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How to Approach the Georgia Tech Essays 2018-29

UPDATE! There have been some changes to the Georgia Tech supplement for 2019-20.  Get all the details here.

In addition to the Common App or Coalition App, there are two mandatory Georgia Tech essays: a “Why Major” essay and an essay that requires you to choose between three topics. Let’s start by looking at the prompts for the second supplemental essay.

Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 250 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?
  • In our application review, we want to get to know you better. One way to do that is to understand a typical day for you. Please describe your typical day.

These essays give you the opportunity to tell the reader about your personality and character. Let’s get started!


Step One: Pick a prompt

The first step to writing a strong Georgia Tech supplement is picking the prompt that’s right for you.

  • Choose Prompt #1 if you play a unique role in your family.
  • Choose Prompt #2 if you’ve started a business that reflects your passions.
  • Choose Prompt #3 if the best parts of your identity are reflected in your daily activities.


Step Two: Brainstorm

Before you begin writing your Georgia Tech essays, let’s do some freewriting! At this time, don’t worry about organization, spelling, or even punctuation. Just let your ideas flow!

  • Prompt #1: Which member of your family have you made the greatest impact on? Can you think of a specific time when you affected this person? How does the rest of your family view you? How would your family be different if you weren’t around?
  • Prompt #2: What inspired you to start a business? How did it impact other people? What did you learn from this experience? How do you see yourself furthering your interest in entrepreneurship in college? What resources will you need to do so?
  • Prompt #3: What are the highlights of your day? Why do these specific activities appeal to you so much? How have they shaped your identity? What impact do you make on others through these activities?

Tip: You don’t have to give the reader a play-by-play of your day. Feel free to be creative with structure and voice!


Step Three: Your Core Message

The final step, before you begin writing your essay, is to craft a core message that tells the reader who you are and what you care about. Reflect on your freewrite and write 1-2 sentences that articulate your values and character.

Here are some examples of strong core messages:

  • In my family, I play the role of the Challenger. I’ve pushed back against some of my parents’ opinions, forcing them to question outdated beliefs.
  • My stationery company, Letter? I Hardly Know Her!, helps friends stay connected across borders. For every stationery set purchased, I send a card to a soldier on active duty, because I know that receiving mail helps people feel valued.
  • I keep an ongoing list of questions in my notebook, adding to it throughout the day. At rehearsal, I write, “What makes a good actor?” During homeroom, I wonder, “Why do I crave chips?” Every experience leads to new questions, and each question stokes my passion for learning.

Once you’ve crafted your core message, you’ll be off to a strong start!


The other supplemental Georgia Tech essay is a bit more straightforward:

Why do you want to study your chosen major at Georgia Tech, and how do you think Georgia Tech will prepare you to pursue opportunities in that field after graduation?


For a step-by-step guide on how to fully address the “Why Major” question for any school, click here. Happy writing!


Click here for our guide to writing the Common App Essay


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