Washington, DC 20057,Top 100 Universities in USA 2014 – Rank – 62, Georgetown University
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Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown’s main campus, located in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.
Georgetown’s founding by John Carroll, America’s first Catholic bishop, realized earlier efforts to establish a Roman Catholic college in the province of Maryland that had been thwarted by religious persecution. The university expanded after the American Civil Warunder the leadership of Patrick Francis Healy, who came to be known as Georgetown’s “second founder” despite having been born a slave by law. Jesuits have participated in the university’s administration since 1805, a heritage Georgetown celebrates, but the university has always been governed independently of the Society of Jesus and of church authorities.
The university has around 7,000 undergraduate and over 8,000 post-graduate students from a wide variety of religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, including 130 foreign countries. The university’s most notable alumni are prominent in public life in the United States and abroad. Among them are former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, dozens of U.S. governors and members of Congress, heads of state or government of more than a dozen countries, royalty anddiplomats.
Campus organizations include the country’s largest student-run business and largest student-run banking option. Georgetown’s athletic teams, called the Hoyas, include a men’s basketball team that has won a record-tying seven Big East championships, appeared in five Final Fours, and won a national championship in 1984.
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Admission to Georgetown is highly selective; In 2013, the university received nearly 20,000 applications  and admitted 16.6% of those that applied, The Fiske Guide to Colleges states that “only Stanford and a handful of Ivy League schools are tougher to get into than Georgetown.” As of 2011, Georgetown’s graduate schools have acceptance rates of 3.6% to the School of Medicine,19% to the Law Center, 25% to the MSFS, and 34.9% to the MBA program. In 2004, a National Bureau of Economic Research study on revealed preference of U.S. colleges showed that Georgetown was the 16th most-preferred choice.[dated info]
The undergraduate schools maintain a restrictive Early Action admissions program, as students who have applied through an Early Decision process at another school are not permitted to apply early to Georgetown. 94% of students accepted for the class of 2014 were in the top 10% of their class and had SAT scores ranging from 660–760 in Critical Reading, and 670–770 in Math.Georgetown accepts both the SAT and ACT, though does not consider the writing portion of either. Over 55% of undergraduates receive financial aid, and the university meets 100% of demonstrated need, with an average financial aid package of $23,500 and about 70% of aid distributed in the forms of grants or scholarships.