Georgia Tech Buzzport Admissions Essay

  • You will need a GT Account username and password to login to BuzzPort to access form. To activate your GT account, visit

  • Priority deadline for all students is January 31st.

  • Students who have been awarded funds from outside/private scholarships must also complete a GT App so that the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid may determine the proper disbursement schedule for your funds.


    Step 2

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Students wishing to apply for all programs that Georgia Tech's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) administers, including federal, state, and institutional programs, will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Priority deadline for all students is January 31st.

  • Start early and review our FAFSA tips to get you started. Georgia Tech's Title IV school code for the FAFSA is 001569.

  • A valid FAFSA, processed by the U.S. Department of Education, is required for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to determine whether you qualify for federal, state, or institutional funds that carry a financial need component. Please note that FAFSA processing can take up to 3 – 5 business days after completion.

  • Georgia residents applying for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship ONLY may complete the GSFAPPS form at  instead of the FAFSA. The GT App is also required.  


    Step 3

    Provide additional information if requested.

  • Some students will be required to complete the process of Verification. Verification is a process through which the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid must verify the accuracy of the information provided on the FAFSA with guidance from the Department of Education.

  • If, and only if, you are selected for Verification, you must complete the Verification process before any awards will be finalized.

  • Case-by-case we are required to review discrepancies and resolve any issues in order to award federal, state, and institutional aid. To resolve a discrepancy our office will request appropriate additional information.

  • Our office will contact students about submitting additional required documents, if needed. Students are encouraged to login to BuzzPort on a regular basis to view their Financial Aid requirements and eligibility tab to ensure all documents are submitted on time and to review any outstanding documents that may be required.

  • It important that all documentation is submitted as soon as requested, preferably before the priority deadline. If you are not able to comply, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor.

  • The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will make any and all changes required as a result of Verification.


    Step 4

    Review your award offer.

    An award letter will be generated once students have been officially admitted to Georgia Tech and all final transcripts have been received and are articulated.

    Award notices can be viewed via BuzzPort. Email notices regarding the award letter for the next academic year will occur during the following times according to student classification:

  • Freshmen: Mid-April

  • Returning Students: Mid-June

  • Transfer Students: Mid-June for Fall entrants.

  • Graduate Students: June-July.

    Graduate students receiving a Graduate Assistantship and/or Fellowship should contact their academic department or outside fellowship sponsors to determine their award levels. As our office becomes aware of additional forms of aid, we will revise your award as necessary.


    Step 5

  • Complete Loan Steps if you wish to receive federal student loans.
  • Included with the Common Application, Coalition Application, and Georgia Tech questions is one long essay and two short answer essays. The purpose of the essays is to assess your writing ability and, more importantly, to learn more about you as an individual. This portion of the application helps us get to know you, assess mutual fit and better understand what you could contribute to Georgia Tech.

    2018 Essay Prompts

    Common Application Personal Essay

    2018 freshman applicants will choose from one of seven prompts.

    Coalition Application Personal Essay

    2018 freshman applicants will choose from one of five prompts.

    Georgia Tech Short Answer Questions

    Additionally, you will be asked to respond to the prompts below. 

    1. Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech? (max 150 words)
    2. Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 150 words or less.
      • Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them?  
      • Georgia Tech is always looking for innovative undergraduates. Have you had any experience as an entrepreneur? What would you like Georgia Tech to provide to further your entrepreneurial interests?
      • We challenge our students to "be comfortable being uncomfortable". Tell us about a time in high school that you felt outside of your comfort zone and the resolution.
    What We Are Looking For

    Essays are evaluated for both content and writing/grammatical skills. So, before submitting your application, you should take the time to edit and review your essay thoroughly. The traits of a strong essay include ones that:

    • Demonstrate authenticity
    • Brings you to life on paper
    • Are excellent in topic, style, and grammar
    • Demonstrate thoughtfulness

    Our advice for completing this portion of the application

    • Get started early. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your essays!
    • Write and edit your essay in a document editor. Once you have the final draft, you can cut and paste it into your online application.
    • Don’t overthink it. It may not be easy to write about yourself, but just write what you feel most comfortable with.
    • Don’t write what you think we want to read. Write what you want to say!
    • Don’t blow off the essay! We wouldn’t ask you to write it if we didn’t find it to be an important way to get to know you, and what you have to bring to Georgia Tech.

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