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College Student

Nightlife: Wednesday night $2 Corona and Thursday night $2 Stella at Mr. Smiths on M Streets are a good bet before heading back toward campus and dancing to the '80s or '90s nights at Tombs. Enjoying beer and study snacks during Trivia night at Tombs is always a nice change of pace, too.

College Student

Academics: Professors, particularly in the SFS, will go out of their way to help you, but in return, they expect you to give 100 percent.

College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is very mild winters and hot springs. You should bring summer and winter clothes.

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College Sophomore

Facilities: They're nice and available, but the buildings are kind of old. The equipment is relatively new, at least in the athletic facilities.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's pretty much underground. It's not noticeable unless you want to be or are a part of it.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall is quite awful. It gets repetitive, although the ice cream and cookies are fabulous. There are many places to get food: in the student center are fast-food chains and around the neighborhood are little sandwich and places to eat-Wingo's, Wisey's, Booey's, and Sweet Green.

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of drinking at Georgetown. There are considerable amounts of people who smoke pot. I feel like that's it, for the most part.

College Freshman

Facilities: The dining hall sucks-the food, not necessarily the place. The gym is fabulous. The campus is quite small in comparison to other places. There are libraries you can work in, or you can work in classrooms and lounges. I love the coffee joints; they are marvelous. One of the most popular hangouts is the second floor of the library: it's not a quiet section by any means and it is right next to the coffee shop.

College Freshman

Weather: The weather is much warmer than I expected. It rarely snows, and the winters are mild. The summers can get pretty hot, but school is out between early May and late August, so you miss most of it.

College Freshman

Facilities: The library is pretty nice. There aren't enough group study spaces, but in general it's a great library, especially with the coffee shop in there. The student center is okay, but there isn't much there.

College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are not that big at all, except for basketball. During most basketball seasons, the campus lives and breathes it. IM sports are more popular.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is really minimal. Drinking is much, much bigger.

College Freshman

Weather: It rains much more in Washington, DC than you would think. Certainly bring rain boots, a raincoat, and an umbrella. Winters can be very cold, but luckily the campus is small enough that exposure to the elements is limited. However, if you want to get out and about in DC for events like concerts, bring lots of warm clothes for bundling up. Overall, you should bring all types of clothing.

College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at Georgetown are decent. Yates Field House is a nice gym that offers pretty much everything, including lots of intramural sports. The classes, however, recently went from being free to costing quite a bit of money, even though a Yates gym fee is included in tuition. Lauinger Library has wonderful collections but is much too small for a student body as large as Georgetown's-study space is limited. Quiet study space overall is rather limited on campus.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is absolutely everywhere and will not be hard to find. Marijuana is pretty prevalent as well, though you won't find pressure to smoke. I have yet to encounter anything harder than pot, though I'm sure its there if you look for it.

College Freshman

Transportation: The Metro in DC is really easy and convenient. Getting there, however, can be a hassle. Georgetown runs GUTS buses regularly on weekdays, but only every few hours on the weekends. There's always a Metro bus that leaves Georgetown, though.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is awful. Leo's, the dining hall, sucks! The only good place is Epicurean, but it is very expensive!

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Leo's is the main dining hall on campus. Wisey's is great, and so is Booey's. Find other places besides the dining hall to eat on the weekends!

College Freshman

Facilities: The library and gym are getting old, but they are totally functional.

College Freshman

Transportation: Though many complain that there is not a Metro stop right near campus, there are free buses that take students to the nearest Metro stop. From there, you can get anywhere in the city.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is very good. Leo's dining hall provides stir-fry station, pasta station, pizza, and all the ice cream you could ask for. Some restaurants near by are The Tombs, which is a local hot spot, as well as lots of restaurants on M street, like Qdoba or Chipotle.

College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity basketball is huge at Georgetown. Most students buy season tickets, and going to games becomes a major social event. However, Georgetown definitely isn't the place for huge football fans or people who love to tailgate. Intramurals are really fun at Georgetown and are pretty casual since they are mostly student run. They're a great way to keep up with your favorite sports while still enjoying yourself.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know several people who smoke marijuana, and I've heard that cocaine is easy to get if you're looking. But I never come into contact with drugs by going about my normal business. Smoking is much more prevalent here-I actually think it's a serious problem.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Georgetown is full of high-maintenance girls and nerdy guys.

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Niche User

Overall Experience: I couldn't imagine a better place for me than Georgetown. There are great professors, a beautiful campus, and a wonderful city.


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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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