent graduates of Georgia Tech. According to Ma, it was something they didn’t initially see themselves doing.

“They played a video about it during orientation, and it felt so far beyond what we could do at the time,” said Ma. “But eventually, we met the winners from the past year and learned more about it. So even though it was something that felt way outside of our comfort zone, we decided to pursue it.”

For the two students, confidence-boosting, trusting the process, and breaking out of the comfort zone sums up many aspects of their journey and advice for others — even beyond transfer students.

“If you apply and don’t get good news back, that doesn’t mean you should necessarily give up,” said Mao. “I applied three times, but I think that everything happens for a reason.”

Today, Mao works on SellRaze full-time while Ma works on SellRaze and at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Learn more about 2023 transfer students and transfer admission at Tech. Read the transfer pathway guide for more information on transfer pathways at Georgia Tech. Visit Tech’s National Transfer Student Week page to learn more about upcoming events and resources for transfer students and prospective transfer students.