Undergraduate Enrollment: Goals, Stats, and Stories

March 27, 2018

With a freshman retention rate of 97 percent and a freshman GPA average of 3.4, gone are the days of “look to your left and right.” Georgia Tech’s admission process and the number of students vying for admission have changed radically in the last five years. We will discuss the current undergraduate population at Georgia Tech, how applications are reviewed, and how decisions are made to shape the Institute into a global leader in education and innovation. Additionally, we’ll share stories some stories behind the stats that are helping Tech live out our motto and fulfill our mission in the constantly changing landscape of undergraduate admissions.

Rick Clark

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Rick Clark is the director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech. In this role, he directs the Institute’s recruitment and enrollment efforts, manages the review and selection of all undergraduate applications, and leads the admission team. Under his leadership, the Institute has dramatically increased applicant selectivity, raised the overall academic profile, and exceeded goals for geographic, gender, and ethnic diversity.
Clark has served on the SACAC Governing Board, ACT Council, and College Board Search Advisory Board. He is currently serving as the chairman of the NACAC Government Relations Committee and is the past-chair of Georgia Tech’s Staff Council. Clark is part of the 2018 Georgia Leadership Class, which exists to cultivate leaders across the state.
He writes a regular blog on the college admission process and topics regarding affordability of college. Clark is frequently quoted and referenced in national and international publications.
He writes a regular blog on the college admission process and topics regarding affordability of college. Rick is frequently quoted and referenced in national and international publications.