Georgia Tech offers a variety of extended orientation experiences that assist new students in getting acclimated to life at Tech in addition to the resources and programs offered at FASET. Students who previously participated in at least one extended orientation experience said the program not only confirmed that Tech was the right choice for them, but it also made them more comfortable with their transition to college.
Meant as a supplement to FASET, Tech offers programs that range from an immersive volunteer experience in the Atlanta community to venturing off campus to a local camp to get to know other new students in a focused atmosphere. All programs seek to connect students to their fellow students, to campus resources, and to the campus community. Each program offers its own unique flavor and focus, with some programs having an academic focus, like Tech Prep and Challenge, and others offered outdoor adventure experiences, like Tech Treks. All programs utilize experienced student leaders to serve as mentors to new Yellow Jackets. Programs vary in length from three days (Wreck Camp) to one month (Challenge).
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Wreck Camp & Wreck Camp International
Wreck Camp - August 9-11, $230
Part of New Student & Transition Programs (NSTP), Wreck Camp is an extended orientation experience for incoming students that brings together new and current students to help jumpstart the college experience in a fun summer-camp setting. Wreck Camp is designed to aid students in their transition to Georgia Tech by developing a diverse social network and strengthening their ties to the Institute through the introduction of campus culture and traditions. Over three days and two nights, new students along with other incoming students and student leaders go to an off-campus retreat center and learn more about Georgia Tech, its traditions, and their new GT family.
Wreck Camp International - August 9-14, $445
International students will have an opportunity to have a customized program specifically designed to meet incoming international undergraduate students’ unique needs and concerns. By attending Wreck Camp International, an incoming student will attend our extended orientation program, Wreck Camp. With specific programs and student leaders to help transition international students to Georgia Tech. Through this program, international students will have the opportunity to move in early and attend Wreck Camp. After Wreck Camp is completed, first-year international students are required to attend the next FASET Orientation session (FASET 6 - August 13th and August 14th) where they will be given their Buzz card, meet with Academic Advisors, and register for classes. After attending FASET, the international students will have an additional day of programming that will guide them through cultural and academic transitions, learn about additional resources on campus, and be given the opportunity to access local stores to purchase necessities to begin their college career. Wreck Camp International (first-year international students only) is Thursday, August 10-Tuesday, August 15th (includes Wreck Camp, FASET 6, and one day of international transition workshops)
August 13-16, $300
Hosted by Student Engagement and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, EngageATL is a service-themed program where participants are immersed in the Georgia Tech and Atlanta community with a specific focus on sustainable community-building through direct service with community organizations. With a small team of current student leaders, new students will learn about sustainability and civic engagement at Georgia Tech and gain awareness of communities within Metro Atlanta. EngageATL will connect participants with service-minded peers and aid in building relationships on-campus and around the city. Register today and put the Institute's motto, "Progress and Service," into action while exploring and serving Atlanta.
June 23-July 27-$500
Challenge is the Office of Minority Education’s (OMED)/ Institute Diversity signature bridge program. It is a five-week, intensive, summer residential program for first-time incoming Georgia Tech students. In Challenge, students are immersed in the Georgia Tech environment — living in a first-year residence hall; taking fundamental science, math, and computing classes by Georgia Tech professors; participating in professional development workshops by corporate representatives; and engaging in social, cultural, and academic activities led by Georgia Tech staff, faculty, and current students.
Tech Prep is a noncredit, intensive, 5-day program that reviews fundamental calculus concepts as well as introduces you to strategies critical for academic success in calculus and other first-year courses. Sponsored jointly by the Center for Academic Success, School of Mathematics, and the Department of Housing, Tech Prep is designed to be active, social, and relaxed with an overall goal of giving you and other new students a head start on success at Tech. You will gain experience with academics, build relationships with faculty and peers, and explore opportunities at Georgia Tech. The residential option includes housing for the duration of the program.
Prices, destinations, and dates vary
Join incoming classmates for an orientation experience like no other. Tech Treks is an outdoor adventure program that offers twelve trips during the summer. All trips are beginner-friendly (no experience needed), and all gear is provided. This year’s trips include:
- Southeast – An exciting three-day rock climbing and rafting adventure with camping under star-filled skies meeting new Tech friends.
- Montana – An incredible nine-day backpacking and rafting adventure in and around Glacier National Park.
- Alaska – For the truly adventurous, this once-in-a-lifetime 10-day orientation adventure lets you discover true Alaskan wilderness while backpacking, camping, ice climbing on glaciers, and nature watching.
All trips are led by Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) staff, student leaders, and professional guides for technical activities.