What are the criteria for admission into the Honors Program?
We begin with the list of students offered admission by the GT Office of Undergraduate Admissions, since it is the responsibility of Admissions to make the initial determination about each applicant's capacity to succeed academically at Georgia Tech. Once we have received the list of students interested in HP consideration, we begin reading their original GT applications--and doing so very carefully. We take note of GPA and SAT scores, of course, but we don't do our selection process simply by the numbers. Given the overall profile of the students admitted to Georgia Tech, with average SAT scores of over 1350, strict numerical measures don't make meaningful distinctions among outstanding students, nor do they provide valuable insight into the broader profile of students' personal attributes.
Will I have to submit something in addition to the standard Georgia Tech application?
An additional essay is required for Honors Program evaluation.
How and when will I know if I've been selected for the Honors Program?
The Honors Program sends letters of invitation in early April to students selected for the program for the following fall semester.
Should I contact the Honors Program about my acceptance?
Please do not contact the program with questions about the status of your application. We will notify all students of their Honors Program status in early April.
When applying for housing, should I wait until I know whether I am accepted into the Honors Program? How does the Honors Program coordinate with the Housing Department?
No, you should not wait to apply for housing until you know your acceptance status. A large number of our students are not notified of their acceptance into the Honors Program until after the housing application deadline of May 1. Once our decisions are made and our list of incoming Honors Program students is finalized, we work closely with the Housing Department to ensure that all Honors Program students are placed in the Honors Program dorm.
If you accept an invitation to be a member of the Honors Program (as long as you have paid the housing deposit and submitted a housing application), you will be placed in the Honors Program residence hall regardless of which dorm you specify on your application.
Does the Honors Program entitle me to a scholarship or some other sort of financial aid?
Admission to the Honors Program does not automatically entitle you to a scholarship or other kind of financial aid. However, Georgia Tech has many need- and merit-based scholarships for which you may qualify. While we hope to provide such opportunities in the future, the Honors Program does not offer any scholarships at this time.
Can I be a candidate for both the Honors Program and the President's Scholarship Program? If I'm selected for both, can I participate in both?
Yes, you can be considered and selected for both. Students who receive President's Scholarships will also receive invitations to become members of the Honors Program, but all other admitted students are also eligible to apply and to be considered according to our selection process.
Similarly, can I be in the Honors Program and still take advantage of the International Program or the Research Program?
Students in the Honors Program participate in numerous programs and majors, and we strongly encourage them to take full advantage of the many curricular and extracurricular options Georgia Tech has to offer. The Honors Program itself is not a separate major. Rather, it is a program that works with students and the various academic units at Georgia Tech to develop an inquiry-based approach to learning that serves well in any major.
Will I be expected to live in an Honors Program residence hall in my first year?
Yes. Over the years, students have expressed that the first year Honors Program residence hall experience is one of the most important means of establishing a strong student community. Unless there are compelling circumstances, first-year Honors Program participants will be expected to live in the Honors Program residence hall.
One of the primary goals of the Honors Program is to provide opportunities for informal interactions between students and faculty outside the classroom, and many of the Honors Program extra- and co-curricular activities will take place in or around the residence hall. Living in the Honors Program dorm, then, helps students participate fully in the life of the Honors Program community.
Doing so does not, however, isolate our students from the rest of the campus community. Honors Program students take their meals, for instance, in Brittain Dining Hall, the main dining facility that serves all of the residence halls on East Campus. By the same token, many of the Honors Program activities will be open to all members of the campus community, and students not formally in the HP are welcome to attend.
Is the Honors Program residence hall part of the Freshmen Experience Program?
Yes. The Honors Program will incorporate the seven components of the Freshmen Experience Program into its residential program.
Where do Honors Program students live?
First-year Honors Program students live in Perry and Matheson residence halls on East Campus. They are across from the football stadium and close to Brittain Dining Hall. Many of our second- and third-year students choose to live together beyond their freshmen year. Currently, many of our upper class students live in a common block in the North Avenue apartments.
What do I do if I have a roommate request or friend I would like to live with who is not an Honors Program student? What if I'm also a President's Scholar and want to live with other PS students?
The Honors Program residence hall is reserved solely for Honors Program students. If you are a President's Scholar in the Honors Program, you may live with other PS students, so long as they are also members of the Honors Program. If you have a prospective roommate who has not requested consideration for the Honors Program, he or she is welcome to do so; however, selections are individual, not based on roommate preferences.
If the Honors Program emphasizes smaller, inquiry-driven classes based on discovery rather than lecture, won't that be harder than other classes? Will I have more work than other students? Will my GPA suffer?
Georgia Tech prides itself on offering a very rigorous and challenging curriculum to all students, whether in the Honors Program or not. Honors Program classes will not necessarily involve exceptional amounts of work or have more stringent grading standards. They will, however, emphasize a classroom environment that encourages students to be fully engaged as active participants in the learning process.