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Georgetown University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Georgetown University (GU) in Washington D.C. Learn about Georgetown's admissions procedures, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Georgetown University

Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in the nation. Georgetown is a mid-sized, private university with five campus locations, including the School of Foreign Service in Qatar and a separate Medical Center.

In 2012, Georgetown University was ranked 22nd among all national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Forbes Magazine listed Georgetown University as 38th among America's top colleges in 2012, and Businessweek placed GU as 14th among the top undergraduate business schools in 2012.


Georgetown University offers over 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs to its 17,000 students through eight different colleges. The academic departments at GU include Georgetown College, the Robert E. McDonough School of Business, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown Law, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Continuing Studies.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the McDonough School of Business as the 24th best business school in the nation in 2012, and Georgetown Law was ranked 13th among the nation's best law schools. International relations, political science, government and finance were among the top undergraduate majors in 2010-2011. Additionally, both undergraduate and graduate students at Georgetown have the opportunity to study abroad in 40 countries. GU also offers ROTC programs for the United States Army, Navy and Air Force.


Undergraduate applications for admission into GU are due November 1st for the early action option and January 10th for regular decision. Applications may be submitted online or by mail, and the application fee is $70. Early action applicants are notified of their status by December 15th, and regular action applicants are notified of their status by April 1st. Prospective freshmen should be prepared to submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, a teacher's report and a personal essay.

Students transferring to GU should have a B+ or higher grade average. GU does accept transfer credits for other colleges and does not require a minimum number of college credits to apply for transfer. Transfer students will also need to provide high school transcripts, college transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation from both a professor and a college dean, and a personal essay.

Prospective graduate students may apply online and should be prepared to submit college transcripts, as well as graduate test scores. Applicants should consult the specific graduate department they're interested in for specific admission requirements and application deadlines.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for undergraduate students during the 2012-2013 academic year was $42,360 for Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business and the School of Foreign Service. Room and board was about $13,000, and additional fees totaled about $700. For those interested in graduate study, MBA students paid $47,544 in tuition for 2011-2012, while law students owed $46,865. The tuition for medical students was $44,641 during the same academic year.

Undergraduate financial aid packages may include grants, scholarships, work study, loans or ROTC. Financing options are available via the student's counselor at the Office of Student Financial Services. GU offers both merit and need-based scholarships. Graduate student funding options are dependent upon the program in which the student is enrolled. Types of aid include scholarship, fellowships, teaching assistantships and federal student loans.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificate, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree, doctoral degree (research/scholarship, professional practice)*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 7,590 undergraduate students and 9,540 graduate students (fall 2011)*
Student Housing 16 undergraduate residence halls housing more than 80% of undergraduate students**
Schools and Programs Eight schools offering over 100 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: International Relations and Affairs (314)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (418)
Doctorate: Law (645)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (for Those Beginning in Fall 2003) 88% in 4 years
93% in 6 years
93% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 20% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 1,500 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 96% (full-time students)
33% (part-time students)*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 30-33 in fall 2011*
Application Due Date November 1st for early action
January 10th for regular action**
Decision Notification Date December 15th for early action applications
April 1st for regular action applications**
Tuition 2011-2012 base tuition rate (does not include books, room, or board):
Undergraduate: $40,920
Graduate: $38,952
MBA: $47,544
Law: $46,865
Medicine: $44,641**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011 (full-time beginning undergraduate students):
Federal grants (18%)
State and local grants (3%)
Institutional grants and scholarships (49%)
Federal student loans (30%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 58% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **Georgetown University

Georgetown University Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Room 103, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington D.C. 20057
  • Phone: (202) 687-3600
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