Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Median SAT/ACT
The oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the U.S., Georgetown is one of the most expensive schools in MONEY’s rankings. But a key reason for that, its location in Washington D.C., is also one of Georgetown’s biggest draws, especially for students interested in studying politics or international relations. With a beautiful red brick campus on a bluff overlooking the Potomac, Georgetown frequently gets Washington’s elite to lecture or teach classes, recently including former CIA director George Tenet, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and veteran campaign strategist Donna Brazile. Distinguished alumni include Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former President Bill Clinton. About 41% of students receive scholarships from Georgetown to help defray their costs. A small portion of those awards go to high-achieving athletes or students without regard to the family’s financial circumstances. Georgetown, which plays in Division I, fields 29 varsity teams, including its revered basketball squad, which has gone to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament five times (the same number as Syracuse and the University of Connecticut, both considered basketball powerhouses) and won the championship once, 1984. In one of its more head-turning traditions, students can attend screenings of The Exorcist each Halloween, and then walk to sites on campus where the movie was filmed, including the “Exorcist stairs,” where the climax of the movie takes place.
Est. Full Price 2016–17
% of students who get financial aid
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% of students who get merit aid
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Average time to degree
4.1 years
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Median SAT/ACT Score
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SAT/ACT required?
Key Deadlines
Early decision
Regular application
Jan 10
Financial aid

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

See What Students Have to Say
I absolutely love Georgetown because of the people that I am privileged to live with, study with, and grow with each and every day. I have found that my fellow students are thoughtful, confident, and willing to speak their minds and engage in conversations about important issues. The professors are dedicated and understanding, and most practice a balance between challenging their students without totally overwhelming them. I think that Georgetown is unique in that it focuses on finding well-rounded students instead of just a well-rounded student body. Rather than finding many diverse students who are extremely gifted in certain specific areas, Georgetown finds a group of students who are moderately engaged in multiple different areas. In both cases, the school has a well-rounded student body but I have found that at Georgetown, each and every person is committed to sharing his or her skills in a variety of activities and arenas.
Georgetown is a one-of-a-kind school. Not only are the teachers world class and the students highly motivated but the location in Washington, D.C. is unbeatable. My time at Georgetown has been amazing, and I only wish I had more of it left.
There's a very helpful and accessible career center on campus, however, not all students proactively use this resource. We have a lot of recruiters come to campus for information sessions and interviews, though mostly in the fields of consulting, finance, and banking. If you are interested in a field that is less commonplace, it will be harder to pursue resources on campus. Georgetown has a good reputation and its name alone can open a lot of doors for internship and job opportunities.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

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