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Attending Georgetown University, affords you the best of both worlds in both campus experience and central location. The camp...
Attending Georgetown University, affords you the best of both worlds in both campus experience and central location. The campus is quietly tucked away on top of the hills of the historical neighborhood of Georgetown. You tend to forget that you are situated in one of the most powerful cities in the world until you see the Washington monument in the distance. The University's location in Washington, DC makes it a prime nexus to implement your academic scholarship into real world networks and connections, since many national and international businesses, non-profits, and organizations are head-quartered here- not to mention the home of the US Government and its affiliates.
The small class sizes keep the setting intellectually intimate and allow to peel away the layers of a subject and go deeper into its meanings and various implications.
Georgetown is often misunderstood as being a sports centered school because of the success of its famous HOYAS in basketball, however, this couldn't be further from the case. Georgetown is a world-class liberal arts school, that attracts the most cutting edge researchers, professors, and scholars.
Georgetown is the best. I have had such a great experience here so far and I wish I never had to leave. It's obviously much s...
Georgetown is the best. I have had such a great experience here so far and I wish I never had to leave. It's obviously much smaller than state schools, but it makes it easy to get to know a lot of people both in your own grade as well as those in other grades. Walking around campus you're bound to see people that you know, which is actually really nice, but it's big enough that there's always new people to meet. The bars on M Street and in DC in general are so much fun. If you frequent them enough, you'll probably end up making friends with the bouncers and bartenders. Georgetown itself is a great place to live in for four years of your life and there's always fun and exciting things to go to and see in DC. You can go for a run to the monuments or the White House or the Capitol or wherever you want. Just make sure that you remember that you're still in a city so you need to be careful. There is a lot of crime in DC so just keep that in mind. Neighbors in Georgetown can be annoying because they don't like college students having parties and making loud noises so that's a definite problem. It sucks and means that parties have to end on the early side, but everyone goes to the bars by 12:30am or 1am so it's not that bad. The basketball games are a ton of fun to attend so make sure to buy season tickets. Like at any college, you can have as much school pride as you want and you can make the most of what you're given. Georgetown is awesome, but it's up to you participate and have fun.
There are a ridiculous amount of groups/organizations/clubs/teams on campus. I play both Club Water Polo and Club Basketball as well as playing intramural flag football, basketball, and softball. I'm also a member of the South Asian Society (but I'm not Indian) because every fall they host a cultural performance called Rangila that raises over $10,000 for a learning center in India and I have participated as one of the 400 dancers in the show every year since freshman year. It's a lot of fun, all of your friends and family come to the show, and there's an after party at a club on the last night of the show. Homecoming and Georgetown Day are both awesome and are basically just a great time for everyone to let loose, day drink, and show some school pride. Although our football team isn't as big as it is at state schools, our basketball team is so everyone goes to the games and Midnight Madness. It's always fun to stop by and see the occasional lacrosse game or soccer game on campus as well. There are lots of events both on and off campus to attend and tons of guest speakers. Basically, you'll never be bored at Georgetown if you don't want to be.
Honestly, there are so many different kinds of people at Georgetown. There are preppy kids, athletic people, really really smart people, stoners, hippies, environmental lovers, LGBTQ groups, etc. You will definitely meet some very interesting people here, but the majority of everyone is pretty normal. You'll find a group of friends that is right for you, but there's also a lot of opportunity to branch out and meet new people. Everyone is pretty driven and it's clear that we're all here to one day have a great paying job and/or make a difference in the world. We dream big here. Unfortunately, that means there can be overly aggressive people in classes sometimes - those kids that actually do all the readings and talk all the time and occasionally even question what the teacher is saying. Those kids are annoying, but they can also be entertaining. Just remember that the world would be a boring place if everyone was the same.
Georgetown is one of the top academics schools in the country and world so obviously academics here is challenging. You just have to know how to pick the right classes and professors. Talk to your friends and classmates. Ask around to see who has taken the classes you're looking into and their professors. Use ratemyprofessor.com, but don't rely completely on what you read. And know that you are going to have to take hard classes. It's just a fact. The thing you have to remember is that the professors are here to help you as long as you ask for it. If you want your teacher to know your name then I recommend taking seminars or other classes with fewer students. Most of the classes, besides the gen ed's, are on the smaller side so it shouldn't be hard for you to get to know your professors better. Try not to procrastinate with your school work and don't get too stressed over classes. Life will go on if you get a B.
When people think of Georgetown, they immediately think of a bunch of smart, preppy, rich kids. They think of nerds studying all day every day in the library (Lau) and the parties as non-existent because everyone is too busy studying. They envision girls in Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Vineyard Vines, etc. and the guys dressed equally as preppy and expensive. And sure, there are some of those students at Georgetown, but there are also some of those students at every other college and university in the country. Georgetown is one of the most expensive and prestigious universities so of course there needs to be people who can afford to pay the tuition every month, but there's also great financial aid so there's definitely a lot of diversity. Is everyone smart? Well, yes, for the most part. Sure there are those token kids that make you wonder if they only got in because of their parents, but overall, Georgetown is filled with ambitious, intelligent young people. Yes, there are slackers and procrastinators, but in the end, almost everyone here knows how to get their stuff done. But don't be fooled by our intelligence because we also know how to party. We don't have real frats or sororities, but that doesn't stop us from going hard Wednesday thru Saturday and the occasional Sunday Funday. Smart kids can party too.
Georgetown students are often stereotyped as smart, privileged, or even snobby; as a top university, we're seen as smart. But...
Georgetown students are often stereotyped as smart, privileged, or even snobby; as a top university, we're seen as smart. But, thanks to the pricey tuition and cost of living coupled with the near Ivy League feel, we're also often seen as rich, spoiled, and preppy. Truth be told, the smart part is right on; if you're used to being the smartest one in the classroom, get ready for a change at GU--here, everyone is that smart kid. The classes are challenging but rewarding and while you don't have the comfort of skating by, you'll be better for it come graduation. Now the spoiled rich kid part... sure, you'll see 19 year old girls in brand new Rangerovers and the pricey shops on M Street aren't just for tourists. But, overall there a lot of normal people here that don't meet that stereotype at all. And for the ones that are, thats part of the game at top private institution--chalk it up another aspect of the distinctive Hoya feel.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent four years here. My overall opinion is that Georgetown does a remarkable job...
I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent four years here. My overall opinion is that Georgetown does a remarkable job of gathering students who are exceptionally fun, generous, curious, and bright. I don't know exactly what their algorithm is, but it's working. Georgetown campus is beautiful, being in DC is a treat, the courses are wonderful, but it's the people who really make your experience. Georgetown collects some of the best 18 year-olds from across the country and most of them are extremely loyal to the place that gave them four fantastic years.
The Corp is a company owned and run by students which operates a number of coffee shops, convenient stores, and other businesses on campus. GUGS is a grilling society that was featured on the food network and makes a mean burger. GERMS is a student run EMT service, great training for potential med students and others. The Basketball team plays at the Verizon Center. We won the Big East championship in 2007 and made it to the Final Four.
Georgetown students tend to be type-A extroverts: very smart, highly organized, outgoing, easy to talk to, and driven. This is not a wear-pajamas-to-class type of college experience, for better or for worse. Students take pride in being well put-together and the gym is always crowded. People who are shy or have trouble asking for help will need to work harder here, since it is not a hand-holding type of institution, and they will be surrounded by go-getters.
Georgetown is divided into four colleges: the College (liberal arts, sciences), the Business School, the Nursing School, and the School of Foreign Service. All of these share a core curriculum of courses in science, theology, philosophy, and history. Additionally, each college has its own specific degree requirements. Georgetown academics are challenging. Students are expected to take five courses at once, which means a lot of juggling and the need for good time management. students balance their coursework with extracurricular activities and internships, which adds to the challenge. This is not a hand-holding institution. It is up to students to seek out their professors and deans to shape their educational journey and get the academic support that they need.
I've read variations of this in guidebooks and heard it from DC folks when I tell them I went to Georgetown. To be honest, it's true! You know those kids that bolt the door and study all day, sit hunched over their laptops at lunch, and spend away hours playing video games by themselves? These are a staple on college campuses, and there are just not very many of them at Georgetown. Georgetown students tend to be extroverted. Sure they study hard, may spend a weekend hunched a laptop when need be, but for the most part, they feel that college is not just about academics. They tend to be go-getters, with many taking the GUTS shuttle into the city a few days a week to intern, exploring their interests out in the real world. Most Georgetown students are able to carry on a conversation with just about anyone. If you get to Georgetown not knowing how to do this, you will learn fast. People here are open and outspoken about their interests. Most are genuinely interested in getting to know their classmates. Georgetown doesn't have a Greek system, but its students are hyper-social, whether it be going out, studying in groups, or just lounging around, talking with friends for way too many hours.
Everything is perfect about this school. Medium size means that you'll have a grasp on the social dynamic of your class but w...
Everything is perfect about this school. Medium size means that you'll have a grasp on the social dynamic of your class but will still continue to meet new people well into your senior year. Being in the nicest (i.e. wealthiest, most aesthetically pleasing, safest) part of DC gives you all the benefits of the city yet the town of Georgetown itself provides a great naturesque environment. In terms of both on-campus and off-campus dining, I've visited friends at similar schools like Villanova, Boston College, and Wake Forest, yet our food options blow their's out of the water (especially at our dining hall). But perhaps my favorite aspect of Georgetown U is the school pride. Basketball season does a lot in fostering this, and my best memories thus far have included waking up early on a Saturday and heading down to the Verizon Center (the city's premiere sports/concert venue) with my rowdy friends. Nothing can compare.
In the absence of greek life, students make most of their friends in club sports (which act in some ways as fraternities/sororities), freshman dorms, and student organizations like the Radio or the Chimes (historic a capella group). A typical student here will go out and drink Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Bar nights (and there are great bars here) are typically Wednesdays and Thursdays, while Fridays and Saturdays most students head to the off-campus townhouses that surround the front gates. You won't find a lot of drug culture here save occasional marijuana use, so the main focus is on alcohol.
The professors are very accommodating and, due to our size, have the opportunity to get to know you on a personal level in class sizes that hover around 20-30 in the majority of classes after freshman year intro level courses. As an English and Government double major, I can tell you that Georgetown is very flexible and allows you to take electives in a wide-range of courses, many of which will surprisingly go towards your major(s). For example, last year I took a course entitled "The Sociology of Hip Hop" and Hip-Hop artist Lupe Fiasco visited one class period - that class went toward my English major. Being in the location we are, famous political scientists and artists alike visit as guests and professors all the time. Students here are eager to learn but they're not so intense that you feel as though everyone's competing against each other - rather, you'll find a lot of students work together. It's not uncommon to be at a house party and overhear students simultaneously drinking heavily and having an intellectual conversation or debate on politics, and for this reason you feel a part of a prominent academic community.
The vast majority of our students admittedly come from money and that affects their physical appearance as well as attitude - but not as much as you'd think. Students are surprisingly down-to-earth due to Georgetown's focus on community service and international diversity. This is DC, so everyone who decided to come here is very accepting of all types of backgrounds and even curious about those diverse backgrounds. DC also breeds political activism, which you'll definitely find on Georgetown's campus but won't feel stifled by such activity like on American U or George Washington U's campuses. Recently, for example, students from American U publicly criticized Georgetown students in a number of different media outlets for not joining the Occupy DC protests in large enough numbers. Despite a slightly left-leaning majority, Georgetown students feel as though protest involvement is not a substitute for finals studying.
Because Georgetown values both legacy and international diversity, the common stereotype is that the campus consists of trust fund preps and foreigners. While one walk around campus will confirm that many students dress up (think Polo, J Crew, etc) and that there's a plethora of diversity, you'll find that just about everyone is surprisingly down-to-earth. I attribute the lack of egotism to the fact that there's no legitimate greek life, which goes a long way in uniting the school rather than dividing it.
I feel like I should start by saying I LOVE Georgetown. I love everything about my school (though the winters may be a little...
I feel like I should start by saying I LOVE Georgetown. I love everything about my school (though the winters may be a little rough for a Texas native like me). The classes are taught by some of the brightest and most accomplished professors in the field. Despite the many accolades our professors often have, they are usually very accessible and always willing to help. CMEA (the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access) have immensely helped my transition from a very poor public school to an elite university. The support system (along with our basketball team) is amazing. Despite all of these things, the best part is by far the people. Georgetown is the perfect size campus. Large enough so you don't know everybody, but small enough so you always recognize a familiar face. There is a community for everyone. Aside from the actual campus, D.C. is an amazing college town. In Texas, I used to go for runs near cotton fields, but here I go for runs by the white house and the monuments. Basketball (both men's and women's) is huge on campus. My most memorable Georgetown experience involved trekking through a blizzard (more affectionately known as Snowpocalyse or Snowmaggedon) to watch Georgetown beat Duke. The blizzard shut down the streets of D.C., so on the way back from the game, hundreds of the Georgetown faithful crossed Key Bridge while singing the fight song.
The academics at Georgetown are obviously top-notch, though I think something that separates us from most elite universities is accessibility of our professors. All of my professors have known my name and most know my personal interests and background. Professors often invite students to lunch or even over to their house for dinner. I've have very little courses at Georgetown that I didn't love. The courses I have taken are fascinating. Though I'm an English major, my English courses are not the stereotypical Dickens and Faulkner (though we have those too!). Some of my major courses are titled: Human Trafficking, Narratives of Violence, Cultural Constructions of Motherhood and Ghost Stories just to name a few. We also have classes like Philosophy of Star Trek for all you trekkies reading this. There are no shortage of interesting classes to take at Georgetown. Being a Jesuit liberal arts university, all students are required to take 2 philosophy, 2 theology, 2 history, 2 social science, 2 math/science, 2 humanities and up to advanced level in a foreign language. While the core requirements are sometimes frustrating (I'm looking at you history requirement) there are generally so many classes offered that people generally enjoy the variety. Another option to get those pesky requirements out of the way is during study abroad. A large, large majority (emphasis on the large) study abroad. As a matter of fact, I am writing this review from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Georgetown has great study abroad programs on all 6 major continents, and...financial aid covers them all if you qualify. All in all, academics at Georgetown rock. While finals and midterms are never fun, students generally like going to class and learning from the proffessors...generally.
Georgetown University is known for having the typical Jack and Jane Hoya. Jack Hoya wears his collar popped and is probably from New Jersey. Jane Hoya wears the latest fashions and both come from really wealthy families. While that is the general stereotype for Georgetown students, I find it to be unrepresentative of the students. Sure, there are plenty who fit that stereotype, but the thing I love most about Georgetown is that there is a place for everybody, and largely everyone is accepted into the Georgetown Community. That's not to say, Georgetown doesn't face the same issues that every other school faces, but I've always found it to be a place full of supportive people. A stereotype that is reflective of Georgetown is that students work hard and party hard. While definitely not a cut-throat environment, there is a pressure to do well at everything. A majority of the students study hard, hit the gym regularly, are involved in tons of organizations, and still find time to cheer on their Hoyas at basketball games. For those who don't fit that mold, it can be a little overwhelming at times, but totally worth it.
Georgetown University is a truly unique university. It offers something for everyone...and if what you're passtionate about ...
Georgetown University is a truly unique university. It offers something for everyone...and if what you're passtionate about is not found on campus, you can simply start a group or event yourself! The size of the school is idea.. not too big and not too small... just enough that you can get to know your classmates and professors on a first-name basis and there is no overcrowding. Georgetown does have plenty of school pride. I believe this originates from the uniqueness of the school. The university is located in the heart of Washington, DC on the shores of the Potomac River. It offers students the opportunity to become a part of the greater DC area, which exposes them to internships, alumni, netowrking events, etc. It also is historically a Catholic university. While all religions are represented on campus and students can be as involved or uninvolved with the religious aspects of Georgetown as they please, I believe the underlying goals and message of the university stem from the Jesuit heritage, including encouraging service to others and educating the entire person. One experience I will always remember is surviving Snowmageddon after the winter snowstorm of 2010. Classes were cancelled for 4 days, but everyone turned out to the basketball game! Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown University is a very big basketball university! Students are not as interested in football, but always attend the basketball games. Most students on campus are very active in athletics of some form or another. If they are not members of a formal team, they work out regularly and stay healthy and fit. Students are also involved in at least 1 club or group on campus. With other 200 to choose from, there's bound to be something to interest you.
The students at Georgetown University come from a variety of backgrounds. Most of the students hail from the northeastern United States, but all states are represented as well as several foreign countries. Additionally, students on campus are of all different races, cultures, religious backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. There is a place for everyone, and one can always find someone else or a group of students with which to identify.
Most of my professors knew me on a first-name basis; however, some times it was difficult to get to know the professors in some of the larger classes. Academics are challening, but also stimulating and thought-provoking, and student participation in class facilitates learning. Professors are always willing to help students outside of class. The university requires Philsophy and Theology courses, but I believe these topics only help to fully round the students by encouraging them to take courses that may lie outside the comfort zone.
A common stereotype at Georgetown is that everyone attending wants to run for President someday! While many of the students attending have an interest in politics, Georgetown has a place for everyone with every interest. With over 200 student organizations and events around campus, it's easy to find students who are just like you and who share the willingness to succeed.
The stereotypical Georgetowner rocks J. Crew and Sperrys...regardless of gender. With this said though, it's important to rei...
The stereotypical Georgetowner rocks J. Crew and Sperrys...regardless of gender. With this said though, it's important to reiterate that this is a stereotype! Of course these Georgetown poster children wonder the front quad, but among them you see artistic hipsters, international divas and divos, bookworms and everything in between. The stereotype of a conservative preppy Georgetown student was something I was concerned about before coming here, but it has not held true for me. Another stereotype that dominates is a workaholic student body. While I admittedly do fall into this unfortunate category, it's refreshing that not everybody does. A common phrase here is "that's so Georgetown". In lay man terms, this means "that's so driven, impressive, and a little bit insane". Put in context, white boys standing in the back of a party speaking Intensive Advanced Arabic to each other...that's so Georgetown. Most people do work hard, but not everybody is to the point of no-sleep excess like the stereotype hints. There are some who do nothing but relax and enjoy the ride, while there are others that look like raccoons from too many late nights in Lau. With this said though, I am so pleased with the range of personalities and interests that I have encountered in the Georgetown student body. My advice is do not let stereotypes fool or dissuade you because they are often do not apply to the entire population...at least that's the nice case here.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to be prepared for the adjustment ...
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to be prepared for the adjustment that takes place the first two weeks or the first month of college. I'd tell myself that it'd be hard to make friends, to get used to living away from home, and to adjust to the new campus but not to give up because no matter how you felt that day, in a couple weeks it'll be just fine. You will find friends, you will find your "niche" at school and it'll all work out. I'd also tell myself to balance my academics with athletics and extracurricular activities. Other than that, enjoy college!
Academics, Athletics, Campus life are all awesome
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To my high school self, Do not be afraid. I know you’re scared of meeting new people. Since Georgetown is a private school, m...
To my high school self, Do not be afraid. I know you’re scared of meeting new people. Since Georgetown is a private school, many of the people don’t know each other so everyone’s in the same boat. I know most of your friends went to University of Maryland and that you wish you had chosen to go there too. Think about it this way. You now have the chance to create a new life for yourself. As the weeks progress, life gets better. You will make new friends and you will meet new boys that are infinitely times better than your ex. Your roommate is the exact opposite of you but that’s why you guys get along. You will get annoyed at her and vice versa, but, in the end, you both love each other. Classes are hard but you shouldn’t be as stressed as you are right now. Go to class, do your homework, study, and reach out to your professors. Other than that, you should enjoy life. DC is a great place to explore and your college life will be the best four years of your life. Good luck, Your college self
I think everyone should be able to attend Georgetown. It's really diverse.
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