Fewer Applicants, Record Low Acceptance Rate
Georgetown University offered admission to 11.78% of applicants this year through its Early Action program, a record low. Out of 7,802 Early Action applications, they accepted 919 students. This is a decrease, however, from last year’s record high of 8,387 applicants and may indicate a shift as more students are applying to ED schools instead of non-binding EA options like Georgetown.
According to Georgetown Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles Deacon, binding early admission programs “benefit universities more than students.” He explained “It’s all about marketing and trying to get numerical results that they think make them look competitive, because if you do get admitted in a binding Early Decision then you are going to have to enroll, so they get 100 percent yield.”
Georgetown also claims they have kept their nonbinding Early Action program to “ensure its admissions process is designed to benefit and protect the decision of its applicants.” However, Georgetown’s commitment to a non-binding EA program may also be a tactic to attract a larger pool of applicants. It is likely their hope that students who are not ready to commit to a binding Early Decision school will apply EA, and thus increase their number of applicants and improve their selectivity statistics.
In the regular decision round, the results were similar—there was a slight dip in the total number of applications, but the undergraduate acceptance rate continued to drop to the lowest in the university’s history (14%). A total of 3,202 applicants were admitted to the Georgetown University Class of 2023 from a pool of 22,788. Dean Charles noted that “Although the pool was virtually unchanged from last year’s record number, we did offer 130 fewer acceptances because the yield (those saying yes) has increased and last year we enrolled 1621 with a goal of 1600.”
Sustained Selectivity for the Georgetown University Class of 2023
Of the EA applicants, 4,478 applied to Georgetown College, and 491 were accepted (10.96%), the lowest among the four schools. The Walsh School of Foreign service received 1,578 applications and admitted 187 (11.8%). The McDonough School of Business admitted 165 applicants out of 1,112 (14.8%). The School of Nursing and Health Studies received 636 applications and admitted 76 (11.9%). All four undergraduate schools, however, saw decreases in their applicant pools. The College saw a 6% decrease in the number of its applications; the SFS experienced a 9% decrease, and the NHS received 2% fewer applications. The McDonough School of Business only received 1,112 applicants this year, its smallest Early Action applicant pool since 2013 and an 11% decrease since last year.
Georgetown advertised the standardized test statistics for their early admission class of 2023 in order to emphasize its selectivity. For instance, 100% of the admitted students were in the top 5% of their graduating class. The average ACT score was 33-35, the average SAT verbal was 720-760, and the average SAT math was 740-790.
Struggle with Socio-Economic Diversity
Although Georgetown emphasized their growing number of applicants from minority groups (11% black applicants, 13% Latinx applicants, 16% Asian-American applicants, 8% international applicants and 1% Native American applicants), they continue to struggle with socio-economic diversity. Most applications came from California, New York, New Jersey and Maryland and Georgetown ranks 12th in income inequality, according to a New York Times report of 38 schools. This report noted that “the median family income of a student from Georgetown is $229,100, and 74% come from the top 20 percent.” According to The Hoya, the university’s low endowment presents an obstacle to providing competitive financial aid packages to students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
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