Georgia Tech


General Information


The Georgia School of Technology
  • The Georgia School of Technology opened for classes October 8, 1888.
  • 129 students were registered to work towards the first degree offered, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
  • The first academic building was the distinctive Tech Tower.
  • The Georgia School of Technology’s first staff and faculty included five professors and five shop supervisors.
  • The first official motto was, “To Know, To Do, To Be”. It’s symbol is an anvil.
  • The Technologian, the first student publication, appeared March 1891.
  • In 1903, John Heisman became Tech’s first full-time football coach.

 The Georgia Institute of Technology
  • In 1948, the Board of Regents authorized the Georgia School of Technology to be renamed the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • The first women students enrolled Fall Quarter 1952.
  • Institutional accreditation is by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Georgia Tech Police Department accreditation is by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Georgia Tech operates on the semester system.
  • Georgia Tech offers educational opportunities from over 30 schools and colleges.

Professional Accreditation:

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP)
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Industrial Designers Society of America
  • International Association of Counseling Services
  • International Facility Management Association Foundation (IFMA)
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • National Association of Schools in Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)
  • Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)

Degrees are offered in the following:

    • College of Architecture
    • College of Computing
    • College of Engineering
    • Ivan Allen College
    • Scheller College of Business
    • College of Sciences
  • The Georgia Tech Foundation was chartered in 1932. The endowment of the Georgia Tech Foundation has a current market value in excess of $1,920 million.
  • The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) was created in 1980.
  • In 2012 Georgia Tech introduced it’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and has enrolled 1,022,064 students in 24 unique GT courses as of April 2015.
  • The Arts @ Tech initiative, added 15 pieces of international sculpture to the GT campus.

Georgia Tech National Rankings

  • Georgia Tech’s undergraduate program received a ranking of 7th among public universities and 36th overall according to 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report
  • Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering ranked 6th among the top 10 graduate schools in the nation according to the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report
  • Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business received an overall ranking of 29th for undergraduate business education in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report.
  • Several specific top 20 graduate program rankings in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report include:
1stIndustrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering
2ndBiomedical Engineering / Bioengineering
4thDiscrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
4thEnvironmental / Environmental Health Engineering
5thAerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering
5thCivil Engineering
5thInformation and Technology Management
5thMechanical Engineering
5thNuclear Engineering
6thArtificial Intelligence
6thBest Engineering Schools
6thElectrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering
6thMaterials Engineering
7thComputer Engineering
9thChemical Engineering
9thComputer Science
13thProduction / Operations
13thProgramming Language
14thInformation Systems
20thPart-time MBA

Other rankings include:

  • QS World University Rankings, December 2015 edition, ranked Georgia Tech 87th Overall, 4th in Statistics &
    Operational Research and 7th in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2015 edition, ranked Georgia Tech 7th in Engineering/
    Technology & Computer Sciences.
  • ASEE/Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2015 edition, ranked Georgia Tech 1st in undergraduate
    engineering degrees awarded overall to minority students.
  • Planetizen, 4th edition 2015 ranking of the top 10 Planning Programs, Georgia Tech ranks 5th.