Advising and Registration

NSO wants you to be a successful student once you arrive at Georgetown. You will receive information from your Dean’s Office about registering for classes by the end of June. For more information on the colleges and academic resources, please check out the following information:

Academic Advising

The richness and multiplicity of Georgetown’s programs and course offerings may be a source of perplexity to students. The advising system is designed to help you make responsible choices about programs and courses and to ensure that you are aware of all the opportunities Georgetown offers in the undergraduate curriculum. Each school has its own Dean’s Office, and within each office there are advising deans who primarily handle new student issues. The names of these individuals are listed below.

Additionally, each student is assigned a peer (student) advisor and, depending on school, may be assigned a faculty advisor as well. Although advising deans, faculty, and peer advisers may help students with problems of a general nature, their primary responsibility is to provide you with academic advice about courses, fulfillment of requirements, and choice of degree program. Advising deans discuss and give formal approval to your academic programs during preregistration. Throughout the semester, you will engage in meaningful discussions about academic goals and interests with your academic advisors.

Dean’s Offices & Contacts:

Georgetown College (COL) (new window)

First Year Students and Sophomore Transfer Students COL Dean’s Office, 303 Intercultural Center, (202) 687-6045

Junior Transfer Students COL Dean’s Office, 108 White Gravenor, (202) 687-4043

McDonough School of Business (MSB) (new window)

Undergraduate Program Office, Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 120 (202) 687-3851 (new window)

School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) (new window)

Office of Student Academic Affairs, St. Mary’s Hall, 2nd Floor (202) 687-5180

  • Transfer Students: Please contact your assigned major advisor.
  • Human Science Majors: Jennifer Ericson, Assistant Dean
  • Global Health Majors​: Brian Floyd, Assistant Dean
  • Healthcare Management and Policy Majors: Sarah Shohet, Assistant Dean
  • Nursing Majors: Justin C. Smith, Assistant Dean
    • CPR, Clinical Clearances & Criminal Background for Nursing Majors should contact Melat Dereje, Program Coordinator

Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) (new window)

SFS Dean’s Office, 301 Intercultural Center, (202) 687-5696

SFS Deans will be assigned in June.


  • You will receive registration information from your Dean’s Office by mail and/or email in late June. This information includes links to the Schedule of Classes and instructions for course selection and language placement.
  • The staffs of the undergraduate schools will be available by phone and email to answer your questions concerning course selection.
  • Course requests must be submitted online through MyAccess (new window) by July 22.
  • Results will be available when you arrive on campus. You will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule or register, in consultation with your Dean’s Office, on Monday, August 28 for transfer students and Tuesday, August 29 for first-year students.
  • Any student who fails to register may register during Late Registration from Wednesday, August 30 to Friday, September 8. However, a late registration fee will be charged and course selection is very limited. Students who late register during this period will be expected to pay their tuition and fee bill at the time they late register. Please come prepared.
  • Add/drop runs from Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 8. Students may add/drop online in MyAccess or via paper add/drop form for courses that require instructor’s permission. Schedules must be finalized by the end of the add/drop period on Friday, September 8.

Special Information for International Students

Non-U.S. citizens who require a Georgetown-issued Form I-20 or Form-DS-2019 immigration document to study in legal F-1 or J-1 student status must fulfill additional responsibilities in order to comply with requirements mandated by the U.S. Government. Students requesting a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 must submit the online international student Immigration Questionnaire to the Office of Global Services (OGS). The link to access the questionnaire will be sent to students in their admission letter from the University. Students are encouraged to submit the questionnaire and all supporting documentation to OGS as quickly as possible in order to receive a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 form for study at Georgetown. All students studying in F-1 or J-1 status must also attend the International New Student Orientation (I-NSO) sessions which occur immediately before New Student Orientation. Students will receive more detailed information regarding I-NSO with their immigration documents. Students may also contact OGS directly at (202) 687-5867 or

Advanced Credit

Georgetown participates in the College Board Advanced Placement Program and awards course exemptions and college credit to entering students with qualifying scores. If you have taken one or more of the Advanced Placement Examinations you should have the examination results sent to Georgetown (college code #5244). Please contact the College Board at 1-888-CALL-4AP (toll-free) to have your scores released if you have not already done so.

Georgetown participates in the International Baccalaureate Program and awards credit to entering students with qualifying scores. Credit is awarded for scores of 6 or 7 on certain Higher Level exams. No credit is awarded for IB Standard Level exams. If a student has both AP scores and IB scores eligible for credit in the same subject, the student may apply credit from the AP exam or the IB exam but not both.

If you have completed college courses while in high school, which did not count toward your high school diploma, you should submit an official transcript to your dean’s office for evaluation. These courses must be college-level classes taught by college faculty, taken on a college campus, which are available to degree-seeking college students.

For the French Baccalauréat, the Italian Maturità, the Swiss Maturité, the German Abitur, and the British A-Levels, up to a year’s credit may be awarded for subjects in which students have taken a national or state examination. Final credit will be determined by the program in which students matriculate and upon departmental review. Other international high school programs and diplomas will be evaluated for transfer credit on a case-by- case basis.

AP and IB Policy

Georgetown’s Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate policies reflect the different graduation requirements of the four undergraduate schools by awarding credit based on the student’s school and major. Georgetown does not award exemption or credit for an AP score of 1, 2 or 3 or for Standard Level IB subjects or for scores less than 6 on Higher Level IB subjects.

If you have your AP scores sent to Georgetown, you will receive a personalized explanation of all of your reported AP scores and credits later this summer. You will also receive from your dean’s office a preregistration packet which will contain the complete AP and IB policies for each examination.

For transfer students, qualified AP scores will be considered during the credit evaluation process along with college courses. If a student takes a course for which Advanced Placement credit has been received, then the student loses the Advanced Placement credit previously awarded for that course.

Georgetown’s Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate policies are reviewed annually in consultation with the deans and the academic departments and are subject to change.

Transfer Students

Students who are transferring to Georgetown from other institutions must have their final college university transcript and course descriptions of all course work sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as the spring term is completed. A member of the Dean’s Office of the school to which the student is accepted will complete an evaluation of the course work. Credit toward Georgetown degrees may be given for work done at other accredited institutions subject to the following limitations:

  • Credit for required courses will be given if the course is similar to the one required at Georgetown.
  • Credit for electives will be given if the course is similar to courses offered at Georgetown. Credit for courses not offered at Georgetown will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grades earned must be at least one level above minimum passing level, e.g., “C.” Passing grades on a Pass/Fail system are acceptable if defined as “C” or better.
  • The maximum number of transferable credits is one-half of the total required for the degree.
  • Students who have completed two full years of college work and have reached the maximum amount of transferable credit and also have AP credit should be aware that they may lose some AP credit.
  • Students must spend a minimum of four full-time semesters in residence at Georgetown to earn a
    degree. Summer sessions and study abroad programs will not count toward fulfilling the residency

Work completed on overseas study does not count toward fulfilling the residency requirement with the following exceptions: semester-long study at GU-Qatar, the Villa le Balze, or the McGhee Center, Turkey, counts as one semester toward the four semester minimum residency requirement.