Helping Students Succeed — Freshman First
In September, Business Insider listed Georgia Tech as No. 1 on the list of smartest public colleges in America and we are fortunate to have some of the most outstanding students in the nation, if not the world.
For each of the seven years that I have been at Tech, each fall we have welcomed the best-qualified and most diverse class in Tech history, and the numbers keep rising. Word is getting out that Georgia Tech is the place to be. Early action admission applications this fall topped 14,000, a 20 percent increase over last year.
We are proud of our students, and committed to their success from their first day on campus through and beyond their graduation.
Georgia Tech has set new records in student achievement as measured in retention and graduation rates. Our first-year retention rate is 97 percent and our six-year graduation rate is 85 percent. This compares to a national average of 80 percent and 59 percent for public four-year universities, respectively. It’s important to note that more than half of our students take advantage of a study abroad opportunity, and many participate in cooperative education and internships. These are activities that enrich their education, and are well worth the extra time investment in college.
While these statistics are as impressive as our students, they can appear as a distant goal to our freshman who are facing final exams for the first time. The student experience here at Georgia Tech can be challenging, but it is worth the effort. Just ask our graduates.
That’s why we’re getting together Thursday, December 3 for a Freshman First event. I invite all faculty, staff, and upper-class students to join me at 3:30 p.m. along Brittain Drive, or “Yellow Jacket Alley,” leading up to Callaway Plaza. The idea is to encourage our freshmen in the days leading up to their first set of final exams here at Georgia Tech. Show your support by giving a “high five,” applause, or an encouraging word.
Student Body President Jen Abrams will be speaking, and we’ll be joined by the Ramblin’ Wreck and the Georgia Tech Band. To find out more go to http://admission.gatech.edu/content/freshman-first
We offer numerous programs designed to help students succeed, from our wellness initiative to Living Learning Communities and 1-to-1 Tutoring. Now, let’s add a much needed word of encouragement. You can do it. You have the support of all of us at Georgia Tech.
G. P. "Bud" Peterson