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Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Facilities: Georgetown is in an interesting area. It is in a city but in the very best part of the city. It is an interesting atmosphere because you are stranded in between a poor city and a rich area. Georgetown has been around for a long time, so naturally there are many traditions on campus. DO NOT step on the seal at Healy Hall or don't graduate.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I study at the Georgetown University downtown campus on Chinatown. It's all white, a state-of-the-art building. Really, good. I went to the main campus is gorgeous. It feels like Harry Potter. The library is amazing, the dining hall too although the food is not very good there. The events and traditions like going to the Verizon Center to the Georgetown Men bastketball game is awesome.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Georgetown University is the best school in DC. You just said I'm going to Georgetown and everyone is like "WOW", "good job". Everybody knows the university, no matter what your major is, just the fact of being there is a plus. It is a prestigious university. I'll be a HOYA for life.

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College Junior

Facilities: I don't spend too much time on campus other than in class, so I can't speak to dining halls or student hangouts other than Epicurean, which has pretty good food and lots of space, but expensive. My program has a lounge that students hang out in.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities are OK. The school itself is very old, so there are a lot of vestiges from times gone by, especially the science building, but there are upgrades being implemented and some buildings, especially the business school. The main campus is not too large, so easy to get around. The library needs a serious upgrade, though I can't complain about the coffee shop inside. Campus shuttles bring people in from the 'burbs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 226th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 396th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 706th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1100th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1362nd
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Hometown
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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It is difficult to get much of a consensus on the quality of Georgetown’s facilities. Athletic Hoyas decry the outdated state of the Main Campus gym but admit that it gets the job done. Participants in the Corp praise their offices and retail spaces, and performing arts groups are appeased by their ample space in the new Davis Center. Despite Georgetown’s relatively low endowment, as compared to many of its peer universities, the University is currently working hard to improve facilities in many different disciplines.

The few problems with facilities on campus should not cause potential students to quake in their boots—it is never wise to base one’s college decision on the quality of the gym or the prospect of having antique Italian furniture in one’s dorm room. Georgetown is working hard to improve many of the campus facilities. Recently, Georgetown has dedicated itself to developing excellent, new, and improved facilities. The new science center, business school, New South student center, and forthcoming library renovations are all examples of massive improvement to the facilities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
352
Campus Size
104 acres
Student Centers
Leavey Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Blommer Science Library
  • Lauinger Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Copley/Healey lawn
  • Red Square
  • Uncommon Grounds
Bar on Campus
Epicurean, near Henle Village and Darnall Hall
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Midnight Mug, Lauinger Library
  • More Uncommon Grounds (MUG), ICC Galleria
  • Uncommon Grounds, Leavey Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None
"Green" Initiatives
There are many sustainable issues that Georgetown addresses, including that 100 percent of the computer hardware meets EnergyStar efficiency standards.
School Slang
  • GUGS: Georgetown University Grilling Society. They make one-of-a-kind, must-have burgers for which students eat up for hours every Friday afternoon.
  • ICC : Bunn Intercultural Center (the big red building with the solar panels on it). It houses most history, language, and philosophy classes.
  • MSB : McDonough School of Business
  • NHS : School of Nursing & Health Studies
  • SFS: School of Foreign Service
Traditions
  • Georgetown Day: Georgetown Day is the annual University-wide celebration that takes place at the end of the spring semester.
  • Good Basketball: Georgetown is known for its stellar basketball teams year after year.
  • Jack the Bulldog : Jack is a live bulldog that lives full time on campus. He is cared for by one of the Jesuits, as well as a team of students trained as official walkers. Jack goes to all home men's basketball games and entertains the crowd by tearing into a box with the opposing team's logo. Jack also makes appearances at other campus events.
  • Singing the fight song : Georgetown students learn the fight song immediately. That is, they learn the song at special accepted students' weekends before they have even committed to going to Georgetown. The fight song is sung everywhere-it is not only heard at sports games, but also at formal events. First-years who attend the freshman retreat even sing it in a dark cave in the middle of a forest.
  • Sitting on John Carroll's lap: You will often find students sitting in the lap of the John Carroll statue.
Urban Legends
  • A network of underground tunnels connects Copley Crypt with several of the other old buildings on campus.
  • If you step on the Georgetown seal outside of Healy Hall as an undergraduate, you will not graduate.
  • Jack the Bulldog was originally adopted as a mascot due to the good luck he once brought to the Georgetown football team. According to rumor, the team won every game that season except for one; that is, they lost the one at which Jack was not present. The University had no choice but to hire him as a good-luck charm.
  • The fifth floor of the Healy building is no longer accessible because of the exorcism that was performed there, on which Georgetown alumnus William Peter Blatty based his novel and screenplay, "The Exorcist." Most often, the legend has the exorcism being performed by Fr. Thomas King, S.J. When asked whether there was any truth to the rumor that he had once performed an exorcism, he responded only, "Why? Do you need one?"
Favorite Things To Do
Georgetown students love to stay very active. They do anything and everything in their free time, from working out at Yates to playing pick-up games of soccer or Frisbee. Some students even like to set up their own volleyball net on Copley lawn and play. Otherwise, students enjoy catching the current play on campus, watching the free movies on the weekends, or attending one of the lectures by the hundreds of awesome speakers who visit Georgetown each year. There is never a shortage of fun things to do on campus.
Student Organizations Web Site
studentorgs.georgetown.edu
Student Newspaper
The Hoya
www.thehoya.com
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Georgetown has hundreds of student organizations, including the largest student-run business in the country (The Corp), which grosses more than $4.5 million on average. It also has the largest student-run credit union in the country with assets more than $17 million.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 55 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 29% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 15% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 39% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 58% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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