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Campus Strictness: As for sanctions, normally if you're charged with something, you go before the Residence Hall Council for a sort of trial. Sanctions, if convicted, range from mandatory community service on campus, to fines, to (in severe cases) revoking apartment privileges or expulsion, although I've never heard of the latter actually happening. Underage drinking is almost always punished by community service or a small fine, but if you get caught three times, you lose your apartment privileges for the next year.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police, the rag-tag group of men we lovingly refer to as DOPS, are really tough on freshmen and alcohol in freshman dorms. After freshman year, they pretty much don't care-except in extreme situations, and at really, really, big parties. Even then, they just make you put down your beer and leave. Whatever, it's college, and you will do your fair share of drinking and drugs, if you're in to that.

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Campus Strictness: Lots of people drink, and I saw guys making the biggest bongs you've ever seen in their dorm rooms. There's not a lockdown, that's for sure. I think you can get away with it if you want to. It's probably actually a little out of control, but it doesn't seem like it when you're there.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are pretty strict about drugs, I assume. I've never known anyone to get caught with drugs. They are pretty lax with drinking, too. They will only ever bust a party if people are complaining about it, and when they do, the only people who get in trouble are those who threw the party. If you're just at the party, they'll let you leave with no punishment.

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Health & Safety: Nothing has happened to me. I think it's so peaceful and suburban here. Coming from a girl who has only been to sheltered private schools and quiet neighborhoods, it's just like home.

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Health & Safety: Since Georgetown is a residential suburb outside a crime-laden urban area, the crime tends to `spill over.' I can't recall a single month this past school year when the student body didn't receive an e-mail from the Department of Public Safety describing an `incident' that occurred a block or two from campus (where many upperclassmen live). As far as the on-campus safety is concerned, there are programs that provide transportation for students when they are walking home late. Sometimes homeless people might approach you, asking for change, in the center of campus. It's not the smartest thing to walk around after dark.

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Health & Safety: Safety and security on campus are very good. I wouldn't leave your laptop lying around or your door unlocked all day when you're not home, but it's pretty safe otherwise. Off campus is a little more of a concern. But, if you follow common sense (no walking alone drunk at night), you'll be fine. The crime rate is actually really low.

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Health & Safety: We have a non-campus security force called the Department of Public Safety, and they're always around, which is good. The Metro Police (the force for DC) is always right off campus. You can't get into freshmen dorms unless you use your ID card to unlock the door, and there are student guards who check every ID card from about nine in the morning until two in the morning. All other times the doors are locked, and you absolutely need your ID to open it. There is a service called Safe Rides that will pick you up wherever you are within a certain area off campus and give you a ride home, no questions asked. I feel really safe, but it's important to make safe choices. I've never had to walk home alone, but if I was alone, I wouldn't think twice about calling Safe Rides.

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Health & Safety: Georgetown is in a city, so there are muggings reported from time to time in the area, but I really think these are rare. I always felt safe. I'd just recommend using common sense, as it is in a very urban area.

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Health & Safety: I think security here on campus at Georgetown is great, in spite of the fact that we live in one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country. I come from a small town where everyone knows everyone else, but I still feel safe on campus. However, you always have to use common sense; don't go anywhere alone, especially at night. Don't carry tons of cash on you. Try to look like you know where you're going. Take some self defense courses-a lot of my friends did it here at Georgetown, and from what I understand, they are free and really fun.

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Health & Safety: Campus security is pretty good. There are very few burglaries or assaults. I'm sure it's not as dangerous as many other campuses.

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Health & Safety: Security has not been a problem for me at all. On-campus housing is really safe, and there are guards for the dorms. I'd say the least safe area is probably where the upperclassmen live, so I wouldn't worry about it unless you decide to live there someday.

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Health & Safety: Security is fine. People over-exaggerate the issue of safety in DC. Georgetown is a very nice neighborhood, and it's not as dangerous as people say. That being said, I would also advise walking in a group if you leave campus at night or early morning.

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Health & Safety: It's pretty safe. Like any urban area, you just need to keep an eye out. There are campus police everywhere, and there is a system called Safe Ride, which will escort you anywhere you need to go.

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Health & Safety: The campus is very safe and secure. It is, of course, a city campus, so there are certain elements of city life that you can't avoid (traffic and homeless people). In the past year, there were something like two or three incidents of crime near the University, and all were non-violent property crimes and pretty minor. For a university in a major city, that's a very good record.

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Health & Safety: The campus itself is very safe, and campus security has really been a priority since September 11th. We live in an area of Washington with a lot of politicians and rich people (Madeline Albright lives two blocks from campus), so the neighborhood is really safe. The only real problems I can think of are that some juniors and seniors have been robbed or mugged off campus when walking home late at night, but this is when they were walking off campus.

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Drug Safety: I would say that a lot of people smoke bud, and that it's definitely available. I really am pretty straight-edge, so I'm not sure exactly how prevalent it is.

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Drug Safety: Georgetown is probably more socially conservative than many college campuses, so while a drug scene exists, it is definitely very underground. The major activity here is drinking.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene is not huge on campus, especially compared to other schools. In particular, pot use is very low compared to your average school. There are some harder drugs around, like cocaine or heroin, but again, in way lower numbers than other schools. Alcohol use is right on par with your average school.

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Drug Safety: Besides alcohol-yeah, we got potheads. Weed is easy to get, and you can go into the city and buy harder stuff if you're into that kind of thing. You can get E, `shrooms, special K, and the other little drugs on campus. Anyway, I've never been busted for anything (not even a noise violation), so if you keep smart, you probably won't have any problem doing the drug of your choice. Be safe, and don't smoke up in a freshman dorm; the RAs are strict and will probably catch you. Plus, there are a lot of great, safe places on campus to smoke. Everyone seems to care a lot less after freshman year.

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Drug Safety: To be 100 percent honest, I've never seen anyone getting high in my two years here. There is a scene, I know that from seeing people on something or other, but it usually happens within dorm rooms or apartments privately rather than at parties. I wouldn't call Georgetown a big drug school at all. Drinking is much more the scene.

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Drug Safety: I knew a few people who smoked pot, but that was relatively rare.

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Computers: The labs aren't always crowded, but there is always something wrong with the computers or printers. It's a terrible network; it crashes during finals and midterms without fail.

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Computers: You should definitely bring your own computer. The facilities here are great; there are 24-hour computer labs in some dorms and buildings, and the library's always open. Everywhere has Ethernet connections, some places have wireless, as well. Having a computer in the dorm may not seem necessary, but it's much more of a hassle not to have a computer because everything you turn in must be typed. So many things are online now that it just doesn't make sense not to have one.

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Computers: The computer network is pretty good. I have a laptop that I got through the school, and I had no problems with it. However, about twice a year the server goes out for a few hours, which kind of makes everyone crazy. The computer labs are never crowded, and I use them sometimes because I don't have my own printer. You don't need to bring your own computer, but it does make things easier. All of the freshman dorms are equipped with computer labs.

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Ian Lundy
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Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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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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