Welcome, New Students!

Founded in 1789, Georgetown College (Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences) is the oldest school at Georgetown University. With more than 3,500 students, it is also the university’s largest undergraduate school, and is the cornerstone of the university.

A welcome from Dean Chris Celenza
A welcome from Associate Dean Marlene Canlas

Department Virtual Open Houses

Several departments and programs were able to record their virtual open house sessions. Please refer to the list below of those that have made their presentations available for those that could not attend.

Room to Explore

The College encourages students to take time to explore and reflect through their studies, a process that will help each student become a well-rounded, balanced, and intuitive person. Professors challenge students to think critically and push them to find answers. This is the hallmark of a liberal arts education, and one that will serve them well throughout their life.

65%

Undeclared

More than half of students that arrive at the College as undeclared, and that’s okay!

100,000+

degree combinations

With 43 majors and 55 minors, you can forge your own path to wherever it leads you.

Liberal Arts in the Jesuit Tradition

“To say that the Faculty of Language and Linguistics at Georgetown has supported me is an understatement: during my time as a Comparative Literature and Italian double major, I’ve been stimulated, challenged, fulfilled, and enthused by the professors I’ve studied with and the classes I have taken. The serious attention the humanities and foreign language receive at Georgetown has made me more attuned to, curious about, and enthralled by the world around me. I’m so grateful!”

Harry Rose (C’20)

Read more about the Faculty of Language and Linguistics.

A Scholarly Community

“A well-rounded, liberal arts education provides you the tools to be the very best citizen of your community and the world. When students immerse themselves in various disciplines and learn about the broader context in which events unfold, then they grow in their capacity to be compassionate toward others and address society’s most pressing needs.”

Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Golden Arches: New Book Explores McDonald’s, Civil Rights and Politics

First-Year Seminars

First-year students in the College have access to a selection of unique courses and academic programs designed exclusively for incoming students. These were created to enhance learning and build personal academic community. The First-Year Seminars brochure is available here (PDF).

The Power of Discovery

“Georgetown’s commitment to undergraduate research has allowed me to engage in meaningful inquiry into topics I am passionate about, both independently and with faculty. As a research assistant in a developmental cognitive neuroscience lab in Georgetown’s Department of Psychology, I have had the opportunity to study how individuals acquire and teach math concepts. Additionally, as a Carroll Fellow, I have been independently researching disease and preventative medicine in the US, China, and the Middle East. I am grateful that my research at Georgetown has helped me employ skills I learned in the classroom to investigate novel questions.”

Liddy Kasraian (C’21)

Read more about Undergraduate Research.

Dream Machine: Marshall Scholar Hopes to Use AI to Combat Climate Change

Sally Matson (C’20), a Georgetown senior who wants to use machine learning to combat climate change, is one of two Georgetown students named a 2020 Marshall Scholarship recipient. She chose Georgetown because of the excitement she saw in students involved in campus clubs and organizations. “They really devoted themselves,” she recalls from a visit during a GAAP Weekend. “That was exactly what I wanted — a school where my learning extended beyond class and a community where people were passionate about the things that they were doing.” Read more.

Undergraduate Research

College Student Worked to End Poverty in Mabule, Botswana

Mayesha Awal (C’20) traveled to Botswana as part of the Davis Fellows Program during the summer of 2019. “I wanted to be able to actually meet the people that we were trying to help,” says Awal. “The Davis Fellowship provided me with the funding for my trip to Botswana with Sego, an opportunity I otherwise would not have had.” Read more.

What’s Coming Next?

The Discover Georgetown College book is on its way! Be sure to check the inside back cover for a little College swag. Can’t wait that long? Download the PDF here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. This works out to roughly five courses per semester for eight semesters (although this will vary for students taking intensive language courses, science courses with lab components or 1-credit courses). In addition, students must fulfill a series of core requirements and the requirements of at least one major program, and achieve a final cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. 

Incoming students will receive comprehensive materials prior to registration over the summer that explain the core requirements in detail. Check here for a list of the core requirements.

Yes. AP, IB and 13th Year Program credit awards count toward the course and credit hour totals required for the degree. In many cases, those credits also fulfill core and/or major requirements. In most cases, Georgetown awards credit for AP scores of 4 or 5 and IB scores of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams. More information on advanced credit can be found here. Please note that these policies are subject to change for students entering in Fall 2020; updated advanced credit information will be sent to incoming students over the summer. Please be certain to have your AP/IB scores released to Georgetown by June 30 so that we can minimize delays when we post credit in July.

Credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis. Eligible courses must be (1) taught on a college campus (not at the high school) by a member of the college faculty (not a high school instructor); (2) open to college students, not special courses designed for high school students; (3) eligible for credit toward a degree at that college or university; (4) not credited by the high school toward fulfillment of any high school graduation requirements; and (5) taken after the sophomore year of high school. If you have taken college courses and they appear on your high school transcript, we must receive a letter from a high school counselor or principal confirming that the courses meet the conditions listed above. See here for more information.

Because the four undergraduate schools are distinct colleges with separate admissions processes, a student wishing to transfer within the university must submit an application in writing to the school to which he or she wishes to transfer. Students are expected to complete one full academic year in the school to which they were admitted before applying to transfer.However, in rare instances students may be able to switch schools prior to matriculation. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than June 1 if you have a strong interest in a school other than Georgetown College. See here for more information.

Yes, although some courses are restricted or require special permission from the SFS, MSB or NHS Dean’s Office for enrollment. Please also note that, in the spirit of a broad education in the liberal arts, students in the College may take no more than six courses in the MSB.

Students who indicated a major at the time of application in a Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL) program, mathematics, computer science or one of the natural sciences, will enter Georgetown College with the major declared and immediately begin coursework in the major field. The majority of our students, however, enter undeclared, take a combination of core requirements and elective courses in the first two years, and declare a major by March of the sophomore year.

Georgetown College students have a network of academic support: advising deans/counselors, faculty and peer advisors. We encourage all first-year students to schedule an Academic Road Map (ARM) appointment with their dean/counselor early in the first year. These sessions are typically just 30 minutes long, but they are enormously helpful in clarifying for students when and how they will fulfill core requirements while simultaneously exploring emerging interests and planning major/minor programs of study. 

No. We do, however, have a robust pre-health program that can be combined with any of our major programs. Students who plan to go to medical (or dental or veterinary) school pursue this path through a set curriculum and a range of extracurricular activities. They receive strong support and advising from both faculty in the sciences and pre-med advisors in the Dean’s Office. Please visit here for more information.

Unlike medical schools, law schools do not require a specific pre-law curriculum. Students considering law school should concentrate on courses that demand and develop analytical thinking skills and clear written expression. The flexibility of the College curriculum gives students in any major ample opportunities to select courses in areas that will serve them well as a background for a career in law. Students interested in law school should also consult the website of the Cawley Career Education Center for further information.

Yes. Georgetown College has several first year seminar programs which allow students to work closely with faculty mentors in small classroom environments. Incoming students will receive a brochure in mid-May which will describe these opportunities and invite students to apply.

  • In May, you will receive a brochure outlining First-Year Seminar options. While we are generally able to accommodate interest in the First Year Seminars, applications are required due to limited space. The deadline to apply to these seminars is June 8, 2020. 
  • In early July, we will give you access to a detailed guide to registration. You will then have several weeks to prepare for fall semester course registration, with help from your peer advisor and your academic dean/counselor. Fall 2020 course registration for new first year students begins Monday, July 27.
  • In late August, you will participate in New Student Orientation. See orientation.georgetown.edu for more information.

Although the Office of Admissions will be able to answer the majority of your questions, please feel free to contact the College Dean’s Office at 202-687-6045 or collegedeansicc@georgetown.edu if you have academic questions.