Georgetown University Pre-College Online Program

Explore your intellectual passions before college

At Georgetown, we believe that you're more than a mind. You're an individual with unique talents, dreams, and passions. Our long-held Jesuit tradition of cura personalis means "care for the whole person," and our goal in creating these new online courses is to provide a holistic experience for you. As an individual with unique talents, dreams and passions, you deserve the opportunity to develop and refine what makes you you. If you are intrigued by a certain subject and would like to explore it in-depth before college, here is your chance. Georgetown University now offers pre-college online courses for high school students ages 13 and older. Each features dynamic video lessons by renowned Georgetown faculty and live sessions with university mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format enables you to study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

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Program Dates

Various 2- and 4-week sessions throughout the year


For students completing grades 9—12, ages 13+



Current courses available

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Explore the Field of Law

Law: How to Think Like an Attorney

You may have been intrigued by a television show or movie involving lawyers and dramatic court cases. Here is your chance to see how the profession works from the inside. In this course, you will learn how to think like an attorney—how to pose the right questions, evaluate evidence, and make decisions based on fact rather than emotion. If you’re interested in pursuing law or want to sharpen your critical thinking skills, this course is a must.

Apply to our Law course
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Explore the Field of Medicine

Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries

Whether it’s a vaccine, a breakthrough drug, or a revolutionary treatment, they all came from one thing: medical research. This course will help you understand the process researchers use to set up clinical trials and evaluate evidence. You’ll even design your own study using professional methods. If you’re thinking about a future in medicine, STEM, or pharmaceuticals, this course is for you.

Apply to our Medical Research course

How You Will Benefit

  • Online courses are available throughout the year—pick a subject that fits your passion and your schedule
  • Suitable for high school students ages 13 and older, so you can start exploring your interests early on
  • Experience what it’s like to take a course designed by Georgetown University faculty while you’re still in high school
  • Flexible learning: lectures by professors are delivered through dynamic videos, so you can tune in whenever your schedule allows—the ultimate in flexibility
  • Work with university mentors in live, group sessions to get the most out of your studies
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University for your college application

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Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Project

All online courses culminate in a special final project that allows you to:

  • Demonstrate what you've learned in a presentation
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
  • Choose from a variety of topics covered in your course to show what you’ve learned 
  • Use any media you prefer—text, video, photography, PowerPoint


You’ll receive guidance from a university mentor through live group sessions. Mentors answer questions and offer support as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments 
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you excel in your studies 
  • Brainstorming to help you prepare for your final project


All online courses culminate in a final project that allows you to:

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from university mentors
  • Meet fellow students online from around the world through online interaction, discussion boards, and group meetings with mentors

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How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will require the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer

Note: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided application process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will you be graded? What are assignments like? How much time do you have to turn around a project? When do you find out if you're admitted? Find answers to your questions here.

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you: