Georgia Institute of Technology: Recent Trends and Milestones
Clough, G. Wayne
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Georgia Tech has consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten public universities since 1999, ranking No. 7 in 2007. (U.S. News & World Report)Established by state law in 1885 with a technological mission, Georgia Tech remains the only public institution in Georgia to offer a comprehensive array of engineering degrees in one of the nation’s largest and best programs: The graduate engineering program consistently ranks among the nation’s top five, and the undergraduate program has now moved into the top five. All undergraduate engineering disciplines and most graduate programs rank in the top ten. Industrial and Systems Engineering has been ranked No. 1 for the past seventeen consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report). Engineering enrollment grew by almost 32 percent over the past decade.Georgia Tech also broadened and strengthened its other education and research programs during the past ten years: The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts doubled in size, while the College of Architecture grew by 48 percent, the College of Sciences by 46 percent, and the College of Management by 34 percent. The College of Computing grew by 26 percent despite the dot-com bust. Twenty-three of twenty-five new majors are in non-engineering disciplines or are interdisciplinary, including degrees in music and modern languages. Although Georgia Tech has no medical school, a unique, well-developed partnership with Emory University has enabled the Institute to move more broadly into life sciences research.