Georgetown University

37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC 20057 | (202) 687-0100

#20 in National Universities | Overall Score 80/100.0
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2018 Quick Stats

  • Tuition & Fees $52,300 (2017-18)
  • Room and Board $16,036 (2017-18)
  • Total Enrollment 18,525
  • Application Deadline Jan. 10

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Georgetown University is a private institution that was founded in 1789. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,453, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 104 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Georgetown University's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 20. Its tuition and fees are $52,300 (2017-18).

Georgetown University is situated overlooking the Potomac River just a few minutes from downtown Washington. There are numerous traditional residence halls, and freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. Other students choose to live in the townhouses and apartments surrounding campus. Student organizations on campus include religious groups, media outlets and student government. The Georgetown Hoyas are part of the NCAA’s Division I and are well known for their dominant men’s basketball team, which maintains a fierce rivalry with Syracuse University and plays most home games at the Verizon Center, also home to the Washington Wizards. The popular chant "hoya saxa," a mix of ancient Greek and Latin that means "what rocks," gained prominence in 1920 and – contrary to popular belief – has nothing to do with Georgetown’s mascot, Jack the Bulldog.

Georgetown comprises several undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, including the highly ranked Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, Law Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies and McCourt School of Public Policy. Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service also offers well-regarded graduate programs. The neighborhood of Georgetown surrounding the university’s campus houses high-end shopping, restaurants and bars. Notable alumni include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, actor Bradley Cooper, journalist Maria Shriver and Hall of Fame basketball player Patrick Ewing. The famous "Exorcist steps" used in the 1973 horror film "The Exorcist" are located just below Georgetown’s campus.

General Information

  • Private, Coed school type
  • 1789 year founded
  • Roman Catholic religious affiliation
  • Semester academic calendar
  • Urban setting
  • $1.5 billion 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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As the nations oldest Catholic University, conveniently located in the District of Columbia, Georgetown University offers its students the dynamic combination of accessible and prominent faculty, an extensive curriculum, and an exciting and culturally appealing location, as well as opportunities to complement the on-campus experience through internships, study abroad programs, and community service abound.

2018 Rankings

Georgetown University is ranked #20 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of Georgetown University.

Median starting salary of alumni: $57,800* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $57,800*

By major:

Social Sciences
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Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
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Health Professions and Related Programs
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
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When applying to Georgetown University, it's important to note the application deadline is Jan. 10, and the early action deadline is Nov. 1. The application fee at Georgetown University is $75. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Jan. 10. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 17 percent and an early acceptance rate of 12.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity: Most selective 

Selectivity:  Most selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 17% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  17%

Application deadline: Jan. 10 

Application deadline:  Jan. 10

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: Jan. 10 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  Jan. 10

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Georgetown University is 11:1, and the school has 61.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Georgetown University include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more

Student-faculty ratio: 11:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  11:1

4-year graduation rate: 90% 

4-year graduation rate:  90%

Student Life

Georgetown University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,453, with a gender distribution of 44 percent male students and 56 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Georgetown University is part of the NCAA I.

Student gender distribution:
56% Female

Total enrollment: 18,525 

Total enrollment:  18,525

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA I

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

At Georgetown University, 38 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $40,252.

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Financial aid statistics:

Tuition and fees: $52,300 (2017-18) 

Tuition and fees:  $52,300 (2017-18)

Room and board: $16,036 (2017-18) 

Room and board:  $16,036 (2017-18)

Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

Georgetown University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service. Georgetown University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Georgetown University.

Students who have cars on campus: 0% 

Students who have cars on campus:  0%

Health insurance offered: No 

Health insurance offered:  No

Nearest airports (miles):

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