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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Georgetown is currrently under a lot of construction but it is still beautiful. The new Student Center is absolutely amazing and beautiful. There are also a lot of cool events that go on and speakers that come here.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Facilities are pretty crappy. I would say that's the one downside to this school. Our gym sucks- it's small, stuffy, and pretty outdated. I've seen high school gyms much more impressive. Our library is constantly being ranked as one of the ugliest buildings in the country, built in the brutalist style, and it's incredibly depressing looking. There's barely any green space, as we are a city campus and therefore very compact. There aren't many places to just hang out other than in a friend's room.

They are working to improve all of this though. A new gym is being built, a new student center was just opened, and renovations are being done to the library. Let's hope campus is a lot more beautiful come next fall.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love this campus. Most of the buildings are relatively new, and those that aren't have been well-maintained and have historical value (Lau notwithstanding). The campus breeds a sense of history and gives students a sense of shared experience within tradition that spurs a unified student body. My only real concern is the increasing lack of green space on campus, as new building continue to crop up.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is a very open space. All the facilities are modern and up to date with technology. There are a lot of areas for students to study, hang out, etc.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: We have almost no beautiful places in which to study--just one hideous library.

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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 Athletic Hoyas decry the outdated state of the Main Campus gym but admit that it gets the job done.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 52 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)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 25% Students of Georgetown Inc. (The Corp)
  • 20% GUASFCU
  • 15% The Hoya (newspaper)
  • 10% Teaching Assistant
  • 10% Resident Advisor
  • 5% Student guard
  • 5% Lecture Fund
  • 5% Financial Aid Office
  • 5% Hilltop Consultants

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 23% Georgetown Day
  • 19% Jack the Bulldog
  • 16% Singing the fight song
  • 13% Sitting on John Carroll's lap
  • 13% Good Basketball
  • 6% Fourth of July on the Hilltop
  • 3% Rangila
  • 3% Homecoming
  • 3% Kickback

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Downtown D.C.
  • 20% Copley/Healey lawn
  • 20% Uncommon Grounds
  • 15% Friends' apartments
  • 10% Healey Family Student Center
  • 5% Lauinger Library
  • 5% Yates Field House
  • 0% Red Square

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 50% Going to see speakers
  • 29% Extracurriculars
  • 7% Soccer and basketball
  • 7% Varsity sports
  • 7% Political Clubs

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 62% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 15% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 8% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

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

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

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 40 responses

  • 58% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 40% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Stepping on the seal
  • 40% The underground tunnels
  • 10% The blessing of the clock-hands by the Vatican

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