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As a small, Christian, liberal arts college, Georgetown College has the relationships, the holistic...

Georgetown College

Georgetown, Kentucky

Georgetown College is committed to inspiring excellence in its students, supporting its community with caring Christian values. Despite its small size, Georgetown offers a strong, rigorous array of liberal arts and pre-professional programs that would be otherwise expected from a large university. Leadership and community are at the core of Christian values, so every student is encouraged to take charge and participate in the College’s many extracurricular activities. At Georgetown College, professors gift their students with an outstanding education that develops them intellectually, socially, and spiritually.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
978 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
48% male 52% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
84 full-time faculty
65 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
96% of first year students live on campus
91% of all students live on campus

School Location

Georgetown, Kentucky—within the Greater Lexington Metropolitan Area—is about 12 miles north of Lexington and four miles from the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park. Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, OH, are also easily accessible via Interstate Highways 64 and 75.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

72% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

57% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 7%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Georgetown College is part of the NAIA, Mid-South Conference. The mission of the intercollegiate athletics programs at Georgetown is to develop the physical, mental, social, and spiritual character of its student athletes. Not only do they have 200 All-Americans, they have 450 Academic All-Americans.

Women’s Teams
Acrobatics and Tumbling, Archery, Basketball, Bass Fishing, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball

Men’s Teams
Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Bass Fishing, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, and Track

Academic Programs

Accounting; Art; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Classics (minor); Communication & Media Studies; Computer Science (minor); Economics; Education (Major or Certification); English; Finance; Environmental Science; History; Kinesiology (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Health Science majors); Management; Marketing; Math; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Security Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Sports Administration; Theatre and Film, plus dual degree programs in Nursing and Engineering and many pre-professional options. Students can also work with their advisors to combine courses from these disciplines into an Area Major or minor meeting their own goals.

More Distinctions

  • Georgetown College has been recognized as a top national producer of the prestigious Fulbright grant with 37 recipients in the last 25 years.

  • Academic excellence begins with the faculty, 93% of whom hold the highest degree awarded in their fields.

  • Georgetown College’s Chemistry program has been officially approved by the American Chemical Society, making it one of only three private colleges in Kentucky to achieve the distinction.

  • Georgetown’s partnership with Regent’s Park College of Oxford University makes it possible for up to fifteen Georgetown College students per year to attend Oxford as visiting students. Other partnerships include the Kentucky Community & Technical Colleges System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy, Martin School of Business, and Medical Center.

  • Georgetown College’s Graduate Education program is ranked #72 among America’s best online master’s in education degree programs by U.S. News and World Report. No other private school in Kentucky is ranked higher.

  • Georgetown College is one of only two Kentucky institutions (public and private) listed among America’s 100 Best College Buys®, 18th Edition, 2017 (Institutional Research & Evaluation, Rome, GA).

  • Only private college in Kentucky listed among both America’s 100 Best College Buys® and America’s Best Christian Colleges®.

  • 2017 is the 20th consecutive year for Georgetown College to be among America’s Best Christian Colleges by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Rome GA.

  • Georgetown College ranks in the 96th percentile, 43rd in the nation, and 1st in Kentucky for future earning potential after graduation according to a recent study, according to The Economist.

Students at Georgetown College have many excellent opportunities to take part in mission trips, local service projects, and social justice organizations. From orientation service projects to alternate Spring Break mission trips and initiatives with the Student Abolitionist Movement, Georgetown students are involved in serving both their community and their world.

Study Abroad

Georgetown College offers academic programs in Asia, Australia, and Europe, as well as North, South, and Central America. Regardless of one’s major or academic concentration, these programs add an important cross-cultural dimension to the liberal arts education. Not limited to language study, these provide opportunities for students in many disciplines, from the natural sciences and pre-professional fields to all areas of the humanities.

Regent’s Park College—Oxford University

Georgetown’s unique agreement with Regent’s Park College of Oxford University allows Georgetown students, faculty, and associates to participate in an academic partnership with the Baptist College at Oxford. This enhances Georgetown’s reputation as a center for innovative Christian thought, producing numerous benefits for both institutions. GC students learn under the Oxford system’s rigorous tutorial method and, while there, work side-by-side with other students from all over the world.


The Chemistry Department at Georgetown College has received American Chemical Society-Approval, recognized for hosting a broad and rigorous chemistry education that gives students the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills needed to become effective scientific professionals. A recent study of GC alumni found that more than 70% of Chemistry graduates go on to graduate or professional school (often medical, dental, or veterinary), and a high percentage enter directly into chemically related jobs in industry or government. Many also eventually teach in high school or college.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater  
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

Georgetown offers more than 30 departmental majors as well as a number of dual degree and pre-professional programs. GC undergraduates consistently gain acceptance into top-tier graduate programs, including Oxford, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Wheaton, UK, Yale, Emory, and Duke.

Academic Programs

The Christian Scholars Program is GC’s largest program on campus. It encourages students to explore their faith and vocation in college with retreats, mission trips, and focused courses.

The Equine Scholars Program is a unique pre-professional program that prepares scholars to go into many varied fields in the equine industry.

The Oxford Honors Scholars Program allows 15 students per year to become Oxford University students for one or two terms during their junior or senior year for no additional cost.

The Science Honors Program allows students to be mentored by faculty, present and publish original research, and study at major research institutions.

Arts Programs

The Maskrafters Academy is for students who are interested in Theatre and Film Studies. It sets students up with guaranteed internships and opportunities for self-directed projects.

The Prototype Program calls all painters and drawers, scribblers, digital artists, photographers, carpenters, and potters! With private studio space, a student-curated art gallery, and state-of-the-art equipment, artists have all they need to create and flourish.

The Grrr… Band and Chorale offers scholarships for both vocal and instrumental musicians.

Freshman Seminar

The Freshman Seminar is a course designed by students to help make the transition from high school to college easier. During the course, students gain tools for college navigation, life management, class management, and the art of listening. Participants also study such topics as diversity, understanding the self, relationships, and teamwork.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Foundations program sequence; Kinesiology and  Health Studies, Christian Faith and Values

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 137 152 83 4 0 0 0 376

The college offers over 100 opportunities for involvement both on campus and in the community, including student government. intercollegiate athletic teams, and many more.

Georgetown and the Horse Capital of the World

The City of Georgetown’s focal point is its historic Main Street area, which is lined with charming older homes and commercial buildings, more than 100 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the “Antique Capital of Kentucky,” Scott County and other counties in the Bluegrass are often also called the “Horse Capital of the World,” containing the world’s highest concentration of thoroughbred horse farms.

Social Organizations

With over 90% of students living on campus, Georgetown College has active intramurals, Greek life, and student-led clubs and organizations that are focused on everything from video games to fishing, and from Model UN to activism against human trafficking.

With the addition of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. chapter in 2014, Georgetown offers five men’s and five women’s social organizations to undergraduate students on campus.

Alpine College Challenge Course

An Alpine Challenge Course built in 1998 benefits Georgetown College students as well as the surrounding community. Located on the East Campus Complex, the Alpine Challenge Course is a series of ropes, logs, and cables constructed to create a unique series of obstacles. The course is often used by Freshman Seminar classes, among others, to help build cooperation, trust, and individual leadership skills.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Georgetown College has a college-to-career commitment to keep a clear focus on intellectual development and thorough career readiness. The College provides programs that forge a link between degrees and professional opportunities as well as up to $500 for career-related expenses leading up to commencement.

The Graves Center for Calling & Career

The Graves Center for Calling & Career assists students in discerning their calling and discovering careers that enable them to lead happy, productive lives. To promote student success after college, the center creates a “vocational team” that encourages students, parents, teachers, and staff to work together toward the same goals. The center also provides a range of programs and opportunities that build and strengthen this team.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Georgetown’s Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—has been recognized as a Chapter of Merit. Since its founding in 2003, Georgetown College’s chapter has inducted more than 400 members including current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and administration.


Georgetown College boasts more than 12,000 alumni who have lived and worked all around the world. These include nearly 40 former or current postsecondary institution presidents (the founding president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology among them); the former vice-Chairman of Johnson and Johnson; the Director of Policy and Research for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; the Head of AIDS Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and the CEO of Kentucky’s Chamber of Commerce. These are only a few representatives of the thousands who serve in ministry, business, law, communications, human services, medicine, education, and many more fields of endeavor.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,145 Total Applicants
1,452 Total Admissions
282 Total Freshmen Enrollment

67.69% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: Aug 15 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Class rank
Application Essay

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 443 533
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 20 27
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $34,280
Room and Board (on campus) $8,710
Room Only $4,190
Board Only $4,520
Estimated Total On Campus $42,990


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 final

$29,516 First year students
$29,023 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 final

86% on average, the percentage of need that was met
7% of financial need students that had need fully met

$14,998 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,018 Average need-based loan

Merit Scholarships

At Georgetown College, 100% of accepted students receive a merit scholarship. Scholarship opportunities can be found at