For questions regarding your VIP team's operations this Fall, please see our VIP policy for Fall 2020 and Notes from instructors on delivery modes. For information on returning to campus, please visit GA Tech's Moving Foward page.

What is VIP?

Through VIP, students work with faculty on multidisciplinary project teams. Students earn academic credit and can participate multiple semesters.  "Vertically Integrated" refers to VIP team compositions, which include sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, post-docs and faculty.

VIP is offered as a course, but students must apply before they can register for the class.  Students can apply early in the semester before they join their teams (for example, applying in September to join a team the following Spring), or as late as the first week of class (applications close that Thursday).  Teams do fill up, so students are encouraged to apply early if they are interested in a specific team.

What does VIP look like?


Faculty advisors, grad student mentors, 10-20 students

Meet weekly

Maintain shared documentation (wiki)


Sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students

Returning students take on additional responsibilities

Spend 2-3 hours outside class/credit hour (1 credit: 2-3 hours, 2: 4-6 hours)

Contribute to shared documentation, maintain own notebook

Project Based:

Students work together to advance the project, taking on different roles and responsibilities

Not like regular assignments: instructors do not always have the answers