Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. It was founded by Jesuits in 1789 and is the oldest Catholic university in North America. While celebrating its particular religious heritage, the university has always operated in independence from the Roman Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus.
Rankings & Recognition
Georgetown was ranked 47th in The Best Colleges 2011-2012 ranking of the top 50 colleges and universities in America. It has frequently been ranked among the top research universities in the country by other major American rankings systems, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly, Newsweek and Princeton Review. The school has also ranked high in international ranking systems like the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Georgetown is a large research university offering numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Most Georgetown students are undergraduates. Undergraduates have forty-eight majors they can chooses from, as well as the option to design their own. The most popular undergraduate majors at Georgetown are in international relations and affairs, finance, and political science and government. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.
Tuition & Aid
Georgetown is committed to meeting the full demonstrated academic financial need of all students through a combination of loans, grants and scholarships. Financial need is not a consideration in admissions to the university. About 58% of freshmen receive some form of financial aid.
The Georgetown admissions process is very selective. Only about twenty percent of applicants were admitted in recent years. Either SAT or ACT scores are required. The early action application deadline is November 1 with a December 15 notification date. The standard fall application deadline is January 10.
Georgetown University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921.