The Georgia Institute of Technology
is one of the nation's top research universities
, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.
Georgia Tech's campus
occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
* , the Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the:
- Colleges of Architecture ,
- Computing , Engineering ,
- Management ,
- Sciences ,
- and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts .
Georgia Tech is an innovative intellectual environment
with more than 900 full-time instructional faculty and more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
The university is a national and international leader in scientific and technological research and education. Over the past decade, overall research expenditures have nearly doubled, increasing 99 percent to $525 million in 2008, while federal research expenditures increased 150 percent. Georgia Tech now ranks among the top 10 in research expenditures among universities without a medical school. In addition, Georgia Tech has an estimated $2 billion annual impact on the metro Atlanta economy, according to a 2008 study.
Founded on October 13, 1885
, the Georgia School of Technology opened its doors in October 1888 to eighty-four students. The School's creation signaled the beginning of the transformation of the agrarian South to an industrial economy. During its first fifty years, Tech grew from a narrowly focused trade school to a regionally recognized technological university.
In 1948, the School's name was changed to the Georgia Institute of Technology
to reflect a growing focus on advanced technological and scientific research. Women students were admitted in 1952, and in 1961 Georgia Tech became the first university in the Deep South to admit African American students without a court order.
In recent years, Georgia Tech
has been a national leader in managing the global transition from an industrial economy to an information economy. Throughout its long history, Georgia Tech has always focused its efforts on preparing students to use their innovative skills and strong work ethic to solve real-world problems and improve the lives of people around the globe.