Essay

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 Questions

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. 2015 applicants will choose from one of five prompts, which can be found on the Common App website.

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.