Washington, DC
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices – There are countless dining options on M Street and in DC in general. Whatever type of food you'd like, we have it. The only reason that this does not get an A+ is because food can be pretty expensive in the city.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I cannot imagine a better place to attend university. Georgetown is the complete package. This medium-sized school feels very personal and intimate, while being large enough that you don't actually know everyone. There are an incredible amount of renown speakers that come to campus and it is relatively easy to see them (except for the really big names like the Clintons or Obama). Georgetown students are extremely spirited and love Georgetown to death. The school pride comes in full force to Hoya basketball games, where we face rivals, and compete to get on ESPN and the Jumbotron with our blue and gray face paint. The classes are fantastic--professors are very helpful and available for undergrads. The location is perfect as well. It is great being in DC but in our own little neighborhood (of millionaires). Having access to the city and M Street is one of the best parts of going here--for the nightlife and for internships. There are so many activities to get involved with on campus that you may find yourself very busy. Overall, Georgetown students are very good at balancing their lives. We certainly work hard and have big ambitions, but we are generally friendly and enjoy relaxation and letting loose on the weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A Lot of Variety – Georgetown's housing has a lot of variety. The freshman dorms are good in their own different ways, and upperclassman housing is great too. The new southwest quad and Copley are great, while the apartments in Henle or Village A are spacious. The townhouses are, of course, the pinnacle of housing options at any university

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball Is King – The excitement for basketball is huge. The games are really fun to attend, especially when the team is doing well. The football team could use a boost. Luckily they seem to be improving.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Just that. Guys and girls are superficially good looking.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Right Timing – The computer lab that I normally go to are normally crowded during exam weeks like the midterm and finals. I find myself usually bringing my own computer to do my work. The wifi in some areas are not the best and can be improved but overall its not that bad.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It Was Wonderful – Georgetown was the greatest place that I have ever been to. I love it here, the people, the professors, the area, the events, just the caring personality from the staff.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: VARIETY OF EVENTS – Georgetown University's campus life is definitely unlike any other college I have attended. The hangout lounges, places to study in the libraries, the different sporting events, campus parties on the rooftop, and the location of the campus is near a number of shops and food places. There are tons of organizations to join and its always something to do, even relaxing on the lawn while reading a book.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great Location in DC – There is TONS to do around the university. Restaurants, stores, nightlife, cupcakes...you name it.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best College in DC – The people here - students, staff, faculty - are awesome. You feel like party of the GU family right away! Gorgeous campus in the heart of georgetown.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse... Kind of – There is definitely a huge east coast presence at Georgetown. With a large percentage of students hailing from the DMV metro area as well as the Tri-state area, sometimes it feels like everyone went to prep school out east. However, there are a lot of international students as well as kids from every state. The diversity is there if you keep your eyes open.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Park – Honestly, the parking at Georgetown is terrible. That being said, there is absolutely no need to have a car. The public transportation is respectable, and campus is not big enough to need a car. Parking will be tough, or expensive, but most likely, it will not even be a concern for you.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I Will Be Prepared – I am in the business school, and I know I feel that I will be well prepared for whatever field I enter upon graduation. Likewise, it seems all the students I have talked to are more than satisfied with their professors.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Usage Is Not Overwhelming – Though some drug use is present, it is not in your face.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Easy but Pricey – Lots of restaurant and take out options. Most are great but a little expensive.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Variety of Color...But That's About It – So Georgetown has made this big deal about being an economically and ethnically diverse school, and it's apparent in the different types of people you see...but diversity basically stops there. People tend to have the same personality and fashion sense, so it makes an otherwise scenic and enjoyable stroll about campus boring.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Makes the City So Accessible – Georgetown has free shuttle buses to Dupont Circle (15 minute ride) and Arlington (15-20 minute ride), both of which have metro stations for an easy access to the rest of the city. There are other DC Circulator buses which come to the University at regular and frequent intervals if you feel like taking a straight shot into the heart of the city without worrying about transferring from the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) bus to the metro. The DC Circulators are great for direct transport to farther destinations, and transferring between buses is fairly easy, but you have to pay per ride.
As far as taxis go, they're in abundance, but I wouldn't recommend them unless you feel like giving out a good portion of your paycheck to ride somewhere you could just take a bus or walk to.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Being in a city, it is not surprising that the parking at Georgetown is pretty awful. Permits are required for street parking around the campus and on campus parking is limited to expensive lots for the Georgetown Hospital. Driving in general, however, is not a huge thing at Georgetown. I personally don't know anyone with a car here. And cars aren't really necessary with the public transportation and taxi system of D.C.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are There – The police force are strict about underage drinking and things like that. The RA are pretty understanding and relaxed but they dont let you get away with things.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is a great location to have a University and Georgetown is so well placed that everything is in walking distance. you can go to the movies, find great dining areas and visit the monuments. There are many other universities around that you can hang out with a multide of people.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Big If You Want Them to Be – Sports are definitely a noticeable part of being a Hoya. However, the campus doesn't revolve around them. Basketball is HUGE at Georgetown and is the only sport the whole campus comes out to see. There's definitely a lot of hoya pride, but sports are not the priority of Georgetown.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Could Improve – There is transportation set up, but a subway stop would be nice.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Great Apartments – Provided you don't get put in LXR, Georgetown has great apartment options, like the Village A and B's.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Bear Through Winter for Spring – DC weather is very unpredictable in the fall, and somewhat chilly in the winter; however when the spring time comes around, it is near perfection. The are transforms into one of the nicest locations in the country, cherry blossoms and sunshine.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Drugs are not very common, but if you are looking for them you can find access

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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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