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Washington, DC
Undergrads
7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I swear part of the application process must have been attractiveness because everyone here is beautiful! I exaggerate a bit, but there is an emphasis on being athletic and fit. Not only that, but people are so nice. The dress is typically preppy/put together, but no one will care that you don't have designer-everything.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I just love Georgetown, the campus is beautiful. Although people complain sometimes, it really is a great place. Granted, some facilities are old, but the maintenance staff is good for the most part. There is a great front lawn to hang out on, Yates (the fitness center) has all you could want, there is a new student center to be completed Fall 2014 that will be phenomenal! There is always so much going on by all the different groups and programs.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am technically undeclared but highly considering history. My professor from last semester was phenomenal: challenging, yet so rewarding. She invites me to workshops the history department hosts. The workshops bring in accomplished historians from all over and it's simply incredible. I hope to work at a Smithsonian/museum, work on history films/shows, or be a historian. I realized here there is so much you can do with history. The skills it teaches makes it a very applicable major.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: We get a little of everything, but nothing has been terrible. It is beautiful in the fall and spring (especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival!)

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is an amazing city to go to school in. There is everything you could want, not to mention the US Capitol, White House, Supreme Court, etc. The Georgetown area itself is very nice. It's beautifully kept, has great (though expensive) stores and restaurants, and feels very safe. There has been some negative relations with the neighborhood because there is a social atmosphere that can get noisy, but it hasn't directly impacted me.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is delicious of course, but can be expensive if you are in the Georgetown area. DC is full of different places to eat so a short trip somewhere can provide a delicious experience for little money, but you have to factor in transportation.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many people from different places. I'm constantly meeting someone from a different country or different story that can open my perspective to the world. People are from different socioeconomic statuses, ethnic backgrounds, and have various political and religious beliefs. Many people are worried about going to a jesuit university, but the student body and university are very accepting of different religions and respect other's beliefs.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life here is very comfortable. I'm from North Carolina and this is the first time living on my own and it was very easy to assimilate here. Yates Recreational facility is top notch for anyone who wants to workout and get in shape. Lauinger Library is huge and has 5 levels all for students to study and check out books or just to research. It is also a great place to socialize and have a cup of coffee if you are into that. All in all, you will find various places to relax and you will also see many people laying in the grass relaxing.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process for me did not go well and right now I am kind of in a predicament where I quite possibly will not be attending this school next year. I received little to no financial aid and it is painful to have to go through, no matter who you are. APPLY for scholarships!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Right now I am undeclared, but honestly, I am on the track for an English major and I can already attest that the workload will be a significant size. Being in the Liberal Arts College, many of my classes require a lot of papers to write but usually they give you sufficient time to do them.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: At this school, we tend to have a very close bond and sense of togetherness with each other. It does not matter whether you know a person or not, they will always greet you with a smiling face and a warm heart. Also, being in the nations capital has its advantages. We are able to go to events such as the inauguration and even visit tourist attractions on a daily basis. Washington, DC is a lovely home to have.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are amazing! They care about you and your learning experience. Each professor becomes highly involved with the student in order to have a more personal experience. The classes are very difficult and they push each student to excel pass their limitations. Overall great school!

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at Georgetown are excellent. So many of the teachers here are leaders in their fields. So many of my textbooks are written by my professors or other teachers in my department. We read articles by other professors at GU. The majority of teachers here really are first class, especially for upper level classes. The workload can be intense, so you really need to manage your time well. There are lots of areas where students like studying, including the new business school building, new science center, and of course Lau, the library and ugliest building on campus.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not too big. Alcohol is definitely the substance of choice among students. However, there is a decent numbers of students who smoke pot, and I have also known of people doing cocaine.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman and Sophomores must live on campus. Juniors and most senior live off campus. Seniors are not guaranteed on campus housing. Houses in the Georgetown area are extremely expensive and you have to start looking early but it is worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I know several students that said the process was fairly simple for them. While the process is simple when you carefully follow the steps, I had to resubmit documents several times and in the end I didn't receive as much aid as I was hoping for.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Georgetown has a great atmosphere, set of students, visibility, and resources. Some areas are lacking though such as dorm facilities.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. The school is in a safe residential area and there are always public safety patrolmen on duty. There is also a van service safe rides that will pick you up if you're walking back to campus and you feel unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is sort of bipolar, hot and humid one day and cold and icy the next, but the school is somewhat paranoid about the weather so they'll often cancel class when the weather isn't even scary.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's only one real dining hall on campus that is way over priced in terms of individual meal prices, but Leo's does take suggestions and change depending on what the students want. There are also flex dollars that can be used at the restaurant, Epicurean, which has amazing asian food and fresh fruit. There are also good places to eat around campus, but they can be sort of expensive because of the area.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not noticed drug use on campus at all. It may exist behind closed doors, but I have not noticed any so far.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is pretty good around Georgetown. Unfortunately there is no metro stop for the campus, but the school provides free shuttles to the nearest metro stops and they're actually not far if you need to walk. The metro is really easy to use and cheap too. There is also the metrobus and the DC circulator that pick up really close to the campus that can take you anywhere you need to go as well as the capital bike share right next to the Healy Gates. All you really need is a smart trip card and remember to use the GUTS buses and it's easy to get out of the Georgetown bubble.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation around our campus is pretty convenient at Georgetown as long as you understand how the system works. A lot of students tend to stay within the Georgetown bubble, but the transportation system is much easier than you would think. Invest in a SmartTrip card at the beginning of the school year so that you can get around places. There are also GUTS buses that run from multiple places on campus (and they run daily!) These are free shuttles. Now there is also the G2 Metrobus that transports people right in front of the front gates. I usually stay away from ZipCars because they are still pricey and taxis because they are still super expensive.

3 College Junior

Parking: You will have to pay for a parking permit or a monthly/weekly parking plan in order to park a car on campus. You can also park for 2 hours in the surrounding area but difficult to find a space during the weekend due to high influx of brunch-ers and tourists. However, Georgetown offers shuttle services to subway stations and you can even walk to these stations pretty quickly. Zipcar and Car-2-go options available for 18+ and Circulator buses and subways provide more than enough transportation methods. If you get a Zipcar membership no need for a car actually (it pays for fuel, insurance, and on campus parking)

3 College Junior

Athletics: A lot of support from the University. Need better performance to have other students to feel like the financial support is really worth giving

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Ian Lundy
Hometown
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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Georgetown University, similar to the government down the street, is a school for the students, by the students, and of the students. No other school so uniquely caters to undergraduates who are driven to take control of their education and college experience. It is for this reason that the students it attracts have purpose and drive to get the most out of their experience. The education is incredibly focused on the undergraduate experience, and the professors, fresh off of their jobs at Capitol Hill, make a special effort to be available to any students who want to pursue an education outside of the classroom. Since Georgetown is arguably the most international school in the country, practically every other student you meet has lived abroad, studied abroad, or taken a fascination with a certain region abroad, which creates a level of international diversity that's hard to emulate elsewhere. The resources all around students (from the determined peers to extremely experienced professors to the city of D.C. itself) are ripe for the taking, and that is exactly what the students do. Everywhere you look, students are driven with ambition. Students have direct control in many organizations, including an entirely student-run business with a gross revenue of $4 million, the largest student credit union with assets exceeding $17 million, and orientation and peer ambassador programs that help students adjust to life on the hilltop.

However, this fast-paced life is not for everyone. It can be exhausting having to compete with the Georgetown students around you who have an internship, job, and/or high-ranking position in some club or another. The acceptance rates for all of the individual programs are often more competitive than the very low rate to get into the school itself. In addition, the school does not offer a Greek system or tailgate experience to ease the competitive edge. Most of the social life is, like the school, motivated by students who go out into the bars and nightlife of D.C. and create their experiences. At times, even the gothic architecture and scenic riverside location cannot ease the stress. Essentially, Georgetown offers incredible resources to those who want to take advantage of them, and many of the ambitious students come to the school to do exactly that. It can be the best place in the world if the fit is right, but make sure that it is; otherwise, be prepared to get swept up in a whirlwind of activity if that's the case. 

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