Why Your Freshman Should Take GT1000 this Fall Semester

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Nirmal Trivedi, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Transition Programs
Center for Academic Enrichment
nirmal.trivedi@gatech.edu

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At Georgia Tech, we have an informal expression that says we don’t admit students, we admit graduates. One of the first steps a new freshman can take towards his or her goal of graduating with a degree from Georgia Tech is enrolling in GT1000, our First-Year Seminar course. Coordinated by the Center for Academic Enrichment, GT1000 is a one-hour (one-credit), letter-graded course that helps first-year students adjust to a new environment and make the most of their experience at Georgia Tech.

For more than 25 years, Georgia Tech has offered a first-year seminar. The data consistently show that, on average, students who successfully complete GT1000 and participate in the Residence Life’s Freshman Experience program perform better academically than those who do not. Through GT1000, students learn strategies that promote academic, social and professional success. Examples of course topics include Time Management and Study Skills; Academic Enrichment Programs (Co-op, Internships, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research); Leadership, Community Service, and Involvement Opportunities; Career and Major Exploration; Resume Writing; and Team Building and Presentation Skills. In addition, classes employ upper-class students as Team Leaders, who volunteer to work with the instructor to facilitate small group interaction and offer mentorship, advice, and support to freshmen.

There are three types of GT1000 sections: discipline-specific, cohort, and interdisciplinary. While the curriculum taught is the same for all sections, there are some differences. Discipline-specific sections are taught within an academic department or college and have a more specific focus on that department or college. Cohort sections are intended for students who are participating in a specific program, such as Tech PrEP Pre-Calculus Enrichment Program, Wreck Camp, President’s Scholars or the Honors Program. There are also cohort sections for engineering students who are considering co-op, intern, or undergraduate research programs, or who are looking at education abroad opportunities. We will also have cohort sections for pre-health students, military veterans, and first-generation students. For students in a major that does not offer a discipline-specific section, they should enroll in an interdisciplinary or cohort section. Descriptions of the cohort sections are available on our website at www.gt1000.gatech.edu.

This fall, there are more than 80 sections of GT1000 that will accommodate virtually any class schedule. If your student does not register for GT1000 during FASET, he or she will have the opportunity to register during Phase II of registration, which will begin during the week of move-in August 12-16. The textbook for GT1000, available for purchase at the Georgia Tech bookstore, contains important information and resources specific to Georgia Tech.

If you or your student has any questions about the course including registration, contact Dr. Trivedi at nirmal.trivedi@gatech.edu or 404.385.7648.

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  • Created By: Rachael Pocklington
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Jul 9, 2013 - 11:17am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:14pm