College Access and Success

Georgetown University is committed to lowering the barriers to higher education of preparation, affordability, and persistence, and to empower students to become successful in college. We partner with local and national organizations to prepare students for college, provide need-based financial aid, and support students throughout their college careers. 


Institute for College Preparation
The Institute for College Preparation (ICP) is a pre-college academic enrichment program for middle and high school students that provides comprehensive academic support and empowers students to graduate from high school and succeed in college. ICP began at Ron Brown Middle School in 1989, and has produced remarkable results: 100% of participants have matriculated in college. ICP operates in connection with Kids2College, a college awareness program for 6th graders, which serves several hundred Ward 7 middle school students each year. 

Summer College Immersion Program
This summer program is a partnership with Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) schools and the national Cristo Rey Network. The program provides students the opportunity to experience university life and build confidence to become successful college students. The experience, provided at no cost, consists of three, one-week units with courses taught by Georgetown faculty. 


Need-Blind Full-Need Admissions
Georgetown University is committed to lowering the barrier to college affordability. The University offers need-blind admissions, meaning that students are admitted based on merit and not ability to pay. Once admitted, we meet students’ full demonstrated financial need.

The 1789 Scholarship Imperative
The 1789 Scholarship Imperative is a promise to fulfill our commitment to meeting full-need financial aid. President DeGioia launched the initiative in 2009 with the goal of providing the equivalent of 1,789 scholarships of $25,000 every year for highly qualified students that choose Georgetown over other competitive schools. 


Georgetown Scholarship Program 
The Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) is an on-campus community and support network for scholarship students at Georgetown, many of them first generation college students. The program includes communtiy events and academic and professional workships. Alumni mentors provide professional advice and guide students through the college process. 

Community Scholars Program
For more than 50 years the Communtiy Scholars Program has provided support for a multicultural cohort of first-generation college students who have achieved the dream of higher education through personal initiative, service, and academic excellence. Community scholars receive support throughout their Georgetown careers, including academic advising, mentoring and personal counseling, study groups, workshops and seminars.


Georgetown partners with local and national organizations to provide college access and success programming, including:

  • Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)
  • Cristo Rey Network
  • D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative
  • Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy