Essay

The purpose of the essay is not just to assess your writing ability, but, even 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 Questions
The writing portion of the Common Application includes one essay. Prompts for the current year can be found on the Common App website. Additionally, you will be asked to respond to the prompt below on the Georgia Tech Supplement.

Georgia Tech Supplement (150 word limit)
Why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech, and what do you hope to contribute to our community?

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.