The Georgetown University's Application Supplement: A Unique Opportunity

Application Strategy

The Georgetown University's Application Supplement: A Unique Opportunity

For first year applicants to Georgetown University, the Application Supplement is listed as Step Four in a series of documents in an important process to gain admission. Yet, the Georgetown University Undergraduate Application Supplement is a tremendous opportunity for you to share more about yourself, allowing the Admissions Committee to really picture you as part of the Georgetown community. Thus, it is important not to leave it until the end and to start planning how to put your best foot forward right away. 

As a student at Georgetown, and someone that has experienced the process first-hand, here are a few guiding principles I recommend you follow as you prepare the application supplement: 

I. Extracurriculars: Focus on Quality, not Quantity

Georgetown is looking for well-rounded students that have a broad array of strengths, hobbies, and interests. But, they are also looking to see that you followed one or two passions deeply over a longer period of time, perhaps even holding a leadership role in that area. Rather than checking off every activity you’ve been a part of, help them get to know the “real” you. Only select the interests that you’ve expressed a great level of commitment in. This will help the admissions committee not only see your breadth, but your specific strengths, and where you can best contribute to the Georgetown experience.  

II. The Essay: Get Introspective 

Don't be afraid to get introspective. Georgetown, like many top Admissions Committees, is also looking to see if their future students can observe and learn from their own experiences. 

For the essay prompt: “Discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved," ask yourself: 

  • Why did you pursue this activity deeply and why was it significant to you? 
  • What did you learn about yourself? 
  • What led you to that activity? 
Don’t be afraid to use your authentic voice here. By asking yourself these questions, you will ensure that the details of your growth through these experiences are rooted in your essay. 

III. Show Purpose: Have a Reason for Selecting a Specific Major

This is perhaps one of the more important tips I can give. Many students ask themselves if it is an advantage or disadvantage to enter as “undeclared” versus a specific major. To be honest, there is absolutely no advantage in choosing one over the other. However, if you do select a major, it is important that the Admissions Committee sees a logical story about why you might major in that subject. While your major might change during your time at Georgetown, if you think you know your major now, you should speak to your reasoning and purpose. 

For example, if you have never taken a Computer Science class in high school and the admissions committee doesn’t see any extracurricular activities or work experience directly related to Computer Science, they might not understand your interest in the Computer Science major. In fact, they will feel they are missing a piece of the puzzle presented by your application. They may not understand you holistically as a candidate. 

On the other hand, if you have a sustained interest in life sciences and have done extensive volunteerism in medical or nursing fields, then a declared major within the Nursing & Health Studies School will feel compelling to the Admissions Committee. Remember that your application should speak to your experiences and connect them in a narrative for the admissions committee. Do not leave them guessing with any gaps. 

Application supplements might seem scary, but, remember to be yourself. Above all, use this space to showcase your talents, share why you have pursued certain activities, and explain what you have learned about yourself through risks, failures, successes, and leadership. Good luck!