Prospective Students

Is Explore right for YOU?

Do you:

  • are you interested in a career in health or undergraduate research? 

  • possess a curious mind that likes to investigate?

  • want to make discoveries that can change how we see the world?

  • plan to attend a top-ranked graduate or professional school?

  • intend to apply scientific discoveries to solving real-world problems?

If so, consider Explore, where we support our students as they jumpstart their first year at Georgia Tech!

Visit our staff page to learn more about the students and professionals that make Explore happen

All admitted students can apply via their admission portal. 


Direct Benefits 

  • In-House Tutoring Monday - Thursday in Caldwell Classroom
  • In-House Pre-Health advising with professional and peer advisors
  • Special sections of highly sought after courses


  • Receive CITI Responsible Conduct of Research certification
  • Faculty engagement in small groups and one one meetings
  • Access to scholarships and research positions


Recent events


The fine print

By accepting the Explore invitation, you are making a one year commitment (first 2 semesters) with the option of participating as an upperclassmen Georgia Tech student after your first year. There is a $400 per semester fee for the first year in order to provide you with fantastic resources and excursions that include lab tours, trip to the CDC and Zoo Atlanta, in-house dinners with Tech faculty, and Explore-specific sections of Tech courses.

As a member of Explore you will be required to take one class in your first semester, COS 2000;Intro to Ethics in Research. This class will provide you with the skills necessary to make yourself a fantastic candidate for research and clinical positions. COS 2000 is credit-based and will be taken as part of your regular class load.

Students in Explore live as a cohort in either Caldwell or Folk Residence Hall on West Campus. With a newly built dining facility, close access to our Campus Recreation Center, and close proximity to many science classrooms and labs, this is the ideal location to begin your Tech experience.

Our fall retreat offers you the opportunity to connect with 281 Explore friends, meet some of our incredible faculty,and voice your opinion on the year ahead.

Summary of Requirements:

  • $400/Semester Fee to provide you with outstanding resources and experiences
  • COS 2000; Intro to Ethics in Research in the fall of your first year
  • Live in Folk or Caldwell Residence Hall Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Mandatory Fall Retreat- Date TBD (Day before general campus move-in or the first Saturday after classes begin)

Pre-Health and Research Tracks

After your first semester you may choose to remain exploratory, or you may choose to focus in one of two tracks:

SHaRP - Science, Health and Related Professions

SMaRT - Science and Math Research Training


Weekly Happenings

COS 2000: Intro to Research; Times vary

Research/health community programming; Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm

Student staff office hours; times vary


In-House Pre-Health advising; Mondays 3 - 5 pm (Caldwell) and Wednesdays 5 - 6 pm (Virtual)

In-House Tutoring for CHEM, MATH, & BIO; 7–9 pm Monday–Thursday

“Having multiple people in your dorm conveniently share teachers provides a continuous feed of support, encouragement, grievances, etc. If you’re stuck on a lab, chances are someone in the building is working on the same lab and knows how to help!”

Round table with health professionals

While common course offerings differ from year-to-year, here is an example of what has been offered in the past

Calendar of Events

Check out what Explore students are getting involved in!


Contact Us

Emma Blandford
Assistant Director in the College of Sciences
Explore Living Learning Communities

Michelle Canales
Coordinator for Explore Living Learning Communities

General Contact & questions