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Georgetown University

Is Georgetown University the School for You?

This prestigious school is located in a historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and offers bachelor's degree programs in multiple subject areas, including Portuguese, philosophy, economics, anthropology and neurobiology. Master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs are also available in a number of areas. The school is linked with the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church. Weigh the pros and cons below to decide if Georgetown University is the right school for you.


  • It is ranked in the top 50 for National Universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • Graduation rate is 50 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 12:1, which is lower than the national average
  • Endowment has grown nearly 15% between 2010 and 2011


  • Total cost of attendance was $16,664 higher than the national average for private non-profit universities
  • Acceptance rate is 45.8 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

U.S. News and World Report ranked Georgetown University 21st among national schools. The publication also named Georgetown University in the top 25 for Best Value Schools.

There are eight colleges and schools at Georgetown University: the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Continuing Studies, Law Center, McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service. Popular disciplines at the university include social sciences, business, health professions and English.

If you choose to enroll at Georgetown University, chances are good that you'll be satisfied with your choice. The school has a high retention rate of 96% for full-time students, according to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). In addition, NCES reports that the 4-year graduation rate for students beginning their degrees in 2005 was 90%, which exceeds the national average 4-year graduation rate, listed by U.S. News and World Report as 40%.

From 2010 through 2011, Georgetown's endowment increased by about 15% to almost $1.2 billion, as reported by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). This increased budget could be advantageous to students because it might allow the school to expand its programs and offer other new opportunities.

Getting In & Financial Aid

You can complete your application for Georgetown University online. Along with a teacher's report, final transcript and proof of graduation, you'll need to submit your scores on the SAT's critical reading and math tests. You may send ACT scores, but scores from three different SAT Subject Tests are still recommended. Under Georgetown's non-binding Early Action application process, you might receive your acceptance letter in December, but you won't need to commit to attend until May 1. If you are transferring from another college, you'll also need to provide college transcripts and a dean's report from the college you attended.

You should be aware that Georgetown University is a highly selective school. The NCES reported that the school had an acceptance rate of 20% in 2010, which is significantly lower than the 2010 national average of 65.5%.

The total cost for tuition and fees and room and board was $56,182 according to 2012-2013 NCES figures. This rate is higher than the $39,518 national average for private non-profit universities during the same year. While attending this school can be costly, you'll find several financial aid options to help defray total costs.

According to the College Board, 58% of undergraduates applied for financial aid in 2012. Of those students, 71% received financial assistance. The school has a copious number of scholarships available each year for undergraduates. One option available to you is the Georgetown Incentive Scholarship. You can also find the John Carroll scholarship program and the John Carroll scholarships for Carroll Fellows, which award $3,000 per year. You'll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you qualify for federal, state and school aid.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2012-2013) January 10***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) April 1****
Application Fee (2012-2013) $70*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 18%*
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $42,870***
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $33,566***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 100%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $28,035***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 1.3%*

Life at Georgetown University

Georgetown University, originally founded in 1789, is one of the oldest schools in the country. Today, the school enrolls over 17,000 students, and the student to faculty ratio is 12:1. More than 130 different countries and all 50 states are represented among the student population. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has granted the university's accreditation.

The school has many national research centers, such as the Center for Trauma and the Community, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Center for the Study of Learning. You can participate in community service programs like the After School Kids program, which provides tutors and mentors to local youths. You can find nearly three million volumes and a variety of print and electronic journals at Georgetown University's seven libraries. There are over 200 student organizations available for you to join.

Georgetown University requires freshmen, sophomores and first-year transfer students who are under age 21 to live on campus. Housing is guaranteed for two years. There are a plethora of housing options, including residence halls, learning communities, townhouses and apartments. Different types of meal plans are also available to students as well as food options, including national chain restaurants, a buffet restaurant and several student-run coffee shops.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city*
Student Population (2011) 17,130*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 45% to 55%*
% of Full Time Students (2011) 96% undergraduates, 72% graduate*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2010) 1%*
% of International Students (Fall 2010) 7% *
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 96% full-time students, 33% part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 68%***
Number of Libraries Seven**
Extracurricular Activities Over 200 student clubs and organizations**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Georgetown University, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Room 103 White Gravenor Hall, 37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20057
  • Phone Number: (202) 687-3600

Georgetown University offers the following degree programs:

  1. Business
    • Master - Finance
    • Master - Professional Studies in Real Estate
    • Master - Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management
  2. Technology
    • Master - Professional Studies in Technology Management