Georgetown University Admissions Statistics

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Georgetown University is highly selective with an acceptance rate of only 17 percent in 2016. 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 You Might Choose Georgetown University

Georgetown is a private Jesuit university in Washington, D.C. The school's location in the capital has contributed to its sizable international student population, and the popularity of the International Relations major (see other D.C. colleges). Bill Clinton stands out among Georgetown's notable alumni. Over half of Georgetown students take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities, and the university recently opened a campus in Qatar.

For strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Georgetown was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. On the athletic front, the Georgetown Hoyas compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. With its wide-ranging strengths, Georgetown University made our lists of the top Catholic universitiesbest national universities, and top Middle Atlantic colleges

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. To see the real time graph and calculate your chances of getting in to Georgetown, visit 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.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Georgetown University Acceptance Rate: 17 percent
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 660 / 760
    • SAT Math: 660 / 760
    • ACT Composite: 30 / 34
    • ACT English: 31 / 35
    • ACT Math: 28 / 34

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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. Only about half of Georgetown students receive grant aid from the university.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 18,525 (7,453 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,547
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,962
  • Other Expenses: $2,604
  • Total Cost: $69,313

Georgetown University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 53 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42 percent
    • Loans: 27 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,346
    • Loans: $6,518

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: 94 percent

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; other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics