Personal Essays

Two essays of 300 words each (max) are required as part of the transfer application. The purpose of the essays is to assess your writing ability and, more importantly, to learn more about you as an individual. This portion of the application helps us get to know you, assess mutual fit and better understand what you could contribute to Georgia Tech.

Essay Questions


Required Essay

  • Why do you want to study your chosen major at Georgia Tech, and what opportunities at Georgia Tech will prepare you in that field after graduation?

Choose one from the following:

  • Describe a time when you were able to lead and inspire by example to solve a problem or project. What was the outcome?

  • Georgia Tech is a diverse campus community that seeks to educate and engage students with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, perspectives, and talents. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity at our institution?

  • Georgia Tech is committed to developing leaders to improve the global human condition. Tell us how you have made a meaningful contribution or transformative change in your community.

  • Describe a challenge, setback, or failure you have faced and overcome. What did you learn from this experience?

What Are We Looking for in Your Essays?

Essays are evaluated for both content and writing/grammatical skills. So, before submitting your application, you should take the time to edit and review your essay thoroughly. The traits of a strong essay include ones that:

  • Demonstrate authenticity

  • Brings you to life on paper

  • Are excellent in topic, style, and grammar

  • Demonstrate thoughtfulness

Our Advice for this Portion of the Application


  • Get started early. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your essays!

  • Write and edit your essay in a document editor. Once you have the final draft, you can cut and paste it into your online application.

  • Don’t overthink it. It may not be easy to write about yourself, but just write what you feel most comfortable with.

  • Don’t write what you think we want to read. Write what you want to say!