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LEAD 2022 participants during their annual banquet.
LEAD Participants present their Babylon project during a poster event.

The 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?

If you are accepted to the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community, you are required to:

- Live in Howell or Cloudman Residence Hall fall and spring semesters
- Take two 3-hour courses, one in the fall semester and one in the spring, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1:45 p.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
- Attend the annual retreat on the Wednesday and Thursday of Week of Welcome
- Submit the $400/semester Program Fee

Can I participate in both Grand Challenges Living Learning Community and the Honors Program/Explore/Global Leadership/Impact?

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.

I am not an engineering major, can I still be a part of Grand Challenges?

Yes! We welcome students from all majors and as an interdisciplinary Living Learning Community find that the most successful Grand Challenges teams are those with a diversity of students.

Can I join a fraternity or sorority and still participate in GC?

Yes! Camp GC, our required orientation, is scheduled so that you return to campus before Rush begins.

Grand Challenges Application

How does the application process work?

Any student accepted to Georgia Tech may apply to Grand Challenges by completing the Living Learning Communities Application through their admission portal. The Grand Challenges staff will review their essay looking for evidence of their interest in tackling large societal challenges and for evidence of dedication and passion in their activities. There will be three rounds of decisions (Early Action 1, Early Action 2 and Regular Decision). After Regular Decision LLC acceptances, they will transition to rolling acceptance.

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.


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

Yes, you’re still a member of the First-Year Experience program if you participate in Grand Challenges. The First Year Experience is built on three aspects; Housing, Dining and Community to support students in transitioning into higher education. For additional FYE information go to housing.gatech.edu/first-year-experience

What if I've already signed up for a residence hall through campus housing?

No worries! When you decide to join Grand Challenges, we will work with housing to make sure that you are placed in Howell or Cloudman 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 either Howell or Cloudman.

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

Cloudman and Howell are reserved for Grand Challenges participants only, however there are many spaces on campus for you to still enjoy your social interactions! If you think your friends might be interested in learning to solve the world’s problems, have them apply!