Washington, DC
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Reviews 848 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at Georgetown are great. It is a difficult school, but hard work will get you very far.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school picks a big fight about underage drinking, which may divert too many resources.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is terrible. An even larger problem is that we do not have nearly enough resources for getting around DC.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently undeclared. I am not sure what I want to do. The one thing I wish was the possibility to double major across schools.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I am not in a specific program. I am currently just fulfilling my requirements.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no official Greek like on campus, they are not school-sanctioned. However, there are sororities and fraternities.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is not too bad. However this year the winter has been especially bad.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process for financial aid went very smoothly. Though I wish I had more aid, the money I received is manageable.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers available to us are okay. They are not the latest, but they are not very old. They function properly.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The specific dorm I am in is not a good dorm. It has not been renovated in many years, it is too small, and has only one perk.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always a variety of things available. There are always parties on weekends, school-sanctioned functions, or many things to do in the city.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This is not seen much around campus, only if you know people who are involved.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity in terms of race/ethnicity is not good here. It sometimes seems as if only Caucasian or European students attend.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is nice housing off-campus, but the area close to the school is an expensive area.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus follows rules, but also take into account special cases.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently an undeclared student.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are always a plethora of opportunities here.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never felt threatened or unsafe on campus at any time of the day.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The DC area's finest food is at your doorstep.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: I've had a great experience with the financial aid offices at GU.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: GU offers shuttles to and from the surrounding areas. It's not on a metro line, which is a bummer, but they definitely accommodate.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many students from all over the US as well as international. The various organizations/religious offerings, etc. make Georgetown a very unique school.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is old though new facilities are in the planning stages. Women's softball has no facilities and has to practice on a city field.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Georgetown is a very unique and safe area of Washington, DC. There are many cultural events happening in DC as well as on campus. Haven't had much time to really check it all out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in a larger dorm this year but have stayed in a smaller room which didn't offer much space for 2 people. My roommate is in charge of the housing process for next year since I'm in travel season.


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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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