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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: THe current review of Georgetown University is completely out of context. Comparing Georgetown to a Sate School was insane. Why would Georgetown have a very competitive admissions process. Georgetown students are not at Georgetown because they did not get into Berkley, because Georgetown ranks higher than Berkley! Enough Said. Please review again, because the current information is just ridiculous, it makes no sense, and its way off of what Georgetown University is, and what it has to offer to students. Especially what it offers to students in the Government department, not to mention the School Of Foreign Service.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Part of Campus Life – Soon enough you won't be surprised at all to see diverse student groups, and no one appears to discriminate. Ethnic groups sometimes create cliques. LGBTQ students are very well received.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Easy and Social Experience – Everyone is very open to meeting people on their floors and in their dorms. Rooms vary in size, but are not too crowded. Village C's bathrooms are really a treat. Not really a bad option location-wise- even Darnall is close to classrooms.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: ... From people who don't lock their doors when they are away.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Ihealth, SFS, DC and More!!! Georgetown is one of two schools in the US that has an international health major for undergrads. "The department's curriculum blends public health and health systems management with an emphasis on the environment, culture, economics, and politics and their influence on health."
Georgetown is also known for it's School of Foreign Service (Bill Clinton graduated from it). It's pretty self explanatory. It's a sweet school with so many opportunities available.
Georgetown also has the largest presence of interns on Capital Hill (yes even more than Harvard). The networking opportunities are limitless and even if you are not interested in politics many national organizations have their headquarters in DC. Plus there is no other city like DC and if you're going to go to school then Georgetown is the best choice.
While Georgetown may not have the title of an Ivy League (we have been offered multiple times but have declined because we would have to give up our Jesuit identity/philosophy and Big East status) we have the academics to compete with the top and sports teams that could easily beat out any Ivy League school.
Model UN is huge here!!!! We host the largest high school conference in the nation, bringing in students from all over the nation and world. Our traveling time also consistently wins awards at multiple Model UN conferences beating out other top ranking universities.

Georgetown is seriously just the place to be. If you don't believe me, then come visit and let us prove it to you!

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Maxim's Hot 100 – So if Maxim rated the top prestigious schools in order of attractiveness Georgetown would certainly be at the top. Like any school with smart students there is definitely the nerdy looking girls and guys, but there are some surprisingly good looking people as well. Mostly white, but you can definitely find a little colorful flavor in the mix as well. It makes me wonder if that's part of the interview process as well (lol jk).

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Leo's, Leavey, and Epicurean – Creativity and resourcefulness is a must if one is going to deal with the food situation. Leo's is the only dining hall and while it is a nice atmosphere (2 floors with multiple stations) the food is sometimes less than satisfactory. Leavey has a few fast food places to eat at (Subway, Cosi, and Starbucks are normally the only one's ever open though). Epicurean is a restaurant on campus that has fairly good food but at obscene prices. In general, I recommend getting the smallest meal plan and just buying some groceries to make your own food or venture out into the city and try exotic food if you can afford it.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Georgetown does not recognize any official frats or sororities on campus. While there are a handful of chapters (APO,etc.) they don't run the campus like at many other universities. If you are looking for something similar to the community frats offer without all of the ridiculous hazing and lifelong commitments then a sports team or certain clubs will definitely suffice. The various townhouses off of Magis Row or Prospect would be the equivalent to a Greek house. You can always find a party on Prospect or Magis Row! I don't know any gtown student who dislikes the lack of frats, if anything they are pleased that they don't take over.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I have a laptop (strongly recommend one. you can find great deals for students during the summer). The computers I have seen seem to be pretty up to date and nice. The only thing that annoys me is the lack of wireless all around campus especially in the dorms. We're suppose to get it by next year though...hopefully!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Richest Neighborhood in DC – Georgetown is an extremely rich area. The least attractive townhouse may go for $1.5 million. Mst has some of the most expensive boutiques and shops in the city. There are politicians and former CEOs who live blocks away. Every president except Bush has eaten at the famous 1789 restaurant which is two blocks from the front gates. Because of its status, Georgetown is also extremely safe. The DPS updates the campus community about any offenses that occur in the area. I feel completely comfortable walking through the area (except maybe in the middle of the night but that's pretty much how it goes anywhere). Georgetown is really its own little world that is easy to get sucked into. Don't forget to venture out into the city. My favorite places are a bus ride away!!!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hoya for Life – Georgetown has been a home away from home for me. I was originally fearful of culture shock (latina from Texas moving to the east coast), but I absolutely love it here. The academics can be challenging but the support system here enables you to do your best. "Cura Personalis" or "Care for the whole person" is part of their jesuit philosophy and it's definitely true. I would definitely say to take a class for the professor and not necessarily the subject (my favorite class first semester was Problem of God with Professor Sanders, who would've though!). I can't imagine being anywhere else! There is definitely something for everyone at gtown!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Hoya Spirit – Hoyas have major school pride. The group known as Hoya Blue is essentially the full-time school spirit group on campus that makes it their mission to have a presence at every event. While football and a couple other sports may not be the best, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and more are great! Club and intramural sports are also so much fun to watch/join. Club can sometimes be harder to join but basically everybody can join or create an intramural team. Crew also offers everybody an opportunity to walk on to a division 1 team. Essentially, if you like a sport you can certainly find it here! :D!

3 College Freshman

Academics: From Healthcare Policy to International Health – I originally applied to NHS for international health, but changed my mind last minute to healthcare management and policy because i did not want to take Human Bio. Well, after a semester as HCMP I have learned that International health caters more to my interests. Healthcare in America was a very interesting class, but not exactly what I had in mind when I switched majors. HCMP is very business-e, domestic, and almost too political for my tastes (i was on the policy track). If you are into that, then great, but it's not quite my cup of tea. I'm looking forward to starting fresh with iHealth and exploring public health and all that it has to offer :D!

1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Meth Lab found on campus – Just recently, there was a suspected drug lab found on campus in Harbin Hall, a freshmen residence. It was found as a part of an ongoing police investigation according to sources reported in the Hoya. While alcohol is fairly prevalent, that's expected, a suspected drug lab at one of the most expensive, preppiest colleges in the country is not.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Metro, What Metro? There is no metro stop close to Georgetown, unlike most city schools. To get to the nearest metro, you have to take the GUTS bus - a Georgetown operated shuttle - which isn't bad. Once you get to a metro, you can basically go anywhere in the city. Taxis are pricey but available. Don't expect to find parking anywhere on campus. In terms of long distance transportation, BoltBus, Megabus, and Amtrak are the way to go.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: First Come First Serve! Housing is not guaranteed for juniors and seniors. So off campus housing is needed in some situations (not many). If you are looking to get a "house" in the immediate Georgetown area, you'll need to sign a lease probably around October for the following fall. They go quickly. Avoid the dangerous Burleith.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: As I said before, it is very difficult to find parking, and it is expensive as well.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Usually Small, and Often You Will Find Rats – Some of the dorms have been recently renovated, such as New South, Village A, and Darnall... but they are all pretty small - even the upper classmen apartments. And there are lots of rats...

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Little Expensive, but Good – A lot of variety, but it is mostly expensive restaurants. You can find a few decently priced places, though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's Fair and Effective – It doesn't get really crazy, but if there's an assault or a bias crime then they take those offenses really seriously and try to find those who were the instigators.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Pretty Big – There are a lot of parties where drinking is the highlight, but there are also parties for people who aren't comfortable in that kind of setting.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Lovely Green Lawns – The lawns are perfect for playing football, catch, and frisbee. It's also a perfect place to get your suntan on; great for relaxation; and, when you find a shaded area, its awesome for studying.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Due to the location of the Univeristy there is always something going on. Either in Georgetown, downtown DC, or the surrounding Northern Virginia counties, you can always find something to do no matter what scene you appeal to. From clubs to bars to fine dining it's a great place to be able to involve yourself in a variety of activites all in one night or a different activity each night!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am a new student at Georgetown University and I was very apprehensive at first. All of my classes are at night so I had no idea what to expect, especially with being located in Washington, DC. I am proud to say that the campus police officers are around road intersections after classes watching out for the students well-being and safetly.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Georgetown's location in DC is unbeatable. We are in the heart of the political world here, and there are always interesting things going on. With that in mind, we have excellent political-based programs, like the School of Foreign Service.

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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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