School Name: Georgetown University

School Location: Washington, DC

School Type: Research University

Class of 2025

  • Applications: 27,650
  • Admitted: 3,226
  • Acceptance Rate: 11.7%

General Info

Historical SAT/ACT Scores (Test Optional)

  • Mean SAT scores (reported SAT scores are March 2016 and after):
    • Evidence-based Reading & Writing: 680-750
    • Math: 690-780
  • Mean ACT scores: 31-34


  • Reach


  • Early Decision: EA : November 1
  • Early Results: December 15
  • Regular Deadline: January 10
  • Regular Results: April 1

School Info

  • Schedule: Semester
  • Curriculum Type: Large Core
  • Greek Life: Yes
  • Athletics: D1: Big East

Georgetown Application Requirements and University Guide:

Here’s everything you should know before you apply to Georgetown University

Georgetown University is a private research university nestled into one of Washington D.C.’s historic neighborhoods. Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, it is the oldest Catholic university in the country. Today, Georgetown’s 7,500 undergraduate students come from all types of backgrounds and belief systems. The university sits atop a hill overlooking the Potomac River in one direction and our nation’s capital in the other. Because of its proximity to D.C., the school is often associated with the government, but there are many private-sector opportunities available to students, and graduates go into a multitude of arenas. Speaking of arenas, an unofficial Georgetown requirement is to support the men’s basketball team by showing up to the Capital One Arena in downtown D.C., home of the NHL’s Capitals and NBA’s Wizards, to support their hometown Hoyas. With about a 15% acceptance rate, Georgetown University requires your application to be excellent in order to gain admission. 

How hard is it to get into Georgetown?

Sitting at #24 on the U.S. News National Universities ranking list, Georgetown is considered a reach school for nearly every applicant. Average admits have an SAT Score between 1370-1530 or an ACT score of 30-34. When applying, a Georgetown requirement is to select one of the 4 undergraduate schools: Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Services. Each of these schools boasts about a 15% acceptance rate and once admitted only about 10% of undergraduates are granted school transfers, so it’s in your best interest to apply to the college of your choice at the beginning, rather than applying to a school that seems “easier” and then transferring.

Georgetown’s Application:

  • Georgetown has its own application process that cannot be found on the Common Application.
  • You can apply either Early Action (Nov. 1) or Regular Decision (Jan. 10)
  • You will write 3 universal essays and one which is specific to the college to which you are applying
  • All applicants are required to have an interview unless it is not geographically possible

What is Georgetown known for?

Academically, Georgetown is well known for its strong governmental ties and for placing graduates into top Wall Street banks. Its renowned McDonough School of Business and its Walsh School of Foreign Service are consistently ranked among the top programs in the country. While students are on campus, they will have a plethora of opportunities to conduct undergraduate research, join student groups, and secure meaningful mentorships. Every Fortune 500 company has a branch in the D.C. area, making local summer internships extremely accessible as well. If you’re confident that you’d like to be involved in politics or have a career in finance, Georgetown may very well be the place for you!

What is Campus Life Like?

First year students are placed into all-freshman on-campus housing designed to foster long-lasting connections among classmates. Students at Georgetown are not required to live on campus through senior year, yet many continue to do so for all 4 years—87% of all undergraduates live on campus. Georgetown has over 350 student-run clubs and organizations and over 90% of students are involved in at least one. Being in D.C., the student body is actively involved in politics and no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, you’ll find others with similar viewpoints. The surrounding metropolitan area offers many exciting opportunities to see live music, eat amazing food, and explore historic public spaces.

Can I afford Georgetown?

As a private institute, Georgetown is rather expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Education National Center, tuition cost $53,520 in 2019. Add in room and board, supplies, and other expenses and fees and the total cost comes to $73,840. Unfortunately, there are no breaks for D.C. residents; tuition is the same whether you are local or out-of-state. However, because of a large endowment and generous financial aid packages, the average student ends up paying around $27,420.

What are the academics like at Georgetown?

Georgetown has a fantastic 11:1 student-faculty ratio meaning that students have plenty of opportunities to form meaningful connections with their instructors and advisors. Additionally, 99% of all classes are taught by faculty with the rare seminar being held by an outside individual such as a graduate or high-level government employee. Georgetown has a pretty lengthy core curriculum that includes: 2 Philosophy courses, 2 Theology courses, 2 writing courses, 2 Engaging Diversity courses, 1 Humanities: Art, Literature, & Culture course, and 1 Science for All course. Don’t get overwhelmed just yet—any of the requirements can be fulfilled at the same time that students complete their individual major requirements. Additionally, Georgetown offers a wide variety of certificate programs and minors which a majority of students take advantage of during their time on campus. Overall, Georgetown has a fairly competitive environment and most students push themselves academically—the end result is an extremely accomplished graduating class that consistently ranks amongst the most sought after in the nation!