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Washington, DC
Undergrads
7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Libraries and Gyms – The Yates Field House has several courts, pool, track, dance room, weightlifting, etc. and is free with tuition at Georgetown. The libraries are state of the art and part of a consortium of libraries on the East Coast. If you can't find something you want, the University will get it for you.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe on Georgetown's campus. The biggest problem here is theft, usually the result of students leaving their doors unlocked. As long as you are smart about it, safety is never an issue at Georgetown.

4 College Freshman

Majors: THIS IS A GREAT LOCATION FOR INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS. I DON'T HAVE ONE THIS YEAR, AS A FRESHMAN, BUT NUMEROUS FRIENDS DO. THE GEORGETOWN NAME CARRIES WEIGHT AND ASSISTS YOU IN TRYING TO GET POSITIONS. I DO HAVE A JOB THROUGH THE SCHOOL AND I REALLY LOVE IT. THE CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE ALSO HAS A LOT OF PAID PROGRAMS IF YOU ARE INTO EDUCATION REFORM, EQUALITY, OR OTHER SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES. A LOT OF COMPANIES AND FIRMS COME ON CAMPUS TO RECRUIT. MAKE A RESUME AND GET OUT THERE!!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, DO NOT BE SHY TO TALK TO YOUR FINANCIAL AID COUNSELOR OR GSP COUNSELOR, IF YOU HAVE ONE. I DIDN'T HAVE MONEY FOR SOMETHING AND I TOLD MY COUNSELOR, SHE IMMEDIATELY INCREASED MY SCHOLARSHIP. CLOSE MOUTHS DON'T GET FED, SO SPEAK UP. THE TUITION WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIP IS RIDICULOUS THOUGH. AROUNG 60,000 A YEAR. PEEL GRANTS HELP. LOOK FOR OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AS WELL. ITS NOT TOO LATE TO APPLY TO NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AS A SOPHOMORE OR JUNIOR EITHER, BUT IT IS EASIER TO DO IT IN HIGH SCHOOL. **ALSO, DOUBLE CHECK YOUR BILLS, THEY DO MAKE MISTAKES!!!***

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3 College Freshman

Weather: PERSONALLY, MY FRESHMAN CLASS' MOVE-IN WEEK HAD BOTH A MINOR HURRICANE AND A MINOR EARTHQUAKE, SO WE STARTED OFF ON A HORRIBLE NOTE. DURING THE YEAR IT RAINS VERY OFTEN, IT IS VERY HUMID IN THE SUMMER, GETS COLD EARLY, DC IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE BUT THE WEATHER IS NOT CONSISTENT AND HIGHLY VARIABLE, BRING RAIN BOOTS! DON'T THINK BECAUSE DC IS KIND OF IN THE SOUTH THAT IT WON'T SNOW, BECAUSE IT USU WILL

3 College Freshman

Weather: Not So Bad – Depends on what you're used to. Hot and humid in the summer, pleasant in the spring and fall. Winter... it doesn't snow too much, but it can get cold and unpleasant. Really, not terrible. Definitely manageable.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: More Self-Segregated Than It Should Be – On paper, Georgetown's diversity isn't that bad. In practice... people tend to hang out with their own race. Everyone's amicable, but I've never seen anything like it. It's definitely worse than it should be for a school of this reputation. There's also a huge gap between rich kids and those on financial aid... not a lot of middle ground.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: About What You'd Expect – Freshmen live in traditional dorms (More or less what you'll get anywhere). Upperclassmen are eligible for apartment-style housing (or, still, dorms). Juniors & seniors often live off campus

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't Drink or Smoke – The police force is very strict about underage drinking. They despise!! drug use. Second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing, get a letter sent home, and are put on disciplinary probation. It's pretty serious if you get caught, so my best advice is to do everything discreetly and not to be obnoxious about it. If you do get caught, expect the process to be long and drawn out.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Many Druggies – There aren't a lot of blatant drug users at GU. Weed is around, but not prevalent, and hard drugs are pretty rare. Everyone drinks.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends on Lottery – All freshmen live in dorm rooms, but there's a generally good selection of apartments for upperclassmen as well as townhouses for those who get lucky in the housing lottery

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs aren't great. Wireless is spotty but generally available in all dorms. Printing available at libraries but having own is a plus

4 College Freshman

Weather: Hot in the Summer – Since this is Georgetown University in Qatar it can get quite hot during the beginning of the fall semester, but there is a lot of air conditioning indoors to make up for it. In addition, there are shuttle busses that stop by the University every 5 minutes and transport us anywhere we need to go around campus!

4 College Junior

Majors: Relatively Easy – Pretty standard. Usually need at least a 3.0 in major classes prior to declaring.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: So Many Options – There are so many options on campus. There is unofficial Greek life. About 20 percent of students are involved, so its there but is not the dominant social force on campus. There are on-campus parties thrown by different student organizations. Bars in Georgetown are great, and there are so many awesome spots in the greater DC area to explore. Fake ID is pretty necessary for under 21 crowd.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The town houses off-campus are really cool and often host parties. They are good if you want to distance yourself from all of the underclassmen on campus, but not get too far away. You can also rent houses in Burleith.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I Don't Really Use the Labs but They're Available to All – Since most students have their own computers and you can print wirelessly, most of the computers are always free. Network speed is usually great but certain buildings still use HOYAS which isn't too reliable.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Profs Make Time for Students. Challenging Yet Engaging and Inspiring – Profs Make time For Students. Challenging yet Engaging and Inspiring

4 College Freshman

Transportation: GUTS bus is very convienent. Only issue is that it does not run on Sundays.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: On campus parties can be a bit of a disappointment, especially freshman year. Things get shut down early, around 12am. Otherwise, there are many bars and clubs in the DC area that have 18+ nights and those are pretty fun.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold Evenings – becomes cold in the evenings which makes going out at night more difficult for girls to choose what to wear, but not too bad otherwise

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Georgetown is awesome. Everyone has the same work hard, play hard mentality. Cheering on the Hoya basketball team is fun, and it was even better when the team beat Duke in front of President Obama in 2010. There is no where prettier and the historical buildings are amazing. DC is a great place to be with many opportunities for students.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are okay, especially New South, but Darnall is awful and needs to be renovated. On Campus townhouses and the newly renovated Nevils apartments are best for upperclassmen. Mice are a problem in every building. The housing lottery isn't the best.

3 College Junior

Computers: Business school students get free printing at the printers in the Business School. We finally have a secure WiFi network. I don't know about the computer labs, everyone uses their own laptops.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Being in DC is awesome. Lots of events, speakers, museums, access to internships etc.

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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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