Georgetown Walsh School Of Foreign Service Essay Contest

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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Last night, Georgetown honored Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (SFS’66 & Law’69) with the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award. Named for the 46th President of Georgetown University, the award is conferred upon alumni who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to humanitarian causes in their profession. Senator Durbin, who Georgetown President John J. DeGioiaia described as a model for “civility and bipartisanship,” serves as the Senate Minority Whip and is the chief advocate of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as minors.

Durbin engaged in a conversation with SFS Dean Joel Hellman on his time at Georgetown and his career in politics. Durbin discussed his initial motivation to introduce the DREAM Act in 2001 after his interaction with an 18-year old constituent who was brought to the United States as a small child. “That's not fair...she's done everything right and struggled doing it, now she just wants a chance to do better," Durbin said, adding that he hopes President Donald Trump will join them in passing the bill. At the end of the conversation, Durbin called on Georgetown students to go out to the world and make a difference. “Don't be discouraged. We need you more than ever. The values that you're picking up here at Georgetown can make a difference in this nation and in this world," Durbin said. ... See MoreSee Less


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Senator Richard Durbin (F’66, L’69) Awarded Timothy S. Healy, S.J., Award

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