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Georgetown University Joins White House Summit to Increase College Access and Opportunity

January 16, 2014

Today, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia joined other leaders in higher education to participate in a summit at the White House on college access and opportunity.

“We wish to thank the White House for convening this conversation,” President DeGioia said. “One of the most important commitments we can make, as university leaders, is to ensure that the very best students have the opportunity to attend our institutions – and to provide them with the necessary resources to do their very best work and become their very best selves.”

Georgetown University has been a leader among elite institutions in implementing programs designed to improve access to higher education for qualified students who normally would not have the resources to attend such institutions, and to ensure the success of these students once they are enrolled at Georgetown.

Georgetown’s existing programs to support exceptional, qualified students who require financial assistance to receive a Georgetown education include:

Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP). Since 2004 GSP has provided both financial aid and programmatic support to hundreds of students, many of whom are first-generation college students, to enhance their integration into the campus community and to lay a strong foundation for their academic success.

Community Scholars Program (CSP). CSP provides approximately 60 incoming students an intensive five-week summer session to help them begin their Georgetown careers in the strongest possible fashion. CSP is managed by Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access.

Preparing to Excel (PEP). PEP is a free pre-orientation program open to 50 first year and transfer students. PEP is designed for students who are concerned about coming to a new place and adapting to the challenges of campus life. Many PEP participants are students who are from very distant towns, or perhaps who are the first in their families to attend college, or students who have very high financial need.

Need-Blind, Meet-Full-Need. Georgetown is one of a small number of colleges and universities that couples a need blind admissions policy with a meet-full-need financial aid policy. Students are admitted to Georgetown without regard to their ability to pay. After the admissions decision is made, Georgetown commits to meeting the demonstrated full financial need of all students who enroll.

Working with national partners, including KIPP, Cristo Rey Network, Upward Bound and other organizations, Georgetown University recruits highly qualified students from across the country to its diverse academic programs. As an expansion of this work, Georgetown will begin a partnership with the Posse Foundation this year.

Posse Foundation. Georgetown is now partnering with the Posse Foundation to implement a new program at Georgetown that will focus on recruiting students to major in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. These students will have demonstrated both interest and ability in the STEM fields as well as leadership abilities relevant to their success and will benefit by participating in other opportunities available through Georgetown’s existing programs and resources. Students recruited through this partnership will enroll for 2015.

Rachel Pugh
Georgetown University Office of Communications
(202) 687.4328

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