1. What is the GT Summer Engineering Institute?

The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech offers a 3-week residential Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) which focuses on under-represented minority rising 11th and 12th graders from across the nation. The goal of the GT-SEI program is to provide innovative and integrated world-class educational leadership programs that prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The focus of SEI is on a major project which teaches students some of the basic engineering and computer science techniques using programs such as Arduino, MATLAB and Google Sketch-up. High school students are challenged to solve real-world engineering problems with hands-on experience.

2. What are the dates of the Summer Engineering Institute?

GT-SEI dates are July 7-26, 2019.

If you are unable to attend the entire Institute, please do not apply! Arrival and departure dates are program specific. The program begins promptly on July 7th and concludes on July 26th. The program structure includes weekends. You must be available to attend the entire program. 

3. Who can apply for the Institute?

The program focuses on underrepresented minority rising 11th and 12th graders. However, any student meeting the requirements below is welcome to apply.

Participant Requirements:

  • Rising high school Junior or Senior as of August 2019
  • Have completed a minimum of Algebra II and 2 lab sciences (preferably biology, chemistry or physical science by July 2018
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be 16 years old by July 7, 2019
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

4. If I am not “underrepresented” in STEM, can I still apply for GT-SEI?

Yes, all students who meet the participant requirements outlined above may apply and attend the Institute if selected.

5. What is the cost of the Summer Engineering Institute?

  • Application Fee: $65 – Non-refundable (Application does not guarantee acceptance into the program)
  • SEI Program Fee: $1800.00 (Payable after participation is confirmed)

6. What does the program fee cover?

The program fee covers all materials and supplies required during the Institute, meals, housing, field visits and transportation during the Institute.

7. Is transportation to Georgia Tech included in the Program Fee?

No. Transportation to and from the Institute are the participant’s responsibility.   

8. Are meals included in the Program Fee?

Yes, most meals are provided during the Institute.

9.  Are there scholarships available for GT-SEI?

There may be limited scholarships available once the class has been selected. 

10. How many applicants are there for the Institute? How many students are accepted to the Institute?

There are usually more than 150 applicants for the Institute. 48 students will be accepted to participate in the Institute.

11. How are applicants selected?

All complete applications are reviewed by the GT-SEI Applicant Review Committee.

12. Is there a Waitlist for GT-SEI after the initial class is selected?


13. When will I be notified if I am accepted into GT-SEI?

All applicants will be notified by midnight on May 1, 2019.

14. Where do participants live during the program?

GT-SEI participants and resident assistants reside in a traditional dormitory on Georgia Tech’s campus. Female and male participants are housed on separate floors.

15. I live or have relatives in the area. Can GT-SEI participants go home on the weekends? 

No. For legal reasons as well as participant safety, students are not allowed to leave campus once the program begins.  

16. Can I visit my child during the program?

No. For legal reasons as well as participant safety, parents are not allowed to visit during the program.