Admissions

How to Apply for:

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Required Documents for Degree Seeking Applicant:
  1. A completed application form
  2. A $35 application fee
  3. An essay
    Write a brief essay (about 3 pages, typewritten and double spaced) in which you describe what you have been doing since you were last a full-time student, or explain why you wish to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program at this time.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    Recommendations should be completed only by those individuals capable of evaluating your present academic and professional abilities (such as a former professor or employer) and potential for undergraduate study.  Applicants using the Online Application Manager will have the opportunity to send an online recommendation to potential recommenders via email.  Please note: All recommendations supplied to SCS will be considered confidential. Students wishing to view copies of their recommendations should contact their recommenders directly.
  5. Official transcript(s), exams, and certifications 
    Official transcripts from all high school, undergraduate, and graduate institutions previously attended should be mailed or transmitted electronically by the granting institution to the School of Continuing Studies Admissions Office.  (If the student obtains a transcript, it must be kept in its sealed envelope to remain official and acceptable.)  All U.S. colleges and universities attended must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/).  Students who have completed the GED should have that official certification sent directly to the Admissions Office.  Score reports for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP exams should be sent directly to the Admissions Office; exam scores reported on college transcripts cannot be accepted.  Military service members and veterans should have the AARTS or SMART transcript sent directly to the Admissions Office. 
  6. English Proficiency
    BALS coursework at Georgetown University is reading-and-writing intensive and requires proficiency in written and spoken English.  All applicants (regardless of citizenship) whose first language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL with a minimum score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based test), 225-250 (computer-based test), or 90-100 (iBT) to be considered for admission.  English can only be considered the native language if it is the only official language of the applicant's home country and the primary language spoken in the applicant's home.  Applicants should plan well in advance to complete the tests and allow time for the Office of Admissions (institution code 5986) to receive the results. The BALS program does not permit IELTS in its reviews. 
  7. For International applicants only
    International applicants must submit official WES (wes.org) or ECE (ece.org) evaluations of all degree earned transcripts from outside the United States as well as official transcripts and English translations from all other schools attended. International applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit TOEFL scores; the BALS program does not permit the IELTS in its reviews.International applicants should plan well in advance to secure all required documents for the Office of Admissions (institution code 5986). International students are also required to demonstrate visa status or obtain a visa. Please see the section "For International Students" for detailed information.

Online Application

To apply online, please go to the SCS Online Application Manager, create an account, and choose the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies application. The Online Application Manager allows prospective students to submit their entire application packet online, with the exception of transcripts, which must be submitted in hard copy to the SCS Admissions Office at the address below.

Contact Information and Mailing Address

School of Continuing Studies Office of Admissions
640 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 687-8700 (phone)
(202) 687-8954 (fax)
E-mail: scsadmissions@georgetown.edu

Application Deadlines:

Fall Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority 1 – March 1
  • Priority 2 – May 1
  • Rolling – August 1

Spring Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority – October 15
  • Rolling – December 1

Summer Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority 1 – February 15
  • Rolling - May 1

 

Fall Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority 1 - March 1: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by March 1 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than April 30. Those who wish to receive an admissions decision by April 30 are encouraged to submit their application materials by the Priority 1 deadline.  It is recommended that international prospective students submit their application during the Priority 1 application review cycle.
  • Priority 2 - May 1: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by May 1 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than June 30. Students who missed the Priority 1 deadline are encouraged to submit their application materials by the Priority 2 deadline. It is strongly recommended that international prospective students seeking admission submit their application materials no later than the Priority 2 deadline to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed.
  • Rollingby August 1: Prospective students may submit their application materials no later than August 1. Once all materials are submitted and received, the application will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent to the student, on average within 4 – 6 weeks. Due to heavy volume during this time, we cannot guarantee a date by which a decision will be reached.

Spring Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority - October 15: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by October 15 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than December 1. It is strongly recommended that international prospective students seeking admission submit their application materials no later than the Priority deadline to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed
  • Rolling - December 1: Prospective students who submit their application materials during the month of November should receive an admissions decision notification in time for the start of the spring semester; however, we cannot guarantee adequate time for the processing of financial aid nor guarantee space in first-choice courses due to high demand.  Therefore, it is recommended that every attempt is made to submit application materials well in advance of the deadline.

Summer Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority February 15: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by February 15 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than April 1. It is strongly recommended that international prospective students seeking admission submit their application materials no later than the Priority deadline to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed.
  • Rolling - May 1: Prospective students who submit their application materials during the month of April should receive an admissions decision notification in time for the start of the summer semester; however, we cannot guarantee adequate time for the processing of financial aid nor guarantee space in first-choice courses due to high demand. Therefore, it is recommended that every attempt is made to submit application materials well in advance of the deadline. 

Additional Application Information

  • Prospective students who submit an application and are denied admission into a program must wait one full year before reapplying. For example, a student who submits an application for the fall term and is denied admission cannot reapply for admission for the subsequent spring term; rather, the student must wait until the following fall application cycle begins.

Students who reapply for admission into a program must submit a new application, which also includes resubmitting all supplemental materials (i.e. personal statement, recommendations, resume, transcripts, etc.). All students who reapply should include an answer to the following question in their revised personal statement: What have you done personally, professionally, and/or academically over the last year since initially applying for admission into your chosen program?

More information about reapplying can be obtained by contacting an admissions advisor here.

  • Students who intend to request financial aid are highly encouraged to submit all required application materials before completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students are discouraged from completing the FAFSA before submitting all required application materials. More information about financial aid can be found here.

Application Resources

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Application Deadlines

Fall Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority 1 – March 1
  • Priority 2 – May 1
  • Rolling – August 1*

Spring Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority – October 15
  • Rolling – December 1

Summer Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority - February 15
  • Rolling - May 1

*Get more details here.

Please mail official transcripts to:

School of Continuing Studies Admissions Office

Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Admissions Contacts

Main Admissions Email
scsadmissions@georgetown.edu
Main Admissions Phone
202.687.6299
Phone Hours
M-F 8:00am-6:00pm EST
Walk-In/Office Hours
M-F 9:00am-5:30pm
To schedule a visit please contact your Admissions Advisor.

Center for Continuing and Professional Education Contacts

CCPE Email
ccpe@georgetown.edu
CCPE Phone
202.687.8700

Summer Programs for High School Students Contacts

Summer High School Email
highschool@georgetown.edu
Summer High School Phone
202.687.7087

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