My recent visit to Georgetown University in Washington, DC was on a beautiful spring day. There were students sitting on the lawn studying for exams, and while the school is in a city, the campus has a suburban feeling, with plenty of green space. It’s also one of the oldest schools in the US, so there are a mixture of older buildings steeped in history, as well as new buildings to upgrade facilities and departments (the business school – pictured below – and science buildings were two new additions that stood out to me).
There are a number of things that make Georgetown a unique school. In terms of the application process, they do not accept the Common App, so you’ll need to complete Georgetown’s own application. They also “strongly recommend” 3 SAT Subject Tests (most schools that do require them only require two). They offer Restricted Early Action, with a lower acceptance rate than their regular decision acceptance rate, so applying early does not give an applicant a distinct advantage.
From an academic standpoint, they have 4 different schools, including arts and sciences, nursing, foreign service, and an undergraduate business school. Students apply directly to one of these four schools, and acceptance is quite competitive across all four. Being located in the nation’s capital, many students take advantage of internship opportunities throughout the semester, and study abroad is also quite popular. Georgetown is also the oldest Jesuit school in the US, and 40% of students identify as Catholic. These values are a part of the school’s culture, although the feeling is of open sharing across religious and secular beliefs.