FAQ's

Program

How do I know if this program is right for me?

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.

What’s required after my first year?

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.

How will I engage with faculty?

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.

Can I participate in both the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community and the Honors Program/SMaRT/SHaRP?

Unfortunately, no. All living learning communities require participating students to live in different residence halls, so students are not able to do multiple LLCs.

How much is the program fee?

Students pay $400 per semester in Grand Challenges.

Application

How does the application process work?

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.

When do I need to accept or decline my invitation?

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.

Housing

Will I still be a participant in the Freshman Experience program if I decide to do the Grand Challenges program?

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.

What if I’ve already signed up for a dorm through housing?

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.

What if I want to live somewhere 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.

Can I still live with friends who aren’t in Grand Challenges?

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.