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

Campus Housing: One thing that I feel is important for underclassmen to know is that while it's possible to get on-campus housing your Senior year, it's also a little risky because it's not guaranteed. It's best to start looking around at the end of your sophomore year and sign a lease by October or even September of your Junior year to get a good off-campus house for Senior year that's reasonably priced.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Human Science major. I really enjoy the courses and the professors are great. Since the major is small there is not a lot of options for class times (meaning you take what they give you). The work load is A LOT because most people are pre-med

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am an incredibly dedicated sports fan. There is definitely a solid group of people that attend soccer games, basketball games, and football games. Ultimately the school puts most of it's money into basketball which is not a surprise because they are generally a good time and fun to attend. The school is going to start missing out on a lot of great athletes because they have no baseball or softball or field hockey fields. Also they are getting rid of the tennis courts. Bad move

4 College Junior

Nightlife: No matter your age, you will find something to do! For the over 21 crowd there are plenty of off-campus events and places within walking distance. Or just chill at the on-campus bar. For the younger crowd student activities is always putting on events many which are free and at night.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Plenty of options on campus, an A- for slightly higher prices thorugh private companies.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing gets better as you become an upperclassman. Expect your typical dorm-style living as a freshman (hall style, shared bathrooms) but you'll look forward to living in apartments are you move up the ranks!

4 College Junior

Weather: Washington DC is in the mid-atlantic region so you get to experience all four seasons quite equally. Expect hot summers, warm and cool autumns and a sunny spring with lots of cherry blossoms! As for winter, make sure to bundle up!

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very well dressed campus. Students try to look good, and they do. Everyone on campus is pretty attractive and naturally good looking, not "hot" because they put on a ton of make up

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is excellent for students who are 21 or older. However there are many options for students who are under 21, especially house parties and dorm parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It depends on who you hang out with, the groups of people and so on but Georgetown has a strict rule on drugs.

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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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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