Georgetown University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Georgetown University is a highly selective private research university with an acceptance rate of 14.5%. Located in Washington D.C., Georgetown is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the admissions statistics you should know.

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.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Georgetown University had an acceptance rate of 14.5%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 14 students were admitted, making Georgetown's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 22,872
Percent Admitted 14.5%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 49%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Georgetown requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 75% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
ERW 680 750
Math 690 780
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Georgetown's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Georgetown scored between 680 and 750, while 25% scored below 680 and 25% scored above 750. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 690 and 780, while 25% scored below 690 and 25% scored above 780. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1530 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Georgetown.

Requirements

Georgetown does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Georgetown participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Georgetown recommends, but does not require, applicants to submit scores for 3 SAT Subject tests, AP tests, or a combination of both.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Georgetown requires all applicants to submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 50% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
English 33 35
Math 28 34
Composite 31 34

This admissions data tell us that most of Georgetown's admitted students fall within the top 5% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Georgetown received a composite ACT score between 31 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 31.

Requirements

Georgetown does not require the optional ACT writing section. Note that Georgetown requires applicants to submit all ACT test scores. Georgetown does not participate in scorechoice; it considers the highest composite ACT score from a single test date.

GPA

Georgetown does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. In 2019, 89% of admitted students who provided data indicated that they ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Georgetown Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Georgetown Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. 

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Georgetown. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Georgetown University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Georgetown, like most of the country's top universities, has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities, work experience, and a rigorous high school curriculum. The application requires three short essays: one about 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 uses it's own application and does not use the Common Application.

Georgetown University also requires all first-year applicants to complete an interview with a local alumnus unless it is geographically impossible. Most interviews take place near the applicant's home. Although rarely the most important part of the application, the interview helps the university get to know you better, providing a chance for you to highlight interests that may not be evident on your application, as well as giving you an opportunity to learn more about Georgetown.