Founded in 1789, Georgetown University, is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown is considered a private research university and it is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
In 2012, GU invested $159.4 million in research and development projects alone. It was ranked #38 in Forbes’ list of ‘America’s Top Colleges’, and earned a spot within the top 20 of the nation’s ‘Best Research Colleges.’ Georgetown’s athletic programs are also among the most developed in the country. The GU men’s basketball team holds seven Big East championships, more than any other program in their division. The ‘Hoyas’ are also a frequent contender in the Final Four tournament, and won the national championship in 1984.
Getting into Georgetown is famously tough. In 2013, only 16.6% of the 20,000 students that applied for admission were accepted. Competition only seems to be getting stiffer: GU reports that the recently accepted freshman class of 2014 is one of the most accomplished incoming classes in the school’s history. Roughly 94% of these students graduated within the top 10% of their high school senior class and scored within the 660–770 range on each section of their SAT.
There are eight schools within Georgetown: Georgetown College; Robert E. McDonough School of Business; Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Georgetown Law; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; School of Medicine; School of Nursing and Health Studies; and School of Continuing Studies. Together, these schools offer more than 150 degrees to approximately 17,000 students, 7,000 undergraduate and over 8,000 graduate students. The student population is one of the most diverse in the country. They come from a wide variety of religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, including all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries. The average tuition for an undergraduate is $41,393 per academic year. Georgetown’s application deadline is August 1. Students who want to commit to GU early in their senior years can apply before the school’s early action deadline of October 15.
So far, Georgetown’s online offerings are limited to one program, but it’s a good one: the school’s online master’s degree in nursing, which U.S. News & World Report ranked among the best programs of its kind. Currently, this program is exclusively available for licensed registered nurses to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree in the for the following specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Educator; and Acute Care Nursing Practitioner. Students can earn the online degree in 18 months as a full-time student or in 26 months as a part-time student. The master’s in nursing program is 44 credits broken into either five or seven 14-16 week modules. The cost per credit hour for is $1,680.
However, Georgetown’s online degree offerings may increase in the coming years. The school has been working with edX to provide free lectures and courses online since last December. Known as massive open online courses (MOOCs), these courses and all of their materials will be free and accessible to any internet user. Georgetown’s first MOOCs are set to launch Fall 2013.
Georgetown’s most notable alumni have served in leadership positions in government in the United States and abroad; among them are former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the current heads of state in six countries.