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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You'll Never Be Bored – The Georgetown area is loaded with things to do for any person. If you're into history then the nearby monuments and memorials are just for you! The popular location, M Street is full of shops, cafes, and restaurants, and if that's not enough George Washington University is within walking distance, as well as the beautiful waterfront to the Potomac River.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Tons of Opportunities – You're in Washington D.C. If you're bored you are not trying hard enough. If you don't find something to do on campus take a few steps outside the gates and hit up M street, Wisconsin street, and the GUTS buses will take you to the hotspots of Dupont and Rosslyn (where you can access the metro easily.) You can get involved with human rights campaigns on any topic and get involved with really any extracurricular. I did fencing and cognitive science club, for instance.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Very Involved – It's Georgetown- Basketball is huge. Football has been getting better. Soccer games are fun to attend with friends.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Preppy but Friendly – You definitely have a TON of rich private-school kids, but also a bunch of kids from public schools, and then some kids that aren't as wealthy as the norm. You find your niche pretty quickly, but you do have to get involved in campus- they won't come running to you.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an amazing amount of financial aid. Exactly what I needed. To my surprise, Georgetown offered me more money than my other top schools. Lots of programs created to help students. The office is extremely helpful.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is great. It's beautiful, spacious and extremely close by. However, the area is Georgetown so subletting etc can get costly. The federal style houses are super cute and students tend to live together with other students when living off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Options – There are a good amount of restaurants on Mst that lots of students go to. Delicious food can be found off campus or can be ordered to campus through campusfoods. The dining hall food is good although the lack of variety often has me ordering in.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Living and loving and loving but living the life of love on the way to love en route to living. Love

4 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Aesthetics – The front end of campus is absolutely gorgeous in Flemish Gothic style you find in buildings like Healy Hall, Copley, and White-Gravenor. However, there was a period of time where the university got away from the old stone buildings that make the campus so beautiful and began to use brick. The result is a pretty confused campus. and the architecture of the main Library is awful concrete. However, the University is getting back to its roots in gorgeous new stone Business School Building and the recently constructed science building. overall, incredible school.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Leo's Is Great – Leo O'Donovan Hall ("Leo's") is the main dining hall for students and it is excellent...no kidding. It is routinely ranked very high for vegetarian options, and it caters to palates of all types. No complaints...I have had a meal plan for 4 years and love it.

3 College Senior

Computers: 100% Wireless Is Almost Here – Georgetown didn't have 100% wireless coverage on campus for years because it was wired for ethernet, which took second place to wireless access as the first choice of students. So over the last 2 years, the University has been increasing wireless coverage. It should be at 100% coverage in a year or so.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Urban Analysis & Community Development – Since my major is new to the BALS program at Georgetown, it has been an interesting experience. I was one of the very few students who declared this major when I first began here, so there weren't many class choices available to me then. As time has gone on, it is encouraging to see new students take declare this major and more course options available. Hoya Saxa!

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Forget Merit – Everyone who gets accepted is smart enough to qualify for merit scholarships. For this reason, Gtown doesn't offer any. If you're an athlete, you stand a chance. Otherwise, forget it. We don't have the endowment.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Depends, but 3 Strikes Roll – Three strikes policy for underage drinking. Ridiculous policies for noise violations.

College Senior

Greek Life: Doesn't Exist – There's no real Greek Scene here. While there are some "frats," they aren't officially recognized by the school. Clubs act as frats.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Always Better on a Sunny Day. Spring time is better because it starts off with snow, turns into cherry blossom petals, and ends with gorgeous summer weather.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best, most interesting people. The most unlikely people can surprise you with the most incredible life stories.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Hall Is Okay, Other Options Better. Leo's (only dining hall) is alright, food kind of gets repetitive after a while, but new things present themselves if you have your eyes open, and it prompts very creative eaters. I prefer Epicurean because I'm a sushi addict, they have great sandwiches, and the people who work there are super nice. If you get tired of these two places, Cosi and Starbucks and the student coffee shops are really snug places to kick back and eat and even study.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything you can think of, we've got it. There are the big, pricey places and the small, cheap shacks with the best quality food.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: More Variety Than They Say – House parties, bars and clubs, movie theaters, restaurants, concerts, night walks at the monuments. People complain about the cops cracking down on underage drinking, but the options are limitless and there is always something going on even if it doesn't seem like it at first.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Two Words: GUTS Bus – The GUTS buses are useful because they get you to the otherwise inaccessible metro stops. Otherwise, it's not too long a distance to walk to M St or Wisconsin Ave to catch other bus transportation, and taxis pass around the campus borders often.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Pretty Bad but Not Always Necessary – If you're willing to pay the $10 for the parking garage under the Southwest Quad, it's really not so bad. Just don't go searching for parking anywhere else. It takes a maximum of 15minutes to get from one extreme on campus to the other so take this option. If you try to park on the streets outside the front gates, good luck! If you can avoid using your car, it's a better idea to use public transportation to get to the school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just watch out for Georgetown residents..the university wouldn't care if they had it their way. Mostly staunchy older wealthy prudes around campus.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – A lot of cocaine on campus, some marijuana and others such as ecstasy.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Wish There Was More Money but at Least They Are Kind – I wasn't treated like a number and received plenty of attention but not enough money.


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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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