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Best Route to Georgia Tech?

Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
What is the best transfer route to GT? For example, which school should someone go to and how long it would take? Restrictions: schools in metro ATL area and biomedical engineering as tech major.
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  • BaloneyDetectorBaloneyDetector Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Any schopol with an RETP (Regents Engineering Transfer Program) set up. Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) is one. They're a community college with multiple campuses around metro ATL (Dunwoody, Newton, Alpharetta...can't remember the rest).

    Anyway, RETP guarantees admission to Georgia Tech provided you pass two years of courses in mostly math, science, and engineering. It's probablyyour best option. Clayton State has another engineering program, but they estimate 5 years for it. At graduation you get two B.S. degrees, one from Tech and another from Clayton.

    GaTech.edu | RETP
  • DusterbugDusterbug - Posts: 391 Member
    ^ Do you know if there's anything similar to that for people majoring in the sciences?
  • BanjoHitterBanjoHitter Registered User Posts: 1,497 Senior Member
    No, there's not. There are limited opportunities for engineering in Georgia, so Tech reaches out to students. There are many opportunities for the natural sciences.
  • BaloneyDetectorBaloneyDetector Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    There's nothing specifically for the sciences, but they do have a transfer guarantee for all majors called the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG). This one is exclusively through GPC, and while admission to the school is guaranteed (provided you have a 2.7 GPA if you're a Georgia resident, 3.0 for OOS, and 3.5 for international, and submit your form two semesters before you graduate) you may not actually be admitted to your major. The program is actually set up with a lot of schools, and for pretty much any major GPC offers.

    Here's a list of schools to choose from.

    And here's a form that will tell you all the technical requirements and stuff for GT: Georgia Tech TAG form

    If you're not familiar with the course areas, they're basically you're general education divisions that you get to choose specific courses from, except for Area F, which will contain 18 hours of courses in your major. For the full list of options, check here. Hover over "Associate of Arts" or "Associate of Science" near the top and you'll see the list.
  • Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Now if I have a 3.8+ GPA by the end of my freshman year and have 30 hours while attending Georgia State, don't you think that I will get into Georgia Tech versus going into a crappy school like GPC or even any other college that participates in the RETP?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,065 Senior Member
    Dude, I really don't think GPC is that bad. At least they get more personal attention w/profs and maybe even better teaching than some major universities. Many people actually benefit from that. Some people would consider Georgia State crappy (I personally wouldn't). To get into Tech, you need to see if you've completed the pre-req transfer requirements for your BME major I think. Requires lots of math classes.
  • Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    I have no problem with math, I took AP calculus bc in high school and got a 100 in it. So the point I was trying to make is that you dont need a transfer program to get into tech because nevertheless you do need a higher GPA to get into tech so I would think that 3.8+GPA would be enough to get into tech after one year of georgia state while meeting all class requirements.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,065 Senior Member
    I'm sure that Tech students didn't have trouble in AP calc. either yet I'm pretty sure many find courses like Diff.Eq and Calc. 3 (and some may find lin. algebra tough) despite having no problem with math. Same parallel can be made with those who take organic as a freshmen w/AP chem. credit. Even after getting a 100 in it, they still find it hard (I was one among many of such people). And those who exempt chem. 1 w/a 5 on AP find chem. 2 still kind of challenging (even though it is, in theory, more like AP than chem. 1). Also, taking these courses w/bio and chem intro sequences would make it much harder. I don't know how GSU runs things, but here and at Tech, the courses are not much like HS for most, no matter how good they were (I'm just guessing a top student at GSU would be much better off than one at Tech, us, or even UGA).

    If you've done those classes, you are in the clear and you should apply to Tech for transfer. And of course a 3.8 would be enough. It's not like they want a 4.0 upon transfer, that's ridiculous. I'm betting 3.0-3.2 upon transfer w/the requirements would give most a solid shot.
  • Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Why would you say a top student at GSU would be much better off than one at tech, emory, or uga?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,065 Senior Member
    GSU classes are not as tough (I've seen the work) content-wise. Look it up or something. The only think working at your disadvantage is that the class sizes may be larger. Though maybe UGA has the same issue, and Tech classes are large too. However, I would think UGA and GSU have larger classes. I don't think GSU is easier for the sake of being easier, it may simply be because some of the sections are too big (thus you can't make exams and the material, but so challenging w/o losing too many people, as resources to help the students are inevitably less). If you are an independent learner, you can definitely do very well.
  • Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Also, if I transfer after one year at GSU to GT do I need extra circullar activities and is there even an application essay?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,065 Senior Member
    I believe transferring is more about your grades and the courses you took. It's not too much like freshmen admission. At least that's how it works at most schools. I think Tech would moreso concerned about you proving an ability to handle rigor than your ability to join a club (isn't GSU largely commuter anyway, so for many it would be at least a little more difficult to do ECs, at least those directly associated w/GSU)
  • Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Which is harder to get into as a transfer: Emory or GTech?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,065 Senior Member
    I don't know. Maybe GT. Emory is currently trying to boost enrollment (it wants more revenue as normal) w/o playing with the freshmen admissions. They are using the transfer applicants to do this. The admit rate for transfers is about 35-40% (however, some of these will be from top LACs, topUs, but not too much) this should be higher than Tech, I think, but I don't know what Tech's is. I'm just going off the fact that we have a higher transfer admit rate than most top 20 peers (I think it is w/exception of Vandy). That really shouldn't matter to you b/c you want to do BME. Unless you wanna come here and do neuroscience or the traditional bio major in a "3-2" dual degree between us and Tech (that way you just do the BME stuff for the "2"), it doesn't make much sense. Not even that scheme makes sense. Unless you are interested in a non-engineering science, you should automatically know to transfer to Tech. If non-engineering and a possible good fin. aid package, it could be considered a possibility. By the way, a reasonable amount of people transfer from GSU to here, I've met some of them. They are doing okay (maybe not as anywhere near as well as State, but still pretty good considering their majors)

    This forum from last year provides evidence that I could be mistaken: http://messageboards.admission.gatech.edu/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1836

    It seems as long as you meet the minimum requirements, you have a pretty solid chance from the way they talk. I can't really say that this is the case when the admit rate is 35-40% like ours. Perhaps we have the same issue where people try to transfer with GPA below minimum for consideration or not enough credits (this was an issue cited on that Tech admissions forum). However I'm guessing applicants here may know better. It's not like a 3.0+ 30 credit hours is that stringent for someone applying here.
  • Theguy123Theguy123 Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Thank you Bernie for all of the information you have given me. The only reason I wanted to go into BME was that since I am more of a math and science person I wanted to major in something that deals with the medical field since I want to go to Medical school; however, I would apply to Emory as well to see stance at that Univ. too. Whats you stance of Emory Oxford after one year at GSU if tech or emory college doesnt work out?
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