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Contribution to Community

Students who are involved in their schools, community and/or with their family exhibit a contribution to their community. Students’ interests and responsibilities are different, and there is no correct formula for this portion of the application.

Students often ask what makes a good record or they believe there are certain things they need to list on their record. In reality, we are most interested in learning what you are passionate about, and we value the different interests our students bring to Georgia Tech. Some of the traits we value in this portion of the application include:

  • Commitment
  • Self-motivation
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Compassion for Others
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurism
Our advice for completing this portion of the application
  • The Common Application provides space for you to list 10 activities, but we find that most students aren’t involved in more than 3-5 in a meaningful way. Don’t feel pressure to fill in all the blanks. Remember, we’re most interested in the things that matter most to you.
  • Don’t overlook research, work, family responsibilities, etc as important contributions you may have made during high school!
  • You will need to take advantage of the application to provide us with information about the contributions you have made throughout high school, as we do not accept separate resumes.
  • Don’t just list the activity, but take the time (and free text space we provide on the application) to give us more detail about your level of involvement in an activity.
  • Don’t leave this portion blank assuming Georgia Tech doesn’t or shouldn’t care about student involvement. We do! Being academically strong does not make up for a lack of contribution outside the classroom.
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