I want to go to College: GA TECH - Advice?

  • MercuryMax

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    Alright, so as most of you know, I am recently out of the military. I moved back home to Louisiana for my family, but I am not happy here and I'm struggling to get by on minimum wage. I've been wanting to go to school. I've been afraid to go to school. However, I need to go to school.

    I've decided I want to go to Georgia Tech. I want to get into Robotics, and it seems a good way of doing that would be a type of engineering degree and Computer Science.

    The problem....I've been out of school so long. I've never known anything about how college works and I don't know where to start. I've never even taken the SAT. I have the GI BILL which will pay for my schooling, but I really just dont know where to begin. A lot of the college related jargon also has me a bit befuddled.

    Here are some of my issues at hand:

    Where will I live while I go to school in GA?

    What do I need to have to start school?

    How do I initiate this process?

    How likely is it for me to not get accepted to the school?

    What are some things I need to know about out-of-state-schooling?
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:19 PM GMT

    Probably already seen this site. . .

    I used to work as an admissions counselor, but it was at a community college, so different in many ways, but there are people at GT who have a job just to help veterans get back to school. Is on-campus housing a possibility for you? Either way, their housing dept. should give you some advice on both on-campus and off-campus housing. I'm sure Georgia Tech is somewhat competitive, but would guess you have a great shot at getting in. Without the ACT, you may have to do some placement tests, not for sure of their standards. They should have some practice placement tests if that is what they require. My advice if you don't get in: do a year at junior college and show 'em how smart you are or get your associates degree and go wherever you want with your straight A's. But, the veterans dept at GT should bend over backwards to answer your questions.
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:24 PM GMT

    I have a good friend who graduated from GA Tech and I will aks him about the process. I can tell you this off bat that you will be paying out of state fees since you are not a Georgia resident. GA Tech has several campuses in and around metro Atlanta.
    The main campus is located in the
    downtown/midtown area which has reasonable housing. It will be tomorrow before I have the information for if someone doesn't provide it before hand.

    Check out the Georgia Tech web page to get a better feel for what you are looking for.

    It's a great school.
  • bryjeepguy

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    Mar 30, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    I went to Georgia Tech for my undergraduate and graduate degrees and now work there full time as a research scientist in computer science, one we have a very good robotics program.

    I don't know if veterans apply in the same manor as regular undergraduate freshman


    Here are some useful overview of the average student last year


    I will post more info later I have to get to campus to work lol


    Where will I live while I go to school in GA?

    The school is based in midtown Atlanta, now the school has a HUGE on campus living student percentage to compared to other universities I think its around 70% for undergraduates. Now about places to live, the university tries to ensure that students succeed their first year so they try to mandate they all freshmen live on campus their first year, now while they can't technically mandate that they can be close by restricting that no first year student can get a parking permit on campus, but there are non-gt pay lots off campus as well as visitor lots on campus if you decide not to live on campus. There are a lot of off campus housing in midtown (the gay area of Atlanta) if you so choose, and you could live further out with a car and drive in.

    What do I need to have to start school?

    As the requirements I listed the link above.

    How do I initiate this process?

    I would talk to the veteran coordinator

    How likely is it for me to not get accepted to the school?

    GT is a very competitive school, which is a double edge sword, it its hard to get in but when you get out your degree means a lot.

    What are some things I need to know about out-of-state-schooling?

    One tuition is so expensive for out of staters but you have the GI bill so that should take care of that. Umm two gatech is still suffering from the recession and because of that they are cutting back on all the jobs offered for student work, and raising tuition and fees and everything. Umm I will have to thkn more about this question
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    Mar 30, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    First fill out a FASA http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
    List GA-Tech and a community college near it.
    Go to the GA-Tech web-site and fill out an application, also find a community collage near it and fill one out for them as well.
    Not sure if it is the case but most University have an agreement with a local Community college, excepting their credits. I mention this, because if for some reason you don’t get into GA tech, you should have no problem getting into the local CC. after a year transfer with the credits and experience.
    If you do not have residence in GA it will cost you a lot more; yet, another reason to go to CC. (establish residence).
    With your G.I. bill and Student loans, not to mention the increased Pale Grant you should be able to pay for on campus housing; if not, then look in the local craigslist, usually plenty of adds looking for college students to rent rooms to.
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    Mar 30, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    Ga Tech graduate here too.... BME ('81), MSM ('87). lived in atlanta 23 years. great school (see below). good choice for your future. great value for the money. would be happy to provide any feedback you need. just shoot a message if you like.

    Best Colleges: Top Public Schools: National Universities (U.S. News & World Report)
    1. University of California--Berkeley
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    4. University of Michigan
    5. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
    6. College of William and Mary
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    5. Georgia Institute of Technology (tie)
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    7. Carnegie Mellon University
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  • MercuryMax

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    Mar 30, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Thanks so much guys, you are doing me some great help....i dont think anything has overwhelmed me like the idea of college. None of my family has gone, so I'm just trying to do my research. So far, it sounds like GA Tech is a great school, judging from all the comments.