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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.
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.
Liberal Arts in the Jesuit Tradition
“Every language has its own natural poetry and I was attracted to how much more richly you can understand the culture, if you start to learn the way that they natively express things,” Hannah von Wiehler (C’15) says. “Georgetown helped me so much in regards to my literature and language skills and I’m glad that I ended up on the nontraditional path to being a conductor that I did. Had I known that I wanted to conduct before starting school, I would have gone to conservatory for classical music training. But I am so glad I didn’t know because I actually think Georgetown gave me an incredible education for being a conductor.”
A Scholarly Community
“In order to achieve racial equity and justice we need innovative, imaginative, and integrated critical thinking, writing, listening, and verbal skills. A liberal arts education at Georgetown, in the spirit of educating the whole person, not only builds, develops, and encourages these skills, but it prioritizes these abilities for students to succeed at Georgetown and beyond.”
Robert Patterson, Professor of African American Studies
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. We will announce the schedule for the 2021 First-Year Seminars in May.
The Power of Discovery
“Georgetown has amazing facilities and amazing research…and they also do such a good job of mentoring undergraduates,” says Jordan Kramer (C’22). “I can’t imagine any other school where professors would’ve taken the time to mentor me, to help me believe in myself, to help me work through projects and answer my questions.”
Georgetown Senior Wins Marshall Scholarship, Explores Black Women and Religious Movements
Georgetown senior Amber Stanford (C’21), who researches how historical traumas have impacted Black women’s involvement in religious movements over the last century, is among the three Georgetown students and an alumnus to receive a prestigious 2021 Marshall Scholarship. The university had the greatest number of Marshall recipients from any one institution this year. Stanford will use her scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in history with a concentration in slavery studies at the University of Bristol and a master’s degree in religion at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Read more.
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 will soon be on its way! Be sure to check the inside back cover for a little College swag.
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.
Can I use Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or 13th Year Program credit to fulfill degree 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 2021; 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.
I took a college course as a high school student. Will Georgetown College transfer credit for this course?
Credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis. Eligible courses must be (1) taught on a college campus or virtually via the college directly (not via 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.
Because the five 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.
Are Georgetown College students allowed to take courses in the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), the McDonough School of Business (MSB), the School of Nursing, and the School of Health?
Yes, although some courses are restricted or require special permission from the SFS, MSB, School of Nursing, or School of Health 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 comprehensive materials in May which will describe these opportunities and invite students to apply.
- In May, you will receive information outlining your 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 early June.
- In early July, we will give you access to a course that will guide you through the registration process. 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 2021 course registration for new first year students begins Monday, July 26.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have academic questions.