SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Georgia Institute of Technology

More than 21,000 students attend Georgia Institute of Technology, located on 400 acres in the heart of Atlanta. The Georgia Tech community prides itself on being distinctly engaged, wonderfully diverse, and being committed to excellence. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the university highly, giving it the #1 ranking for industrial engineering graduate and undergraduate programs in the nation, and the #2 civil engineering undergraduate program in the nation. Georgia Tech has 6 major colleges including Architecture, Business, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Sciences.

There is plenty to do in Atlanta for students. Some must see attractions are attending a Yellow Jackets sporting event, seeing the pandas at the zoo, taking a tour of the CNN studio or Coca Cola factory, or taking a walk through one of the many city parks. Atlanta is unique because you are in the deep south but still get to enjoy the big city lifestyle.

We spoke to a recent Georgia Tech graduate, here is what he had to say:

Name: Ryan Bowman

Year: Graduated, Spring 2015

Major: Masters in City and Regional Planning

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL


Why did you choose to attend Georgia Tech?

– In the city of Atlanta, which is a large living laboratory for city planning; 

– Prestigious school that carries a large, successful network of alumni; 

– Still in Southeast US, close to friends and family.

What do you like most about Georgia Tech?

– The feeling that big things are happening on the campus. There are a lot of private companies that contract work through Georgia Tech, so there are ample opportunities work for professors on assignments that apply science and technology to real world problems.

What do you like most about living in Atlanta?

– Great food city – lots of immigrants make Atlanta their home, bringing their food and culture with them. There are also many farm to table restaurants and tons of great bbq joints; 

– Great climate – mild winters and hot summer, with perfect weather during spring and fall. Also the entire city is forested, so the city changes with the seasons, making spring and fall beautiful.

What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?

– Play ultimate frisbee in a local park, go hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains, and see live music shows at local venues.

– Volunteer with non-profit organizations like Trees Atlanta, the Beltline Inc., and Georgia Conservancy. It’s a really positive and healthy way to socialize with people that have similar interests.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

– Get involved with as many extracurricular activities as possible, be it with student organizations, networking events, or volunteering with non-profits. These avenues help make a big campus small, build friendships and professional networks, and allow you to explore different parts of the city.

If you are interested in attending Georgia Institute of Technology, you can download the “Visit GT” mobile app. On the app you can take a virtual tour of campus or take a real GPS guided tour, see local restaurants and shops, view admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, and more!

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