Washington, DC
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Reviews 958 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, but the health center is not centrally located.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Program – All the instructors are amazing and the program itself is very good.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Love It – As a Neurobiology major, I'm very happy with our school's program. Even if I could do it all over again, I would definitely choose Neurobiology again. My career goal as a Neurobiology major is to be a scientific researcher.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Pretty Hard to Get Into School but Easy to Choose a Major – To get into Georgetown, I had to submit a separate application form that required three essays. Also, the process was very competitive. However, the process of getting into my Neurobiology major was relatively easy. Once I was accepted to school, I just enrolled in Biology classes and eventually declared my major during my second year. To declare, you had to write an essay detailing your plans over the next four years and turn it in to your adviser.

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College Junior

Scholarships: No Aid for Grad Students – Because of the per-unit cost of this Master's program, no scholarships are offered. It is still expensive, but not as much as undergrad.

That being said, the staffers in the financial aid office are VERY helpful with loan information.

College Junior

Majors: Fairly Easy – The application process was pretty straightforward and easy. I was able to complete it quickly.

College Junior

Majors: Internships Seem to Be Plentiful – I haven't applied for an internship yet, but unpaid positions seem to be plentiful. I haven't seen a lot of part-time work offered via online searches.

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College Junior

Majors: So Far, So Good – I just started this Master's program and so far, so good. The staffers seem well-versed in how the journalism industry is changing and thus are able to offer help and advice about how to be a viable new hire.

College Junior

Majors: Knowledgeable Staffers – I'm just starting the Master's in journalism program at Georgetown, and so far the faculty and staff seem really knowledgeable and energetic about helping students learn about the industry and get connected with working professionals.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Doesn't Get Much Better. DC has so much to offer. There is public transportation available to take you just about anywhere. Each part of the city is a different experience. From the museums, monuments, and other historical sites to the wide variety of dining options and the diversity of the people, DC has it all.

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Waitlists Are No Fun – I was initially put on the waitlist for my program. This was 4-5 months before school started. I was notified of my acceptance into the program only 1 month before classes. I do understand the nature of the waitlist is that you are only granted admission if a spot becomes available, so I do know that this was slightly unavoidable, but it did leave me rushing to get paperwork and things ready to go. Also, my class options were VERY limited because of the late registration.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: About Average in My Opinion – The financial aid website is pretty informative, but I still found some minor details lacking. Also, the lack of email address to contact financial aid was inconvenient. I am sure calling will help me get the rest of my questions answered, but I like having the option of emailing so that I have a written record of their responses.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: So Far Things Are Looking Good – I have not actually started attending classes yet, but my application process and dealings with people at the university so far have gone smoothly. I usually receive prompt responses and get my questions answered quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Overall Attractive People – Students at Georgetown are definitely appearance-conscious; the majority of the student population is well dressed (most people dress up nicely for class) and you find a lot of guys rocking the prep school look. Overall very attractive campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Perfect Balance – Because Georgetown doesn't have any official affiliation with Greek life, it doesn't dominate campus social life like it does at many other schools. Because of this, sports teams and even clubs will often throw house parties (none of which you have to pay to get into). Area clubs will also have 18 and over events with great dancing (the downside being that you'll generally have to pay a cover fee). Georgetown is a super fun area to be in , and if you're looking to go out on the weekend you will find no shortage of options!

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The Perfect Package – I received my financial aid letter together with my acceptance letter. The school offered me two scholarships which are currently paying for over 90% of tuition. The process was smooth and I have not encountered any issues with the financial aid office.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Rainy Perfection. A cool rainy day must take over at least once a week. It is never too hot or cold, unless fast winds hit the Hilltop. Weather is never a problem, as campus' buildings are relatively close to each other.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball, Basketball, Basketball – If you're into basketball, then you're in luck. Georgetown athletics is all about basketball. All other sports, including the pathetic Division III football team, take a backseat to it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's not exactly the most diverse school in the country, although there is a large contingent of international students. As you can see from a quick glance of Georgetown's demographic information, however, you'll notice that there is a significant white population. However, the minority clubs are numerous and quite active.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The library looks like crap, something that we can't do anything about because it's an example of a style of architecture that understandably died out. The gym is fine, but it's nothing special. The student center isn't very great either, with fast food restaurants that are only open for very few hours.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Easy Enough but Extra Forms to Watch Out for – Easy enough to fill out FAFSA, but the university also requires financial aid applications to be filled out and submitted, so keep an eye out for those deadlines as well.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is very expensive in DC. Most of the apartments I looked at were for young professionals, which wasn't exactly the atmosphere I was looking for as a college student.

3 College Senior

Weather: School Year: Great. Summers, Not So Much – School year is great, and the winters are mild, but summers are HOT!!! If you stay for summer classes, find housing with AC, or you'll regret it. Also, we have our fair share of wild weather (occasional storms, hurricanes) but they are the exception, not the rule.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Couldn't Have Been Better! The people here are awesome - from professors to the student support team. They truly care and really want you to meet your goals.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not necessarily into the nightlife as I'm a commuter student, however I've never experienced any that was more enjoyable except perhaps in New York. The Bars are all excellent and the neighborhood is relatively safe. Lots of diplomats too due to the proximity to the embassies.

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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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