FAQ

Administration

What are some of the unknown benefits of being in the Honors Program?

The Honors Program has a staff with a broad commitment to providing enrichment to the students of the program. In this respect, we plan programming like our Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Acuity Series or Resume workshops. We bring in speakers from other universities and host luncheons with leaders in various industries. We are trying to do even more this coming year by going to cultural and art events around Atlanta. We offer assistance and guidance from dedicated staff members. We hold classes that dive deeply into diverse and important subject fields. And we provide a living space for a community of like-minded, curious individual. However, we can only provide so much. With the Student Challenge Fund and other discretionary funding, Honors Program Students willing to work with the staff can find ways to fund study abroad programs, clubs and events, alternative spring breaks, etc. The benefits that our students do not know about are the benefits that they have yet to create.

What are the criteria used for admission into the Honors Program?

Please read about our selection process here.

Is an extra fee charged to students in the Honors Program?

Yes, for 2019-20, there is an extra fee of $800* — for 1st-year Honors Program students only (there is no extra Honors Program fee after the 1st-year). The Honors Program fee is charged to 1st-year students at the beginning of fall semester ($400) and at the beginning of spring semester ($400).

*Contingent on final Institutional approval of fee amount.

Will I have to submit something in addition to the standard Georgia Tech application?

There is an additional application for the Georgia Tech Honors Program. You can read about the application process here.

If I apply to the Georgia Tech Honors Program, am I obligated to attend Georgia Tech?

The Honors Program application is in no way binding.  You remain free to accept or decline Georgia Tech's offer of admission.

How and when will I know if I've been selected for the Honors Program?

The Honors Program typically notifies selectees in late April, early May of each year.

When applying for housing, should I wait until I know whether I am accepted into the Honors Program? How does the Honors Program coordinate with the Housing Department?

You should apply for housing separately, by the housing application deadline.  Once our decisions are made and our list of incoming Honors Program students is finalized, we work closely with the Housing Department to ensure that all Honors Program students are placed in the Honors Program residence hall.

If you accept an invitation to be a member of the Honors Program (as long as you have paid the housing deposit and submitted a housing application), you will be placed in the Honors Program residence hall regardless of which dorm you specify on your application.

Does the Honors Program accept AP and IB credit and allow students to graduate on time and early if possible?

The Georgia Tech Honors Program is not a separate college. We are a Department under the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and a program for the academic and social enrichment of our students. Although we have curriculum requirements, we do not have control over what credits our students can transfer. These decisions are made by the University System of Georgia, the Institution, and the student's College and Degree Program.

We do have an Honors Program advisor and a lot of upperclassmen willing to help students on their three or four or five-year plan. The majority of our students graduate within four years, and many of our students find they can take on a second major or multiple minors or certificates and are able to graduate on time with the proper planning. Most people are able to complete their HP course requirements as well. Roughly 85% of the student admitted into the Honors Program graduate as members of the Honors Program.

Scholarships

Does the Honors Program entitle me to a scholarship or some other sort of financial aid?

Admission to the Honors Program does not automatically entitle you to a scholarship or other kind of financial aid. However, Georgia Tech has many need- and merit-based scholarships for which you may qualify. While we hope to provide such opportunities in the future, the Honors Program does not offer any scholarships at this time.

Can I be a candidate for both the Honors Program and the Stamps President's Scholarship Program? If I'm selected for both, can I participate in both?

Yes, you can participate in both programs.

Similarly, can I be in the Honors Program and still take advantage of the International Program or the Research Program?

Students in the Honors Program participate in numerous programs and majors, and we strongly encourage them to take full advantage of the many curricular and extracurricular options Georgia Tech has to offer. The Honors Program itself is not a separate major. Rather, it is a program that works with students and the various academic units at Georgia Tech to develop an inquiry-based approach to learning that serves well in any major.

Do Honors Program Students experience advantages in getting jobs and internships?

The Honors Program does have networking opportunities, and our weekly email will often contain links to apply to scholarships, internships and other programs. Involvement with the Honors Program does add to the resume and can be something that catches the attention of employers. 

However, Honors Program Students have a tendency to be highly motivated students, involved in many clubs, projects, research and/or internships, and the Honors Program becomes just one of many facets of our students that employers see. We have come to expect a high success rate from our students, but we can't simply say that it is a product of being part of the Honors Program alone.

If the Honors Program emphasizes smaller, inquiry-driven classes based on discovery rather than lecture, won't that be harder than other classes? Will I have more work than other students? Will my GPA suffer?

Georgia Tech prides itself on offering a very rigorous and challenging curriculum to all students, whether in the Honors Program or not. Honors Program classes will not necessarily involve exceptional amounts of work or have more stringent grading standards. They will, however, emphasize a classroom environment that encourages students to be fully engaged as active participants in the learning process.

Residence Life

Will I be expected to live in an Honors Program residence hall in my first year?

Yes. Over the years, students have expressed that the first year Honors Program residence hall experience is one of the most important means of establishing a strong student community. Unless there are compelling circumstances, first-year Honors Program participants will be expected to live in the Honors Program residence hall.

One of the primary goals of the Honors Program is to provide opportunities for informal interactions between students and faculty outside the classroom, and many of the Honors Program extra- and co-curricular activities will take place in or around the residence hall. Living in the Honors Program dorm helps students participate fully in the life of the Honors Program community.

All of our students are involved with other communities and activities across campus, so they have opportunities to connect with students outside of the Honors Program, as well.

Is the Honors Program residence hall part of the First-year Experience Program?

Yes. The Honors Program incorporates the components of the First-year Experience Program into its residential program.

Where do Honors Program students live?

First-year Honors Program students live in Hefner and Armstrong residence halls on West Campus, next to Couch Park and West Campus Dining Commons. Many of our upper-level students choose to live together beyond their freshmen year in an Honors Program block in Crecine apartments, across the street from the first-year residence halls.

What can you expect from life on West Campus?

The Honors Program residence halls on West Campus allow close access to West Campus Dining Commons, the Campus Recreation Center, and the Student Center. West Campus has a quieter, more suburban feel than East Campus. Since so many of our students live on West Campus, it's easy for everyone to meet up for study groups or social outings. Georgia Tech's transportation system makes it easy to get from one side of campus to the other, and most of our students participate in clubs and Greek life that meet on East Campus.

What do I do if I have a roommate request or friend I would like to live with who is not an Honors Program student? What if I'm also a Stamps President's Scholar and want to live with other SPS students?

The Honors Program residence hall is reserved solely for Honors Program students. If you are a Stamps President's Scholar in the Honors Program, you may live with other SPS students, as long as they are members of the Honors Program. This is policy is strictly enforced. Honors Program first-year students are expected to live in the Honors Program traditional-style residence halls.