Georgetown Application Essay Tips Writing

 

Significance of Most-Involved Extracurricular Activity

 

Briefly (approximately one-half page) discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.

 

If you’ve been following CollegeVine’s blog regularly, you’ll quickly recognize this prompt as the “What is your most important extracurricular activity?” essay. Accordingly, there are two ways to approach the content of this portion.

 

The first strategy is to write about your most important extracurricular activity, regardless of how “common” it is perceived to be. You will want to emphasize the details of your participation as well as exactly how the activity has changed you. Discussing the impact of the activity on your life will be absolutely crucial, since it is the main way for your essay to be distinguished from other applicants’ (for example, “swimming” on its own wouldn’t be very unique, but how you turned your school’s team from a 3-man squad into a 80-person co-ed program is very impressive). Details here are key.

 

The second way to approach the prompt is to write about a unique extracurricular activity that needs more explaining — one that would be hard to fully understand without further elaboration. For example, while every admissions officer probably knows what “Model UN” is, not everyone who reads your application will know what your self-started charity Is — especially if on the extracurricular section, you refer to it by an ambiguous title, “Happy River Toys.”

 

Clearly, with so few characters available in the EC section, it’ll be difficult to fully encapsulate what “Happy River Toys” is, so using this essay space to elaborate will be particularly helpful for you.

 

Essay Which Best Describes You

 

All Applicants: 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. 

 

This essay prompt is similar to various other school’s supplements (like Harvard’s) in that it is completely open-ended. The best strategy here (for sake of time and effort) might be to reuse your Common App essay. Visit our Common App post for more ideas.










Prompts Focusing on Specific Schools

The remaining essay prompts are separate for each particular school within Georgetown — students only need to write essays for the school they apply to. The first three essays have similar prompts so we will address them together.

 

Applicants to the McDonough School of Business: Discuss the factors that have influenced your interest in studying business.

Applicants to the School of Nursing and Health Studies: Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care. Please specifically address your intended major (Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, International Health, or Nursing).

Applicants to Georgetown College: Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study? (If you are applying to major in the FLL or in a Science, please specifically address those interests.)

 

Ultimately, these prompts are asking the same thing. Essentially, you are tasked with writing “Why X Major?/Why Georgetown’s X Program?” essays. Thus, be sure to mention why you are planning on studying what you indicated — was it a past experience when you were little? Maybe you participated in an internship during your junior year summer? Or maybe your favorite class in high school was related to that subject?

 

Then, you’ll want to write about why Georgetown’s program is particularly suited to you — maybe it’s because of Professor X’s research? Or maybe it’s the small size of Y program, allowing you to get as much individual research attention as possible? Regardless, the key is to strike the fine balance of including details about your past experiences, current interests, and future goals.

 

Applicants to the Walsh School of Foreign Service: Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.

 

While the first three school-specific prompts were quite similar, the essay for the Walsh School of Foreign Service is slightly different. Here, you will want to adopt an academic approach to your essay.

 

Whichever global issue you choose, you should make sure to choose one that matters to you and is somewhat unique, in the sense that not everyone could write about it. Feel free to do research on your issue to corroborate your arguments. The point of this essay for the adcoms is so that they can evaluate your ability to think critically in a global context, as well as examine exactly to what degree you are interested in international affairs.

 

Hopefully with these tips, you will feel more confident about Georgetown’s individual application. If you would like more individualized help, CollegeVine’s highly trained essay consultants from the nation’s top schools can help ensure your Georgetown application is the strongest it can be. Best of luck in getting to Washington D.C.!

 









Many students tell us that Georgetown is their “dream university”. Current applicants hoping to pursue this dream will have to submit Georgetown’s own, school-specific application, since Georgetown, like several other universities, does not use the Common App. Along with personal data and a list of activities, applicants to Georgetown University must submit essays that address the following prompts:

  1. Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved. (approximately one-half page single-spaced)
  2. 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. (approximately one page single-spaced)

In addition, students must submit one final essay (approximately one page single-spaced) tailored to the school of their choice within Georgetown University.

Applicants to Georgetown College:

  • Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study? (If you are applying to major in the Faculty of Language and Linguistics or in a Science, please specifically address those interests.)

Applicants to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:

  • Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care at Georgetown University. Please specifically address your intended major (Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, Global Health, or Nursing).

Applicants to the Walsh School of Foreign Service:

  • Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.

Applicants to the McDonough School of Business:

  • The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.

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