Four thousand students got into Georgia Tech today

Today delivered good news to 4,000 students who found out they earned early admission to Georgia Tech.

Overall, the admission rate for high school seniors who applied early action to Tech -- which means they met an earlier deadline to submit applications -- was 20 percent.

For applicants from Georgia, the admission rate was 39.6 percent, while it was 14 percent for non-Georgia residents.

A record number of students applied this year to Georgia Tech, which saw a 12 percent increase in students applying early.

Tech had 20,289 early action applications. Early action applications aren't binding. It simply means students apply and find out earlier whether they’ve been admitted. (Early decision is a different application process in which accepted applicants are expected to commit to the school.)

The majority of Georgia students who apply to Georgia Tech do so through early action; 75 percent of all Georgia applicants submitted through early action, according to Tech spokeswoman Laura Diamond.

As Insider Higher Ed recently reported, there is a national trend toward more students applying early action, especially to more select campuses.

According to Insider Higher Ed:

"Between fall 2016 and fall 2017, colleges reported an average increase of 4 percent in the number of early-decision applicants and of 5 percent in those admitted through early decision. This builds on previous increases. From fall 2016 to fall 2017, colleges reported that the number of early-action applicants increased by 9 percent, and the number accepted through early action went up 10 percent. Early programs were most popular with those colleges with greater levels of competitiveness (lower admit rates).

Here is part of the official statement from Tech:

This year, the Institute is offering a new way for first-generation, in-state students to come to Tech through its Georgia First Pathway Program. The program is for first-year applicants who are Georgia residents and whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree. This program becomes the sixth pathway option for students who may not be admitted initially but want to pursue transferring to Georgia Tech.

Between Early Action and Regular Decision rounds, a total of 37,000 students have applied for admission, an increase of nearly 4 percent. Two notable increases came from women applicants — an increase of 5 percent — and first-generation students — an increase of 8 percent.

This is the second year Georgia Tech has seen a larger jump in applications during the Early Action round, a trend that’s happening at universities across the country.

Applicants for Regular Decision admission to Georgia Tech will be notified Saturday, March 9.