Academic Services Committee


February 26, 2008



Members Present:  Margaret Loper (GTRI) (Chair), Jess Chandler (SGA), Marlit Hayslett (GTRI), Judith Norback (ISyE)(Secretary), Jim Sowell (PHYS).


Members Not Present:  Bill Ballard (Exec. Board), Nancey Green Leigh (CRP), Myrtle Turner (GTRI), Cam Tyson (CHEM), Jane Weyant (COE).


Visitors:  Rick Clark, Associate Director of Admissions for Undergraduates


The meeting came to order at 10 am on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, in the Poole Board Room in the ISyE Main Building. 



The purpose of the meeting was to learn about the undergraduate admissions process.


Detailed Discussion

Georgia Tech has 16,000 students—12,500 are undergraduate.


Applications for Fall 08—

·         10,400 applications received (8 percent more than last year)

·         For 2,400 freshman slots and summer class of 250

o   Summer class (6-week term)

§  20 to 30 students accepted are athletes

§  Most are Georgia residents

§  For example, a student entering Aeronautical Engineering with a “C” in AP Physics will benefit by starting early.

§  But now 200 students apply directly for summer (not just students who are less qualified).  These students are starting early.

§  Started in summer 06

·         To date 4300 students have been accepted; we will offer admission to 5500 to get 2400 students

·         65 to 70 percent of class will be from Georgia; about 30 percent will be from out of state. 

·         Priority for outreach:  applicants who are female, African American, Hispanic

·         Last year matriculated students represented 48 states and 56 countries.


Office of Student Scholarship—

·         Letters of recommendation and personal interviews are required for scholarships but not for regular admission.

·         President’s Scholar is the pre-eminent scholarship; it is merit-based.

·         Applications must be received by October 31st.

·         Important:  academic record/GPA, extracurricular activities/leadership, essay

·         500 semi-finalists, 115 get some scholarship


High School Requirements—

·         Some high school juniors graduate early and come to Tech (skip their senior year)

·         Some graduate high school; some don’t.

·         Minimum requirements in high school:

o   3 years social studies

o   2 years of same foreign language

o   3 years science

o   4 years English

o   4 years math


Requirements for Regular Admission Process

·         GPA and type of classes taken (average GPA is 3.75)

·         SAT (math and critical thinking)—range 1270 to 1410

·         Any activities student does outside classroom

·         Essay

·         No personal interview or recommendation letters unless applying for scholarships

·         For the current sophomore high school class, SAT writing will be reviewed.

·         Twenty-three percent of freshmen class are legacy students.


Miscellaneous Information

·         The ADAPTS office ( office serves students with special needs.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.


Respectfully submitted,

Judith Norback