Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,459
Institutional Type: Private
Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible
Academic Rating: 4
1. BMO Capital Markets
3. RBC Capital Markets
4. Capital One
5. Charles River Associates
1. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
3. Goldman Sachs
3. Social Services
5. Goldman Sachs
1. Washington, DC
2. New York City
3. San Francisco
5. Los Angeles
College Scorecard (Early Career): $93,500
EOP (Early Career): $84,400
PayScale (Mid-Career): $122,200
The US' oldest Catholic and Jesuit university also happens to be one of the best institutions in the country and one of the premier training grounds for future political bigwigs. Spired campus buildings, cobblestone walkways, and treelined streets give Georgetown an elegant aesthetic and an air of sophistication that perfectly matches the rigorous educational experience and conservative/traditional campus vibe.
The university’s 7,400 undergraduates and 11,700 graduate students are divided among nine schools/colleges, but only four are open to undergrads. Applicants to Georgetown must select one of these four schools: Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, or the School of Nursing & Health Studies. Core requirements vary by school but are fairly extensive. For example, Georgetown College requires one course in the humanities and writing and two courses per discipline in theology, philosophy, math/science, social science, foreign language, and diversity for a total of fourteen required courses. There are forty-four majors within Georgetown College, seven business-oriented majors within McDonough, four tracks in the nursing school, and eight majors within the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
For a large university with a heavy presence of graduate students, Georgetown maintains a personalized and intimate learning environment. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 60 percent of classes enroll fewer than twenty students. While some classes are a bit larger, only 6 percent cross the fifty-student threshold. There are many ways that students can seek funding for independent research projects or become an assistant to faculty members via the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Summer research can lead to the completion of a senior thesis that can be presented at the College Academic Council Research Colloquium every spring. A phenomenal 57 percent of Hoya undergrads participate in one of the school's 200 study abroad programs that are spread across fifty countries.
Those desiring to join the world of politics or diplomacy are in the right place. The Government and International Affairs programs are among the best in the country. For those with their eyes on a finance career, McDonough is one of the most esteemed business schools one can find. The greatest number of degrees are conferred in the social sciences (35 percent) followed by business (26 percent), interdisciplinary studies (6 percent), and foreign language (5 percent). Georgetown is regularly a top producer of distinguished fellowship winners.
The scenic and safe Georgetown area of DC is littered with high-end restaurants and shops. Only a short Metro ride away, the opportunities for museums, live music, fine cuisine, sporting events, and a pulsating nightlife are endless. A touch over three-quarters of undergrads live on campus.
The twenty-three NCAA Division I sports teams are part of the fabric of Hoya life, particularly the men’s basketball team. More than 2,500 students participate in intramural sports, utilizing the school’s superb facilities that include Yates Field House. Due to the clash of values between the Jesuits and Greek life, fraternities and sororities are not recognized by the school, but they have enjoyed a recent rise in popularity despite their unofficial status. Religion is a guiding force at the university as more than half of the student body identify as Catholic. The campus ministry is popular, and many students are part of faith-based or secular volunteer organizations. In total, there are 250 active student organizations that offer an array of clubs focused on spirituality, culture, academics, and the arts. The Georgetown University Lecture Fund brings an incredible lineup of luminaries from the realms of politics, entertainment, business, media, and social activism to speak on campus.
The Cawley Career Education Center is manned by fourteen professionals (not counting office managers and administrative assistants). That gives it a student-to-advisor ratio of 531:1, below average compared to the pool of institutions included in this guide. Yet, that does not translate to a poor delivery of services. In fact, the staff boasts over 13,000 interactions with undergraduate students each year, almost twice the population of the student body; by graduation, over 90 percent have engaged with the career center. In a given year, counselors spend approximately 800 collective hours meeting one-on-one with students to discuss professional pathways and dole out career/graduate school advice.
In a single school year Georgetown arranged for 2,460 interviews on campus and attracted more than 1,800 attendees at both its fall and spring career expos. Over 200 corporations, government, and non-profit employers met with students at those events. Additionally, sixty-five companies visited campus to host information sessions with undergraduates. With a strong and active alumni base, the Hoya Career Connection sees roughly 15,000 internship/employment opportunities posted per year. Despite not having an elite student-advisor ratio, Cawley’s extensive counseling offerings/events, proficiency with facilitating on-campus recruiting by top-level employers, and tremendous student outcomes earns it top grades from AP Guru staff.
Within six months of graduating, 75 percent of members of last year's Class entered the workforce, 16 percent went directly into a graduate or professional program of study, and 5 percent were still seeking employment. In past years the number of fresh alums entering grad school has been significantly greater—as high as 24 percent. Last year's Class sent massive numbers of graduates to a number of major corporations including Deloitte (26), Citi (24), JPMorgan Chase (22), PricewaterhouseCoopers (21), EY (18), Morgan Stanley (17), McKinsey & Company (11) and Goldman Sachs (10), and a number of other multinational financial institutions. As one might ascertain from this list of companies, the most popular industries were consulting (15 percent), investment banking (14 percent), and internet and software (8 percent). By far, New York and remaining in DC are the two most popular postgraduate destinations, although a fair number also migrate to Virginia, California, Massachusetts, and Maryland. The financial picture for Georgetown graduates is rosy. They enjoy an average starting salary of $61,000, well above the national average.
Over the past six years, medicine and law have been the top two graduate fields chosen by Hoya alumni. Each year roughly forty to fifty-five grads entered law school, and another forty to fifty-five entered med school. An incredibly high percentage elect to remain at Georgetown—forty-seven members of last year's Class entered graduate school at their alma mater. The number two choice was Columbia with eighteen students. In fact, since 2007, Georgetown and Columbia have been the two most frequently attended graduate schools. The other schools on that list are almost exclusively elite institutions including Harvard, Yale, Duke, Northwestern, USC, NYU, Tufts, and the University of Chicago.
• “You have a lot of off-campus options in terms of food, shopping, and things to do.”
• “Georgetown actually has a defined campus, unlike many city schools. It’s pretty much enclosed from the city.”
• “You’re really close to Capitol Hill, so if you want to get an internship there during the school year or during the summer it’s very accessible.”
• “There’s always something going on if there’s nothing going on on-campus. You can always go to downtown DC because that’s a college town too. You’ve got American University, George Washington University, and Howard all around there.”
• “There’s no metro station in Georgetown, but you can still get to D.C. easily with Uber, taxi, or about a mile walk. A lot of people have an issue with Georgetown not having a metro stop.”
• “Parking is an extreme luxury and very difficult to find. Between that and the lack of metro stop, you’re pretty limited on transportation opportunities until you have a house. Until then you’re heavily dependent on Ubers.”
• “The neighborhood is really nice, but you’re paying a lot more for your housing because of that.”
• “Professional opportunities. It’s a school that is pretty well known by people, and it certainly helped me with my internship and job search. Because it’s a bigger school, the alumni network is large and spans most industries you’d want to be in.”
• “School spirit. Even though our athletics may not have been at their strongest while I was there, people are passionate about Georgetown. The community is connected by Georgetown both on campus and in the outside world. Even though it can feel exclusive at times, the Georgetown community is stronger than the big state schools
we compete against because it’s not that big in comparison.”
• “The balance that the school fosters. It’s a tight-knit community across campus, whether that’s in academics or extracurriculars. It’s small enough that you get a chance to make those meaningful friendships, but big enough to where you’re not necessarily feeling like you’ve exhausted all of your options.”
• “The student body is really diverse, so you’re always meeting people with different perspectives, backgrounds, and beliefs. It really helps you form your own opinions and learn from your peers just as much as you learn from your professors.”
• “There’s no big tailgating scene or Saturday football tradition. There’s one game people tailgate for which is Homecoming.”
• “The student population is not very socioeconomically diverse. It never detracted from my experience but it was something that was noticeable to me and something that I felt was bothersome in certain scenarios.” [Socioeconomically, 21% of students at Georgetown come from the top 1%.]
• “It can be academically very stressful. There are times when you’re grinding and you’re spending weekends in the library, but it’s helpful to put in perspective what you’re working towards.”
• “If you’re not into a very competitive and professional atmosphere.”
• “If you’re into the arts and want to pursue that seriously, you don’t have as many opportunities for that.”
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