Early Action Program

for First Year Applicants

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Georgetown's Early Action program is grounded in the belief that students should be free to choose among colleges until the Candidate's 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 to any 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.

The Early Action program is designed to enable superior students to learn of their admission early in their senior year. Students offered admission under the Early Action program are those the Committee on Admissions feels confident would be admitted at Regular Decision.

All candidates not accepted under the Early Action program are deferred to the spring review. There is no statistical advantage in applying Early Action, as both our Early Action and Regular Decision pools will have roughly the same acceptance rate. Typically, about 15 percent of the candidates deferred from Early Action are successful during the spring review.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of Early programs?
Most Admissions Offices offer students the option to apply Early, wherein the student may submit an application in November and receive an answer in December, several months ahead of the Regular Decision notification. There are several types of Early programs:

  • Early Action (Georgetown's policy) allows applicants to make multiple Early Action applications, so long as they are not applying to a binding Early Decision Program. Applicants admitted in December under Early Action have until May 1 to decide whether or not to attend.
  • Early Decision requires that applicants commit to attend if admitted in December. Due to the binding nature of Early Decision, the candidate must therefore withdraw applications made to any other schools.
  • Single-Choice Early Action restricts applicants from applying to any other school's Early programs; however, these applicants may apply to other schools under the Regular Decision program. Applicants admitted in December under Single-Choice Early Action have until May 1 to decide whether to attend.

What is Georgetown's Early program?
In Georgetown's case, the Early Action postmark deadline is November 1. Students admitted under the Early Action program will have until May 1 to send in a deposit. Students applying to Georgetown under our Early Action program may not apply to a binding Early Decision program, although they may make multiple Early Action applications.

If I apply to Georgetown under Early Action can I still apply to other schools under Early programs?
Students applying to Georgetown under our Early Action program may not apply to a binding Early Decision program. Georgetown does give students the option to apply both under our Early Action program and under other schools' Early Action programs. Please be sure to research the guidelines of all schools to which you are applying; not all Early Action programs will allow multiple Early Action applications.

May I apply to Georgetown under Early Action and also an Early Decision II program?
Georgetown's Early Action policy allows students the freedom to choose between schools up until May 1st. Based on this philosophy of freedom of choice, you may not apply to an Early Decision II program if you are an Early Action applicant or admitted Early Action student to Georgetown. If you are deferred Early Action to the Regular Decision pool, you are then considered a Regular Decision applicant and you are not bound by the restrictions of Early Action.

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Is there a competitive advantage in applying to Georgetown under the Early Action program?
No. The acceptance rates at Early Action and Regular Decision will be roughly similar. Georgetown generally uses the overall acceptance rate from the year before as the acceptance rate at Early Action. For example, the Early Action acceptance rate for 2012-2013 was 13% of students and the overall acceptance rate for 2012-2013 was 17%.

Can I be denied under the Early Action program?
No. Georgetown does not deny students under our Early Action program. If a student is not admitted under EA, his or her application is automatically given a full second review during Regular Decision.

When is the latest I can take the SAT's for Early Action consideration?
While we recommend that Early Action applicants complete testing requirements in their junior year, scores from the September and October test dates will typically arrive in time for consideration at Early Action. Students should make certain to request that scores be sent to Georgetown well in advance of the deadline to ensure timely receipt.

I haven't taken the SAT Subject Tests yet. Can I still apply Early Action?
Absolutely. If you are a senior and have not yet taken recommended SAT Subject Tests you may still apply Early Action and your application will receive full consideration. We do recommend that you register for these exams in the event that your application is deferred to Regular Decision.

Georgetown is my first choice. Is there an option for me to apply Early Decision?
No. Georgetown wishes to give all students the freedom to choose between schools until May 1. Candidates who view Georgetown as their first choice are strongly encouraged to apply under our non-binding Early Action program.

I was deferred at Early Action. What can I do to increase my chances of being admitted at Regular Decision?
Early Action admission is offered to a limited number of students, those whom the Admissions Committee is certain they would offer admission based on information from freshman, sophomore and junior years only. Deferred students are strongly encouraged to maintain high senior year grades and submit any new information, such as standardized test scores, new honors or awards.

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