Georgetown University
#69 Overall Influence#19 Desirability Rank

Georgetown University

Private university in Washington, D.C., United States

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

22,872

Acceptance

15%

Graduation Rate

94%

Median SAT Score

1450

Median ACT Score

32

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$53,520

Fees (in-state)

$584

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$6,024
30K-48K$8,242
48K-75K$19,285
75K-110K$25,430
110K+$47,383

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$125,200

Employed

90%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

14K

Under-Grads

7K

Graduates

7K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

37th and O St NW, Washington DC 20057-0001

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

46k per 100k

Violent Crime

11k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#17 World Rank #14 USA Rank
Nursing
#19 World Rank #13 USA Rank
Law
#20 World Rank #17 USA Rank
Political Science
#22 World Rank #20 USA Rank
Communications
#24 World Rank #20 USA Rank
Business
#35 World Rank #30 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#35 World Rank #26 USA Rank
Education
#44 World Rank #29 USA Rank
Medical
#45 World Rank #27 USA Rank
Economics
#59 World Rank #24 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#86 World Rank #46 USA Rank
History
#124 World Rank #89 USA Rank
Social Work
#142 World Rank #86 USA Rank
Psychology
#173 World Rank #64 USA Rank
Philosophy
#192 World Rank #90 USA Rank
Sociology
#265 World Rank #122 USA Rank
Biology
#270 World Rank #124 USA Rank
Computer Science
#355 World Rank #139 USA Rank
Literature
#409 World Rank #157 USA Rank
Chemistry
#467 World Rank #178 USA Rank
Engineering
#570 World Rank #177 USA Rank
Physics
#779 World Rank #330 USA Rank
Anthropology

Influential People

Who are Georgetown University's Most influential alumni?

Georgetown University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Nursing, Law, and Political Science. Georgetown University’s most academically influential people include Susan Hockfield, James Hillman, and Maria Shriver.

Susan Hockfield
Susan Hockfield

American neuroscientist

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James Hillman

American psychologist

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Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver

Journalist and author from the United States

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Vera Rubin
Vera Rubin

American astronomer and physicist

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Steven Novella
Steven Novella

American neurologist, skepticist

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Edward Douglass White
Edward Douglass White

American politician, lawyer and judge

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Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

United States Marine Corps General

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George Coyne
George Coyne

American astronomer

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Greta Van Susteren
Greta Van Susteren

American commentator, television personality, and lawyer

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Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden

Son of former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden

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William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty

American writer and filmmaker

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Carter Page
Carter Page

American oil industry consultant

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About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

Georgetown University is a Catholic institution of higher learning that was founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore.

Carroll was the first Catholic bishop in what is now the United States, and cousin of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Since 1805, Georgetown has been strongly associated with the Jesuit order. However, the governance of the school has always been independent of the Catholic Church. Today, the majority of Georgetown students are not Catholic.

Georgetown was a relatively small, religious-training college until after the Civil War. In the 1870s, Patrick Francis Healey, a Jesuit priest with Irish and African ancestry, undertook a major expansion and reform of the university on the model of the modern, secular, German research university. Healey’s tenure is sometimes referred to as Georgetown’s “second founding.”

Today, Georgetown is one of the largest Catholic institutions of higher learning in the US, with a student body of about 19,000.

Georgetown has produced many famous individuals in American and international media and public life, including:

  • King of Jordan, Abdullah II
  • Former President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
  • Former President of the US, Bill Clinton
  • Current President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez
  • Current US Senator, Dick Durbin
  • King of Spain, Felipe VI
  • Former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri
  • Current US Representative, Steny Hoyer
  • Current US Representative, Hakeem Jeffries
  • TV journalist, David Muir
  • Current US Senator, Lisa Murkowski
  • TV journalist, Norah O’Donnell
  • Former US Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia
  • Journalist, Maria Shriver
  • TV journalist and political commentator, Greta Van Susteren

Among other distinguished Georgetown-associated individuals, we may note:

  • Mathematician, Michael Banchoff
  • Actor, Eileen Brennan
  • Actor, Bradley Cooper
  • Biophysicist, Karen Fleming
  • TV personality, Savannah Guthrie
  • Philosopher, Rom Harré
  • Actor, TV producer, Nick Kroll
  • Actor, screenwriter, Brit Marling
  • Former US foreign service officer, current Georgetown Professor of International Affairs, John Negroponte
  • Comedian, screenwriter, film director, Carl Reiner
  • Neuroscientist, Solomon Snyder
  • CFO of Facebook, David Wehner