Georgetown University Admissions Statistics

Georgetown University
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Georgetown University is highly selective with an acceptance rate of only 16 percent in 2017. Nearly all admitted students have a GPA and SAT/ACT scores that are well above average. Successful applicants, however, need more than strong numerical measures. The university has holistic admissions, so you will also need strong application essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities.

Why Georgetown University?

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Campus Features: Situated above the Potomac River, Georgetown's compact 104-acre campus gives students easy access to the nation's capital. The campus is home to numerous attractive stone and brick buildings.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
  • Athletics: The Georgetown Hoyas compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference for most sports.
  • Highlights: Georgetown's location has led to a sizable international student population as well as the popularity of the International Relations major. The school is in close proximity to many other D.C. area colleges and universities.

Georgetown University Admissions Standards 2017-18

For the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Georgetown University had an acceptance rate of just 16 percent. Below are standardized test scores of admitted students organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 680 760
Math 670 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Slightly more students submit SAT scores to Georgetown than ACT scores, and you can see that typical scores are significantly above average. If you compare SAT data for the nation's top Catholic colleges, you'll see that only Notre Dame is similarly selective.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 31 35
Math 28 34
Composite 30 34

An average ACT composite score is roughly a 21, so you can see that being average is not going to be sufficient for getting into Georgetown University.

Georgetown GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Georgetown University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Georgetown University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission.

The GPA and standardized test score​ data in the graph are self-reported by the actual applicants to Georgetown. Grades are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into Georgetown with a free account at Cappex.

Discussion of Georgetown's Admissions Standards

Georgetown University accepts about one out of five applicants. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent admitted students, and you can see that most applicants who got into Georgetown had close to 4.0 GPAs, SAT scores (RW+M) above 1250, and ACT composite scores above 26. Also realize that there's a lot of red hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph. Many students with high GPAs and test scores don't win admission to Georgetown. Your chances will be best with an ACT composite of 30 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1400 or higher.

The difference between an acceptance and a rejection will often come down to non-numerical measures. Georgetown, like most of the country's best universities, has holistic admissions, and the admissions folks are looking for students who bring to campus more than good grades and test scores. Winning application essays, strong letters of recommendation, a rigorous high school curriculum, and interesting extracurricular activities and work experiences are all important parts of the application. The application requires three short essays: one on a school or summer activity, one about you, and one focused on the school or college at Georgetown to which you are applying. Note that Georgetown is one of the few top universities that does NOT use the Common Application.

Georgetown University also requires all first-year applicants to do an interview with a local alumnus unless this is geographically impossible. The interview will take place near your home, not at the university. The interview is rarely the most important part of your application, but it does help the university get to know you better, and it gives you an opportunity to highlight talents and interests that may not be readily evident on your application. The interview is also an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about Georgetown. Make sure you are prepared to answer common interview questions before setting foot in the interview room.

Also realize that your legacy status can play a role in the admission process. The Georgetown application asks you to list any relatives who have graduated from Georgetown or are currently attending the university.

Demonstrated interest is probably less important at Georgetown than many other top universities. For example, applying Early Action to Georgetown does not appreciably increase your chance of getting admitted, whereas applying early to the Ivy League schools increases your chances of an acceptance letter measurably. That said, you do want to show that you are serious about Georgetown, and your application essay on the school is one excellent place for doing so. Make sure it is specific to Georgetown, not a generic essay that could be sent to other schools.

More Georgetown University Information

Georgetown's admissions standards are clearly extremely high, but be sure to consider other factors such as cost, financial aid, and graduation rates when choosing a school. Less than half of Georgetown students receive grant aid from the university.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 19,005 (7,463 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 94 percent Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $52,300
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,434
  • Other Expenses: $2,646
  • Total Cost: $71,580

Georgetown University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 53 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42 percent
    • Loans: 29 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $41,893
    • Loans: $6,358

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 90 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field
  • Women's Sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, rowing, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball,

Like Georgetown University? Then Check Out These Other Top Universities

If you're looking for a top Catholic university, other options include Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, and the University of Notre Dame.

For the majority of Georgetown applicants, the school's prestige and strong academic programs are a bigger draw than its Catholic identity. Many applicants to Georgetown also apply to Yale University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University

Because Georgetown University is so selective and many exceptional applicants get rejected, you should never consider it a match or safety school. Like the Ivy League schools, Georgetown should be considered a reach. You definitely want to apply to a couple colleges that have a lower admissions bar to ensure you don't find yourself with no acceptance letters. Hope for good news from Georgetown, but be prepared should the decision not work out in your favor.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics