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  • Application, Enrollment, and Registration Information

    Who can take classes at Georgetown?

    • Newly admitted or current undergraduate and graduate students in good standing at Georgetown.
    • Undergraduate and graduate students in good standing at other colleges and universities, with submission of application and official transcript(s).
    • Students from consortium schools in Washington, D.C. (these students may apply as visiting students or register as consortium students with the approval of their consortium coordinator).
    • High school students admitted to college credit courses through our Summer Programs for High School Students.
    • International students who can provide evidence of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 225 (computer-based test), 90 (iBT), or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. 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. Please note: These standards cannot be waived by the Admissions Office. We encourage students to plan well in advance to complete the tests and allow time for the Admissions Office (institution code 5986) to receive the results. Official WES (wes.org) or ECE (ece.org) evaluations of all transcripts from outside the United States are required. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants for those whose native language is not English (regardless of citizenship). International applicants must also complete the International Student Questionnaire. For additional information, please see the For International Students page.

    Please note: Georgetown Summer Sessions Online courses have some additional restrictions. Please consult the SCS Online Students page for more information on applicant eligibility.

    Please note: Any student who has been suspended or dismissed from, and not formally readmitted to, any school within Georgetown may not register without the written permission of his/her former dean.

    How many sessions are offered at Georgetown during the summer?

    We offer several sessions to choose from:

    • The Pre-Session offers intensive courses that run for four weeks from late May through early June.
    • Undergrad Session 1 and Session 2 are five-week courses offered in June and July, respectively.
    • Grad Session 1 and Session 2 are six-week sessions open exclusively to select graduate departments.
    • The Cross-Session is an eight-week online session beginning in June and ending late July. All summer online courses meet during this session.

    What are the requirements for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in Summer Sessions?

    Georgetown Students

    • If you are a Georgetown student in good standing, you should consult with your academic advisor to ensure your proposed courses align with your degree program.
    • You may register for your summer courses through MyAccess.

    See the Academic Policies page for more information.

    Visiting Students
    If you are a visiting student, you must be in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students and minimum GPA of 3.0 for graduate students) and submit an application and official transcript(s) to be admitted to Summer Sessions.
    See the How to Apply page for more information.

    Are the requirements the same for high school students?

    High school students must follow the application procedure for the Summer Programs for High School Students.

    What are the application requirements for international students?

    Complete the online application. You will be required to provide an official evaluation of your most recent transcript from WES or ECE as well as an official TOEFL or IELTS score report. TOEFL or IELTS score reports may be sent directly from the testing agency or sent by you as long as it is an official copy of the score report. Please use the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies school code, 5986, when sending your official score reports. TOEFL or IELTS scores: We require a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 225 (computer-based), or 90 (iBT). IELTS requires a minimum score of 7.0. Please note: TOEFL scores expire after two years, and we require valid, unexpired score reports.

    If you have any questions regarding test scores, please contact SCS Admissions. Visit the For International Students page for additional information and deadlines.

    When does registration open and close?

    Registration opens for all students in early February. See the Registration Process page for more information on how to register and the Synopsis of Dates page for important deadlines. Eligible students can add/drop courses through the start of each session. The length of the add/drop period depends on the session.

    I am a visiting student. How will I know if I have been admitted?

    Once the Summer Sessions Office receives your completed application, we will review your admission eligibility and make a decision. You will be contacted by email with your admission decision.

    If you have not received any correspondence from us within four weeks of submitting your application materials, please contact SCS Admissions to inquire about your application status. Please note: Admission decisions will be sent out beginning in mid-January for the upcoming summer.

    Will taking a Georgetown Summer Sessions course increase my chances of being accepted as a degree candidate to Georgetown University?

    No. Georgetown Summer Sessions cannot guarantee admission into any degree programs or schools within the University.

    What if I need to withdraw from the program entirely?

    Please consult the Academic Calendar for the deadline to withdraw from each session. No withdrawal from a course will be allowed after these dates. See the Academic Policies page for more information.

  • Courses, Programs, and Grades

    Can I audit Georgetown Summer Sessions classes?

    If you are currently a student in Georgetown College, you are not permitted to audit courses during Summer Sessions.

    If you are currently a student at another school within Georgetown University, you may audit courses with the permission of your advising dean (except for language courses at the expository writing level and below).

    Visiting students who plan to have summer courses transferred to another school are advised not to audit courses unless approval is granted from that school. Students should consult with their home school regarding transfer policies and procedures.

    If you would like to change from “credit” to “audit” on any course, you must do so with an Add/Drop Form (available in the Office of the University Registrar) and you must abide by the deadlines listed in the Add/Drop Information section. No tuition refunds are granted for status change.

    Auditors pay the standard per-credit-hour tuition rate. Please see Tuition and Fees for current tuition rates. If an auditor exceeds the number of absences permitted by the professor, a grade of "W" will be recorded on the record and no refund is given.

    Please note: Once a student registers as an audit, a letter grade will not be recorded.

    What is the maximum number of courses/credits I can take?

    • Undergraduate Students: You can take a maximum of one course during the Pre-Session and no more than seven credits each during Undergrad Session 1 and Undergrad Session 2. However, if you take one course in the Pre-Session, you can only take one course in Undergrad Session 1, as the two sessions overlap.
    • Graduate Students: You can take a maximum of one course during the Pre-Session and no more than seven credits each during Grad Session 1 and Grad Session 2. However, if you take one course in the Pre-Session, you can only take one course in Grad Session 1, as the two sessions overlap.

    If you would like to take more than the full load and you are a visiting student, you must get permission from the Summer Sessions associate dean or assistant dean. To request permission, please email summer@georgetown.edu.

    If you would like to take more than the full load and you are a current Georgetown student, you must have your summer course load approved by your program’s Dean's Office.

    Can I take a science course without taking the lab? Can I take only the lab section of a course?

    Yes. It is possible to take only a lecture or only a lab in our chemistry and physics courses, but you must obtain permission from the instructor before registering.

    I need to take summer courses but cannot be in Washington, D.C., this summer. Can I take summer courses online?

    Georgetown Summer Sessions offers a selection of online courses during the Cross-Session. Some of the courses include a few hours of synchronous time where groups of students will have a chance to discuss ideas in real time with the course instructor; however, most of the courses are asynchronous, so you can watch lectures and complete readings on your own schedule. Activities may include watching videos, participating in blogs and/or discussion boards, using tools such as Google Docs and YouTube, and taking surveys and quizzes within Canvas. All online courses are equivalent in content and rigor to their on-campus counterparts.

    The summer course I want to take is full! Can I put my name on a waitlist?

    Georgetown does not offer an electronic waitlist for Summer Sessions courses. However, please contact us if you are interested in a full course. Occasionally, instructors are willing to accept an additional student depending on the situation. We are happy to reach out to instructors on your behalf. Also, if there is enough interest, we may be able to offer an additional section of the course.

    How do I request a transcript?

    You can request a transcript one of three ways:

    • Online: Via MyAccess, with your NetID and Password
    • Mail, email, or fax: Complete a Signed Transcript Request Form and submit it to one of the following:
      • Mail: Georgetown University
        Office of the University Registrar
        G-O1 White Gravenor Building
        37th and O Streets, NW
        Washington, DC 20057
      • Email: univregistrar@georgetown.edu
      • Fax: (202) 687-3608
    • In person: At the Office of the University Registrar (located in the basement of the White Gravenor Building on Main Campus)

    For more information please see the Transcripts page. If you have paid your Summer Sessions bill in full, then you have completed payment of the one-time transcript fee.

    Will my credits transfer?

    If you are currently enrolled at another institution, we suggest that you obtain approval from your home institution for the course you plan to take before starting the course. We cannot guarantee that any institution will accept Georgetown University credits. Please consult with your home institution regarding transfer policies and procedures.

    I have already submitted my application but now want to take different classes. What do I do?

    You are not obligated to register for the classes that you have listed on your application, and we do not automatically register students for the classes they list on their application. You can use MyAccess to add or drop courses within the designated add/drop period in each session once you have been admitted. If you are not able to drop online, you can fill out an Add/Drop Form, available through the University Registrar. See the Academic Policies page for more information.

    Do summer courses have prerequisites?

    Some courses have prerequisites. These will be listed in the course descriptions or in the course comments via the online schedule of classes.

    When are final exams held?

    Final exams are usually given on the final day of class, unless your professor tells you otherwise.

    How do I purchase my books for summer courses?

    Once you have received your syllabus on the first day of class, you can purchase your textbooks at the University Bookstore on Georgetown's Main Campus or buy your books online through the bookstore's website or a third-party retailer site.

    What happens if the course(s) I want to take are cancelled?

    Although we do our best to run every course that is listed, we do occasionally have to cancel classes due to low enrollment, instructor schedule changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. We will notify you via your Georgetown email before the class begins if your class has been cancelled. You may enroll in another open course at that time.

  • Financial Information

    Are scholarships available for students?

    Yes.

    For visiting students, Georgetown Summer Sessions offers partial scholarships based on course enrollment. Current Georgetown students must apply for summer financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Services.

    See Tuition and Fees for more information.

    How do I pay my bill?

    The Office of Billing and Payment Services accepts payments by cash, check, electronic check, wire, or credit card. Payments may be made in person, by mail, or, if you are using a credit card, by fax.
    If you want to pay by credit card, you must include the credit card number, expiration date of the card, amount to be charged, type of credit card, name of cardholder, and the signature of the cardholder and date.

    See Tuition and Fees for more information.

  • Services and Student Life

    As a Summer Sessions student, will I get a Georgetown University email address and University ID card?

    When you are admitted to Georgetown Summer Sessions, you will receive an email from the School of Continuing Studies with instructions for obtaining your NetID and temporary password. Your Georgetown email is your NetID@georgetown.edu. You should check your Georgetown email regularly throughout the summer, as this is the only email that will be used by the University and Summer Sessions Office to correspond with you. To access your Georgetown email, visit apps.georgetown.edu.

    If you are a visiting student, you must also obtain a Georgetown University ID (GOCard). Information about the GOCard will be emailed to all admitted visiting students.

    Is on-campus housing available for Summer Sessions students?

    All students attending Georgetown Summer Sessions are eligible for on-campus housing in June, July, and August while summer classes are in session. If you are interested in on-campus housing, you must apply through the Summer Housing Office.

    See Accepted Students for information regarding housing at Georgetown over the summer months.

    Are meal plans available for Summer Sessions students?

    All students attending Georgetown Summer Sessions have the option to purchase a meal plan. There are a variety of options available. Please visit Dining Services for more information on summer meal plans.

    See Accepted Students for more information.

    Is on-campus parking available for Summer Sessions students?

    Parking in the Georgetown community is extremely limited and we highly recommend that you take advantage of the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle, which provides service from nearby Metro stations and other locations to Main Campus.

    If you choose to drive, hourly parking is available in the Southwest Quad parking garage for a fee, but space is extremely limited. Overnight and long-term parking is not available in the garage. Two-hour street parking is sometimes available, but difficult to find.

    Are there activities and events I can attend in my free time?

    Yes! Georgetown Summer Sessions offers an all-summer-long event schedule that will give you a chance to kayak the Potomac, Escape the Room, check out many of the local museums, and much more—all while having Washington, D.C., at your fingertips! You can sign up to find out about all of the various events sponsored by Georgetown Summer Sessions during orientation.

    What campus resources are available to Summer Session Students?

    An orientation is provided for all Summer Sessions students to learn more about our campus, campus resources, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow students outside the classroom. All admitted students will receive information regarding orientation via email.

    As a Summer Sessions student, you have access to all of Georgetown’s services and resources, including the Academic Resource Center, Student Health Center, Writing Center, and Counseling and Psychiatric Services. As a Summer Sessions student, you also have full access to our recreation facility, Yates Field House.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact the Summer Sessions Office.

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