Georgia Institute of Technology

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#T-132, overall score 44.33/100

Fun Fact:

George P. Burdell is one of Georgia Tech’s most illustrious alumni despite not actually existing. Created to prank the registrar’s office in 1927, Tech alumni have since tricked unsuspecting groups into awarding him Bachelors and Masters degrees, credit for Air Force bombing runs, and credentials to the Democratic National Convention.

Why should Jewish students attend Georgia Tech? Hillel at Georgia Tech is located in the heart of midtown Atlanta surrounded by the beautiful and vibrant city. Our location provides many unique opportunities to get connected to the greater Atlanta arts, culture, and social scene. Georgia Tech’s reputation as a top engineering school and innovation hub ensures that the school attracts outstanding students. The Jewish community is strong and vibrant as students are eager to be a part of a Jewish Community. — Lauren Blazofsky, Director of Hillel at Georgia Tech


  • Location: Atlanta, Ga.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,489
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 600
  • Jewish population share: 4%%
  • Student origin: 67% in-state / 33% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Technique
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Yellow Jackets
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Tribe / Wreck

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $12,418
  • Out-of-state tuition: $33,014
  • Room & board costs: $14,126
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $12,274
  • Average loan debt: $32,398
  • Starting median salary: $68,100
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Crowder Family Fund Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 22:1
  • Median SAT range: 1090-1520
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“Everyone is at Georgia Tech to promote higher level learning. If you have an idea, students, faculty and staff are there to help push it forward.”… “Georgia Tech is a STEM institute, there is no denying; however, I feel that Georgia Tech could benefit from a more diversifying curriculum. I would love to see more students having the opportunity to engage in creative writing, artistic skills, social sciences and humanities are a larger scale.”

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 50
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Yellow Jackets for Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 5.67/11

  • Score: 5.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 2.46/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 63.32/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.00/34

  • Score: 12.00/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Georgia Tech
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at Georgia Tech and Georgia State
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Maimonides
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi,ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 90
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 10 (6 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Michael Arad
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: At Jewish Business Network, Jewish students get the opportunity to learn from and network with successful/prominent business professionals in the community
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: There is no kosher meal plan at Georgia Tech, however, all Jewish organizations on campus provide kosher food to students.

What Students Say:

“The Jewish community is large enough to feel like a community and also small enough to hold together to the integrity of our close-knit feel. It is extremely diverse, supportive and unique - I doubt you could find another like it.”… “The Jewish community could host more events to engage students who are not as observant of Judaism.”… “How often do you find a Jewish community made up of almost entirely engineering students? We are an interesting bunch of students, and add our diversifying Jewish backgrounds in, and you have some Jewish Yellow Jackets!”

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