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Georgetown, TX
Undergrads
1,376
Tuition
$34,410
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 641 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Georgetown is pretty small and quaint. Plenty of antique shops and boutiques, but lacking in some essentials (for me personally).

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received financial aid upon applying.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm a native Texan, so I'm used to the weather. The only thing that really sucks is the rain, since puddles build up all over campus, especially in front of Kurth.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't had the chance to live off campus yet, and don't really plan to.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I wouldn't really know, since I don't go to parties.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty great. The rooms tend to be nice, and most housing is fairly close to classes and the commons. Only complaint I have is the awful, one-ply toilet paper.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm a homebody, and my nightlife consists of my roomie and I getting food to-go, and watching Netflix in our room. So I wouldn't know very much about the nightlife.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi tends to be kind of a jerk, as it likes to poop out on you with no warning at all. The printing is fantastic, and have had very few problems with printing my classwork.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are taken very seriously here, but all the professors are fantastic and extremely willing to help.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few local spots, but the majority of off-campus dining consists of fast-food chain restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The places to hang out around campus are pretty great. Most people chill in the Cove or on the Mall (which is fantastic when it's sunny and warm out). I like my dorm because I decorated it nicely and I'm a homebody so I made it to where it's nice to hang out here. The freshman dorms have a couple hang out areas with TVs. There's almost always something going on in Bishops Lounge right outside the Commons and when it's cold out, the fireplace is lit and there are some bean bags to sit on. That's a good place to study at night, as well as the library, which has plenty of small group study rooms.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We just recently got a football team after something like 80 years so they're still working on winning a game. There isn't too much support for them for the same reason why we haven't had a team in that long. The school is very academically focused. I know tons of girls in sports and a few guys, too. The people are a big part of campus but the sports games aren't really advertised. School spirit isn't a factor in sports; people seem more proud to be a Pirate just because they were a Pirate, not because of sports. The facilities are decent and I use the gym on a regular basis.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are a few smokers on campus but they stick to the smoking zones outside so they don't bother anyone else. Occasionally one of them will be smoking weed which is interesting. The drugs are there but hidden and sometimes the cops will bust a student dealer and no one is forced to do drugs, ever. Alcohol is more prevalent because it's such an academically rigorous school; most students admit that they drink on weekends and even weekdays to relieve stress.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I wanted to go to a school without Greek life because I find it pointless but Southwestern is kind of average. The sororities have no living options other than dorms because the original builders of the university were sexist. The Greek houses are alright; Sig is the most popular but the poorest. KA and Pike have decent spaces. They don't really affect regular campus life unless you want them to. Every once in a while Pike will be shut down because someone got alcohol poisoning and the frats are kind of careless with that. Non-Greek students don't usually care unless the frats are purposefully being annoying. Also don't expect your Greek friends to talk to you at all during their pledge semester to Sig.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Quite a few places allow students to use Pirate Buc$ which is nice. The square is located close to campus, convenient enough to walk. I don't know of any student discounts but the food is good and relatively cheap. There is a Cajun place, a thai place, an American Chinese place, among some of the normal chains and a few local places.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are plenty of dorms to live in and multiple options for each year. The dorms get nicer as you move up in years but the freshmen dorms are the best I've seen of even senior dorms at some colleges. They are spacious and all have windows. There are also both co-ed and single gender freshmen dorms. Kurth is one of the more spacious but it's quite cold and rooms don't have individual thermostats. All the dorms cost generally the same, around $2000 per year, and the senior apartments are around $4000.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Apogee is sometimes called Crapogee because it can be hard to connect to it but honestly I think that's just peoples' computers. I rarely have issues. The lab computers work well and there are a few Macs in the library as well. Printing is awesome and cheap and I've only once had an issue connecting to the printer. Also this year we are able to print from our laptops through a website and it's super helpful and easy.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Usually the days are beautiful but when it rains it sucks to live in Kurth because the sidewalk leading to the rest of campus is old and has huge puddles. I bought some rain boots so now I have zero problems with weather.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academic program is rigorous and has high expectations for all students. There are many opportunities for students to broaden their education here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is a little liberal haven in what can be a very dangerous place to be liberal. There is, of course, acceptance for all views and lots of political discourse and education, but most people are very accepting and liberal in general. The diversity of the student population is sad; I think they try really hard to get more diversity but it's not easy here. There are tons of awesome student groups that concern all kinds of diversity (Allies, Planned Parenthood, College Dems and Republicans and Libertarians, both an Asian and a Native American association). The religious diversity is probably average but there are an abnormal amount of Methodists (it being a Methodist school).

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to say about Georgetown. It's tiny and adorable and there are plenty of wonderful people and shops. The town is small but beautiful and a good place to explore. A few places to eat, a few antique shops and quirky little shops. Also the festivals that the town puts on throughout the year are really cool.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The frats are always open for everyone, so that's an option for a good Friday or Saturday night out. Georgetown itself is very quiet and it's lacking in transportation to Austin but Austin is close enough that it's easy to go on the weekends. Also, UPC does an overly great job at providing entertainment every Friday night on campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I think this is the perfect degree plan for what I want to do with my life. I want to work in embassies and in East Asian countries and the connections that I have through the professors here are great to get started on that path.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There was no difficulty or even criteria for the international studies program here. It's simply one of many degree plans here. The most difficulty I've had is with my academic advisor; he doesn't know anything about my program so I'm working on getting a different advisor.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not enough variety and late night places

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Jazz Thomas
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Communication studies and Theater arts
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How much a student likes Southwestern depends entirely on the personality and upbringing of the individual student. For many, Southwestern is a collegiate paradise. The school feels safe, close-knit, and supportive. This is particularly true for those students that come from other small Texan towns similar to Georgetown. To others, the school feels constricting, bland, and homogenous. If you would rather live in a relaxed, affluent, (though academically rigorous) environment instead of one that regularly pushes your comfort-zone boundaries, you may very well be the ideal Southwestern student. There are very few students who are in the middle about their feelings towards Southwestern; they either love it or hate it. Many of those that dislike Southwestern came in with poor attitudes, often because Southwestern was not their first choice. However, as the popularity and prestige of Southwestern grows, so does the number of students coming here because it's where they want to be.

Essentially, Southwestern provides top-notch and unique educational opportunities for its students. Some students take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities, others do not. Some students take advantage of the thriving social and Greek scene, others do not. Because Southwestern tends to be isolated, it takes effort on your part to go out and find things to do, like driving to Austin or exploring what small things Georgetown has to offer-none of these things will just fall into your lap. The same goes for the school itself; to get the most out of your time at Southwestern, you have to be prepared to make the school work for you. If you invest lots of energy and work in Southwestern, it's bound to return the favor tenfold.

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