History, Affiliations & Rankings
Commonly referred to as Georgia Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university and institute of technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1885, Georgia Tech has ranked 5th among all public national universities in the United States, and has also ranked 4th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools. Georgia Tech has six colleges comprising 31 departments with a high emphasis on science and technology. Also, by U.S. News & World Report as of the 2020 rankings, Georgia Tech ranked 29th among all collegiate institutions in the "National Universities" category and 34th among global universities in the world by Times Higher Education as of the 2019 rankings. In the 2020 Times Higher Education rankings, Georgia Tech ranked 9th for engineering, 16th for Computer Science in the world and at 38th in overall ranking.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
Located in Midtown, Georgia Tech campus is an area slightly north of downtown Atlanta. The headquarters of AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, and Bank of America are mostly visible from all points on campus and several skyscrapers. The campus is divided into four main parts: West Campus, East Campus, Central Campus, and Technology Square. It is located across the Downtown Connector, Technology Square, also known as "Tech Square", which hosts a variety of restaurants and businesses, including the headquarters of notable consulting companies like Accenture and also including the official Institute bookstore, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a Georgia Tech-themed Waffle House. The University offers 37 undergraduate majors and 46 minors.
Accomplishments & Alumni
Georgia Tech is ranked fourth for startup companies, eighth in patents, and eleventh in technology transfer by the Milken Institute. School's competitive sports teams popularly known as Yellow Jackets is the four-time football national champion. GTCN, Georgia Tech Cable Network, is the college's branded cable source. Many distinguished individuals once called GeorgiaTech home, the most notable being Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Carlos Varela, was elected president of Panama in May 2014. Another Georgia Tech graduate and Nobel Prize winner, Kary Mullis, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993.
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
The student body consists of more than 29,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Around 50–55% of all Georgia Tech students are residents of the state of Georgia, around 20% come from outside the U.S., and 25–30% are residents of other U.S. states or territories. Students represent 114 countries and all 50 states. Many startup companies are produced through research conducted at Georgia Tech, with the Advanced Technology Development Center and VentureLab ready to assist Georgia Tech's researchers and entrepreneurs in organization and commercialization. Prominent hiring organizations include Capgemini, ClarkDietrich Building Systems, Exxon Mobil, Gas South, GE.
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