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Reviews 958 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most girls at Georgetown are almost too good looking. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that was something they take into consideration during the application. It's not hard to find a pretty girl anywhere you go. Some are more approachable than others, some aren't very at all. If you are looking for love or even a random hookup, play your cards right and you won't be disappointed. The guys are mostly preps or hipsters. I'm a straight male so I can't really contribute much on that topic.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Bars are always an options, house parties get shut down quickly

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a ton of hard drugs, lots of study drugs though

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Both my Nutrition and Herb professors are great. They interact with the students and try to work around our schedule when we have important events coming up like taking the MCAT. They make class bearable for the two hours we have to sit in there. They are approachable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I take the Georgetown shuttle from Rosslyn Metro station to Georgetown University every M-F. Generally there is always one there except towards the late afternoon when rush hour picks up. At that time I wait perhaps 10 minutes before one comes. The fact that it is free is great. The bus drivers usual wait for you if they see you rush towards them.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive and complicated to secure with landlords because we are in an urban area.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing isn't fabulous, and it's expensive. Most dorms are far from the comforts of home and looking a bit worn.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is practically no marijuana on campus, I've seen some cocaine at parties but it's limited. Drugs are not a big part of campus life.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Georgetown has only one main dining hall, with additional restaurant and fast food options across campus (Epicurean, Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Cosi, Einstein Bros.)
Food at the main dining hall is varied with multiple stations (Italian, wok, burgers, salad bar) but is often bland or overly spiced, and when the place is at its full capacity the staff cannot handle the crowd.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: If you're interested in International Affairs, the School of Foreign Service is incredible.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Over 21: lots of great bars and clubs all over the city.
Under 21: Unless you have a fake, you'll only be drinking at house parties. However, many of the clubs in the city have under-21 nights on Fridays.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Georgetown doesn't have it's own metro stop, but that's not a problem. You can take the free campus shuttle to the metro or catch a bus for $1.70 just outside the front gates.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are both Macs and PCs in each computer lab and they are all fairly new models and have new software, but there could be more labs on campus and be more accessible to students because of how quickly they can fill up.

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1 College Student

Scholarships: Georgetown is not good with financial aid, plain and simple. There are some kids who get small amounts of money, but unless your family is in dire need you won't receive anything. For a big name they must not have a big endowment. Financial aid is not a huge priority for the school.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding affordable, quality housing in D.C. is a well-known quagmire. It can be difficult to find housing that is reasonably close to campus as well as in a good neighborhood.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The application process was relatively simple and easy. However, I get the distinct impression that making college affordable is not a high priority for the university.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: You can't beat Washington, D.C. as a place to live and work. It has all the amenities of a major metropolis without feeling too overwhelming. The career opportunities are unparalleled if you're interested in government or public policy. The main downside is the high cost of living.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much of a variety off-campus and most of them are costly. A few stay open late on the weekends, but other than that you'll have to fend for yourself.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are known to be on campus. However, it's not visible because of low tolerance policy enforced by the DPS. Drinking is more noticeable.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers are sometimes old, but they are all being updated.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a female of a disadvantaged and traditionally under represented ethnicity, I find it difficult to feel at home on a social level, especially when looking for leadership positions on campus.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Being a ling major is great. We have Friday programming, a decent department space for work, and a lot of support. There's kind of a cult built up around being a linguist. My personal favorite thing about being a linguistics major at Georgetown is how the surrounding area adds to being a linguistic major: language acquisition and phonology concentrations can access the immigration community in DC, and sociolinguistics concentrations have access to the political stage as well as the diverse pockets of variations in the city.

4 College Junior

Majors: I added Linguistics to Spanish in the first semester of my sophomore year, and it was ridiculously easy. I just had my dean and academic adviser sign a paper, and that was it.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The big draw at Georgetown is definitely the opportunity to intern at Capitol Hill. I haven't done it, but I know a lot of people with and without specific government interest who have really taken advantage of this opportunity, whether it's just working for their congressperson or taking a high-profile high-security internship.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The Linguistics program at Georgetown is awesome. It's small, but it's been growing and it has a really excellent grad program. T.he undergrad program does suffer a little but because of that, but we also benefit because we can take grad classes and have pretty high-caliber professors teaching alongside grad students

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Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
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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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