Application For Transient or Special (non-degree) Admission: Information And Instructions

Please read all instructions carefully. Failure to follow directions will result in processing delays.

Admission to Georgia Tech as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee that a student will be able to successfully enroll in any course. If admitted, both Special and Transient students are classified as non-degree seeking and are not normally eligible to continue studies at Georgia Tech with the intent of obtaining a degree from the Institute. Admitted non-degree students are eligible for the approved semester only and admission does not imply or guarantee future enrollment at Georgia Tech. The registration period for admitted non-degree seeking students follows the registration of all degree-seeking students and begins the day before the start of the term.

  • A SPECIAL student is one who is not currently enrolled/pursuing a degree at another institution and who desires to enroll at Georgia Tech for one or more terms to take certain advanced coursework for personal or professional growth. If admitted, the student may not be enrolled for the purpose of utilizing coursework to obtain a degree at Georgia Tech. A student who has already received a bachelor's degree from another institution may enroll as a Special student with no limitation on the number of hours that may be completed. A student who has not yet completed a bachelor's degree elsewhere may only enroll as a Special student for a maximum of 12 semester hours.

  • A TRANSIENT student is one who desires to enroll at Georgia Tech in order to take certain applicable advanced coursework which will transfer back to the home institution. The student should be planning to return to the home institution to complete coursework for a degree. A transient student must have permission to take classes at Georgia Tech as authorized by the Registrar or other designated official of the institution in which the student is enrolled recommending the applicant as a transient student.

  • Any student admitted in a non-degree status wishing to later pursue degree-seeking admission must apply and follow the requirements and guidelines for transfer admission at Georgia Tech, as outlined at There must be a one-term gap between enrollment in a non-degree status and an application for degree-seeking admission.
  1. Read the Academic Honor Code: Read carefully the excerpts from the Academic Honor Code before filling out the application. By completing and signing this application, you are indicating your intention to abide by the Honor Code.
  2. Request your college transcript(s): Request an official copy of your transcript from every college that you have attended. An official transcript must be in a sealed school envelope with an official mark or signature across the seal to indicate that it has not been opened.
  3. Submit a complete Non-Degree Applicant Permission Form: Please review and complete this form (available online at with appropriate departmental signature(s). It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain all necessary signature(s) and submit the completed form after submitting the online application for admission. Academic department contact information may be found online via

All prospective courses must be approved by the individual departments before applying with the approval being shown on the Departmental Review section of Non-Degree Applicant Permission Form (Part I).Departmental approval does not guarantee admission. Any requested course is subject to availability and Special/Transient students are given last priority for registration. Registration for any course not approved by proper Georgia Tech officials is strictly prohibited. Enrollment in unauthorized courses will result in automatic course withdrawal by the Institute.


International students (those who are neither US citizens nor US Permanent Resident card holders) are allowed to apply for non-degree seeking status ONLY if they are participants in an approved study abroad/foreign exchange program via the Georgia Tech Office of International Education. Proof of US Permanent Resident status is required at the time of application. Please see for more information.


All qualified persons are equally welcome to seek transfer admission to the Georgia Institute of Technology, and all persons may apply for and accept admission confident that the policy and regular practice of the Institute will not discriminate against them on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin.

I commit to uphold the ideals of honor and integrity by refusing to betray the trust bestowed upon me as a member of the Georgia Tech community.

The above statement is the Georgia Tech Honor Challenge. It is a commitment made by every student, faculty member, and administrator in the Georgia Tech community. Every member of the community strives to apply these principles toward academic pursuits and to every aspect of our daily lives.

We believe that honor and integrity are essential in fostering an environment in which learning and research can thrive. In an effort to remind the members of this community of their commitment, the Honor Advisory Council has placed plaques displaying the Challenge in nearly every classroom at Georgia Tech. During every exam, quiz, and lecture, we hope they serve as a source of motivation to uphold the promise you made when joining this community. The Honor Advisory Council, a group of students dedicated to promoting the Honor Code, serves as a resource for students accused of or wishing to report an honor violation.

Article II: Honor Code

Section 1. Statement of Purpose
The members of the Georgia Tech community believe that the fundamental objective of the Institute is to provide students with a high-quality education while developing in them a sense of ethics and social responsibility. We believe that trust is an integral part of the learning process and that self-discipline is necessary in this pursuit. We also believe that any instance of dishonesty hurts the entire community. It is with this in mind that we have set forth a Student Honor Code at Georgia Tech.

Section 3. Student Responsibilities
Students are expected to act according to the highest ethical standards. The immediate objective of an Honor Code is to prevent any student from gaining an unfair advantage over any other student through academic misconduct. The following clarification of academic misconduct is taken from Section XIX, Student Conduct Code, of the Rules and Regulations section of the Georgia Tech General Catalog: Academic misconduct is any act that does or could improperly distort student grades or other student academic records. Such acts include but need not be limited to the following:

  • Possessing, using, or exchanging improperly acquired written or verbal information in the preparation of any essay, laboratory report, examination, or other assignment included in an academic course;
  • Substitution for, or unauthorized collaboration with, a student in the commission of academic requirements;
  • Submission of material that is wholly or substantially identical to that created or published by another person or persons, without adequate credit notations indicating authorship (plagiarism);
  • False claims of performance or work that has been submitted by the claimant;
  • Alteration or insertion of any academic grade or rating so as to obtain unearned academic credit;
  • Deliberate falsification of a written or verbal statement of fact to a member of the faculty so as to obtain unearned academic credit; and
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Institute document relating to the academic status of the student. While these acts constitute assured instances of academic misconduct, other acts of academic misconduct may be defined by the professor. Students must sign the Honor Agreement affirming their commitment to uphold the Honor Code before becoming a part of the Georgia Tech community. The Honor Agreement may reappear on exams and other assignments to remind students of their responsibilities under the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code. The complete text of the Academic Honor Code may be found at

Federal law recognizes the student Social Security Number (SSN) as personally identifiable information under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). However, the law allows Georgia Tech to request and to use this information in compliance with state and federal guidelines. While you are not required to provide your SSN to be considered for admission to Georgia Tech, you are strongly encouraged to do so, if you have one. Providing an SSN will speed up matching of materials such as transcripts and test scores with your application. An SSN is required if you are applying for financial aid, for federal tax benefits, or for employment; it may be required for other purposes. The information may be disclosed only under certain circumstances, including the following:

  • to other institutional officials;
  • to representatives of state and local educational authorities;
  • in connection with financial aid;
  • for research purposes to improve instruction;
  • to collection agents in connection with university-related business;
  • pursuant to an order from a court of law; or
  • other circumstances as required by state or federal law. Georgia Tech is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of student records.