Apr 3, 2012

Local Cross-town Rivals Post Admissions Results

Bringing the 2011-12 admissions cycle to a close, Georgetown and George Washington recently posted results for the Class of 2016. While Georgetown took somewhat fewer students out of slightly larger applicant pool, George Washington saw little change in this year’s ratio of applicants to admitted students.

Unlike the University of Virginia, which dropped five full percentage points in selectivity, both DC schools remained relatively stable in terms of the percent of students admitted for the fall of 2016.

At Georgetown, 20,111 students applied for fall admission—up from 19,725 last year. Of those, 3,316 or 16.5 percent were admitted—one from each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Last year, Georgetown extended offers to 18 percent of the students seeking admission.

As in previous years, the College was the most selective of Georgetown’s four schools, with a 15.8 admission rate, followed by the McDonough School of Business (16.8 percent), the School of Foreign Service (17.8 percent) and the school of Nursing and Health Studies (17.9 percent).

According to Charles Deacon, dean of undergraduate admission, it’s unlikely that Georgetown will take many if any students from the wait list. At least 50 percent of the offers would have to be declined in order for the admissions office to begin the process of admitting waitlisted students. And that doesn’t appear likely.

“Georgetown seems to be a desirable place for kids to come,” Deacon said in an interview with The Hoya.

Across town, George Washington University admitted about 7,105 applicants from a pool of 21,700 applicants for the Class of 2016. Last year, the University accepted 7,022 students from a pool of 21,497. In other words, about 33 percent of applicants were admitted during the three cycles of GW admission for both years.

In the end, 33 percent of last year’s admitted students eventually submitted deposits, with GW dipping into its wait list for 112 additional students.

“Overall the caliber of students on campus is much stronger than even 4 years ago and it’s not the end of the world if he growth in selectivity is flat for a year,” said a graduating senior in comments provided to The Hatchet—GW’s independent newspaper.

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