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The Georgia Institute of Technology

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessD Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueD University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessC+
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeF
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Broken Spirit

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

Quite Bright
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He cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: Nov 15 2009
Major: Mechanical Engineering (This Major's Salary over time)
I recently graduated with a bachelors? in mechanical engineering. It's time I wrote my honest opinion about this school. To be completely frank, I hated it.

First the good…

  • For in state students it's very cheap.
  • For an inner-city campus, it?s actually pretty nice.
  • There are a lot of extracurricular programs to get involved in, from exchanges and student research, to sports and clubs. It may not be easy to find time, but the options are there.
  • It will really challenge you mentally. It?s probably the only school in the state that is really academically challenging on a world class level. I breezed through high school (usually asleep), but really hit some roadblocks trying to get through GATech. As a result, I think I'm smarter, mentally tougher, and I'm not afraid to tackle any problem.
  • Now the bad…

  • Social Hell: few women + lots of engineers = awkward. Prepare to spend your years here pissed off about your social situation unless a) you have a good circle of friends at other Atlanta schools or b) fraternities are your thing (i tried one, they are not my thing). I made some good friends here but all were male and engineers. I tried out many of the clubs trying to branch out but met the same lack of social diversity: all dudes and all engineers. As for dating: fuggedaboutit. The few women that are around tend to make you shudder. It's very frustrating. For me, this lack of social life also made my grades suffer. I could have done alot better academically if I had the social support and diversion I needed.
  • Atlanta: So much potential, but just not suited for college students. It's sprawling, crime ridden, and caters to the business crowd. If you think you'll have time to balance 60+ hours a week of schoolwork required for engineering, work part time for cash, and have time to go out and enjoy Atlanta, think again.
  • Parking Assholes: walk or bike, or face ridiculous parking enforcement.
  • Professors: I am not joking when I say that over half of my teachers could not really speak English. And seriously, out of the roughly 50 classes I took, there were only two teachers who could be said to have a grasp of the art of teaching; that is, they could effectively present information in an engaging way. The rest of them mumbled under their breath or read straight from the notes. Many don't really want to help after class either. I thought tuition was supposed to pay for teachers; maybe I was wrong. Imagine putting up with this for 5+ years.
  • Hopefully this will help anyone considering going to GATech. I would say it's not worth it for anyone coming from out of state (there are more pleasant schools with good reputations for similar prices). If it?s really your only option and you're sure you want to be an engineer, just be prepared for a looonng period of suck. And don't do an engineering degree just because you think it will guarantee a job or make you money: do it because you like to design and analyze stuff. I'm almost 4 months out of school and still haven't had a job offer. I don't regret studying engineering but I do regret doing it at GATech. Good luck.

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