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Georgia Institute of Technology


The Georgia Institute of Technology is a public, coeducational university in Atlanta, Georgia that was chartered in 1885 and opened in 1888. More popularly known as Georgia Tech, its campus stands on a large part of Midtown Atlanta. It is member-school of the University System of Georgia and also has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; and Singapore.

The university has undergraduate and graduate degrees and has colleges of engineering, sciences, architecture, computing and public policy and administration. It houses a nuclear research center and a number of other research and development centers. Its most prominent programs and facilities are the Frank H. Neely Nuclear Research Center and the School of Information and Computer Sciences.

During the 1996 Summer Olympics, the athletes' village was located at Georgia Tech's campus and several athletic events were also held there.

General Information

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology stands on 400 acres of urban land. Its motto is "Progress and Service."

As of 2006, the public university had a total endowment of US$1.047 billion. Its total student population was pegged at 16,654, including 11,482 undergraduates and 5,172 postgraduates. The university has a faculty of 900.

The university's current president is G. Wayne Clough. Its official colors are Old Gold and white while its nicknames are Yellow Jackets and Ramblin' Wrecks. Its mascots are Buzz and Rambling Wreck. In athletics, the Georgia Institute of Technology has eight men's and seven women's varsity teams. It competes in NCAA Division I.


In 1865, former Confederate officers John Fletcher Hanson and Nathaniel Edwin Harris, both prominent citizens of Macon, Georgia, pushed the idea that the South needed its own industrial revolution in order to compete with the fast-developing North. However, considering that the South was made up mostly of agricultural workers, the idea for a technology school came about.

In 1882, Harris led a group of prominent Georgians on a fact-finding mission to the Northeast so they could see for themselves the operations of leading technology schools. Based on what they had seen at the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science and Boston Tech, the delegation prepared a model of its technology school. The model strongly endorsed the combination of "theory and practice," which included student employment and creating consumer goods to help finance the school.

By the fall of 1885, the Georgia School of Technology was ready for operation. It had two buildings: one for classrooms and the other served as a machine shop for the production of goods to sell for school funding. The shop was equipped with a foundry, forge, boiler room and engine room.

In 1887, the school was able to expand its campus, thanks to a donation of four acres from Atlanta pioneer Richard Peters.

The visit of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to the Georgia Tech campus on October 20, 1905 marked an important milestone in the school's history and reflected its growing importance to the region. Roosevelt delivered a speech praising the benefits of technological education and, afterwards, shook hands with all the students.

Georgia Tech played an important role in the war effort during World War II. With its engineering school and strong ROTC program, the university became one of the five US colleges where recruits were tapped for the U.S. Navy's officer program. In 1942, school officials changed the traditional nine-month semester to a year-round trimester to allow students to graduate a year early to contribute to the war effort. Students could also finish their engineering degrees while in the active service.

The school formally became known as the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1948 and began admitting female students in 1952. In 1961, it earned the distinction of being the Deep South's first university to desegregate on its own accord, unlike other educational institutions which had done so because of a court order.

During the 1996 Summer Olympics, Georgia Tech became the Olympic Village and the West Campus was constructed to accommodate more athletes. At that time, the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center was erected to host the swimming competition while the Alexander Memorial Coliseum was upgraded.

Programs and Facilities

The Georgia Institute of Technology has undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges, namely, the College of Engineering, College of Computing, College of Sciences, College of Management, College of Architecture and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

With several research centers and interdisciplinary degree programs, these six colleges often collaborate with one another in support of its various programs.

The State of Georgia regularly provides funds to the Georgia Institute of Technology, which also accepts tuition fees, alumni contributions and research grants.


The annual U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Georgia Institute of Technology among the top 10 public universities in the United States.

In 2006, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the Georgia Institute of Technology number eight among all US pubic universities, number four for its graduate engineering program and number six for its undergraduate engineering program.

The U.S. News & World Report gave only two engineering programs the distinction of having all of its schools rank in the top 10 in 2006: Georgia Tech's College of Engineering and MIT's School of Engineering.





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