Georgetown University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Georgetown University
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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.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Georgetown University Description

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.

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Georgetown University Mission Statement:

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"Georgetown is a Catholic and Jesuit, student-centered research university.

Established in 1789 in the spirit of the new republic, the University was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding.

We embody this principle in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character."