Georgetown University is a world-renowned private college located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated university in the United States. Georgetown is known for its location in the capital of the country and its rigorous academics.
Admission into Georgetown is extremely difficult and the overall acceptance rate for the class of 2022 was 14.5%. Georgetown received over 22,000 applicants in 2018, and notably Georgetown applicants submit three SAT Subject Tests and Georgetown does not currently use the Common App.
This rigorous admissions process filters out many less serious applicants, making those who do apply even more qualified. Due to this, it is increasingly important that your Georgetown essays make you stand out among the thousands of other applicants. Below are some example essays written by real students who got accepted by Georgetown.
Without further ado, let's get to the essays!
Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study?
Growing up in the former Soviet Union with poor healthcare, my maternal grandmother died at the young age of 48, a victim of metastatic melanoma. My mother was just 18 years old. As I grew up, she would constantly talk about my grandmother. The biggest thing that I remember about my grandma was her love for languages. Obsessed with romance languages, particularly French, she was inseparable from French literature, movies, and language. She was enthralled with the language’s sophisticated, flowing, passionate, emphatic, and radiant sound and style. I never heard her speak, but I can only imagine the charismatic and passionate scholar of French she was. In our living room hangs a bookshelf with approximately 200 of grandma’s French books. She lived with the dream to visit the City of Lights one day. Unfortunately, she died before she was able to fulfill her dream of traveling to Paris.
I did not know this in seventh grade. When choosing languages to take, I thought that since everyone was taking Spanish, I could take French and be different. I know my grandma’s spirit lived on in me and guided me to take French, similar to the way Yaa Gyasi crafts her characters in Homegoing to unknowingly follow the intuitions of their ancestors. Taking French for the past six years has exposed me to the passion grandma held for the language. I know that I will continue my studies in French during my time at Georgetown through the Faculty of Language and Linguistics. Not only would it honor my grandmother and finally allow me to fulfill her dream but it would also expose me to a beautiful, timeless language.
While I hold a great affinity toward French, I also hold a deep passion for the sciences. Last summer, I participated in Boston University’s RISE program for high school students. Much of the research I performed was centered around the transformation of recombinant DNA into Escherichia coli. As the six weeks progressed, I developed an affinity towards biology and genetics. My final research project was entitled: The Effect of Calcium on E. coli Transformed with Phosphodiesterase Type II. The experience I had at Boston University forged my current interest in the sciences and genetics, and my laboratory experiences in Boston cemented my commitment.
My interest in biology and genetics has grown even more during the genetics unit in my AP Biology class. Learning about inherited genetic disorders as well as various inheritance patterns fascinated me, as I learned that simple, miniscule chains and sequences of basic nucleotides have the power to shape and influence all living organisms. My passion for genetics and the natural sciences has convinced me that I will be successful at Georgetown in a biology major. I know my studies at Georgetown College will further my interest in genetics and molecular biology and will instill in me the thinking skills required for a career in genetics. I look forward to a rewarding experience at Georgetown, studying both French and biology.
Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.
Last summer I participated in molecular biology research at Boston University. Surrounded by 39 other high school seniors, I perceived with new clarity how an inquisitive, curious mind must interact in an unapologetic manner. Entering lectures about the basics of molecular biology, most of us initially thought we knew a great deal about biology. I quickly realized my naivete, and once I accepted my own ignorance, I settled into a passive absorption mode. The looks on all our faces told the same story. Well, all of ours except Kelsey’s.
Brilliant and inquisitive, Kelsey exhibited no fear raising her hand and boldly asking questions. Even during the portions of the lectures when we were simply reviewing concepts of biology, she never ceased to question the current topic. The first few times she asked questions, I thought she had little background knowledge so she just needed clarification. Yet as the first week progressed, I realized that not only did she have the background information required for this course but also the grit and determination needed for success in research. The levels of her questions stumped our lecturer at times and he responded, “I’ll have to get back to you on that one.”
Often I just wanted to yell, “PUT YOUR HAND DOWN!!!”, as my tolerance for her constant inquiry began to erode while sitting through her questions and their subsequent answers. Due to her deep and thought-provoking questions, she became the class pariah; not necessarily because she was annoying but because of her resolute and indefatigable inquisitiveness. She was insatiable in her pursuit of knowledge, like a ribosome clinging to the endoplasmic reticulum.
Yet as the course progressed, I finally began to notice the value of Kelsey’s questions. She asked questions of importance, questions researchers must ask themselves everyday. Her inquiries were thoughts no one else my age seemed to have. The depth and breadth of her ideas fascinated me, especially given that she was only sixteen.
Kelsey’s questions made me realize the importance of questioning preconceived notions.
Subsequently, I became aware of my own willingness to challenge concepts that were accepted and taught as seemingly concrete, and I recognized the danger of blindly absorbing information without disputing it. Seeing the scholarly nature of Kelsey’s intellectual curiosity, I began to emulate her queries during the final few weeks of the program. Not only did I get more out of the lectures, but I also gained the experience necessary to question ideas and facts and search for answers, a vital skill in every academic realm.
As a student with an interest in the sciences, I ask questions that may not have an obvious answer. As someone who strives for knowledge, I am willing to do research if what I am asking has no answer, but I do not simply possess an affinity toward knowledge. I wish to create it. Most young people cite
coaches, teachers, or other adults as influential; however, for me, a peer-modeled approach to learning also has merit.
As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay, either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you.
As I sat alone in a crowded airport, I felt both excitement and nervousness. I took my laptop and opened it to the Facebook profile of my third cousin Joey. I remembered how curious I was the first time I learned about his existence. He seemed just like me. I could not have been more excited, for I was on my way to New Jersey to spend spring break at his parents’ house.
It may seem strange that I was so eager to meet a third cousin, as most Americans have minimal contact with relatives as distant as third cousins. As the child of two Russian immigrants, however, I have grown up in a household where family sticks together at all costs to avoid the feelings of displacement experienced by persons leaving their homeland. Meeting distant relatives meant expanding the family tree, forming new connections, and expanding support networks. Setting down new roots by travelling to New Jersey to meet Joey not only felt right but also necessary.
After landing and meeting Joey and his mom Alla, I felt awkward; we had absolutely nothing to discuss. Maybe visiting people I have never met was a mistake.
That night Alla explained to me that partner dominos was a family tradition dating back 50 years in the Soviet Union. I had never played dominos with a partner. Absolutely stunned, Alla cried, “YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED PARTNER DOMINOS? HOW THE HELL IS YOUR MOTHER RAISING YOU?” The rest of the night we played partner dominos, and let me admit, I was awful. Nevertheless, I experienced a strong sense of belonging and connection to my heritage by taking part in an old family tradition. That game broke the ice and made me realize that we share a cultural and personal connection; starting with that game, I actually felt like we were family members. Unsure of what else my mom had neglected, Alla inundated me with an entire rundown of my extended family. I learned that I could travel to almost every continent, knowing there would always be someone to whom I am related. Due to my family’s Russian heritage, I would always be welcome, adept at partner dominos or not.
A week later when I sat waiting for my flight home, I smiled. People whom I had just met, who had their own busy lives to live, took me in and made me feel welcome. At the end of the visit, I felt as if I had known Joey and Alla my entire life. I had to acknowledge that I had underestimated the need for extended family in my life. Furthermore, as I contemplated the transition from stranger to family member, my mind took me further to comprehend that whether related or not, I would live a more fulfilling life if willing to make vital connections. I consider every person with whom I forge a connection part of my “family” network, regardless of how remote. Though I had thought of “family” as merely a support system, I realized now that it is comprised of the people who, through powerful shared experiences, help one find a place in the world.
When I launch into the next phase of my life, I am hoping to forge relationships with roommates, classmates, and professors. As a global citizen, I am also dedicated to connect with others and help them find a place in this world, just like Alla and Joey did for me.