Grand Challenges is an interdisciplinary living learning community open to all majors and colleges hosted by the Office of Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) in partnership with the College of Engineering. 


Whether they are exploring Atlanta, working on a service project, cheering on their fellow Yellow Jackets at the football game, studying for a big test, or just grabbing lunch in the dining hall, Grand Challenges students embrace their community like no other group on Georgia Tech’s campus.


The Grand Challenges courses are built on three core principles - Engagement Beyond the Classroom, Interdisciplinary Exploration and Team Collaboration designed to create a unique academic experience and push the boundaries of traditional learning.


To effectively tackle the complex challenges of today and create the optimal tomorrow, the world needs Grand Challengers - highly motivated, analytically intelligent, and relentlessly optimistic global citizens who recognize the need to work together to create sustainable and authentic change.

Team Sola Wins 2022 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize

Mar 17, 2022 — Atlanta, GA

Using 70 years of tornado damage data, two Georgia Tech students have developed a proprietary model to help homeowners access financial support immediately following the devastation of a tornado.

A group of men and women students posing in front of red rock formations.

Apply to Grand Challenges

For information on how to apply to the Grand Challenges Living Community, please visit the Georgia Tech Living Learning Community application process page

Students who have been accepted to Georgia Tech can access their admission portal to apply for all Living Learning Communities, including Grand Challenges.

For information on general university admissions, please visit the Georgia Tech admissions website.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please reach out to


Work with Grand Challenges

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student looking to develop your leadership
skills? Learn more about how you can serve the undergraduate Grand Challenges
Living Learning Community as a facilitator or coach.

  • Program Facilitators are individuals with previous experience facilitating
    Grand Challenges teams or have extensive experience in leadership and
    coaching capacities.
  • Team Coaches are individuals looking to develop their abilities to lead and
    coach teams.

Interested? The application process opens in April, so come back then to learn
more and apply!