FAQ

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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.

 

Admissions

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 2016-17, 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.

 

Scholarships, Financial Aid and Other Programs

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 President's Scholarship Program? If I'm selected for both, can I participate in both?

Yes, you can be considered and selected for both.

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.

 

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, then, helps students participate fully in the life of the Honors Program community.

Doing so does not, however, isolate our students from the rest of the campus community. Honors Program students take their meals, for instance, in Woodruff Dining Hall, the main dining facility that serves all of the residence halls on West Campus. By the same token, many of the Honors Program activities will be open to all members of the campus community, and students not formally in the HP are welcome to attend.

Is the Honors Program residence hall part of the Freshmen Experience Program?

Yes. The Honors Program incorporates the seven components of the Freshmen Experience Program into its residential program.

Where do Honors Program students live?

First-year Honors Program students live in the Armstrong and Hefner residence halls on West Campus. They border Couch Park (Burger Bowl Field) and are down the street from the School of Music and close to Woodruff Dining Hall. Many of our second- and third-year students choose to live together beyond their freshmen year. Currently, many of our upper class students live in a common block in the North Avenue apartments, but they will be moving to West Campus next fall as well, into the Crecine Apartments.

Do Honors Program Students ever feel separated from the rest of the freshman by living on west campus and further from classes, Greek Life,Tech Square, and MARTA stations? 

So here is the big debate. West Campus or East Campus? Many students that live on West Campus will participate in rush and pledge at a fraternity, and many of the Honors Program Students will find that they are the only HP student in their closest friend groups. Honors Program students, like all students on campus, will have many avenues to connect with others, through their classes, clubs, and freshman events.

Anecdotal evidence would point to saying yes, it is possible to engage with the entire campus from any residence hall, if that is what one desires. The transportation system is wonderful and makes traveling easy, but Tech, especially West Campus is so beautiful and green, that it is worth the walk. West Campus has its own locational ammenities, being closer to the CRC, Student Center, Woodruff Dining and Wingzone. 

All that said, there are cultural differences between West and East Campus, and the stereotypes for each are earned. West Campus is a quieter place on weekends and evenings because it is farther removed from the Greek Housing, and that attracts people who are more introverted. Yet, that means it is a lot easier to be studious with fewer distractions. There is nothing really limiting in living on either side of 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 President's Scholar and want to live with other PS students?

The Honors Program residence hall is reserved solely for Honors Program students. If you are a President's Scholar in the Honors Program, you may live with other PS students, so long as they are also members of the Honors Program. If you have a prospective roommate who has not requested consideration for the Honors Program, he or she is welcome to do so; however, selections are individual, not based on roommate preferences.

Many students will ask for exemption to this rule each year, not wanting to abandon roommates they had already selected before receiving invitation to the Honors Program. Unfortunately for them, this is a strictly enforced rule. Honors Program First-Years and only Honors Program First-Years are expected and allowed to live in the Honors Program Traditional-style Residence Halls,  and only financial and religious concerns come into play when considering to allow students to live outside Honors housing with a non-Honors Roommate. 

 

Classroom Experience

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.

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

Unlike some other Universities, 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, found here, we do not have control over what credits our students are able to transfer and on when they graduate. These decisions are made by the University System of Georgia, the Institution, and the student's College and Degree Program.

We do have a special, Honors Program specific adviser, Nicole Leonard, and a lot of upperclassmen willing to help students on their three or four or five-year plan.The majority of our students graduate on time (within four-years) or early,  but that has a lot to do with the type of student that takes part in the Honors Program. In fact, a number 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.