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Washington, DC
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7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Academics: You must work to get to know the professors. By visiting office hours and participating in class, professors understand that you're someone who is prepared and interested in learning.

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Academics: The material and workload is hard but worth it. However, a lot of the teachers are foreign, so be prepared for some heavy accents.

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Academics: Professors, for the most part, are really helpful. Make sure you attend office hours regularly because it is a great way to get extra help and get that extra edge over other students. Getting to know your teachers here is very important.

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Academics: The professors, especially in the School of Foreign Service (SFS), have a distaste for grade inflation. They often choose to challenge you by simply not giving out A's. Coming from a crappy public high school, I was, and still am, a bit stressed by this.

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Academics: I have to admit that I wasn't very fond of my TA for one class, but it was just him; I heard the others TAs for the class were great.

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Academics: There's a survey on the Hoya's (the campus newspaper) Web site that gives reviews of professors and courses, so that's helpful when doing registration. Definitely use it!

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Academics: The faculty is amazing. I've had some that I can only describe that way-simply amazing. I do academic panels during our pre-frosh orientations, and the one theme that always comes out of the panelists when talking about their teachers is that they all seem to teach because they love the subject as much or more than you even do.

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Academics: I've personally had teachers who will invite classes to dinner at their houses, organize group trips to a Buddhist compound, or to the Pentagon, or help you get an internship on Capitol Hill. I've yet to have one I didn't like.

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Academics: Teaching assistants do not teach classes at Georgetown, unlike some other schools. If you have a professor, you see his or her face in front of the class every section. The TAs will do the discussion sections or recitations, but the teaching is the job of the professor.

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Academics: The professors are the best reason to come to Georgetown. Take classes with Jesuits-they're really smart and dedicated to teaching, as well as being an important part of Georgetown's identity. Don't leave Georgetown without taking at least one class with a Jesuit.

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Academics: I still keep in touch by e-mail and go and visit my professors. They're very accessible, and they were a major plus to my Georgetown experience. I joke that I was `coddled' (in a good way) through Georgetown because I was so taken care of.

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Academics: The teachers are really good. There are some hard ones who you want to try to shy away from if at all possible, but overall, they are very good.

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Academics: The teachers are not out to try and fail you, which is true at some other universities. They are here to try and teach you, and they do everything to try and help accomplish this.

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Academics: You get good professors, you get bad professors, and you get through it one way or another. Basically, the best advice I can give is that before you sign up for classes, consult with as many upperclassmen as possible about their experience with different professors and different classes.

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Academics: Most of them are great. Grab as many Jesuit priest instructors as you can-they're great teachers, very knowledgeable, and lots of fun.

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Academics: Some teachers are great, others are not-so-great. I think you will find that everywhere. Most of my professors have been published. In order to do really well here, though, you have to play the game. That really means talking to your professors, going to their office hours, and at least pretending you have a genuine interest in their class (even if it is only a requirement).

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Ian Lundy
Hometown
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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