School Website Information Architecture Template


The School IA is designed to showcase your academic programs, research, and student life.

By using this navigation, you are helping to provide a cohesive, unified experience across Georgia Tech academic sites. Users who visit multiple sites, such as students comparing degree programs, will have an easier time finding information.


Below is a guideline for a school website’s main menu

You are not required to use menu categories that do not apply to your school, and you may have categories that are unique to your school. For consistency’s sake, however, it is recommended that you, at minimum, begin the main menu with “About,” and end with “News and Events.” Limit your menu to seven categories or fewer.



Purpose: To provide background about your school and logistical information.

Examples of what to include: Welcome from a dean/chair, general department contact information, buildings and facilities, directions, job opportunities, and history. 



Purpose: To highlight your academic programs.

Examples of what to include: Information about undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs, concentrations, program requirements, and admission. 


Student Life

Purpose: To focus on academic and co-curricular elements of student life that are unique to your school or to Georgia Tech.

Examples of what to include: Student profiles, organizations, career development, community outreach, and life in Atlanta.



Purpose: To highlight the latest research taking place in your school.

Examples of what to include: Highlights of faculty research, overviews of your school’s main research areas, publications, news related to research, collaborations, and research initiatives or partnerships.

What not to include: Items that are intended only for an internal audience, such as paperwork for research administration or safety procedures; this information should be included in the bottom footer menu under Resources.



Purpose: To highlight the faculty, researchers, and staff associated with the school.


News and Events

Purpose: To showcase what’s happening now in your school, announcements, and upcoming events.