Me and two close friends applied to early admissions at Georgia Tech last year. I had similar scores/GPA but less extracurriculars than one friend, and I got in while he had to wait for regular admission. Both of us had significantly higher scores and GPA than the third friend, an asian female, and she got in during early admissions (though probably more because of the female part than the asian part).asian female.
affirmative action, you get in wherever you want.
But yes it is an engineering school so that obviously helps females get in; not sure if Georgia counts as the middle of Podunk, Nowhere but I guess it's pretty close