We’re looking for students who like solving challenging problems and are interested in making a difference. Grand Challenges students are excited about working in teams and challenging their own thinking. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.
After your first year, we hope that you’ll continue with your project. Teams that are approved to continue are required to take a 1-hour course, GT 2201.
The Grand Challenges Faculty Fellows are a cadre of faculty from all over campus who have coffee, lunch, and dinner with students. You can sign up to meet them and spend the semester getting to know them.
Unfortunately, no. Honors and Grand Challenges require participating students to live in different residence halls, so students are not able to do both.
Students pay $400 per semester in Grand Challenges.
Any student accepted to Georgia Tech may apply by completing the Grand Challenges application received by email. Your Grand Challenges application will be read by the Grand Challenges staff and admission team. We will consider the type and scope of your high school activities; we will read your essays looking for evidence of your interest in tackling big societal challenges; and, we will look for evidence of dedication and passion.
You will be given specific instructions on how to accept or decline in your invitation letter. For early action, we request that you respond by April 20th and for regular admits, by May 1st.
Yes, you’re still a member of the Freshman Experience program if you participate in Grand Challenges. As such, you’ll have fantastic Peer Leaders (PLs) on your floor, opportunities to sign up for a meal plan, and access to the support and resources that the Freshman Experience program gives you.
No worries! When you decide to join Grand Challenges, we will work with housing to make sure that you are placed in Howell with everyone else.
An important part of creating a living-learning community is developing connections and shared experiences outside of the classroom, so all Grand Challenges participants are required to live in Howell.
Unfortunately, Howell is reserved for Grand Challenges participants only. Keep in mind that if you both live on East Campus, you will probably be within 400 yards of their dorm. If you think your friends might be interested in learning to solve the world’s problems, have them apply by the deadline, and we will take a look at their application.