Georgetown University

Georgetown University is situated in the vibrant, relevant, and affluent Washington DC neighborhood of the same name.  Georgetown’s beautiful campus is contained with definite boundaries but flows seamlessly with the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood of Georgetown. Washington DC is a great city for college students.  The culture, entertainment, and political dialog are uniquely accessible to students. Internships abound in all disciplines.  The students at Georgetown are engaged in the world and in their communities.  Interested and interesting students are naturally drawn to this thriving university at the hub of our nation’s capital.

Georgetown is divided up into separate schools.  Georgetown College is the liberal arts school and houses the arts, sciences, humanities, languages and social sciences.  The Macdonough School of Business offers undergraduate, MBA and executive educations with a strong focus on fostering leadership and a global perspective. The Walsh School of Foreign Service offers undergraduate and graduate programs in international affairs, regional and comparative studies and security studies.  While there is the opportunity to take classes in schools other than your own, some classes are specific to one school or the other.  Students cannot double major across the schools.  Priority registration is sometimes given to students enrolled in the school. Georgetown might be better suited for students who are committed to their specific schools, although there is still great flexibility in Georgetown College. Sixty-one percent of classes have fewer than 20 students.

In the fall of 2012, Georgetown opened Regents Hall, the new science center. The building was greeted by rave reviews from the Georgetown community and earned a LEEDs Gold Certificate for being environmentally sound. Home to the departments of biology, chemistry and physics, the five-story, $100 million new Regents Hall science building comprises 154,000 square feet of space that includes classrooms, 12 teaching labs, over three floors of research labs, four conference rooms, six student lounges and a café. The design of the center will promote interdisciplinary research with researchers from different departments in the same floor.

There are approximately 7500 undergraduate students at Georgetown. There are over 9000 graduate students as well. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen and sophomores.  Freshmen are all housed in freshmen only dorms. Seventy-one percent of UG students live on campus.  Georgetown is unique in that it is an outward-thinking university with students having a high engagement with the world, the nation, and the local community while also retaining a warm sense of campus spirit and community. The students are, as a whole, bright and engaged thinkers who readily enjoy the access to great political dialog and thought that Washington DC provides. There is no Greek life on campus.  Students socialize in campus houses and in the bars of nearby M Street. They spend time all over the city of DC.  Georgetown has D1 sports and lots of school spirit.  Basketball games take place off campus at the Verizon Center, and they are well attended.

Georgetown’s endowment is about 1.16 billion, which is a relatively low number among Georgetown’s peer institutions.

The admissions office at Georgetown is one of the least friendly and helpful.  Their website is also confusing.

2012 admit rate:  16.5%

A full 90% of accepted students were in the top 10% of their graduating hs classes and 97% were in the top 25%.

Scores vary for schools, however these are the average mid-range scores:


SAT r              640-740

SAT m             650-750

ACT                 30-34

Georgetown’s cost-of-attendance is over $62,000/year.

Georgetown meets full demonstrated need but gives very few merit awards.

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