Campus Visit Debriefing: Georgetown University

Once again taking advantage of the fact that there are quite a few colleges within an hour's drive of my home, I headed to DC for an info session and tour at Georgetown University on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia

Fun fact: After the Civil War, in 1876, Georgetown picked the colors blue (Union) and gray (Confederacy) to show national unity.

Ease of application: Applicants to GU apply directly to one of the four undergraduate schools: Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, Walsh School of Foreign Service, or the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Students can apply early action by November 1 or regular decision by January 10. If you opt to apply early action to Georgetown, note that you are not allowed to apply early decision elsewhere. Early action applicants are either accepted or deferred, never rejected. Your high school record and rigor are more important than your testing, but test scores also matter! Georgetown accepts the SAT or ACT without Writing, and it is not a Score Choice school (meaning that GU will see all of your College Board test results). You should also submit results from three SAT subject tests ("strongly recommended," meaning, do it.).  The GU application requires two essays, teacher and counselor recommendations, and an alumni interview. There are no academic merit-based awards, but GU is dedicated to meeting 100% of demonstrated need. The admissions process is need-blind.

In short, there is no "ease" to this application! You need to be seriously interested in Georgetown before going through this in-depth application process. Learn more on GU's website.

Overall impression: Want an academically challenging school with fairly good NCAA Division I sports in a metropolitan location that is also steeped in history and tradition? Look no further than Georgetown! At about 6,400 undergraduate students, GU has that big-school/small-school feel. There are some really nice new buildings, especially the new science center, relatively new business school building, and brand new student center. Plus, the neighborhood of Georgetown and the city of DC--with all those have to offer--are students' communities.

Georgetown is quite a residential campus, with on-campus housing required for three of your four years here; 84% of students live on campus. Anyone who has ever tried to find a DC apartment understands why! Since Georgetown has a rather compact campus, students living in dorms don't have to go far to get to dining halls, the gym, or classes. There are also shuttles that take students to and from two Metro stations, the GU Law Center, Capitol Hill, and Arlington. Students should be able to access nearby internships (and airports to get home!) relatively easily.

While there was a certain we're-more-than-politics vibe to my visit, the Walsh School of Foreign Service is the oldest and largest school of its kind in the country.  If that's your desired field, Georgetown should be on your list to check out.  And would-be nurses who are eager to start clinicals might enjoy GU, too: clinicals start freshman year for nursing students!  Really, if Georgetown's atmosphere and expectations are good fits for you, you can probably find a strong academic program to your liking. Sound like something for you? Plan a visit to "the hilltop" and discover for yourself what makes Georgetown, Georgetown!