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

Local Atmosphere: Georgetown is a great place to live- there are tons of fun restaurants and shops. And of course, DC is your backyard! Lots of opportunities for internships and research, no matter what your interests.

5 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is barely inhabitable. Both dorms I have lived in have had black mold, rats, and cockroach infestations. The university will ignore your requests for fixing this, and instead of cleaning mold, will paint over it. It's a huge health hazard and embarrassing to the name of the university.

10 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Within Georgetown, there are quick, inexpensive spots to grab a sandwich, but in the same neighborhood there are historic landmark restaurants as well. With plenty of variety, students are exposed to all types of food. Most sandwich shops and lunch eateries on the Hilltop accept student GOCards. I'd say the only reason I withhold the A+ is that cost is fairly expensive for students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing can be lousy or awesome, and it can sincerely make or break your year. My freshman dorm was spacious and had its own bathroom (1/4 of the freshman dorm buildings have rooms with a bathroom) which was nice. However, I was unlucky because I got put on the smallest floor on campus (12 people) and it wasn't a very social atmosphere. Some of the housing is far off from everything but I have heard that you become very close to the people you live around.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Undergraduate students are not allowed cars, so as a student there is no parking grade for me to give. Otherwise parking on campus to move it is hardly an issue, and finding a spot around town isn't terribly hard, but it can be expensive.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: There are a ton of club sports on campus. I joined Running Club, which is a big group of people. Everyone grew pretty close. Basketball games are a big social event. They're a ton of fun too! School spirit isn't too strong when March Madness isn't going on.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It might just be me, but I think girls at Georgetown are generally more attractive than guys. There's definitely a hook-up culture at Georgetown, but there's also a small, strong group of religious kids. Also, kids are preppy dressers.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is generally pretty nice. It doesn't snow too much in the winter. It does rain a bit, so I'd suggest bringing a rain coat to campus.

4 College Senior

Facilities: This is the second school I attended and it has fantastic state of the art facilities in every aspect of student life.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Most professors are highly engaging and have a great syllabus. As a student in the School of Foreign Service, it's no surprise why most students try to transfer out of the college and into my school. Deans are extremely helpful and personal in their attention, the majors are few but give you a lot of flexibility in their elective courses. And almost everyone here wants to make some sort of impact on the world... It's a great motivating environment to be in.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Weather: Great weather. Not much rain, but and just enough snow for those of us who come from more temperate places.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing for upperclassmen is one of the Georgetown traditions practically. The quaint and narrow houses in the Georgetown neighborhood really are just picaresque. They are often expensive, but when students get housing there they split the cost with several others making the costs affordable.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a wide variety of people from different backgrounds at Georgetown University. Georgetown prides itself on the Jesuit ideal of Diversity in Action. In other words, by creating an environment of diversity, students benefit by the dialogue that takes place. Catholics learn from Protestants, Protestants from Catholics. International students tell their stories to American kids, and American kids tell them their own stories. People become closer and grow and the university as a whole has one of the strongest community feeling I have experienced. From all different backgrounds, people shout Hoya Saxa, they dance in Dahlgren Fountain, and they stare up at Healy Hall in awe everytime they walk by.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: The professors genuinely care about their students. We are challenged to become critical and independent thinkers.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of people use them, the policy seem strict but people get away with it. Not a problem if you want to keep your nose clean though.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton, lots of ethnic food too. But GU isn't connected to the metro so you'll have to take a bus to get into real DC and extend your horizons a bit.

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3 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty but during finals and midterms it's difficult to find a spot.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Georgetown is pretty sweet. Most things about it are good and just assume they will be. Aside from what I'm going to mention, everything is pretty much hunky dory. However, there are some issues. Primarily, in my experience, the university is fairly unresponsive to its students' needs, although that may be the case at most universities. Also most people here are wealthy, which is a little odd if you're not. With that, stuff just seems to cost more in Georgetown as well. Other than that it's been a good experience. I've had some superb teachers and some not so great ones, I've made a lot of great friends, and I've drunk my fair share of s****y beer. I'd go again.

4 College Junior

Academics: I chose Georgetown for the School of Foreign Service (best school). The curriculum is the most rigorous at Georgetown, and it has the most variety. Professors are all very familiar with their subject because most of them worked. In a school dedicated to international affairs, it's nice to have a professor who's up to date with the world politics and could possibly help you score an internship. Georgetown is a Jesuit university, and there are 2 theology requirements. Some classes are taught by Jesuits and that's by far the best and unique part of Georgetown academics.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There's only one dining hall on campus, affectionately called Leo's. It has variety, but I wouldn't call it 5 star. Freshman year try to get the smallest meal plan, you definitely won't eat it everyday. There are food options in the student center (Leavey) and there a tons of restaurants surrounding georgetown.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the School of Foreign Service (best school). Although there are only 7 majors in the SFS, there are tons of certificates and concentrations. We have a, at times tedious, foreign language proficiency requirement. But if you like languages, then it's great! The Gen. Eds are the most annoying thing about SFS. Each school has different Gen. Eds. In the SFS there is a 2 year req. of econ classes. However, internships are plentiful and you meet tons of ambassadors, government officials, etc.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Weather: It rarely snows. There's a lot of rain in spring. But it's warm in October and even Nov. It does get cold in the winter.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Nightlife: DC is a fun place. There are clubs, hookah and bars.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is in a very nice, safe area of the city. Metro police and campus security keep a close eye on students to make sure we are safe. Our student emergency health service, Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service, makes sure students who need emergency care get it. The drinking can get a little out of hand but people around you will make sure whatever damage happens is minimized. As long as you are careful you will be safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is tricky at Georgetown. You really need to have a plan on where you are going before you head out. It helps to be over 21 of course. The bar scene is very good. If you are underage, there are 18+ clubs in DC and there are also parties near campus in townhouses. My advice is to make friends and just ask around.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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