Located in Atlanta, State of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.
The institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as a part of plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States. Initially, it offered only a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1948, the school changed its name to reflect its evolution from a trade school to a larger and more capable technical institute and research university.
Today Georgia Tech stands out as a distinctively different kind of university, one that is eagerly encouraging and developing the revolutionary technologies of the 21st century.
Georgia Tech is ranked 7th among all public national universities in the United States and 34th among all colleges and universities U.S. News & World Report rankings, and Georgia Tech is also highly regarded internationally for its engineering and business programs.
As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.
There are many notable graduates of Georgia Tech, who known as Yellow Jackets. Tech graduates have been deeply influential in politics, military service, and activism. Numerous astronauts and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrators spent time at Tech.
Today, Georgia Tech is organized into six colleges and contains about 31 departments/units, with emphasis on science and technology. It is well recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, business administration, the sciences, design, and liberal arts. Computing and engineering are the most popular specializations of study in Georgia.
Georgia Tech's prime location in Atlanta, Georgia, combines the entertainment, educational, and economic opportunities of an international city with the flavor and personality of close-knit, eclectic neighborhoods.
Our Midtown neighborhood is a thriving place to create, learn, live, work, and play. The city's network of diverse neighborhoods offers a taste of home for everyone — from apartments, lofts, and high-rises to small bungalows or impressive mansions. As the state's economic and cultural hub, Atlanta is packed with attractions, small businesses, high-tech startups, and multinational corporations, along with restaurants, theaters, museums, and concert venues.
Within an easy walk to campus are green spaces and parks, including Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park, and the Atlanta BeltLine — a network of public parks, multi-use trails, and multiple public transit options.
Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus spans 400 wooded acres in the heart of Atlanta. Tech's campus is a comfortable, yet stimulating living and learning environment, with virtually every amenity close at hand.
The campus is organized into four main parts: West Campus, East Campus, Central Campus, and Technology Square. West Campus and East Campus are both occupied primarily by student living complexes, while Central Campus is reserved primarily for teaching and research buildings.
The Georgia Tech campus is located in Midtown, an area north of downtown Atlanta. Although a number of skyscrapers—most visibly the headquarters of AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, and Bank of America—are visible from all points on campus, the campus itself has few buildings over four stories and has a great deal of greenery. This gives it a distinctly suburban atmosphere quite different from other Atlanta campuses such as that of Georgia State University.