Get Into Georgetown
Georgetown University comes in at #20 in the most recent US News and World Report rankings of National Universities and #26 on its list of Best Value Schools. Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the US. Today, 7,453 undergraduate students study on its Washington, DC campus, which overlooks the Potomac River.
Georgetown University is comprised of nine different schools:
- Georgetown College
- The McDonough School of Business
- The Walsh School of Foreign Service
- The School of Nursing and Health Studies
- The School of Medicine
- The School of Continuing Studies
- The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Georgetown Law
- The McCourt School of Public Policy
Undergraduate applicants to Georgetown can enroll in the first four of these schools, allowing them to pursue subjects ranging from biochemistry to finance to international affairs. Applicants to Georgetown College also have the option of enrolling in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, a unique liberal arts program with a special focus on language acquisition and non-English-speaking literatures and cultures. The student-faculty ratio for all Georgetown classes is 11:1, and 61.2% of classes have fewer than twenty students.
For undergraduate students with an interest in medicine or law, Georgetown also offers an Early Assurance Program that allows students to apply at the end of their sophomore or junior years for early admission to the School of Medicine or Georgetown Law. Both schools’ Early Assurance Programs require students to have high grades, but—quite notably—they do require MCAT or LSAT scores for admissions decisions.
Applying to Georgetown
Since Georgetown does not use the Common Application, undergraduate applicants to Georgetown will have to fill out the school’s own application. Georgetown requires that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. (The writing section of the ACT is not required, and the writing subscore is not used in the application review process.) The university does not allow score choice; as an applicant, you must submit the scores for all the tests you have taken.
Georgetown also highly recommends that students also submit scores for at least three SAT Subject Tests. Anytime a school “highly recommends” something, you can read that as “requires.” We know that students who don’t submit strong subject test scores don’t fare as well at Georgetown. Start early in your high school career to prepare for subject tests such as Math 2, U.S. History and Biology.
Undergraduate applicants to Georgetown can apply to only one of the four schools that enroll undergraduate students per application cycle. If, however, you get into one school and later find that you would prefer to enroll in another, Georgetown does offer an intra-university transfer process.
In addition to completing two standard essays, applicants to Georgetown will also have to write one essay tailored to their particular school of interest. These were the essay prompts on Georgetown’s most recent application:
Essay Prompts for All Georgetown Undergraduate Applicants:
- Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved. (approximately one-half page single-spaced)
- As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay, either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you. (approximately one page single-spaced)
School-Specific Georgetown Admissions Essay Prompts
Applicants to Georgetown College: Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study? (If you are applying to major in the Faculty of Language and Linguistics or in a Science, please specifically address those interests.)
Applicants to the School of Nursing and Health Studies: Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care at Georgetown University. Please specifically address your intended major (Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, Global Health, or Nursing).
Applicants to the Walsh School of Foreign Service: Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.
Applicants to the McDonough School of Business: The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.
Georgetown also offers course recommendations for students applying to particular schools. The school recommends that applicants applying to Georgetown College with an interest in math or science take four years of mathematics and at least three years of science in high school. Applicants to the Nursing Program should take at least three years of math and one year each of biology and chemistry. Applicants to the Business School should complete at least three years of math, as well as a course in computer science, while students interested in the Walsh School of Foreign Service or the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics should have experience with at least one foreign language.
All first-year applicants, including international applicants, are also required to take part in an interview with a Georgetown alumnus. (Interviews are optional for transfer students.) The Georgetown admissions office will provide you with the name and contact information of an alumni interviewer in your area only after you have submitted your application. Once you receive this information, you are expected to take the initiative and reach out to your interviewer to set up a meeting. This is called an “alumni interview” and, while it won’t make up for scores and grades, it does paint you as a more three-dimensional candidate.
For undergraduate applicants, Georgetown offers Early Action and Regular Decision options. Early Action applications, typically due on November 1, are non-binding, which means that accepted students do not have to attend. Students who apply Early Action to Georgetown are welcome to apply Early Action and Regular Decision to other schools, but they cannot apply to any school Early Decision. It’s worth noting that, unlike many other schools, Early Action acceptance rates at Georgetown are not much higher than Regular Decision rates. (For the class of 2021, Georgetown accepted about 12% of Early Action applicants and 15% of Regular Decision applicants.)
Early Action results are typically sent to student by December 15th, and no students are rejected during the Early Action round at Georgetown. Instead, any Early Action applicants who are not admitted are <deferred to the Regular Decision round in the spring. Georgetown typically admits about 15% of Early Action candidates during the Regular Decision round.
For the class of 2022, Georgetown has already received 8,383 Early Action applications—the largest early applicant pool in the school’s history. Georgetown admitted 1,002 of these applicants for an Early Action acceptance rate of 12%. Admitted students came from 49 states and 39 foreign countries, but their applications were consistently impressive. The average admitted student was in the top 2% of his or her high school class, with SAT ERW scores ranging from 710-770 and SAT Math scores from 720-790.
For the class of 2021, Georgetown received 21,465 applications and admitted only 3,313 students, yielding an acceptance rate of 15.4%. This represented a 1% drop from the school’s rates for the last five years, which ranged between 16.4% and 16.6%. Georgetown College, in particular, had an acceptance rate of 14.6%, admitting only 1,883 out of 12,920 applicants. The Walsh School of Foreign Service had an acceptance rate of 16.7%; the School of Nursing and Health Studies, 17.8%; and the McDonough School of Business, 16.4%.
Of the students accepted to Georgetown University, 931 were admitted Early Action, while 2,382 were admitted in the Regular Decision round. The average admitted student ranked in the top 3% of their high school class. In terms of test scores, the middle 50% of admitted students scored 690-770 on the SAT ERW, 680-770 on the SAT Math, and 31-34 on the ACT. In the class of 2021, 12% of admitted students are black, 19% are Asian, and 16% identified as Latino.