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College Junior

Facilities: I don't spend too much time on campus other than in class, so I can't speak to dining halls or student hangouts other than Epicurean, which has pretty good food and lots of space, but expensive. My program has a lounge that students hang out in.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus

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College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not a big partyer, so I can't really rate this

3 College Junior

Computers: Macs and PCs available. Most classrooms have a PC for presentations. Public computers are in a few random locations around campus.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: D.C. has a lot of 18 and up clubs and a ton of bars.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the freshmen party dorm on campus. It is dirty and often full of vomit and other unpleasant things, but it has a great social atmosphere for a first-year dorm.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Georgetown students are banned from parking.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many off campus eateries surround the campus and they are within walking distance. It's a once a week thing though as I can't afford the places any more than that!

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The paperwork is cumbersome, though no different from any other college! I have not yet had any problem with the Financial Aid office and they stood by their promise this year to continue the aid promised me.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I chose Georgetown University largely because of it's location and internship opportunities for a history major . We have some very well renowned profs on campus, many who have held high level corporate and government jobs. I have been very impressed with my instructors thus far and hear that they get better as you move forward! The workload is certainly manageable, though challenging but that's why we really go to college, right?

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4 College Junior

Academics: While Georgetown offers many majors and the instructors are very highly qualified in all areas, I guess I would say the most popular majors on campus are Foreign Service, Nursing, pre-med and pre-law (at least those are what my friends seem to major in). A new School of Public Policy was just opened in October of this year.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are many off campus parties but you must be invited or know someone to attend. As you meet people, that gets easier but at first, it's difficult to get in. I guess when I talk with friends at other schools, most colleges are pretty strict about underage drinking now and maybe Georgetown is in line with most. Underage drinking is certainly prevalent on most campuses and it seems silly that the legal drinking age is 21. Georgetown is taking steps to improve the social atmosphere for all students with a new student center and even a club for over 21s.

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Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
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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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