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Rank: 19

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Atlanta, GAwww.gatech.edu
For in-state students, Georgia Tech is one of the lowest-cost technology-focused colleges in MONEY's top 50. The typical student has an SAT score in the 1300s or 1400s, and undergraduate classes are known to be demanding, yet the school maintains an above-average graduation rate of 86%. Georgia Tech students have ample opportunities to assist in faculty research. They do noticeably well in the job market, reporting to PayScale average annual earnings of $68,100 within three years of graduation -- a figure that is about 19% higher than the average for graduates of similar schools. The high concentration of men -- of the students starting in fall 2017, just 43% were female -- causes some to complain about the social scene. But there's plenty to do on campus, as well as in Atlanta. Each year, Georgia Tech rents out a Six Flags theme park so that faculty, staff, alumni and friends can enjoy the rides without long lines. The school has 17 NCAA Division I teams, but football is particularly revered. Homecoming week for the Yellow Jackets has a full lineup of traditions, including a water gun fight and a pre-game foot race that awards cakes to the winners and cupcakes to all participants. Students carry on one of the most intense college football rivalries in the country against the University of Georgia. Georgia Tech students are known to describe their attitude toward their rival as "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate."
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$29,500
% of students who get any grants
62%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,300
Average price for low-income students
$6,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
26%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
17,223
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
52%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$11,275
student success
Graduation rate
86%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$24,000
Average salary within 3 years
$68,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
57%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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