GT1000 & GT 2000: Essential Courses for First-Year and Transfer Students

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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 GT 1000, our first-year seminar course. Coordinated by the Center for Academic Enrichment, GT 1000 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 nearly 30 years, Georgia Tech has offered a first-year seminar. The data consistently show that, on average, students who successfully complete GT 1000 and participate in the Residence Life’s Freshman Experience program perform better academically than those who do not. Through GT 1000, students learn strategies that promote academic, social, and professional success. 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 GT 1000 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 the Honors Program, Wreck Camp, or President’s Scholars. There are also cohort sections for students who are interested in a Pre-Health track, Research and Innovation, or the International Plan, to name a few. For students in a major that does not offer a discipline-specific section, they should enroll in an interdisciplinary or cohort section. The complete schedule, including the descriptions of the cohort sections are available on our website. (GT 1000 Schedule)


In addition to GT 1000, Tech is introducing a new course this fall called GT 2000: Transfer Student Seminar. This course is designed specifically for those students who transfer to Tech from other colleges and universities. To ensure that our transfer students are successful both academically and personally, it’s essential that they are given the tools and support they need to transition smoothly to Tech. Visit the Center for Academic Enrichment’s website for the course schedule and more information (GT 2000). If you or your student has any questions about either course, including registration, contact Dr. Lacy Hodges at or 404-385-8135.


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  • Created By: Sara Warner
  • Created: 06/10/2016
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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