Academics

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Georgetown is the best place to be for any major focused in international relations. The program is great and despite the heavy workload, internship opportunities are very abundant.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The programs have a great reputation in the federal government and are seen as highly prestigious and worth the high cost of attendance. The workload should be expected; you get what you pay for and the professors are very knowledgeable and make the subjects interesting to sit through.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at Georgetown are great. It is a difficult school, but hard work will get you very far.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently an undeclared student.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are always a plethora of opportunities here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 45th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 50th
    Smartest Professors
  • 65th
    Best Course Variety
  • 128th
    Best Registration Process
  • 182nd
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Hometown
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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If there is one generalization that can be made about Georgetown students, it is that they are satisfied, and in most cases, delighted by the education they have received on the Hilltop. An instructor can make or break a college class, and although there are always a few bad apples in every basket, the vast majority of Georgetown professors is respected and admired for their commitment to undergraduate education. Students speak with special fondness of their Jesuit professors, who are praised for showing a deep interest in students’ lives beyond the classroom. The only common complaint is that the TAs and younger professors who are saddled with the task of teaching lower-level classes can be a little rough around the edges in terms of teaching style. Also, foreign TAs may have trouble with English.

A Georgetown education is like most things worth having: It’s not going to jump into your lap, even once you’ve come through the front gates. The quality of one’s academic life at Georgetown corresponds exactly to what one decides to put into it. Skip class, ignore your reading, and scoff at those professors who fail to put on pyrotechnic displays in order to keep your attention, and you’ll probably leave after four (or five or six) years with the vague sense that you’ve missed out on something that could have been great. Go to most of your classes, do most of your homework, and make an honest attempt to get to know your professors, and your life and mind will be changed forever.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
973
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
865
Total FT Faculty
1,486
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$114,565
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
93%
Programs/Majors Offered
91
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 59%
  • 20 to 49 students: 34%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Georgetown College
  • Robert E. McDonough School of Business
  • School of Nursing & Health Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 4%
  • Law: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Social sciences
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Business School, lots of nice breakout rooms
  • Empty classrooms (during exam time)
  • Lauinger Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your email often.
  • Choose classes for the professor, not the content. The most boring class could turn out well with an engaging professor.
  • Don't ever fall behind. In fact, start working ahead during those easy days at the beginning of each semester.
  • Get to know both your professors and your TAs. Take advantage of opportunities like office hours and dinners with professors.
  • Go to class.
Did You Know?
Georgetown is allocating more funds than ever to research as it strives to become one of the world's foremost research universities.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 38% Bill Clinton - 42nd U.S. president
  • 31% Bradley Cooper - actor
  • 12% King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • 6% Aimee Mullins - athlete, actress, model, speaker
  • 6% Greta Van Susteren - Fox News anchor
  • 6% Mitch Daniels - governor of Indiana
  • 0% Mitchell Hurwitz - creator, "Arrested Development"

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