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

Diversity: Georgetown is FULL of international students. The religious community is amazing as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: More liberal but everyone is accepted, mostly.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Georgetown is a very international university, so there is a high level of ethnic heritages and national origins. It's cost, however, reduces the amount of economic diversity. At the same time, the University is pretty good about giving financial aid which brings it above the level of others (George Washington, for example). The campus is pretty overwhelmingly democrat with a small, but vocal, group of republicans. Sexual orientation can be a more controversial subject on campus due to the presence of some religiously conservative elements. However, the campus is overall very accepting. The last student body president, for example, was openly gay.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am an incoming graduate student for the fall so it is hard for me to comment. However, from what I have seen, Georgetown appears to be incredibly diverse

4 College Junior

Diversity: Other than affluence - it's very diverse

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Hometown
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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Georgetown is a very cosmopolitan place, with students representing more than 100 countries and all 50 states of the union. So if you are aiming to meet a variety of people in college, Georgetown will definitely provide a nice avenue through which this can be done. The only issue is that although these people will be from a variety of geographic locations, they will, for the most part, represent a similar, middle- to upper-class, socioeconomic status. On top of that, there is a definite preponderance of Jersey/New York/California white kids from private Jesuit high schools. Georgetown has diversity for those looking, but as the adage goes, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink"—so some students choose not to find that on campus.

One facet of Georgetown's diversity that is particularly unique is not the number of international students—as those students tend to segregate themselves among their own at most universities—but the number of internationally-minded people. Most of these students were born and raised in America, but their parents were not. This gives them awareness of the world and cultures outside of "the norm." Any number of languages can be heard while you walk through the halls, and nearly every student has been out of the country multiple times. To top it off, there are a number of fascinating "outliers" who you meet fairly frequently, from the granddaughter of the first Latvian president to the daughter of the last Shah.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
6%
International
14%
Native American
0%
White
54%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
99%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 22%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 20%
25+: 33%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 11%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
The campus is accepting of LGBTQ students, providing on-campus support groups such as LEAD (Leaders in Education About Diversity). This is done through the Center for Social Justice, an entire department dedicated to promoting diversity and tolerance. Georgetown has hired homosexual staff members to work through this center. Yet, the sizable gay community is relatively quiet.
Political Activity
Since Georgetown is located in Washington, D.C., it is a very politically active and vocal university. There are often demonstrations on recent issues in Red Square. Although it is a Catholic university, Georgetown's campus is pretty liberal. Even the Jesuits often take a liberal stance, especially on social issues. Students take active roles in campaigns and notable politicians and political figures are on campus to speak seemingly weekly.
Economic Status
The economic background on campus is very mixed. However, being one of the most expensive schools in the country, Georgetown tends to draw a lot of students from wealthy families.
Most Common Religions
Since Georgetown is a Jesuit campus, the most prevalent religion on campus is Catholicism, but it is closely followed by other Christian religions. Georgetown also has strong contingencies of Jewish and Muslim students. It either offers services or provides students with ways to attend services for all religious preferences. If it doesn't, they will work to accommodate any expressed religious needs.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs, from the African Society of Georgetown to the Taiwanese American Student Association.
Did You Know?
Georgetown was the first ever university to hire a full-time Muslim chaplain.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 51 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 35% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 12% Not sure
  • 37% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 53 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 52 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 62% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 31% Very accepting.

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