Transfer Wait List FAQ

Thank you for interest in securing a seat on the Transfer Waiting List. As noted in previous communication to applicants, in addition to enrolling a transfer class for Fall 2020, we will have the opportunity to enroll a small cohort of transfer students for Spring (January) 2021. Only rising sophomores (who have completed two semesters of college/university work) will be considered for the Spring (January) 2021 option, in addition to Fall 2020 consideration if they desire.

We know you might have some questions about this opportunity for January 2021. Similarly, you might have questions about completing the Transfer Wait List Reply Form referenced in your May 27th letter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you anticipate using the Wait List for Fall 2020?
Yes, we do anticipate using the transfer wait list for Fall 2020 entry, as we seek to enroll an exact sized transfer class. We cannot predict how many students will be admitted from the Wait List for Fall 2020 admission, but it is likely that some candidates for each of the four undergraduate schools at Georgetown will be admitted from the Wait List.

Do you anticipate using the Wait List for Spring 2021?
Yes. While the size of the Spring transfer class is small and varies in size, last January approximately 50 students enrolled. Most of the seats in the Spring 2021 transfer class will be filled by candidates on the Wait List. The Admissions Committee will consider rising sophomores (who have completed two semesters of college/university work) for the Spring (January) 2021 option.

When will I hear back from Georgetown if I wish to be considered for Spring 2021 transfer admission?
We anticipate extending some if not most of our Spring 2021 offers of transfer admission between late-June and mid-July. As noted in your letter, we will be back in touch with all Wait List candidates on or before July 15.

Are my chances of admission greater if I opt for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or express interest in both?
As we do not know how many seats in the Fall 2020 transfer class will be filled from the Wait List, you should complete the Wait List Response Form indicating your preferences. You will be given three options:

  • Only Fall 2020 consideration,
  • Only Spring 2021 consideration (available for rising sophomores),
  • Interest in both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 consideration, with the chance to express a preference for one or the other.

It stands to reasons that your chances of admission would be greater in expressing an interest to both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 (if you are a rising sophomore) as you would be considered for more possible openings. Please know that your application will be reviewed for your first preference and then for your second preference if you wish to receive consideration for both terms.

If I am interested in Spring 2021 admission, will I receive my preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation before having to make an enrollment commitment?
Yes. Just as we do for Fall transfer candidates, we anticipate providing each Spring 2021 candidate admitted from the Wait List a preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation prior to your enrollment reply deadline.

If I already indicated my interest in Spring 2021 consideration, do I need to complete this form again?
Yes. By completing the Transfer Wait List Response Form, you will be indicating your interest in being on the Transfer Waiting List and then be asked to share your preference for Fall 2020 consideration, Spring 2021 consideration (for rising sophomores) or both. Your selections on this form will override answers on previous forms or within your application.

Why are only rising sophomores considered for the Spring (January) 2021 option?
As Georgetown requires four full semesters of coursework at Georgetown for enrolling transfer students, a maximum of only 60 credits (four semesters) can be transferred into the University. Current “rising sophomores” who complete their Fall 2020 semester elsewhere and arrive at Georgetown in January 2021 will be able to complete their four semesters of coursework without requiring an excess semester. Rising sophomores will also have maximum flexibility to cover graduation requirements in five semesters at Georgetown.

If I am a rising sophomore and I wish to be considered for Spring (January) 2021 admission, what should I do for my Fall 2020 semester?
Students indicating an interest in Spring 2021 admission, who are admitted for Spring 2021 and accept their Spring 2021 admission are encouraged to return to their current institutions for their Fall 2020 semester. Students offered Spring 2021 admission will be offered Fall 2020 course selection advice by their dean at Georgetown to assure maximum transfer of credit. As previously noted too, students admitted for Spring 2021 will be provided a preliminary transfer credit evaluation prior to any enrollment deposit deadline. Students enrolling at Georgetown in Spring (January) 2021 may also use their Fall 2020 semester to secure a full-time internship or pursue other worthwhile educationally-enriching experiences.

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