Atlanta, GA 30332, Top 100 Universities in USA 2014 – Rank – 49, Georgia Institute of Technology In Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, United States
The Georgia Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Georgia Tech, Tech, or GT) is a public research university inAtlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai, China; and Singapore.
The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States. Initially, it offered only a degree in mechanical engineering. By 1901, its curriculum had expanded to include electrical, civil, and chemical engineering. In 1948, the school changed its name to reflect its evolution from a trade school to a larger and more capable technical institute and research university.
Today, Georgia Tech is organized into six colleges and contains about 31 departments/units, with emphasis on science and technology. It is well recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, business administration, the sciences, architecture, and liberal arts.
Georgia Tech’s main campus occupies part of Midtown Atlanta, bordered by 10th Street to the north and by North Avenue to the south, placing it well in sight of the Atlanta skyline. In 1996, the campus was the site of the athletes’ village and a venue for a number of athletic events for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The construction of the Olympic village, along with subsequent gentrification of the surrounding areas, enhanced the campus.
Student athletics, both organized and intramural, are a part of student and alumni life. The school’s intercollegiate competitive sportsteams, the four-time football national champion Yellow Jackets, and the nationally recognized fight song “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech“, have helped keep Georgia Tech in the national spotlight. Georgia Tech fields eight men’s and seven women’s teams that compete in the NCAA Division I athletics and the Football Bowl Subdivision. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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Georgia Tech is consistently ranked among the best universities in the United States and the world. For over a decade, Georgia Tech has remained in the top ten public universities in the United States. In 2012, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked Georgia Tech 19th in the United States and 25th in the world; its engineering program was ranked 9th in the world. As of 2014, Tech’s undergraduate engineering program is ranked 5th and its graduate engineering program is ranked 6th by U.S. News & World Report. Tech’s undergraduate engineering programs include Aerospace (2nd), Biomedical (2nd), Chemical (6th), Civil (3rd), Computer (6th), Electrical (5th), Environmental (3rd), Industrial (1st), Materials (4th), and Mechanical (3rd). Tech’s graduate engineering programs include Aerospace (5th), Biomedical/Bioengineering (2nd), Chemical (10th), Civil (5th), Computer (7th), Electrical (6th), Environmental (4th), Industrial (1st), Materials (9th), Mechanical (5th), and Nuclear (8th).
In 2010, Georgia Tech’s College of Business rose from 31st to 28th, continuing its rapid upward trend Diverse Issues in Higher Education has ranked Tech No. 1 at the bachelor’s level, No. 2 at the master’s level, and No. 1 at the doctoral level in terms of producing African American engineering graduates. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Tech as the No. 28 “MBA” program. Tech also boasts the No. 29 Physics program in the nation, specializing in Nonlinear Dynamics (in which it ranks 5th nationwide) and Condensed Matter Physics. U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate chemistry program at No. 26 overall with the Physical Chemistry specialty ranked at No. 14. The Math department is ranked at No. 30 overall and at No. 8 in Discrete Math and Combinatorics. In 2012, SmartMoney named Georgia Institute of Technology as the 1st best return on tuition investment of the country’s 50 most expensive schools. Georgia Tech ranks #9 among “Best Engineering Colleges By Salary Potential” in the United States.