What You Need to Know for the Spring Semester at Georgia Tech

The start of the holiday season means the countdown to the end of the fall semester for Georgia Tech students.

But after just a few short weeks, Georgia Tech students will find themselves back in session with the start of the Spring 2023 semester. To ensure students have the critical dates in mind for the spring and summer 2023 terms at the Georgia Institute of Technology, here’s a rundown of what you need to know to prepare for the upcoming terms at Georgia Tech.

How long is winter break at Georgia Tech?

Georgia Tech students have about three weeks off for winter break, which runs from December 15th – January 8th.

The final day of Fall 2022 semester courses is December 6th, followed by a one-day reading period for studying before final exams start on December 8th. Exams run through December 15th, and Fall semester grades are posted after 6:00 pm on December 20th.

When does the spring semester start at Georgia Tech?

The first day of Spring 2023 semester classes at Georgia Tech is Monday, January 9th.

Students have one week to finalize their courses for the spring semester, as the deadline to add or drop courses without a penalty is Friday, January 13th.

The university does not have classes on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of the MLK Jr national holiday, and the following day, January 17th, is the deadline to spring semester tuition payments.

How many hours is a full schedule of classes at Georgia Tech?

Georgia Tech maintains that a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to be considered a full-time student.

This requirement is for the Summer and the Spring and Fall semesters, although most students do not take a full course load during the summer, if they are taking courses at all.

A full schedule of 12 credit hours amounts to four courses for the average student, but this may vary, especially for courses with lab components that take up more than three credit hours.

The naming convention of courses indicates the number of credits offered. A three-digit code identifies each course. The first number represents the number of lecture hours, the second number represents the number of laboratory hours, and the third represents the number of credit hours. For example, a course labeled 302 consists of 3 hours of lecture and 0 hours of laboratory work and is worth two credit hours.

Some scholarship and grant programs require students to maintain a full-time schedule as part of the financial award. Students are advised to check the credit hour requirements of any financial aid or award programs offered, in addition to departmental requirements, to ensure they are on track for graduation.

Does Georgia Tech have a spring break?

Yes, Georgia Tech has a spring break from March 20th through the 24th.

This is a week later than most other large national universities and falls in the second half of the GT spring semester.

March 15th, the week before spring break, is the deadline for students to withdraw from spring semester classes without an academic penalty. It’s also the date students can submit a grade mode change for one of their spring semester classes (from a letter grade to a pass/fail or the reverse.)

The week after spring break, registration opens for Summer 2023 registration, beginning on March 27th. Summer registration runs through May 19th.

Does Georgia Tech have midterms?

Yes, most courses at Georgia Tech have some type of midterm exam or project, but this usually varies by course.

Courses with midterm exams typically host them the week before spring break to give students a sense of their academic standing midway through the semester before the withdrawal deadline.

Georgia Tech requires that students take at least 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time students.

When do spring semester classes end at Georgia Tech?

The last day of Spring semester classes at Georgia Tech is Monday, April 24th.

As with the Fall semester, GT students have a one-day reading period to focus on studying for finals on April 26th before the start of final examinations the following day.

When are the finals at Georgia Tech?

The Spring 2023 final exam schedule at Georgia Tech runs from April 27th – May 4th.

The final exam schedule is available on the website of the Registrar’s Office.

Commencement for students graduating in the spring runs from May 5th – 6th, and spring semester grades are available for students to view beginning on May 9th.

Does Georgia Tech offer summer courses?

Yes, Georgia Tech offers four terms for summer courses.

Summer course offerings are limited and typically include introductory courses or departmental required courses that allow students to catch up on or get ahead of credit hours requirements, thereby leaving more time in their schedules for limited enrollment courses during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The Summer 2023 terms at Georgia Tech are:

  • Maymester: May 15th – June 2nd
  • Early Short Summer: May 15th – June 16th
  • Late Short Summer: June 21st – August 3rd
  • Full Summer Session: May 15th – August 3rd

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