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Georgetown University Overview

Georgetown University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Washington, District of Columbia. Washington is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Georgetown University Known For?

2,179 Undergraduate Awards
$59,413 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Georgetown have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Georgetown.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 48% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Georgetown with a bachelor's degree make about $93,500 a year. That's 129% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Georgetown to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Georgetown University Rankings

Georgetown is ranked #49 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #1 out of 8 schools in District of Columbia.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Georgetown has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#20 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#255 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Georgetown.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Area Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Georgetown has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Management Information Systems College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#22 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Georgetown University?

Location of Georgetown University

Contact details for Georgetown are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 37Th And O St Nw, Washington, DC 20057-0001
Phone: 202-687-0100
Website: www.georgetown.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/georgetownuniv
Twitter: http://twitter.com/georgetown

How Do I Get Into Georgetown?

You can apply to Georgetown online at: https://uapply.georgetown.edu/register/firstyearapplication#

Admission Requirements for Georgetown

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Georgetown?

16% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
68% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Georgetown is 16%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 18%, and the acceptance rate for women is 14%.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to Georgetown submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 760. Math scores were between 670 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Georgetown University  ( 680 to 760 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Georgetown University  ( 670 to 760 )
200
800
Georgetown received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 31 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 34. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Georgetown University  ( 31 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Georgetown University  ( 28 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Georgetown University  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford Georgetown University?

$59,413 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Georgetown is $59,413. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Georgetown, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $6,774 a year. That adds up to $27,096 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Georgetown is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Georgetown University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,029 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,513 undergraduate students at Georgetown, with 7,029 being full-time and 484 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Georgetown

There are also 12,080 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,029 full-time undergraduates at Georgetown, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Georgetown

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Georgetown University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Georgetown Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 764
Black or African American 446
Hispanic or Latino 693
White 3,560
International Students 1,044
Other Races/Ethnicities 522

Geographic Diversity

District of Columbia students aren't the only ones who study at Georgetown University. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 123 countries are represented at Georgetown. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Georgetown University

2,151 Took All Classes Online
2,479 Took At Least One Class Online
26.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,479 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Georgetown has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in District of Columbia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Georgetown

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Georgetown University was 26.5%. This is the #757 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Georgetown regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Georgetown majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Computer & Information Sciences 8%
Engineering Technologies 27%
Engineering-Related Fields 27%
Finance & Financial Management 1%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 13%
Information Technology 1%
Medical Science 14%
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Georgetown ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Georgetown.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology #1
Real Estate #1
Medical Science #2
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #7
Engineering-Related Fields #11
Finance & Financial Management #12
Engineering Technologies #26
Information Technology #28
Computer & Information Sciences #75
Health & Medical Administrative Services #78
Nursing #131
Health Professions #224
Business, Management & Marketing #256

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Georgetown University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 67 0 629 0 696
Law 0 0 0 0 660 660
Legal Research 0 0 0 609 3 612
International Relations & National Security 0 244 0 305 0 549
Nursing 0 22 0 300 7 329
Political Science & Government 0 270 0 44 13 327
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 305 6 311
Economics 0 162 0 138 9 309
Finance & Financial Management 0 217 0 70 0 287
Medicine 0 0 0 0 186 186
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 178 0 178
Public Policy 0 0 0 174 0 174
Real Estate 0 0 0 165 0 165
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 153 0 153
Science, Technology & Society 0 79 0 53 0 132
Area Studies 0 27 0 103 1 131
International Business 0 65 0 60 0 125
General English Literature 0 90 0 22 0 112
Information Technology 0 0 0 102 0 102
General Psychology 0 93 0 2 4 99
Marketing 0 90 0 0 0 90
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 35 0 43 0 78
Accounting 0 72 0 0 0 72
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 9 0 60 2 71
Computer Science 1 47 0 21 0 69
History 0 39 0 18 12 69
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 24 0 33 8 65
General Biology 0 58 0 0 3 61
Mathematics 0 61 0 0 0 61
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 33 0 28 0 61
Management Information Systems 0 57 0 0 0 57
Biotechnology 0 0 0 55 0 55
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 34 0 14 6 54
Homeland Security 0 0 0 53 0 53
Statistics 0 0 0 47 0 47
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 0 47 0 47
Computational Science 0 0 0 47 0 47
Romance Languages 0 26 0 10 10 46
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 44 0 44
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 2 38 2 42
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 14 0 22 5 41
Public Health 0 21 0 17 0 38
Biological & Physical Science 0 34 0 0 0 34
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 33 0 33
Physics 0 23 0 1 5 29
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 23 0 23
Chemistry 0 5 0 7 11 23
Sociology 0 23 0 0 0 23
Philosophy 0 15 0 2 4 21
Religious Studies 0 12 0 2 6 20
Fine & Studio Arts 0 20 0 0 0 20
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 17 0 17
Museum Studies 0 0 0 16 0 16
Journalism 0 0 0 15 0 15
Ethnic Studies 0 13 0 0 0 13
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 13 0 13
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 11 1 12
General Education 0 0 0 12 0 12
East Asian Languages 0 12 0 0 0 12
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 11 0 11
Classical Languages & Literature 0 11 0 0 0 11
Anthropology 0 11 0 0 0 11
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Health/Medical Prep Programs 9 0 0 0 0 9
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 8 0 8
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 6 0 1 1 8
Medical Science 0 0 0 7 0 7
Public Administration 0 0 0 7 0 7
Germanic Languages 0 3 0 1 2 6
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 0 0 0 6
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 6 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0 0 6
Music 0 4 0 0 0 4
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 2 2
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 2 0 2
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 10 2,169 2 4,204 969 7,354

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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