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Undergraduate Admissions

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Georgetown University admits qualified students regardless of age, sex, race, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION

While the Committee on Admissions is most interested in the quality of a student’s work, general promise, and seriousness of purpose, it is recommended that secondary school preparation include a full program in English, a minimum of two years of social studies, modern language, and mathematics and one year of natural science. Students who plan a concentration in mathematics or science should include four years of mathematics and at least three years of science. Candidates for the concentrations in the School of Nursing and Health Studies should include at least three years of mathematics and must include one year each of biology and chemistry. Physics is also recommended for nursing candidates.

Students interested in The McDonough School of Business should complete a minimum of three years of mathematics, through advanced algebra and trigonometry, as calculus is required of all students in the program. Two years of natural science are recommended.

Students interested in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics or the Walsh School of Foreign Service are expected to have a background in a modern foreign language.

STANDARDIZED TESTS

All applicants are required to take the SAT Reasoning Test offered by the College Board or the ACT Assessment offered by the American College Testing Program. Both tests are acceptable, and on neither test will the Writing component be utilized in admissions decisions. In addition, it is strongly recommended that candidates submit results of three College Board SAT II Subject Tests. Those three tests may be any three of the applicant’s choosing, although it is recommended that applicants to the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics submit a modern language score. All tests should be taken by January of the senior year at the latest, in order to allow time for the results to reach Georgetown by early February. Any candidates who have studied a foreign language and intend to continue to study it at Georgetown should take an SAT II Subject Test in that language to determine the appropriate level for further study. The test should be taken no later than June of the senior year.

The University requires that scores from standardized tests be submitted directly from the testing agency; please indicate Georgetown’s code number when requesting score reports (SAT code 5244; ACT code 0668).

It is important to note that, while objective test results provide important information about candidates, the Committee on Admissions is far more concerned with school record, academic program, and rank in class than with test scores. There are no cut-off scores.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All first-year student applications are due in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the announced deadline (Early Action: November 1; Regular Decision: January 10). These applications should contain the results of three and one half years of high school work. A complete application should include:

  • Georgetown Application for First-Year Admission
  • Georgetown Application Supplement
  • Secondary School Report (including transcript and counselor recommendation)
  • Teacher’s Recommendation
  • A Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Results of the College Board SAT I examination or the American College Testing Program (ACT) examination sent directly from the testing service
  • It is highly recommended that scores from three College Board SAT II Subject Tests be sent directly from the testing service
  • No application will be considered until all of the above credentials have been received. A notice of missing credentials will be sent via e-mail, but students should make every effort to ensure credentials are submitted on time.
  • Students seeking financial assistance should submit a copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE (administered by the College Board). Financial need is considered separately from the application for admission.

EARLY ACTION

The Early Action program is designed to enable superior students to learn of their admission early in their senior year. Students offered admission at Early Action are those whom the Admissions Committee feels confident would be admitted at Regular Decision. Georgetown’s Early Action program is grounded in the belief that students should be free to choose among colleges until the Candidates Reply Date. Accordingly, accepted students will have the same reply date (May 1) as all candidates.

In keeping with this principle, students applying under the Early Action program may not apply at the same time to binding Early Decision programs since they then would not be free to choose Georgetown if admitted. Students are welcome to apply to other Early Action programs or other Regular Decision programs while at the same time applying to Georgetown’s Early Action program. No candidates are denied admission at this time; candidates not accepted under the Early Action program are deferred to the regular review. Deferred Early Action candidates are given the same full and fair consideration as Regular Decision candidates.

Applicants for Early Action must indicate their interest in being considered for this program in the space provided on the application form. The admissions application and all credentials for Early Action must be received at Georgetown by November 1. Please note that the Early Action review is based on information from first, sophomore, and junior years, so it is not necessary to rush SAT Subject Test results to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Fall scores will be added to an applicant’s file if the student is deferred to the Regular Decision review. Early Action decisions will be announced December 15.

CAMPUS VISITS

Students interested in Georgetown are encouraged to visit the University. A campus visit will provide prospective students with a clearer understanding of Georgetown’s educational programs, environment, and social setting.

Information sessions, conducted by members of the Admissions staff, offer prospective students and their parents visiting the campus an opportunity to learn more about the academic programs and student life at Georgetown, as well as the admissions process and procedures. Information sessions and tours are held on weekdays and Saturday mornings throughout the year on a variable schedule. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (202) 687-3600 for details.

Interviews

Another important part of the selection process at Georgetown is an interview with a member of an Alumni Admissions Program committee located in all fifty states and in many foreign countries. As applications are received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, each student who lives or attends boarding school within a committee’s jurisdiction is provided with the name of an alumni interviewer and asked to make arrangements for an interview. This interview provides candidates an opportunity to highlight particular aspects of their background and achievements which they would like to call to the attention of the Admissions Committee, as well as to learn more about the University from the point of view of the local alumnus.

ADVANCED CREDIT

Georgetown participates in the College Board Advanced Placement Program and awards course exemptions and college credit to entering students with qualifying scores (see policies below). Applicants who seek advanced placement because they have taken one or more of the Advanced Placement Examinations should have the examination results sent to the Advanced Placement Coordinator in the Registrar’s Office during the summer prior to enrollment.

Georgetown participates in the International Baccalaureate Program and awards credit to entering students with qualifying scores. For any IB subjects that receive credit (see policies below) credit is only awarded for a score of 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level exams. No credit is awarded for IB Standard Level exams. If a student has both AP scores and IB scores eligible for credit in the same subject, the student may apply credit from the AP exam or the IB exam, but not both.

Students taught college-level courses by high school faculty are not eligible for credit in those courses, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examinations in order to be considered for credit. Students who have had occasion to take one or two regular college courses while in high school should submit an official college transcript for evaluation prior to enrollment.

Students who are enrolled in joint high school/college programs (taking college courses on college campuses while working concurrently for high school and college credit) are advised to apply as first year students, but should not expect credit for more than four courses. Participation in such programs will not significantly shorten the length of a degree program at Georgetown.

Transfer credit will be awarded for the French Baccalauréat, the Italian Maturitá, the Swiss Maturité, the German Abitur, and the British A-Levels. Up to a year of credit is awarded for subjects in which students have taken a national or state examination. Language credit is awarded based on placement. Final credit will be determined by the program in which students matriculate and upon departmental review.

CREDIT TRANSFER FOR 13TH-YEAR PROGRAMS

Credit award for 13th-Year Programs will vary by School. See the individual School website for further information.

  1. French Baccalauréat: must receive minimum grade of 10 for credit to be awarded. No credit awarded for English unless literature course within the option internationale. Language credit awarded based on placement. No credit for French language, only for French literature.
  2. Italian Maturitá: must receive minimum grade of 7 on transcript for credit to be awarded and must receive minimum of 70 (100 is highest grade) on the overall maturita for credit to be awarded. No credit awarded for English. Language credit awarded based on placement. No credit for Italian language, only for Italian literature.
  3. Swiss Maturité: must receive minimum grade of 3 for credit to be awarded. No credit awarded for English. Language credit awarded based on placement. No credit for French language, only for French literature.
  4. British A-levels: must receive grade of C or better for credit to be awarded. Language credit awarded based on placement.
  5. British AS-levels: must receive grade of C or better for credit to be awarded. Language credit awarded based on placement. Each AS-level should be credited as one course, half the normal award of an A-level.
  6. German Abitur: must receive minimum grade of 8 (on 1–15 scale, with 15 being the highest) or befriedigend if no numerical grade assigned for credit to be awarded. Credit awarded only for subjects in which Abiturprufung (national examination) has been taken. No credit awarded for English. No credit for German language, only for German literature.
  7. Netherlands VWO: must receive minimum grade of 6 (on 1–10 scale, with 10 being the highest) for credit to be awarded. No credit awarded for English. No credit for German language, only for German literature.
  8. Franco-German baccalaureat: must receive minimum grade of 7 (on 1–10 scale, with 10 being the highest) for credit to be awarded. No credit awarded for English. No credit for French or German language, only for literature.

CREDIT AWARDS

Maximum award for each subject shall be six credits/two courses, except for British AS-levels where maximum is three credits/one course. Other international high school programs and diplomas will be evaluated for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.

2014–2015 AP EXAMINATION POLICY

Georgetown’s Advanced Placement Examination Policy reflects the different graduation requirements of the undergraduate schools by making awards based on the student’s school and major. The policy is listed by test below. Georgetown does not award exemption or credit for a score of 1, 2, or 3, and it does not award sophomore standing, although there is no limit to the number of credits that can be awarded. The credits awarded are translated into Georgetown courses at a rate of 3, 4, 5, or 6 credits per course. These credits and courses can be used to graduate early. For transfers, qualified scores will be considered during the credit evaluation process along with their college courses. The student is advised to consult with his or her faculty advisor or Dean’s Office as to how the award affects course selection. If a student takes a course for which Advanced Placement credit has been received, then the student loses the Advanced Placement credit previously awarded for that course. This policy is reviewed annually in consultation with the deans and the academic departments and is subject to change.

In the field of languages, the results of the Advanced Placement Examinations are considered together with results of SAT II scores or Georgetown placement examinations. The placement examinations are administered to new students during Orientation in the fall and are necessary if a student has not taken the SAT II and wants to be considered for course exemption and college credit.

The tests are listed in alphabetical order. Course titles follow the course numbers. Course descriptions can be found online at http://courses.georgetown.edu. School codes used below are as follows:

  • COL, Georgetown College;
  • SFS, Walsh School of Foreign Service;
  • MSB, McDonough School of Business; and
  • NHS, School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Art History    For a score of 4 or 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTH-101 (Ancient to Medieval Art). The  requirement to take both ARTH-101 and -102 for the major and minor and as prerequisites for other courses will be waived, and the student will be allowed to proceed to intermediate and upper level art history  courses. Art History majors who receive AP credit are therefore required to complete nine rather than ten courses for the major. Art History minors who receive AP credit are therefore required to complete five rather than six courses for the minor. Only in unusual circumstances and with the approval of the advisor may an Art History major or minor with AP credit be permitted to take ARTH-101 or 102 for credit toward the major or minor.

Art Studio Portfolios

Art Studio Drawing    For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTS-110 (Drawing I). For a score of 4, the student will not receive credit but will receive a waiver for ARTS-110 (Drawing I).

Art Studio 2 D Design    For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTS-101 (2 D Design). For a score of 4, the student will not receive credit but will receive a waiver for ARTS-101 (2 D Design).

Art Studio 3 D Design    For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTS-103 (3 D Design). For a score of 4, the student will not receive credit but will receive a waiver for ARTS-103 (3 D Design).

For students who receive 5’s on all three studio exams, a maximum of six credits will be awarded for Drawing I (ARTS-110) and 2 D Design (ARTS-101).

Biology    For students who are not majoring in any of the majors from the Department of Biology, a score of 4 or 5 will earn three or four credits, respectively, at the level of a one-semester course for non-majors. For COL students, these credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course. For NHS Healthcare Management and Policy & International Health majors, these credits count as free elective credit. Nursing and Human Science majors are required to take HSCI-101 and 102 (Human Biology I and II). For SFS, these credits count as free elective credit and may not be applied toward a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. For MSB, these credits count toward a liberal arts elective requirement.

Majors in the Department of Biology (including Biology, Biology of Global Health, Neurobiology, and Environmental Biology) with an AP score of 5 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester four-credit non-majors course and will receive two credits applied to the total credits required for the major. Majors with an AP score of 4 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester three-credit non-majors course and will receive one credit applied to the total credits required for the major. Regardless of AP score, all majors are required to take BIOL-103/113 (Foundations in Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II with laboratory).

For students who score a 4 or 5 on both the AP Biology exam and the AP Environmental Science exam, credit will only be awarded once. Students may apply credit from one of the AP exams or the IB exam but not both. (Note that majors in Neurobiology are not eligible to receive credit towards the major for the Environmental Science exam).

Chemistry    All students with a score of 4 receive three credits at the level of an introductory one-semester course for non-majors. For COL students, this credit counts toward half of the math/science core requirement and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course. These credits do not count toward a science major/minor or pre-med requirements. If the student is a Chemistry or Biochemistry major, they will take CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I for Majors) and CHEM-057 (Gen Chem Lab for Majors) in the fall term. All other science and pre-med students who plan to continue their study of chemistry should take CHEM-001/009 (General Chemistry Lecture and Lab I) in the fall term.

Students with a score of 5 will receive three credits for CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I). This credit counts toward half of the math/science core requirement and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course or CHEM-002 (General Chemistry Lecture II) in the spring term. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors (who are not also pre-med students) with these credits MUST enroll in CHEM-057 (Gen Chem Lab for Majors) in the fall or in CHEM-064 (Intro Research Experimentation). If the student takes CHEM-001 or CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I) in the fall, they will forfeit the AP credit.

Pre-med students, regardless of major, with a score of 5 will receive three credits at the level of an introductory one-semester course for non-majors. These credits do not count toward a science major/minor or pre-med requirements. These students will take CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I) or CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I for Majors) in the fall with the appropriate lab.

For NHS Healthcare Management and Policy & International Health majors, these credits count as free elective credit. Human Science majors are required to take CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I).

For SFS, AP credits in Chemistry will be credited as free electives and may not be applied toward a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs.

For MSB, these credits count toward the liberal arts elective requirement.

Chinese    For a score of 4 or 5 and placement beyond CHIN-112 (Intensive Second Level Chinese II) on the Chinese placement test (Parts I and II), the student will receive six credits for CHIN-112 and be exempted from Intensive First Level and Intensive Second Level Chinese. For COL, this credit will satisfy the core requirement in language. Students who place into CHIN-112 or below will not receive credit.

Computer Science    For a score of 4 or 5, the student will receive three credits for COSC-010 (Intro to Information Technology). For BS Computer Science majors, this credit is not applied to the major and will count only as a free elective toward graduation requirements. For AB Computer Science majors, this credit can be applied to the major. For COL, these credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a course in the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics department. For SFS, AP credits in computer science will be credited as free electives and may not be applied toward the major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. For MSB, these credits count toward the liberal arts elective requirement. For NHS, these credits will count as a free elective.

Economics    For a score of 5 on the Microeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-001 (Principles of Microeconomics). For a score of 5 on the Macroeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-002 (Principles of Macroeconomics). Students with a score of 5 on both of the AP exams may proceed to upper level courses and cannot take any of the principle courses (ECON-001, 002 and 003). Students with a score of 5 on only one of the AP exams normally take the opposite principles course. If the student takes ECON-003 (Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro), they will forfeit the AP credit in economics.

COL students with a strong high school background in micro and macro economics and/or who have taken both AP economics but did not score a 5 on either of the AP exams are encouraged to take ECON-003.

For SFS, if a student takes ECON-003, the student will have to take ECON-243, ECON-244, and another ECON-labeled course (without double-counting with the major) to complete the 4-course ECON requirement in the SFS core, making this option recommendable only to students with strength in economics and mathematics.

For MSB students, with a score of a 4 on both exams (Macro and Micro), they may take ECON-003 and one additional ECON course (either ECON-101, 102, 103, or 104) to complete their one year of required economics.

English (either exam)

If a student takes both exams, then the higher score is used because credit is awarded only once for both exams. Credit is awarded for a score of 4 or 5.

COL, SFS, NHS and MSB students with a score of 4 or 5 receive three credits for WRIT-015 (Writing and Culture Seminar).

Environmental Science    For students who are not majoring in any of the majors from the Department of Biology, a score of 4 or 5 will earn three or four credits, respectively, at the level of a one-semester course for non-majors. For COL students, these credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course.

Majors in the Department of Biology (including Biology, Biology of Global Health, and Environmental Biology) with an AP score of 5 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester four-credit non-majors course and will receive two credits applied to the total credits required for the major. Majors with an AP score of 4 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester three-credit non-majors course and will receive one credit applied to the total credits required for the major. Majors in Neurobiology will not be granted credit towards the major for the Environmental Science AP exam, although they will receive college credit. All majors are required to take BIOL-103/113 (Foundations in Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II with laboratory).

For NHS Healthcare Management and Policy and International Health majors, these credits count as free elective credit. Nursing and Human Science majors are required to take HSCI-101 and 102 (Human Biology I and II). For SFS, these credits count as free elective credit and may not be applied toward a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. For MSB, these credits count toward the liberal arts elective requirement.

For students who score a 4 or 5 on both the AP Biology exam and the AP Environmental exam, credit will only be awarded once. Students may apply credit from one of the AP exams or the IB exam but not both.

French    Non-language majors with a score of 4 or 5 are eligible to receive up to six credits for FREN-101 and 102 (Advanced French I and II), to be confirmed by placement. Placement is determined by an SAT II score or the departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation. Students who place in FREN-101 or below will not receive credit.

Language majors with a score of 4 or 5 are eligible to receive up to ten credits for FREN-111 and 112 (Intensive Advanced French I and II), to be confirmed by placement. Placement is determined by an SAT II score or the departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation. Students who place in FREN-111 or below will not receive credit.

German    For an AP score of 4 or 5, students are eligible to receive up to six credits, depending on placement. Placement is determined by departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation. Students who place at the high end of Level IV (combined Placement Test Score of 150 or higher) will receive six credits for GERM-101 and 102 (equivalent to GERM-111) and, if they are German majors, a course waiver for one Level IV course. Students who place into Level IV courses will receive six credits for GERM-101 and 102 (equivalent to GERM-111). Students who place into GERM-102 will receive three credits for GERM-101. Students who place into GERM-101 or GERM-111 or below will not receive credit.

Government—American Government    For a score of 4 or 5, COL, NHS and MSB students will receive three credits for GOVT-020, U.S. Political Systems (formerly GOVT-008). SFS students will receive free elective credit. COL students may satisfy the social science requirement by taking one additional course in government. For MSB students, this fulfills one semester of the History/Government/Classics/International Affairs requirement.

Government—Comparative Politics    No credit is awarded for this examination.

History—European and World History    COL students who receive a score of 3 on the AP exam in European history or World history receive no credit, but are entitled to fulfill the COL history core requirement with any two HIST courses of their choice. Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam in European history or World history receive three credits and place out of the introductory courses in history, but they still need to take one HIST course of their choice numbered 100+. Students with this AP credit may not take HIST-007, 008, 099, or they will forfeit the AP credit. Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on both the European history and the World history AP exams receive six credits and have no further history requirements.

For SFS students, no credits or exemptions are granted to students who receive a score of 3 on the AP exam in European history or World history. Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam in European history or World history receive three credits and place out of their one required introductory course in history; however, they still need to fulfill the two required regional history courses. Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on both the European history and the World history AP exams receive three credits and place out of the one required introductory course in history. They also receive three free elective credits but still need to fulfill the two required regional history courses.

For MSB, students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the European history or World history exam receive three credits and have fulfilled one semester of their History/Government/Classics/International Affairs requirement. Students who receive a 4 or 5 on both the World history and European history exams will receive six credits and have fulfilled their 2-semester History/Government/Classics/International Affairs requirement.

For NHS, students who receive a 4 or 5 on the European history or World history exam will receive three credits toward a free elective. NHS students who receive a 4 or 5 on both European and World history exams will receive six credits toward two free electives.

History—United States    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Human Geography    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Italian    COL, SFS, MSB, and NHS students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Italian Language and Culture test are eligible to receive Italian credits depending on the results of the Italian Placement test which is taken during New Student Orientation. If students place in ITAL-112 (Intensive Advanced Italian II), they will receive five credits for ITAL-111 (Intensive Advanced Italian I), if they place beyond ITAL-112, they will receive ten credits for ITAL-111 and ITAL-112. Students who place in or below ITAL-111 will not receive credit.

Japanese    For a score of 4 or 5 and placement beyond JAPN-112 (Intensive Second Level Japanese II) on the Japanese placement test administered during New Student Orientation, the student will receive six credits for JAPN-112 and be exempted from Intensive First Level and Intensive Second Level Japanese. For COL, this credit will satisfy the core requirement in language. Students who place into JAPN-112 or below will not receive credit.

Latin—Vergil    For a score of 4 or 5 and placement above CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin) on the Latin online placement exam available over the summer, the student will receive four credits for CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin). For COL students, this credit will satisfy the core requirement in language.

Mathematics—Calculus AB    A student who scores a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB exam will receive four credits for MATH-035 (Calculus I) unless the student took the Calculus BC exam and received a 4 or a 5 on the latter. For COL students, these credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in combination with a biology, chemistry, or physics course or MATH-036 (Calculus II) or MATH-040 (Probability and Statistics). For MSB students, a 4 or 5 will fulfill the one semester calculus requirement. For the SFS Science, Technology, and International Affairs major, AP credits in Calculus will be credited as free electives only. For the SFS International Economics and International Political Economy majors, AP credits can fulfill the Calculus prerequisite but will count as free electives and not as major course requirements. For NHS, these credits will count as free electives.

Mathematics—Calculus BC    A student who scores a 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam will receive eight credits for MATH-035 and 036 (Calculus I & II). For COL students, these eight credits fulfill the core requirement in math/science. For MSB students, four credits fulfill the one semester calculus requirement and the remaining credits will count towards the liberal arts elective requirement. For the SFS Science, Technology, and International Affairs major, AP credits in calculus will be credited as free electives only. For the SFS International Economics and International Political Economy majors, AP credits can fulfill the Calculus prerequisite but will count as free electives and not as major course requirements. For NHS, these credits will count as free electives.

Mathematics—Calculus AB Subscore    A student who receives an AB subscore of 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus exam is eligible to receive four credits for MATH-035 (Calculus I) if the student has not already received this credit as a result of other Calculus exam scores.

Mathematics—Statistics    For a score of 5, the student will receive four credits for MATH-040 (Probability and Statistics). For COL students, these credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in combination with a biology, chemistry, or physics course or MATH-035 (Calculus I). Psychology majors who receive a 5 on the Statistics AP exam are exempt from the Statistics requirement (MATH-040) in the Psychology major but must substitute an additional psychology elective. Government majors who receive a 5 on the Statistics AP exam will be able to apply MATH-040 as a Government elective. For MSB students, a score of 5 will receive two credits which count as part of the MSB statistics requirement. Students with this credit will take OPIM-172 (Statistical Models for Business) to fulfill the MSB statistics requirement. For NHS students, a score of 5 will receive four credits for MATH-040. For SFS students, AP credits in Statistics will be credited as free electives and may not be applied toward majors in International Economics, International Political Economy, or Science, Technology, and International Affairs.

Music Theory    For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for MUSC-141 (Diatonic Harmony) and will be eligible to enroll in courses requiring MUSC-141 as a prerequisite.

Physics B    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Physics C Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism    The two Physics C exams are considered separately. For a score of 5 on the Mechanics exam, the student will receive four credits for PHYS-101 (Principles of Physics I). For a score of 5 on the Electricity and Magnetism exam, the student will receive four credits for PHYS-102 (Principles of Physics II). Physics majors with AP credit should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physics for appropriate placement in PHYS-151 (Mechanics), PHYS-153 (Relativity and Quantum Physics), or PHYS-160 (Introduction to Research). Pre-med students (other than Physics majors) should be aware that most medical schools do not consider AP credit as acceptable for the pre-med physics requirement. To fulfill that requirement, most pre-med students forfeit their AP credits and take PHYS-101 (Principles of Physics I) and PHYS-102 (Principles of Physics II). They may instead choose to take PHYS-151 (Mechanics) and PHYS-152 (Electromagnetic Phenomena), but should note that first years and sophomores have enrollment priority for PHYS-151 and 152.

For SFS, AP credits in Physics will be credited as free electives and may not be applied toward a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs.

For NHS these credits will count as free electives.

Psychology    For a score of 5, the student will be awarded three credits for PSYC-001 (General Psychology). Psychology majors and minors must substitute an additional psychology elective.

Spanish (either exam)    For a score of 4 or 5, non-language majors are eligible to receive up to six credits for Advanced Spanish I and II (SPAN-103 and 104 in the COL, MSB and NHS; SPAN-101 and 102 in the SFS), depending on placement. Placement is determined by SAT II score or departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation. Students who place in SPAN-103 or below will not receive credit.

For a score of 4 or 5, language majors are eligible to receive up to ten credits for SPAN-111 and 112 (Intensive Advanced Spanish I and II), depending on placement. Placement is determined by SAT II score or departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation. Students who place in SPAN-111 or below will not receive credit.

2014–2015 International Baccalaureate Policies

For any IB subjects that receive credit (see subjects below), credit is only awarded for a score of 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level exams. No credit is awarded for IB Standard Level exams. If a student has both AP scores and IB scores eligible for credit in the same subject, the student may apply credit from the AP exam or the IB exam, but not both.

Biology    For students who are not majoring in any of the majors from the Department of Biology, a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will earn four credits at the level of a one-semester course for non-majors. For COL students, these credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course. For NHS Healthcare Management & Policy and International Health majors, these credits count as free elective credit. Nursing and Human Science majors are required to take HSCI-101 and 102 (Human Biology I and II). For SFS, these credits count as free elective credit and may not be applied toward a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. For MSB, these credits count toward the liberal arts elective requirement.

Majors in the Department of Biology with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will earn the equivalent of a one-semester four-credit non-majors course and will receive two credits applied to the total credits required for the major. Regardless of IB score, all majors are required to take BIOL-103/113 (Foundations in Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II with laboratory).

Students may apply credit from the AP exam or the IB exam, but not both.

Business Management    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Chemistry    Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will receive three credits for CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I). For COL students, this credit counts toward half of the math/science core requirement and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course or CHEM-002 (General Chemistry Lecture II) in the spring term. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors (who are not also pre-med students) with these credits MUST enroll in CHEM-057 (Gen Chem Lab for Majors) in the fall or in CHEM-064 (Intro Research Experimentation). If the student takes CHEM-001 in the fall, they will forfeit the IB credit.

Pre-med students, regardless of major, with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will receive three credits at the level of an introductory one-semester course for non-majors. These credits do not count toward a science major/minor or pre-med requirements. These students will take CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I) or CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I for Majors) in the fall with the appropriate lab.

For SFS, IB credits in chemistry will be credited as free electives and may not be applied toward a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. For MSB, these credits count toward the liberal arts elective requirement. For NHS Healthcare Management and Policy & International Health majors, these credits count as free elective credit. Human Science majors are required to take CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I).

Classical Languages    For a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam and placement above CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin) on the Latin placement test administered during New Student Orientation, the student will receive four credits for CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin). For COL students, this credit will satisfy the core requirement in language.

Computer Science    For a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam, the student will receive three credits for COSC-010 (Intro to Information Technology). For BS Computer Science majors, this credit is not applied to the major and will count only as a free elective toward graduation requirements. For AB Computer Science majors, this credit can be applied to the major. For COL, these credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a course in the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics department.

For SFS, IB credits in computer science will be credited as free electives and may not be applied toward the major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. For MSB, these credits count toward the liberal arts elective requirement. For NHS, these credits will count as a free elective.

Design Technology    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Economics    For a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-001 (Principles of Microeconomics) and three credits for ECON-002 (Principles of Macroeconomics). Students with this IB credit should proceed with upper level ECON courses. If the student takes ECON-003 (Principles of Economics: Micro and Macro), they will forfeit the IB credit. COL students with a strong high school background in economics and/or who have taken IB economics but did not score a 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam are encouraged to take ECON-003 (Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro). For SFS, if a student takes ECON-003, the student will have to take ECON-243, ECON-244, and another ECON-labeled course (without double-counting with the major) to complete the 4-course ECON requirement in the SFS core, making this option recommendable only to students with strength in economics and mathematics.

English A    COL, SFS, and NHS students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam receive three credits for WRIT-015 (Writing and Culture Seminar).

MSB students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam receive three or six credits, respectively, toward the liberal arts elective requirement. These credits do not count toward the MSB core requirement. MSB students must still take WRIT-015 (Writing and Culture Seminar).

English B    No credit is awarded for these examinations.

Film    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Geography    No credit is awarded for this examination.

History—Europe/Islamic World and Twentieth Century/Regional Topics    Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam in History of Europe and the Islamic World receive credit for HIST-007. Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam in History of the Twentieth Century/Regional Topics receive credit for HIST-008. In either case, students in the COL complete the core History requirement by taking any HIST course numbered 100 or above. Students may not take HIST-007, 008, or 099 or they will forfeit the IB credit.

Students with scores of 6 or 7 on both Higher Level exams receive credit for both HIST-007 and HIST-008. In the COL, they have no further History requirements. In the SFS, they receive three credits and place out of the one required introductory course in History; they also receive three free elective credits but still need to fulfill the two required regional History courses.

For MSB, students who receive a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam in History of Europe and the Islamic World or Twentieth Century/Regional Topics receive three credits and have fulfilled one semester of their History/Government/Classics/International Affairs requirement. Students who receive a 6 or 7 on both Higher Level exams will receive six credits and have fulfilled their two-semester History/Government/Classics/International Affairs requirement.

For NHS, students who receive a 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam in History of Europe and the Islamic World or Twentieth Century/Regional Topics will receive three credits toward a free elective. NHS students who receive a 6 or 7 on both Higher Level exams will receive six credits toward two free electives.

Information Technology in a Global Society    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Language A    Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exams in languages other than English (see above for English A credit) may receive credit pending the results of a language placement exam or SAT II scores for Spanish and French.

Language B    No credit is awarded for these examinations.

Mathematics    A student with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will receive four credits for MATH-035 (Calculus I). For COL students, these credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in combination with a biology, chemistry, or physics course, or MATH-036 (Calculus II), or MATH-040 (Probability and Statistics). For MSB students, a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will fulfill the one semester Calculus requirement. For the SFS Science, Technology, and International Affairs major, IB credits in Calculus will be credited as free electives only. For the SFS International Economics and International Political Economy majors, IB credits can fulfill the Calculus prerequisite but will count as free electives and not as major course requirements. For NHS, these credits will count as free electives.

Music    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Philosophy    Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will receive three credits for PHIL-020 (Introduction to Philosophy). These credits satisfy half of the core requirement in philosophy. COL and NHS students must take a “bridge” ethics philosophy course (PHIL-100–149) or PHIL-010 or PHIL-098 to fulfill the core philosophy requirement. MSB students must take a “bridge” ethics course (PHIL-100–149), PHIL-010, PHIL-098 or STRT-255 to fulfill the core philosophy requirement. SFS students must take PHIL-099 (Political and Social Thought) to fulfill the core philosophy requirement.

Physics    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Psychology    For a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam, the student will be awarded three credits for PSYC-001 (General Psychology). Psychology majors and minors must substitute an additional psychology elective.

Social Anthropology    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Theater    No credit is awarded for this examination.

Visual Arts    Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam will receive three credits for ARTS-101 (2 D Design).

DEFERRED ENROLLMENT

Georgetown has a policy of allowing admitted first-year students to defer their enrollment until the following year. Further details can be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transfer students may not defer admission.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Georgetown welcomes transfer applications to its undergraduate programs. Transfer applicants should have completed one full-time semester of at least twelve transferable credits, or the equivalent, on the college level; otherwise they should follow the first-year student application procedure. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree at another college or university are not eligible for admission to Georgetown’s undergraduate degree programs except for the specialized second degree in nursing in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Students who have an undergraduate degree are welcome, however, to apply to take courses at the undergraduate level as a special non-degree student either through the School of Continuing Studies or one of the four undergraduate schools according to the relevant policies of the school.

Normally, a B average or higher at the previous institution is recommended for consideration for admission. Transfer students are admitted only in the fall, not for the spring semester. Those admitted for the fall, however, may begin during the summer if they wish.

Credit toward Georgetown degrees may be given for work done at other accredited institutions subject to the following limitations:

  • Credit for required courses will be given if the course is similar to the one required at Georgetown.
  • Credit for electives will be given if the course is similar to courses offered at Georgetown. Credit for courses not offered at Georgetown will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grades earned must be at least one level above minimum passing level, e.g., C. Passing grades on a Pass/Fail system are acceptable if defined as C or better.
  • The maximum number of transferable credits is one-half of the total required for the degree. Students must spend a minimum of four full semesters in residence at Georgetown to earn a degree. Summer sessions and study abroad programs will not count toward fulfilling the residency requirement.

An evaluation of courses accepted for transfer will be sent with or shortly after the notification of acceptance. The following materials should be submitted no later than March 1:

  • Georgetown Application for Transfer Admission
  • Georgetown Application Supplement
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • High school transcript, including SAT or ACT results
  • College transcript, including all work done through the current fall semester or the winter quarter
  • A list of the courses planned for the term(s) not included in the current transcript
  • Recommendations from a current college dean and one professor, preferably from the major department
  • Catalogue pages (photocopies permissible) describing all completed coursework from each of the colleges previously attended, as well as the page(s) describing academic regulations
  • Students seeking financial assistance should submit a copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE (administered by the College Board). Financial need is considered separately from the application for admission.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible after these materials have been received and admissions decisions will be mailed June 1. In some cases it will be necessary to wait for the final transcript before a decision may be reached. Students who are offered admission by June 1 will be expected to confirm their enrollment by June 15.

TRANSFER WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY

Since the four undergraduate schools are distinct colleges under the jurisdiction of separate deans, a student wishing to transfer within the University must make an application in writing to the school to which he or she wishes to transfer. Applications will be presented to the appropriate Dean’s Committee on Transfer Students for evaluation. Each school establishes its own admission standards for transfer students. A student considering transfer should consult the appropriate Dean’s Office to learn deadlines and regulations affecting applications. Students who transfer should expect to complete all of the degree requirements of the school to which they transfer.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Georgetown welcomes applications for admission from well-qualified international students. Deadline dates are the same as those established for students applying from within the United States. Please note that the application fee must be in U.S. dollars.

Along with final application forms, students should submit complete, translated, and official transcripts of all secondary and, when applicable, university credentials along with subjective evaluations from teachers and tutors when obtainable. Similarly, students applying from countries offering Matriculation Examinations must submit results of such examinations as soon as results are available. These credentials will be considered for admission as well as for placement at the proper level when the application file is complete.

All candidates studying in non-U.S. educational systems whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate a level of competence that would indicate their ability for successful study in English. It is recommended that such students submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including the Test of Written English (TWE), given at test centers throughout the world. International applicants are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) examination. These tests are available in virtually every foreign country, and should be taken prior to January 1 to allow the results to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in time for review. Information concerning the time and place of these examinations can be obtained from: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08549. Complete information for International Students is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

SPECIAL STUDENTS

Due to limitations of space, Georgetown is only able to offer admission to a limited number of Special (non-degree) Students. Applications must be approved by the dean of the school in which the student wishes to study. Admission for Special Students is for one semester.

Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or from the Dean’s Office of the appropriate undergraduate school. Completed applications (including transcripts and application fee) must be submitted to the Dean’s Office by November 15 for admission in January, and by July 15 for admission in September. No applications will be accepted after these dates. Final decisions will be made by August 10 for the fall semester and by December 20 for the spring semester.

Students who are earning degrees at schools other than Georgetown and who wish to attend Georgetown as Special Students must include with their application materials a letter from the current dean approving the courses to be taken at Georgetown. Such students are expected to attend full time in the school to which they are applying at Georgetown.

Approval for Special Student status does not mean automatic acceptance into the courses requested and approved. Enrollment in specific courses is determined on a space-available basis only. Special Students are ineligible for financial aid; campus housing may be available but is not guaranteed.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

All students under age 26 attending school in the District of Columbia are required by D.C. LAW 3-20 to present evidence of immunization against the following diseases: poliomyelitis, measles, rubella (German measles), diphtheria, mumps, and tetanus.

Office of the University RegistrarG-01 White Gravenor Building37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057Phone: (202) 687.4020Fax: (202) 687.3608univregistrar@georgetown.edu