Greetings New Georgia Tech Parents and Families,

On behalf of the Division of Student Life and Parent and Family Programs, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to Georgia Tech. You are receiving special edition of our monthly parent e-newsletter, ParentNews, because you have a student starting at Georgia Tech this summer or fall. I encourage you to read through all the information shared in this edition, as you will find it very helpful as your student transitions to Georgia Tech.

Our mission, in Parent & Family Programs, is to connect Georgia Tech families to the Institute and each other through communication, parental and family involvement, and programming. We want you to engage in our community – we can help you navigate Georgia Tech, assist you and your student, and truly make you feel a part of the Georgia Tech Family. We view the relationship we have with our students’ parents and families as a partnership – a partnership created to help students be successful. The motto of our office is “when parents and families are informed, students benefit.”

I look forward to meeting you this summer during FASET Orientation and partnering with you in supporting your student’s success during this transition and the years to ahead. Please feel free to email our office with any questions or concerns at or call 404.385.1396.

Welcome to the Yellow Jacket Family, 

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
Welcome to Georgia Tech

It’s hard to believe that the start of the fall semester is only weeks away. I’m sure there is much emotion in your household as you plan the next few weeks leading to the start of the academic year. I want to start by saying congratulations and welcome — you are now part of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket family! Here at Tech, we are anxiously preparing for and awaiting the arrival of your sons and daughters. I hope they are as excited as we are about the upcoming fall semester. I know next year will be exciting for them and for you. Leaving home and high school and coming to college is filled with a range of emotions for students and you. It takes some time for all to adjust to the changes that come with a child leaving home, especially if it is your first child off to college or your one and only child.

Although I do not claim to have all the answers, I would like to offer some practical lessons for you to remind your son or daughter of as they transition from home to Georgia Tech. This advice is based upon my own experiences, both as a parent and college administrator who has been working with college students for 30 years. These lessons have been adapted from Marian Wright Edelman’s book The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours.

Lessons for success at college:
  1. Set goals for yourself and work quietly and systematically to achieve them.
  2. Don’t be afraid of taking risks or being criticized.
  3. Never give up!
  4. Don’t be afraid of hard work — embrace it.
  5. Choose your friends carefully.
  6. Be a can-do, will-try person.
  7. Remember “you are in charge of your own attitude.”
Please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff at 404.894.6367 if you have any questions or concerns. I also encourage you to visit our website for helpful information and resources. I look forward to meeting you this summer at FASET Orientation.

Go Jackets!

John M. Stein
Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students

Greetings from the Parents Board
Congratulations on becoming part of the Georgia Tech family! Your student is joining the ranks of one of the leading technological research institutions in the world…it’s an amazing place comprised of amazing people. Read more...

Welcome International Parents
Living in a new country without the familiar faces of family and friends is a challenge commonly faced by international students and their parents. Read more...

Getting Ready for Tech

Parent and Family Programs website:
On the Parent and Family Programs website you will find:
  • Information about Burdell’s Brunch, Family Weekend, Sibs Day and other events for parents and families.
  • Information on how to get involved at Georgia Tech as a volunteer, Parent & Family Ambassador, or to donate to the Parents Fund.
  • Links to our Guide for Parents & Families and information on how to order the 2016-2017 Parent Calendar. Please note that if you are attending FASET Parent Orientation you will receive both of these resources at check-in.
  • Links to an array of helpful campus resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Articles at a Glance
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Featured Articles
Practicing Safety at Tech
Making the First Year Transition: A Parent's Guide
Thinking About Fall Undergraduate Research
Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Advising in C2D2
Going Global
Is "Going Greek" Right for Your Student?

Campus News
Fall Move-In
Georgia Tech Dining
Georgia Tech Football: Together We Swarm
Chabad Jewish Student Network on Campus
Catholic Center at Georgia Tech
Alumni Admissions Forum
Helpful Information

Tech Treks Southeast

Join your incoming Georgia Tech classmates for a three-day rock climbing, rafting and camping adventure. Read more...

Project One
Each year, incoming students at Georgia Tech participate in Project One. Project One is a campus-wide project that seeks to connect first-year Georgia Tech students to faculty, mentors, and organizations for a shared learning experience. Read more...

GT1000 & GT2000
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. Read more...

Did you know Georgia Tech’s motto is “Progress and Service?” Opportunities to put this motto into action begin with FASET and continue into the start of the fall semester. Read more...
Featured Articles

Practicing Safety at Tech

Providing a safe and secure environment, while sustaining and nurturing an open campus, is Georgia Tech’s top priority. Read more...

Making the First Year Transition: A Parent's Guide
The transition that new students make to Georgia Tech is a unique yet common experience for all incoming freshman. What parents may sometimes overlook the transition that they experience when their first (or second, or third, or last!) son or daughter leaves for college. Read more...

Thinking About Fall Undergraduate Research
Is your student interested in research but a little unsure as to what area of interest would be the right one? Do they want to get a head start on planning for the fall semester? The summer is a great time for students to use their time to investigate possible research areas and projects of interest.  Read more...

Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising in C2D2
Students who choose to pursue professional school, prestigious fellowships, K-12 teaching, or graduate programs as the next step in their career are invited to consult the Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional (PGPP) Advising team within the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2). Read more...

Going Global
Georgia Tech has long been a leader in providing opportunities for students to experience other cultures, develop critical cross-cultural competencies, and understand the global implications of their disciplines. Read more...

Is "Going Greek" Right for Your Student?
What if there were an organization your student could join that would make him or her more likely to return for a second year, more likely to graduate, and happier during his or her time at Tech? There are many benefits for students who join a fraternity or sorority at Georgia Tech.  Read more...

Campus News

Fall Move-In

The Georgia Tech Housing Department is excited about the arrival of our new residents this fall. We know that parents have many questions about this move, and we want to provide some of the answers. Read more...

Georgia Tech Dining
Information about purchasing a Fall 2016 Meal Plan and sending gifts to your student.  Read more...

Georgia Tech Football: Together We Swarm

Don’t miss a minute of the football action this fall at Bobby Dodd Stadium! The Georgia Tech home schedule features games against Miami, Clemson and Vanderbilt! Read more...

Chabad Jewish Student Network on Campus
The Chabad Jewish Student Center welcomes all new students and their families to campus.  Read more...

Catholic Center at Georgia Tech
The Catholic Center at Georgia Tech would like to extend an invitation to all parents and students to join us at our Open House on Move-in Day, Thursday, August 18.  Read more...

Alumni Admissions Forum
Sending another child off to college soon? Don't miss the Alumni Admissions Forum on July 29 at the GT Research Institute. This event, aimed at rising 8th-10th graders, will explore the trends in college admissions and help you navigate the financial process. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming Events

Student Send-Offs
Join alumni, students, parents, and friends to celebrate the achievements of the newest members of the Georgia Tech community at your local Summer Student Send-off for the incoming class and current students. Read more...

Burdell's Brunch with President Peterson

President Peterson and other campus administrators will welcome our newest Yellow Jacket families on the Sunday before the first day of classes at Georgia Tech. Read more...

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Join with other Yellow Jacket families from around the world as we host Georgia Tech’s Family Weekend. Read more...

Important Dates
July 7 - 8 - Fall First Year FASET
July 18 - 19 - Fall First Year FASET
July 21-  22 - Fall First Year FASET
July 25 - 26 - Fall Transfer FASET
July 28-  29 - Fall First Year FASET
August 1 - Family Weekend Registration Opens
August 1 - 2 - Fall First Year FASET
August 14 - 15 - Fall First Year FASET
August 16 - 17 - Fall First Year FASET
August 18 - Transfer and Exchange FASET
August 21 - Burdell's Brunch
August 21 - New Student Convocation
August 22 - First Day of Classes
August 29 - Fee Payment Deadline (4PM)

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