Posted August 5, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech Media Relations
Incoming class has largest percentage of women in school history
Georgia Tech’s incoming freshman class is the most diverse in the Institute’s history. More than 35 percent of the incoming class members are women, the largest female population for a freshman class in Georgia Tech history.
“We’re excited to have such a talented and diverse class. Like many schools around the country we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of applications for freshman admission, but we are pleased that we continue to attract a quality pool. I believe our augmented diversity is the result of more streamlined, timely and targeted messages, enhanced marketing and social media presence, and dedicated counselors for underrepresented groups,” said Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admissions. “Additionally, in this economy, students and families are looking for an education that will prepare them well for the future. Georgia Tech’s position in the top 10 for public intuitions for over a decade- and our recent induction into the American Association of Universities, is absolutely helping us to attract the best students both nationally and internationally.”
In addition, this year’s freshman class has 55 percent more African-American students and 65 percent more Hispanic students than last year. More than 61 percent of the incoming class is from Georgia.
This fall’s freshman class has an average grade point average of 3.89 and an average SAT of 1376/2025. More than 13,500 students applied to Georgia Tech, an 18 percent increase over last year. Applications for the incoming class came from 49 states (as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) and 89 countries.
More than 21 percent of the incoming class members are legacies. The most popular majors for incoming freshmen at Georgia Tech are undecided engineering, biomedical engineering,, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and management.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.