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Georgetown University


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wanwen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The faculty and student engagement is great. Even though it is a jesuit university, people here are open to discernment. The ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The faculty and student engagement is great. Even though it is a jesuit university, people here are open to discernment. The administration is always there to help you and once you have a question, just call them will be great.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

For international Students, it is the graduate international organization.

Describe the students at your school.

Many program are provided for students. There is a work-study program for these students.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professor knows each person's name. And the class size is 20 people per class.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Passionate students devoting academically and socially.

Shu
What are the most popular student activities/groups?

In mid October every year, Georgetown University has Midnight Madness event as a kick-off event for the new NCAA season and i...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

In mid October every year, Georgetown University has Midnight Madness event as a kick-off event for the new NCAA season and introduces the men and women basketball players to all the students. Everyone can go and have fun there.

Amanda
What do students complain about most?

Definitely the dining hall...it isn't TERRIBLE but I don't think it's as good as it should be for the price we pay. The food ...

What do students complain about most?

Definitely the dining hall...it isn't TERRIBLE but I don't think it's as good as it should be for the price we pay. The food is not bad, but it's often hard to find a table during peak hours and there are almost never forks,spoons,knives, and cups available all at the same time.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

please see my response to the question entitled "What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate? "

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

please see my response to the question entitled "What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate? "

What are some hot-button issues on campus?

Abortion, the use of contraceptives, and basically anything and everything that has to do with the current presidential candidates for 2012.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I tried to upload my video onto this website and it wouldn't work, but you can view my response with this link :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjUSrPUmxYU

Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

There are tons of places to do work. I personally really like the MSB (Business School Building) because it's very spacious and pretty inside. However, it's not always quiet there throughout the day. Your best bet for quiet all the time is Lau, the main library. Fourth floor is my favorite place to study. It's not as aesthetically pleasing as the MSB, but there are less things to distract you there.

What's the Greek scene like?

There's not much Greek life on campus. There are only a few frats, one of which is a business frat and another that's a Jewish frat. I only know of a couple of sororities, and they're very service-oriented. Frats and sororities don't have their own houses, but they do throw parties wherever they live.

Jenna
What do students complain about most?

Although our dining hall is very accommodating and does have a wide variety of foods available, there is still only one dinin...

What do students complain about most?

Although our dining hall is very accommodating and does have a wide variety of foods available, there is still only one dining hall for the entire campus. There are places you can purchase food (stores, coffee shops, Cozy/Subway/Starbucks, etc.) but there is only one dining hall that supports the campus meal plan. There is one area on the other side of campus that allows you to grab a sandwich and sides as part of a "Grab and Go" service, but options are limited. Another favorite is the on-campus restaurant/bar Epicurean, but once again the food there is not available as part of the student meal plan. Side note: For health reasons I am a vegetarian who regularly eats gluten-free, and I never feel at a loss for options. But it would be nice to have different halls to help reduce overcrowding and add variety.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at Georgetown depend largely on the school and major you choose (there are four schools on campus; the McDonough School of Business - MSB, School of Foreign Service - SFS, School of Nursing and Health Studies - NHS, and the College - the liberal arts division). The MSB and SFS are specialty schools, and academics largely depend on the teachers you take and majors you choose. Students in the business school are usually able to double major with a minor if they schedule time appropriately, while the schedule for the SFS contains more requirements and students often either have one major or a major and a minor. The SFS is notorious for some very challenging courses, but each school has various majors and classes that continuously present challenges to students. Work load in the College depends entirely on choice of major (ranging from Medieval Studies to BioChem to English). The NHS is the smallest school, and thus most students are close with their teachers and able to maintain strong relationships with both teachers and fellow classmates - the drawback is there are more limited class options and more intensive requirements for some of the majors. In general, professors are highly willing to meet with students outside of class, and are usually quite helpful. Requirements are challenging but not overwhelming. Students are sometimes able to incorporate internships and jobs into their schedule, but your time commitments depend on extracurricular. Students are competitive, but against their own personal standards not usually each other. I have found that in classes where there is no mandated bell curve, students are very helpful and collaborative. Work at Georgetown is geared towards future employment, especially in the specialty schools (professors are very willing to help students acquire internships and jobs as necessary, and write very helpful recommendations).

Laura
Describe the students at your school.

Students are pretty diverse. The East Coast is definitely represented (especially Jersey). You might feel out of place if y...

Describe the students at your school.

Students are pretty diverse. The East Coast is definitely represented (especially Jersey). You might feel out of place if you come from a smaller town and are not used to city living. Students generally get dressed up for class. There are also a lot of international students, or students with unique heritage. There are a lot of people with a lot of money, but plenty of people are on financial aid. Students are politically active on both sides, especially since it is DC. Lots of people have internships. People don't generally talk about their future after Georgetown with respect to earnings.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Popular groups on campus are the Corp[student run non-profit coffee shop, grocery store, etc.], The Credit Union, Hoya Blue [spirit club], Relay for Life, Model UN, choral groups, DC reads [volunteers]. Essentially, there is a club for anyone with any sort of interest. Sports teams are the closest thing to Greek Life, because many of them have specific houses close to campus. Students must live on campus freshmen and sophomore year, but there are lots of different options for housing, at least after freshman year (dorms, suits, apartments, town houses). Depending on your dorm style, you will be more or less close with your hall. Basketball games are a big deal, and football is slowly becoming more popular. If you are awake at 2 am on a Tuesday, chances are you are either studying, hanging out with friends, or sleeping. People generally party on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. It really depends on the individual and their work level for the week. If you want to go off campus, there are a ton of different cool neighborhoods in DC. However, most people don't leave the Georgetown area unless it is for a specific reason.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype at Georgetown is that we are all rich, preppy, east coasters who went to the most elite prep high schools. While there are many people who do fit this stereotype, there are also a lot of international students and students from other states. People definitely study hard, but they also love to go out on the weekends to bars around DC. There is no greek life here(except a few Co-ed Frats). Students are very involved in extracurriculars and sports are big on campus.

Tiffiny
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back to my senior year of high school I would tell myself to finish college with the scholarship I recieved and...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back to my senior year of high school I would tell myself to finish college with the scholarship I recieved and not join the army. Altough the US Army taught me many things it has not helped me in the work force. The only thing that will help in the work force is a college education.

Megan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Georgetown is a diverse, invigorating and friendly school, in which DC is our playground.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Georgetown is a diverse, invigorating and friendly school, in which DC is our playground.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You are making the big leap to college. Do not worry about failing your classes, that is basically impossible. Instead, focus on skills you are going to want in college. After all, Mom has a wealth of knowledge on sewing, cooking, and medicine. Dad knows about finance and law. While you might rather be out getting a tan, which is actually going to be a burn, learn something an adult should know. At first, the cafeteria seem like a gift from God, unlimited pizza and ice cream, after a while you will find yourself craving something else. With a kitchen in your common room, you could make Asian flank steak from Mom's recipe. I know that you already know how to make cookies, brownies and the like, but extend that knowledge to actual meals. Maybe also have her teach you how to hem a skirt, she is a seamstress. I understand that Dad esentially filled out the FAFSA, but you really need to gain some understanding about finance. Soon you are going to be renting an apartment and paying taxes, learn a few things from your lawyer Dade. Essentially, don't waste your last summer at home.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Georgetown is the feeling of pride. Everyone on campus loves the school. Students are driven to succeed in the classroom, but they are willing to help each other. We are Hoyas, and that is felt everywhere.

Francesca
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Georgetown only helps in terms of jobs and internships because of its reputation. The location is great because it provid...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Georgetown only helps in terms of jobs and internships because of its reputation. The location is great because it provides so many opportunities no matter what a student is interested in. I do wish that they had a Chicano/Hispanic Studies Major and had a diversity requirement for students along with the other core requirements. It's a shame how ignorant some students really are when they arrive at Georgetown. I do not necessarily blame them but I do think that for a school who prides itself on diversity, they should make it a requirement. Students are very goal driven. Students join every organization possible, volunteer all the time, and intern/ work almost every semester on top of taking a full course load (5 or more classes) to add as much as they can to their resume rather than just because they want or love to. People are so stressed, it's scary sometimes. Georgetown definitely does seem to have a larger workload than other prestigious universities which I believe contributes to the stress on campus. I think there is school pride around basketball season but it seems like the alumni have much more school pride than the undergrads. Some students are also bitter about not getting into their first choice ivy so they show more pride for certain ivies than they do for gtown. I think georgetown should also update some of their facilities. For how well some of the sports teams do, they certainly do not have great athletic facilities. The students also complain about the dining hall but I think it's dumb because they are just being ungrateful spoiled people who do not appreciate how hard the people at the dining hall work to please the student body.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Anything that looks good on a resume or has the best parties.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are a hit or miss. Either they are good or bad. You can definitely find a professor who has written 248572938572 books or journals on a particular subject and have 9875697 degrees from different prestigious schools but talks more to hear themselves talk, brags more to build up their ego, or has to be right at all times and doesn't do well at actually teaching. Certain departments are great! I love the sociology department, the theology/ catholic studies department, the theater department, the art department, and multiple others because I have had the best experiences with them. Georgetown has the reputation for being difficult which is completely true. Certain classes only give out X amount of As per semester making them extremely competitive. Overall, georgetown definitely is known for grade deflation which makes a B- extremely depressing but in comparison to some other schools it may be the equivalent of a B+ or A-. Students are always having intellectual conversations outside of class. You can be at a crazy party at one of the townhouses and sit with a group of people discussing the most recent republican debates while being "slightly" intoxicated. Students are always studying/ working, partying, or working out. Studies are almost everybody's main focus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype is that georgetown is filled with a ton of rich white kids from the east coast. It is also believed that the students are stuck up, high maintenance, or snobby. Both stereotypes are true to an extent. Seeing as how over half of the students are white and half of all students are not on any financial aid (meaning their families are paying $60,000 a year), the stereotype is mostly true. However, I have definitely met students of all races that are completely down to earth despite their families wealth. Diverse is not something Georgetown is though.

Kate
What are the academics like at your school?

Georgetown is undeniably a lot of work. Students study a lot, but the majority of people find a good balance between school, ...

What are the academics like at your school?

Georgetown is undeniably a lot of work. Students study a lot, but the majority of people find a good balance between school, a social life, and extracurriculars. Georgetown is a liberal arts institution, so there are certain course requirements that all students have to take--such as theology, philosophy/ethics, history, english, and science/math--but there's a large variety of choice within each department. Class size depends on your major field, but they tend to be on the smaller side. In my experience, professors emphasize learning for its own sake, but usually connect the material to the "real world." I'm an English major with minors in Theology and French, so I've been lucky to have small classes. Professors usually know your name and are more than willing to help in office hours--but it is up to you to take the initiative.

Describe the students at your school.

Georgetown students are overachievers in almost everything they do. It's unusual not to be involved in a couple of groups on campus or to have an internship. Sometimes, this can be intimidating and it may seem that every one has their life planned out from point A to point B. However, you would be surprised by how many students change their majors or transfer schools (there are four that make up Georgetown undergrad).

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Georgetown students are often stereotyped as preppy, wealthy, private school kids. While "Joe Hoya" and "Jane Hoya" certainly exist on the campus, the diversity of the student body surpasses the stereotype. I would not go so far as to say that Georgetown's recent ranking on the "most hipster colleges" list is accurate, but I am confident in saying that every Georgetown student has a story and talent to offer. I am constantly inspired and pleasantly surprised by the intelligence, achievements, and passions of my fellow students. People also tend to be open-minded about discussing their ideas and opinions with those who disagree with them.

Marina
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Georgetown is best known for its academic reputation and career placement. The School of Foreign Service is particularly note...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Georgetown is best known for its academic reputation and career placement. The School of Foreign Service is particularly noteworthy and often places students in politics, government, and international organizations.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Thanks to my wonderful but often overachieving teachers, I have been preparing for the next step in my life since 5th grade. 5th grade prepared us for middle school, middle school prepared us for high school, and high school prepared us for college. Having experienced a year of college, I realize I was, perhaps, over prepared. While this made the transition fairly painless, the stress of working to pay off student loans makes me miss the days when unlimited extracurriculars consumed the majority of my time. Yet, I feel that I didn’t appreciate them at the time. “Present me” would tell “high-school-senior-me” to value my activities for the reasons they became a part of my life, not as prerequisites for the greater goal of college. When I started playing the cello or tutoring children it was not out of obligation to fill up an application, but because that’s what I loved to do. Perhaps if I had that attitude senior year, I would be able to look back on my high school career and see it as more than just a transient stepping stone towards what I assumed would be a more fulfilling college life.

What's unique about your campus?

Georgetown's reputation combined with its location in Washington DC affords it many unparalleled opportunities. We have amazing guest speakers - famous politicians as well as experts in every academic field, tons of free museums, amazing internship opportunities, etc.

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