October 13 is the 129th birthday of one of Atlanta’s greatest treasures.
When Georgia Tech first opened in 1888, it offered only a Mechanical Engineering degree. Mechanical Engineering is still one of its strongest programs today, drawing students from across the globe. Originally called Georgia School of Technology, the school received $65,000 as part of an effort to bring the industrial revolution to Georgia. Eighty-four lucky students were the first ones to pursue degrees from the now prestigious university.
In 1948, the school was rebranded as the Georgia Institute of Technology to better reflect its diversity of programs.