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Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, is a large university with a large student population of 32,723. This public university, which was founded in 1885, offers a high-quality education to every student and campus housing is available for students who prefer to live on-campus. GIT’s Carnegie classification for doctoral universities is listed as very high research activity - given that doctoral students are busy with research, this is good news for the university and students. Incoming students can also apply AP exam scores for credits, which helps them to spend less time in school. Students who want to earn dual credits can do that as well in order to shorten their education.
Overview of Georgia Institute of Technology
The student faculty ratio is high (18 to 1), which means students may need to compete with other students for time with their professors. However, this likely isn’t too much of an issue if you consider their high retention rate. Breaking down the student population, 16,049 students (49%) are undergraduates; 16,674 (51%) are graduate students. Male students make up 62% of the student body, while 38% of the student body is female.
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||18:1|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||-|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|Recommendations||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Recommended|
|Application Deadline||January 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Compared to other universities, the sticker price (tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies) is fairly low. In-state tuition is $12,682 and out-of-state tuition is $33,794. Books and supplies are approximately $800, and room and board is $12,090. Other expenses total around $4,000.
Still, financial aid will help some families who may not be able to afford the full cost of a GIT education. However, even those students who receive financial aid usually still owe an average net price of $16,950.
If you are interested in knowing the average net price, broken down by family income, look below:
- Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $9,115
- Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $12,339
- Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $15,988
- Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $15,988
- Families earning $100,001 or more pay around $18,290
The average numbers of freshman students who receive financial aid are as follows: grants or scholarships are awarded to 2,170 students or 76%; institutional grants and scholarships are awarded to 745 students or 26%.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$12,716|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||79%|
|Room & Board||$12,090|
- Tuition In-State - $12,682
- Tuition Out-of-State - $33,794
- Books and Supplies - $800
- Room & Board - $12,090
- Other - $4,060
The retention rate at GIT is 97%; this means that 97 out of every 100 students who make up a freshman class return to GIT for a second academic year. The 4-year graduation rate is 40%. However, the rate throughout the US has been trending upward for years and the 6-year graduation rate is much higher at 87%. Students may need that additional two years so they can satisfactorily complete their entire academic program.
GIT does offer evening classes to students who are not able to attend classes during the day. This is mostly for students who may be working and unable to leave their jobs during the day. GIT also offers online classes for those students who prefer that learning method.
The most popular degree programs include architecture and related services; biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing, and related support services; and computer and information sciences and support services. Other available majors include engineering, mathematics and statistics, and physical sciences.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Engineering Majors||2194 Total Graduates / 59%|
|Mechanical Engineering||552 Graduates|
|Industrial Engineering||356 Graduates|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||239 Graduates|
|Chemical Engineering||220 Graduates|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering||207 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||621 Total Graduates / 17%|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||617 Graduates|
|Computer Software and Media Applications, Other||4 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||361 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||361 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||137 Total Graduates / 4%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||68 Graduates|
|All Physical Science Majors||71 Total Graduates / 2%|
|Physics, General||44 Graduates|
|Chemistry, General||22 Graduates|
|Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other||5 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||9%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates of GIT will realize the true benefit of their education only after graduation. The average salary of a GIT graduate is $85,000; their early career salary is $72,700 and their mid-career salary is closer to $133,400. A graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $850,000 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is around $2,184,000.
The four-year cost of education comes out to around $67,800. When students see what their ROI is, they understand just how they have benefited from spending so much. The 10-year projected ROI of graduates is $782,200, while the 20-year projected ROI is as much as $2,116,200.
High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$72,700|
|College Grads Average Salary||$85,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$133,400|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$850,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,184,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$67,800|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$782,200|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$2,116,200|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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