The purpose of the essays are to assess your writing ability and, more importantly, to learn more about you as an individual. We don’t use interviews in our admission process, so this is your chance to help us get to know you 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 one that:
- Demonstrates authenticity
- Brings the student to life on paper
- Makes a strong case for admission
- Is excellent in topic, style, and grammar
- Demonstrates thoughtfulness
The Common App Writing section includes a long essay (250-650 words), which will be reviewed by all schools to which you apply using the Common App. 2016 applicants will choose from one of five prompts:
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Additionally, you will be asked to respond to both prompts below in 150 words or less on the Georgia Tech page on your My Colleges tab. The questions will be found in the Questions section - Other Information subsection.
- Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech?
- Georgia Tech's motto is: "Progress and Service." What does that mean to you?
Our advice for completing this portion of the application
- Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your essays! Get started early!
- Write your essay in a document editor to revise and edit. Once you have the final draft, you can cut and paste it into your online application.
- It’s not easy to write about yourself – this is likely something you haven’t done in the past. Don’t overthink it; 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.