Four LEAD participants. Two young women and two young men smiling at the camera.
View of the 2022 banquet with a dino head at the corner.
Two women students looking at a cellphone and smiling.

By accepting the Grand Challenges invitation, you are making a one-year commitment with the option of participating in Grand Challenges as an upper-class student following that year. You are also agreeing to attend the Grand Challenges Fall and Spring Retreats. The Fall retreat is overnight and typically occurs during the first week on campus after move-in. The Spring Retreat is often held the first weekend after classes begin.

You will also be gaining 220 instant friends and unparalleled support and guidance from the faculty and staff of the Grand Challenges program. Any given week, Grand Challenges students may go en masse to see a show at the famous Fox Theater or visit the Georgia Aquarium or Stone Mountain. They work on service projects together, too – making blankets for children in shelters or snack packs at the local food pantry.

Grand Challenges students can always be found working together in their residence hall study lounges, watching movies, or playing the piano on the ground floor, or building something with the 3D printers. 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.

Students in the Georgia Aquarium.
Students in a class in front of a white board.
Five male students smiling. One is holding a spatula.
A young male GT student presents his BykeSafe project during a poster event.


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

Summary of Requirements

  • Live in Howell or Cloudman Residence Hall Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Two 3-Hour Courses: One is offered in the Fall and one in the Spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-10:45am (Cloudman) or from 12:00pm-1:15pm (Howell)
  • $400/Semester Fee
  • Mandatory Retreats