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Undergraduate Applications Largest in Georgetown History

APRIL 2, 2012 – A RECORD NUMBER OF students applied to Georgetown for the undergraduate class of 2016, with just over 20,100 applicants vying for 1,580 spaces in the first year class.

The university accepted 3,316 of the applicants, making Georgetown’s acceptance rate 16 percent. Last year 19,254 applied and 3,480 were accepted.

Students have until May 1 to accept enrollment.


“Despite the difficult economy and stabilized demographics, the university yet again saw its largest applicant pool and lowest admit rate in history,” says Charles Deacon, dean of admissions. “Admissions committee members were pleased to see that the applicant pool continued to be both academically strong as well as increasingly diverse.”

“This is especially encouraging in light of the financial challenges that many families are facing in today's economic climate,” Deacon added.


Georgetown’s need-blind admissions policy guarantees that eligible students are admitted without regard to their ability to pay. 

Under the policy, students with demonstrated financial need are able to attend the university through a mixture of scholarships, grants, work-study and loans.


The university offers a nonbinding Early Action program that lets students know if they are accepted by December.

A total of 6,832 students applied for Early Action for the 2016 class, with 1,009 accepted and the rest deferred. The acceptance rate for Early Action students is 14.7 percent, compared to last year’s 16.8 percent.

Accepted student weekends have continued throughout the spring, with one in March for Early Action students and two set in April. 

About 450 students attend each weekend session, which offers accepted students the opportunity to sit in on classes, meet current students and explore Georgetown and its surrounding community.