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4 College Senior

Academics: Human Science – The major is great for pre-med and pre-Ph.D students. If you dont want to go into anything health care or basic science related it isn't really for you. The classes are all tough, but the education is fantastic.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You will never find a school like Georgetown - it has amazing academics, incredible resources, gorgeous campus, beautiful city, and a really great environment. On top of that, it has great-looking students who love to party and have a good time - parties are fun and not hard to come by. As long as you're an interesting person and are outgoing, you will love Georgetown - just make sure you can manage your work (which is significant) and partying

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Bad, Fair Treatment – DPS really doesn't go out of their way to give anyone a hard time. You can register your parties beforehand so they don't get broken up until 2am or so, unless it's a crazy party. Unfortunately, living off-campus in a non-University-owned townhouse will sometimes wind up involving SNAPS (private neighborhood police) or at worst the Metro PD.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms and Apartments - Solid Options – On-campus living is pretty good. Freshmen dorms are actually nice, especially compared to many other schools. Each dorm has its own feel and its own vibe. As you get older, the housing gets awesome - Village A rooftop parties and views of the city and Potomac River are gorgeous. Nevils just got redone as well with exposed brick walls and brand-new appliances.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Colder Than the South – it's definitely colder than the south, but a coat will help you manage

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Smaller Houses – off-campus housing may be tough to get because Georgetown is a crowded area

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We Really Dont Have Much – sometimes it's scary to walk alone, but Georgetown is a very safe place. robberies are about the only crime that happens

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Don't Wear Pjs to Class – People are generally wealthy and attractive. People range from J. Crew model wannabes to Average Joes, but everyone puts at least some effort into their appearance. The typical Georgetown student is involved in many different activities on campus, and it's not unusual for his social life to revolve around them. While there are some "spoiled rich kids" that Georgetown is known for, all different types of people go here. Many students are in relationships, but most are single. Hook-ups at parties aren't necessarily the norm, but do happen frequently.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a Dorm – All of the Freshman dorms are typical college dorms. Loud and messy, especially on weekend nights. The rooms aren't closets, but they're not particularly spacious, either.

Upperclassmen dorms aren't that nice, but on-campus apartments are sought after, as are university-owned town houses. Some upperclassmen opt to rent houses in nearby West Georgetown and Burleith, but rent and utilities are high and don't save students much money. The neighbors also hate Georgetown students. Unfortunately there are no cheap housing options for Georgetown students. On the bright side, because campus is so small, no one lives more than a fifteen minute walk from campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Top Notch – Georgetown focuses on the global perspective. The School of Foreign Service is known as one of the best International Affairs programs in the country. The School of Nursing and health Studies offers cool majors like Global Health. All students in the College must take two semesters of non-U.S. history. Strong programs in the college include Government, History, and Languages and Linguistics. Taking classes with Jesuits is always an experience!

Most of the courses at Georgetown are really good, but just like any other school, there are bad professors. Classes tend to have about 30 students or fewer, but intro classes can have up to 300. Registration can be a bit of a pain, but students tend to get into most of the classes they want. And although there are some quirky classes like Knights of Old and Harry Potter and Philosophy of Star Trek, more traditional classes seem to dominate.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Mostly Great, With a Few Rare Atrocities – Almost everyone I know is happy with their financial aid. The only thing I would say is that I got a work-study award as part of my package, but it ended up being so ridiculously small that it was basically negligible.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The Townhouses Are Adorable! I'm a freshman currently, and honestly I'm a bit terrified at the prospect of the upperclassmen housing lottery. Since there is only a certain number of university-owned townhouses and Village A rooftop apartments and other coveted residences, I've heard the whole process can be a bit dramatic. As far as I know, everyone who does live off-campus is pretty satisfied with their living situation, and the Georgetown neighborhood is relatively safe.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Absolutely Amazing...If You Have Money – Georgetown is located just minutes from the cutesy, bustling shopping district of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. There are lots of adorable restaurants, ranging from Crepe Amour to Sweetgreen (salads and fro-yo), from student favorites like Wisey's and the Tombs to fancier places like 1789. A mealtime trip to M Street can be a really fun break from Leo's, but if you're a broke student with rich friends like me, it can be a bit exasperating, because anything interesting is not really in a poor kid's budget.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: So So – there are a lot of options, but there always the same. no variety

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Really Need a Car – There are a fair amount of upperclassman that will bring a car to school for the convenience of being able to drive home, but besides that there is no real need for a car living in DC. Parking isn't very good and there is not much offered by the school

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing Variety – You can get any kind of food you want to fit any kind of budget in a very close vicinity. Many restaurants will also deliver right to the dorms and also the academic buildings, which is very convenient. A good option considering the dining hall is not that great and there is only one dining hall

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: parties get broken up usually around midnight, but hardly any one gets in trouble

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – very diverse school (racial, political, and religion). people are not afraid to speak what they believe

4 College Freshman

Academics: Human Science – This major offers so many unique opportunities: classes are smaller, not much work except studying, and tons of research opportunities.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't even try to park. There's no way around it. It's a city, so there's no need for a car anyways.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Gets Old Quick – Leo's is bearable if you go in with an open mind and are willing to think outside the box to create something new, you can keep it from getting boring. It's easy to give into the off-campus temptations of Wisey's and SweetGreen, but they can add up quickly in cost. Bottom line, don't get a huge meal plan because you won't use it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Located in the heart of the nation's capital, Georgetown provides a great academic place to discuss ideas and learn. Besides this, I am able to enjoy the vibrant city atmosphere and take advantage of the opportunities only available in DC

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Political Beliefs – Georgetown has a very global focus, attracting students from around the world and the US. The differences in political beliefs are diverse and plentiful.

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2 College Freshman

Facilities: General Campus and Library – The general campus is seriously lacking in adequate learning spaces. Besides the newest additions to the university such as the MSB, I feel that several of the classroom's have desks that are too small or climates that lack proper temperature management. The library is also not up-to-date and not large enough. One of my biggest burdens is often finding a place to study in the library. The study cartels are relatively small too.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: For the most part the guys and girls dress preppy, and their interests fall into lots of different clubs. Being in a club makes it a lot easier to get into parties, otherwise a lot of girls are needed for a lot of parties. The parties though are relative, they are not that crazy but can be fun if you are with friends. The girls look okay but nothing noteworthy for the most part.


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Ian Lundy
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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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