Georgetown University Top Questions

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Matthew

The Hoya (the leading campus newspaper), the Corp (the student-run coffee shop/company), International Relations Club, Philodemic Society, GUSA (student government), GUASFCU (the student-run bank), DC Reads & other service organizations

Matthew

The Hoya (the leading campus newspaper), the Corp (the student-run coffee shop/company), International Relations Club, Philodemic Society, GUSA (student government), GUASFCU (the student-run bank), DC Reads & other service organizations

dAVE

Sports teams, unofficial fraternities, some social justice clubs as well

Matthew

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Matthew

Some of the most popular student groups on campus are The Corp, intramural sports teams, and College Dems/Republicans. I'm a member of GAAP and a co-captain of my floor's intramural basketball team. Next year, I will be a member of ResLife as an RA.

Matthew

The most popular student organizations are The Corp, a cappella groups, and intramural sports teams. I'm a member of GAAP (Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program) and I am the captain of my floor's intramural basketball team. I also will be a member of ResLife next year as an RA. I'd say the social kids leave their doors propped and traffic flows in and out pretty much all day and night. We'll switch between studying and chatting about nothing. Other times, people will gather in the common room to go over Econ answers. Guest speakers are huge! The Clintons are always a must-see event. President Karzai stopped by recently, as did VP Joe Biden and Bradley Cooper. Theatre is a quiet, but lively scene. I saw several shows on campus: one was in Spanish, another a friend was performing in, and the last was written by one of my professors. I met my closest friends because they were on my floor. NEW SOUTH 1 REPRESENT! I also met a bunch of guys through basketball at the gym. If I'm up at 2 AM on a Tuesday, I am frantically finishing a response paper for my Documentary Storytelling class while chugging chocolate milk from Hoya Snaxa. Traditions include sitting on John Carroll's lap, Chipotle Wednesday (that was a thing on my floor), and stealing the hands from the clock tower. Also, two words: Georgetown Day. People party on Fridays and Saturdays. The B-School kids also drink on Thursdays since they don't have classes on Fridays. Greek Life is nonexistent. There are service frats though (Alpha Phi Omega). Apart from the typical party scene, there is a ton to do on weekends. A lot of clubs have meetings or fundraisers, sometimes parties of their own. Also, D.C. is at your fingertips. You can go clubbing (well, okay, that is the party scene), but you could also see a concert, go for a bike-ride on the Mall [D.C. slang for see the monuments], or take a special girl/guy out for dinner on M Street.

Matthew

The most popular student organizations are The Corp, a cappella groups, and intramural sports teams. I'm a member of GAAP (Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program) and I am the captain of my floor's intramural basketball team. I also will be a member of ResLife next year as an RA. I'd say the social kids leave their doors propped and traffic flows in and out pretty much all day and night. We'll switch between studying and chatting about nothing. Other times, people will gather in the common room to go over Econ answers. Guest speakers are huge! The Clintons are always a must-see event. President Karzai stopped by recently, as did VP Joe Biden and Bradley Cooper. Theatre is a quiet, but lively scene. I saw several shows on campus: one was in Spanish, another a friend was performing in, and the last was written by one of my professors. I met my closest friends because they were on my floor. NEW SOUTH 1 REPRESENT! I also met a bunch of guys through basketball at the gym. If I'm up at 2 AM on a Tuesday, I am frantically finishing a response paper for my Documentary Storytelling class while chugging chocolate milk from Hoya Snaxa. Traditions include sitting on John Carroll's lap, Chipotle Wednesday (that was a thing on my floor), and stealing the hands from the clock tower. Also, two words: Georgetown Day. People party on Fridays and Saturdays. The B-School kids also drink on Thursdays since they don't have classes on Fridays. Greek Life is nonexistent. There are service frats though (Alpha Phi Omega). Apart from the typical party scene, there is a ton to do on weekends. A lot of clubs have meetings or fundraisers, sometimes parties of their own. Also, D.C. is at your fingertips. You can go clubbing (well, okay, that is the party scene), but you could also see a concert, go for a bike-ride on the Mall [D.C. slang for see the monuments], or take a special girl/guy out for dinner on M Street.

wanwen

For international Students, it is the graduate international organization.

Shu

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.

Shu

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Amanda

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Laura

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.

Laura

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.

Francesca

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

Jacqueline

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.

Katy

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.

Ryan

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.

Alexandra

The Corp. That's all you need to know about student activities. The Corp is the largest, student run organization on campus and have some pretty noteworthy alum's. They have 3 coffee shops on campus(Uncommon Grounds, Midnight Mug, and MUG), a grocery store (Vital Vittles), and a snack shop (Hoya Snaxa). In the Fall semester, they hire new students through a competitive interview process. They fund events on campus too, like the Holiday Gala coming up. The coffee shops have notorious drinks and make the BEST toasted bagels. A Capella is very big here too. We have a handful of groups, like the Capitol G's and the Chimes. Some are just women or just men, and some are mixed. They perform many times throughout the year and pull in big crowds. I am part of the GU Step Team (clapping and stomping, etc) and we perform at basketball games, Midnight Madness, community events and more. I began as a freshman because it was something I always wanted to learn and it fit well with my schedule. Georgetown also has hiphop groups, ballroom dancing, and many other ethnic groups. You can certainly join ANY group because people are always more than happy to teach. Some groups do hold auditions (like Groove Theory, our hiphop group). I met some of my best friends on the Step Team and it's so nice to have that sense of "family" on campus. I'm also part of a new Russian Society. So far, we're in the start-up phase and have basic meetings. Eventually we hope to draw in more students who are interested in the culture or language. The great thing about clubs at Georgetown is that you can always start your own. If you have an idea that hasn't been done before, get some friends together who also want to participate and start a group! At the beginning of every year, Georgetown holds the SAC Fair. Every club and organization represents themselves on the front lawn, and students can walk around to get information or sign up for emails. You would be surprised how many cool clubs there are on campus! Different organizations hold events each weekend that are great alternatives to the party scene. You can watch recent movies in our auditorium, have a spa night with friends, play Jeopardy for money or other cool prizes, and so much more. Some times an event costs about $5 but most of the time, it's free. I promise you, you will never be bored here!

Ciara

The Georgetown University International Relations Club is probably the most popular student organization on campus, next to the Corp, which is the largest student owned and operated business in the country. These groups create a close-knit community with students with similar interests, and undoubtably form friendships that will last for years to come. Athletics are also really popular on campus, with basketball bringing in the largest crowd of fans. During the season, students pack the Verizon Center in downtown DC to cheer on the Hoyas for some unforgettable games. It's also a great way to get to know other sports enthusiasts (or share Georgetown pride!) during your freshman year.

Erika

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.

Ryan

There's a lot to do and parties, etc. are pretty open to anyone. DC can be fun too, but not sure how much it has changed in the four years I've been gone.

Rebecca

started by Georgetown Students

Jack

I met my closest friends through on-campus activism. Beginning with Georgetown Solidarity Committee, the worker justice group, I got a chance to meet amazingly brilliant and dedicated people involved with MEChA de Georgetown (the Latina/o group), GU Pride (the LGBTQ group), and many others. There are no frats, but there is plenty of that typical college party -- drinking cheap beer, standing around awkwardly, uncomfortable drunken antics. For the next step above that, look out for dance parties -- the most notoriously good dance parties are thrown by the radio station (WGTB), student groups like MEChA or Solidarity, etc. There truly is much more to do than drink around DC, but frankly a lot of students never make it beyond the campus front gates or the upscale bars and shops of M Street.

Pauline

I couldn't do crew because I was an international student. my biggest regret...

Julie

Social life is pretty good at Georgetown, and you can almost always find something to do on the weekends. Few people go out during the week, unless you're a senior. Most people stay on campus on the weekend, but there are also lots of events and shows going on in DC. Georgetown basketball is extremely popular, and lots of people get really into it and dress up for the games. As far as friends go, I've met most of my friends through living in dorms together or through studying abroad. There are no fraternities or sororities to speak of, other than the business fraternity or community service fraternity, for example. The dating scene is non-existent.

Ali

Although partying is big part of oncampus life, there are a lot of things to do that don't involve drinking. There are lots of campus sponsored activities like movie watches and carnivals that do not involve alcohol. Off campus, there are always plays, movies, and concerts that you can go to.

Erin

As cliche as this might sound I think there's one motto that accurately describes Gtown: Work hard, play hard. During finals the campus is pretty much dead and there's hardly any available seats in the library but on any random weekend not consumed by major tests you can find some pretty packed and fun parties in various spots throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood. Basketball is HUGE - it's so incredibly fun to go to the games. It's become a ritual...and even the laziest of lazy students will get up at 9am to get to the Verizon Center by 10am on a Saturday morning - 2 hours before game time to ensure good seats for tipoff. I met my closest friends through introductions...I met one or two of them through freshman orientation and pre-matriculation networking events...the rest just accumulated through them. Dating works the same way - you just meet friends of friends either at parties or get to know people that you recognize from class and things develop from there. Eventually you learn that the network gets pretty small, but still big enough to be happy to see certain individuals when it's been a while.

Jill

great parties, friendly people

Torry

Georgetown recently began this program called What's After Dark that provides the opportunity for Georgetown students to engage in fun night time activities that do not focus on drinking. Definitely a plus!

Peter

Georgetown University's Ice Hockey team has grown significantly in recent years. We play just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia at the brand new practice facility for the Washington Capitals. This venue has allowed Georgetown's student body to get involved with the team and attend games in large numbers. A quick Metro ride will drop you off just a block away from the rink, transportation many GU students utilize to come cheer on the Hoyas. Most recently, in one of our final home games against Duke, several hundred students as well as outside fans saw a hard-fought battle that Georgetown won with a goal in the late stages of the 3rd period. Georgetown Hockey games have become a very popular weekend night activity for students who want a change from your standard house party around campus. Team members consist of undergraduate students of all class years who generally played high school varsity and for a club travel program. Socially, the team is a tight-knit bunch and who can often be seen celebrating a victory together around campus later that night. We are reigning back to back champions of our league, the ACCHL, for both the regular season and playoff tournament. For more information, check out www.georgetownhockey.com.

Ashley

No Greek Life. Queue a few hours early for dignitary speakers and free theatre tickets. Everyone loves the basketball team.

Andrew

The Corp is the largest student run org. in the country and employs a ton of students. The credit union is also popular, although it's unpaid. Students do often leave doors open but it's not the greatest idea since you are in a city. Georgetown basketball attendance has grown by about 4x over the last 4 years. Other sports, not so much. Guest speakers are frequent (like 3-5 per week) and great. Theater isn't that popular but it's growing with the new facilities. Closest friends came fromt the crew team. The dating scene isn't great since it is a small campus. It seems like there are serious relationships and random hookups, but not much middle ground. 2am for the 1st 3 yrs-studying...now-I just left The Tombs, the campus bar. Hoyathon (dance party/ charity fundraiser), Homecoming, Foxfields (horse race), Relay for Life, March Madness. Partying for seniors is probably 3 nights a week but probably 2 for most underclassmen. It obviously varies on an individual basis. Frats don't really exist, only service, religious, and professional ones. Last weekend was te end of spring break so it was a party weekend. Saturday without drinking-movie, concert, other performance, dinner out in dc, ice skating...mostly revolves around parties or the georgetown (the area, not the U.) bar scene though

Andy

The Georgetown Credit Union is the nation's largest entirely student-run credit union, with $12.2 million in peak assets. It's a great opportunity to get experience before graduation--whether you're working shifts, managing, or serving a term as CEO. The second floor of the library is the social floor, and my favorite place to work. You don't have to be silent, you're right near Midnight Mug (one of our student-run coffee shops owned by The Corp [largest student-run incorporation in the country, see the wiki page]), and it's more like hanging out with friends than stressful study time.

Alex

Most popular groups on campus are probably Rugby (they throw a lot of parties), South Asian Society (indian kids, also throw a lot of parties), Jew Frat (parties), and maybe my investment club (only a few parties a year, but they're awesome). I'm part of Georgetown Collegiate Investors, LLC., AKPsi Prof. Business Fraternity, and some intramural teams. Georgetown Collegiate Investors is the largest, and oldest, student-run fund in the nation, we invest our own money in the market and make a pretty solid return while learning tons about the investment process. It operates like a mutual fund, such that all of the members vote on which stocks to buy/sell, and the majority decision rules. Kids leave their dormroom doors unlocked/open when they're in, locked when they're out (usually). BASKETBALL is HUUUUUUUUUUGE, football & lacrosse are probably second. Guest speakers usually get a pretty solid turnout, often a 100+ people attending. Never been to theater, although it's quite common & popular. some kids date (both on-campus, and long-distance), some kids look for hookups. I met my friends through the dorm, my clubs, my older brother, and my frat. 2am Tuesday, i'm probably studying or screwing around in the dorm, hangin' out. Rangila, indian dance/performance is huge every fall, Midnight Madness for the basketball team is NUTS. Homecoming is a blast, the Syracuse/Georgetown basketball games are always intense. Foxfields in the spring is a shitshow (get drunk on a bus and go to some horseraces - you'll never see a horse and have the best time of your life). Georgetown Day in April is a 24 hour assault on your liver. people party whenever they can, although work is always a consideration. Thursday/Friday/Saturday is always on, and then depending on what your weeks' like, more from there. frats aren't that important, although I love mine and i'm glad to be part of it. last weekend was spring break. i was in south beach, miami, lovin' the sun. My friends were getting arrested in Panama City, Fl. You can go anywhere in the city when you're looking for some non-alcoholic amusement, any day of the week. movies, monuments, whatever. off campus i'm usually getting a bite to eat, movies or on booze runs.

Dylan

The basketball team is the most exciting on campus. Games are always fun. The bar seen is the best for the night life. M street is one of the most fun streets in the country. People party definitely 3 times a week and sometimes 4. Off campus there is so much to do like site seeing, shopping, drinking, eating out, going to concerts, shows, sporting events.

Dave

Georgetown's religious community is very strong. The guest speakers are amazing; Condi, Ron Paul and Howard Dean were all here last month.

Jennifer

Students in dorms don't leave their doors open, not because they do not want to be social, but because most of them slam shut immediatly. Atheltic events, mainly basketball (but also soccer and lacrosse) are extremely popular. Guest speakers are also wildly popular. Often offered on a first come first serve basis, you hope to get the email immediatly so you can RSVP, otherwise your chances of going are slim. This is due to the quality of speakers Georgetown is able to attract. Theater, not so much. My closest friends were all in my freshman dorm, or I studied abroad with them. If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday its normally because I am working. I like to sleep. Traditions/events: Georgetown Day, Midnight Breakfast, Traditions Day, I'm sure there are more People often party on the weekends, some people start Thurs, but for the majority it is Friday/Saturday. Party is a relative term though, often people just hang out with their close friends and "party." No fraternities or sororities are recognized by Georgetown. Therefore, they are not a big deal. Last weekend was a three day weekend. I hung out with friends on friday, went to bed early Sat, went to a friends bday party on sunday. Watched baskedball games, slept, shopped, and did some homework inbetween. Saturday nights sometimes Georgetown hosts movie nights. You can down to M street and see a movie or go to dinner. You can go into DC, see the monuments at night. Or you can just hang out with other friends who don't want to drink either, play games and have probably an equally fun time, Off campus- M Street is packed with stores and restaurants and is just 10min away so a lot of Georgetown students frequent there. Georgetown is also locate in DC, and therefore all DC has to offer is a short trip away. National mall, monuments, museums.... are all things to do off campus.

Rebecca

I work at The Corp, which is the largest student run organization in the world. On campus, it has three coffee shops, a grocery store, a convenience store, and a video rental service. I have enjoyed working there since my freshman year. It was a good way to find a small community and make friends. On campus activities are fairly well attended, including sporting events (especially basketball), guest speakers and theater. There are interesting options every day of the week. Just last week I saw Condoleezza Rice speak, and have also listened to some very interesting talks by visiting faculty, Georgetown professors and other experts on topics ranging from social theory to terrorism to current international events. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday a free movie is shown on campus. The dating scene at Georgetown is bad. People often discuss a "hook-up culture." I was incredibly frustrated by this my first two years of school (as I think much of the female student population at Georgetown is). Students go to parties on Fridays and Saturdays, get drunk and go home with someone. This experience is repeated often, but almost always with a different person. Girls wonder why boys don't call them back, what's wrong with them, why they can't get a boyfriend. Boys, I think, figure they can hang out with their bros, drink beer and watch the basketball game, and then go to a party and get whatever else they want without strings attached. Why tie themselves to a girlfriend? There are no residential fraternities or sororities. There is a service frat (AEP) and a Jewish frat. They don't play a large role in campus social life, although I do think that the guys that participate in them are a little "sleezy." As a senior, my social life is incredibly different than it was my first two years. As an underclassman, I went out to on-campus parties with friends, usually a couple nights a week. I rarely knew the person who was throwing the party, but was invited by a friend of a friend of a friend. Parties usually had a keg of beer and cheap vodka. Often the campus police would come and break up parties. I also spent a lot of time hanging out with friends in dorm rooms, watching movies, telling stories, discussing classes and current events. As a senior, I have a lot of pot-lucks and dinner parties, go to parties that my friends are throwing, and make an effort to get into DC more, either to go to bars, restaurants or museums. I've been to the zoo a couple times, to some local farmer's markets and the Washington Mall a few times this year. Last night (Thursday) I went to a Spice Girls concert, and then to a bar with friends. Today I am doing homework and applying for jobs, and tonight I am going to a pot luck with the kids I work with (at the coffee shop) and my roommate is throwing a pot-luck/party at our apartment for a perspectives student who is visiting. This weekend I plan to spend studying. Last weekend I went to New York with my boyfriend.

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