Jan 28, 2011

Early Admit Rates Drop by 2% at Georgetown and GW

Cross-town rivals Georgetown and George Washington Universities recently reported decreases of about 2 percent in early admit rates for the Class of 2015. Although very different in terms of application processes, both schools experienced significant increases in the number of high school students submitting early applications.

Over 6650 students applied for Georgetown’s nonbinding early action program, representing a 9 percent increase over last year. Of these, 1,122 or 16.9 percent were admitted—down from last year’s early acceptance rate of 19.1 percent.

According to Dean of Undergraduate Admission Charles Deacon, Georgetown usually admits the same percentage or lower during early action as in regular admission. Early estimates suggested that the university would admit approximately 20 percent of applicants in total, but with recent announcements of a 6.8 increase in overall applications, that figure may be optimistic.

Based on numbers provided to The Hoya, Georgetown's School of Foreign Service admitted 19.4 percent of applicants while the College only admitted about 15.9 percent. The School of Nursing and Health Studies admitted 18.2 percent of its early applicants, while the McDonough School of Business admitted 16.9 percent.

Georgetown estimates that about 550 to 600 of the students admitted early will enroll in the university next fall.

After a dramatic drop in 2009, GW’s binding early decision I admit rate also decreased by 2 percentage points to under 38 percent. This year, George Washington received 1,482 EDI applicants or about 2 percent more than last year (earlier reports of higher numbers proved misleading as 250 students withdrew their applications) and accepted 532 students who have committed to attending GW in the fall.

Although overall application numbers have not yet been released, George Washington eventually hopes to welcome 2,350 students into the Class of 2015.

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