Georgia Tech Application Essay Prompts
Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech? (max 150 words)
This is a question you should always ask yourself before applying to a school. The best place to start brainstorming a response is Georgia Tech’s website: read up on its academics, research opportunities, and clubs, and see what draws you in. If you know a student or alum, ask them for insights (however, don’t make a personal connection the focus of your essay).
Your answer should be consistent with the rest of your application, meaning that any interests you discuss in this essay should also be reflected in your transcript or extracurricular activities. Remember to steer clear of mentioning rankings — there are plenty of other things to focus on.
For example, over half of the student body majors in engineering; if you love designing and building, Georgia Tech has one of the highest concentrations of like-minded individuals you’ll ever encounter. Including facts like this and connecting them to your personal desire to attend the school will make for a much more effective essay than a lazy reference to its high rank.
Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 150 words or less.
When answering this prompt, the first step is to choose your question. As you read through the options, pay attention to whether any ideas or experiences jump out at you. Your essay will be much more compelling if you’re actually passionate about your topic, so take the time to come up with something you truly want to write about.
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?
With this option, keep in mind that the scope of the question is quite narrow. This is a great choice for a student who has helped their family out substantially, such as caring for a sibling or ailing relative, working a part-time job, or translating for non-English-speaking parents. Even if you haven’t done any of these things, this question isn’t off-limits — for example, you might regularly introduce your non-technical parents to fascinating new scientific concepts.
For the impact part of the prompt, try to show rather than tell; instead of simply stating that your parents have had a lot more free time since you started babysitting your siblings, describe how your parents have more energy when they come home from work and your siblings gush about all the great books you’ve introduced them to. If you can’t think of a good example of the impact you’ve had on your family, you might want to pick a different prompt.
Students are often told what classes they should take. If you had the opportunity to create a class, what would it be and why?
This is a very open-ended prompt, making it perfect for creative students. The exact subject you write about isn’t as important as the reasoning you give (although you should make sure that Georgia Tech doesn’t already offer a similar class). Focus on the skills or experiences your class would give students, such as improved public-speaking confidence or a new appreciation for a previously unfamiliar culture.
Although most students will probably find it easiest to write a lighthearted response to this prompt, it’s fine to choose a more serious topic. For example, if you know someone who died due to bystanders lacking some basic training, your class might provide a comprehensive discussion of physical and mental first aid, as well as how to recognize the most common warning signs.
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.
The definition of “uncomfortable” is intentionally vague in this prompt, giving you a broad range of options. You could write about standing up to a bully, pushing yourself too hard during track practice, visiting a new country… the possibilities are endless. Whatever topic you choose, make sure to talk about both the situation and the outcome.
Although there’s nothing inherently problematic about discussing an argument or heated debate, make sure that your response doesn’t paint you in a negative light. Avoid situations or wording that might make you sound stubborn or close-minded. This is a great chance to show off some of your best qualities — take advantage of it!
Included with the online transfer application are three short answer essays. The purpose of the essays is to assess your writing ability and, more importantly, to learn more about you as an individual. This portion of the application helps us get to know you, assess mutual fit and better understand what you could contribute to Georgia Tech.
What We Are Looking For
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
- Brings you to life on paper
- Are excellent in topic, style, and grammar
- Demonstrate thoughtfulness
Our advice for completing 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 overthink it. It may not be easy to write about yourself, but just write what you feel most comfortable with.
- 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 have to bring to Georgia Tech.