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University Sees Record Number of Early Action Applicants

Early Action Admissions on the Rise

Georgetown's Early Action applicant pool was of "superb" quality, according to Charles Deacon, dean of undergraduate admissions.

December 15, 2010 – Georgetown’s Early Action applicant pool is higher this year than ever before, with the university admitting nearly 17 percent (1,120) of the 6,654 candidates for the Class of 2015.

Last year, the university accepted 19 percent of these applicants.

Unlike early decision programs, Georgetown's early action program is nonbinding.

Students accepted early have until May 1, the same deadline as the general pool, to decide whether to enroll at the university.

Superb and Diverse

“The Early Action pool represents a 9 percent increase over last year’s early applications,” notes Charles Deacon, dean of undergraduate admissions. “The largest gains in applications were seen in the McDonough School of Business and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.”

He said the average accepted student placed in the top 3 percent of his or her class and got 680-780 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT.

“The academic quality of the applicant pool was superb,” Deacon says.

The early pool also continues to be diverse, with students admitted from 49 of the 50 states and 390 from outside the U.S. The percentage of students of color in the pool rose from 25 percent last year to 31 percent this year.

The remaining Early Action applicants will be rolled over to the regular admissions round in the spring.

Increased Financial Need

Deacon also noted that among the early applicants, 67 percent requested financial aid this year, compared to 64 percent the previous year.

Georgetown financial aid policies admit eligible undergraduate students regardless of their economic status, providing a combination of grants, scholarships and work-study to meet their full financial need.

A new fundraising effort, the 1789 Imperative, seeks to further support undergraduates by raising $500 million over the next five years for tuition assistance. Georgetown’s goal is to gain the capacity to support 1,789 scholarships annually through philanthropy.

“Our identity as one of the great universities in the world is inextricably tied to our ability to ensure that the best students – regardless of background or socioeconomic status – can be here,” says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.

Regular applications are due Jan. 10, with admittance decisions sent out by April 1.

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