Georgetown University Top Questions

What is your overall opinion of this school?

dAVE

Awesome. Love it here, great people, great academic culture, very fast paced though be ready to move!

Matthew

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Matthew

I love Georgetown, plain and simple. I live in the best city in the world: Washington, D.C. There is no better place to spend college. I knew that I wanted a university with a big city, but a small-town feel, and that is exactly what I got. Georgetown's undergraduate population is approximately 8,000 students. I could not imagine attending a large, public school or a smaller college. For me, Georgetown strikes just the right balance. I might run into three or four friends on the way to class, but I pass a sufficient number of strangers, too. I feel like I belong, but I am not overwhelmed by familiarity. I am eager to meet new people, but I am not drowned in anonymity. The best thing about Georgetown is its sense of community. "Cura Personalis," or "care for the entire person," is one of the university's core values, which flows throughout student life. My friends and professors are compassionate and understanding. Georgetown is teaching me the skills not only to find a job, but also the basics of getting along with other people in the real world. We are "Men and Women for Others." There is no doubt that Georgetown is one of the best universities in the world. Wherever I go, I receive recognition of the university's prestige - even back home in California. At dinner the other night, my sister was wearing my Georgetown sweatshirt and the hostess excitedly told us that one of her good friends just graduated from Georgetown. "It's a great school!" she said. Simply, Georgetown is incredible. This past year alone, I saw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak in Gaston Hall, witnessed President Obama's Second Inauguration, went ice-skating with friends on the waterfront, took in a performance at the Kennedy Center, and cheered on my beloved Hoyas at the Verizon Center. I just can't capture my love of Georgetown in words. From meeting my roommate on the first day of college to taking a Spanish final on "Georgetown Day" and from playing FIFA with my buddies until 3 AM on a Tuesday to pulling all-nighters studying for Map, I miss Georgetown so much. Freshman year is barely over, but I can't wait to get back.

Matthew

I love Georgetown, plain and simple. I live in the best city in the world: Washington, D.C. There is no better place to spend college. I knew that I wanted a university with a big city, but a small-town feel, and that is exactly what I got. Georgetown's undergraduate population is approximately 8,000 students. I could not imagine attending a large, public school or a smaller college. For me, Georgetown strikes just the right balance. I might run into three or four friends on the way to class, but I pass a sufficient number of strangers, too. I feel like I belong, but I am not overwhelmed by familiarity. I am eager to meet new people, but I am not drowned in anonymity. The best thing about Georgetown is its sense of community. "Cura Personalis," or "care for the entire person," is one of the university's core values, which flows throughout student life. My friends and professors are compassionate and understanding. Georgetown is teaching me the skills not only to find a job, but also the basics of getting along with other people in the real world. We are "Men and Women for Others." There is no doubt that Georgetown is one of the best universities in the world. Wherever I go, I receive recognition of the university's prestige - even back home in California. At dinner the other night, my sister was wearing my Georgetown sweatshirt and the hostess excitedly told us that one of her good friends just graduated from Georgetown. "It's a great school!" she said. Simply, Georgetown is incredible. This past year alone, I saw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak in Gaston Hall, witnessed President Obama's Second Inauguration, went ice-skating with friends on the waterfront, took in a performance at the Kennedy Center, and cheered on my beloved Hoyas at the Verizon Center. I just can't capture my love of Georgetown in words. From meeting my roommate on the first day of college to taking a Spanish final on "Georgetown Day" and from playing FIFA with my buddies until 3 AM on a Tuesday to pulling all-nighters studying for Map, I miss Georgetown so much. Freshman year is barely over, but I can't wait to get back.

wanwen

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.

Francesca

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.

James

Georgetown is wonderful in a lot of ways. As a relatively small, private university, it can offer its students personalized attention and services that may be hard to find in a larger university. These include personal relationships with faculty members, small class sizes, career-education services, counseling and other support groups geared to individualized concerns, etc. Georgetown students also benefit tremendously from the campus location in Washington, DC. The actual town of Georgetown offers a smaller, more manageable space for students within the larger urban context. The town of Georgetown comes to feel like an extended campus and students find themselves right at home outside the campus gates. Additionally, Georgetown's close proximity to Capital Hill and the White House not only offers fantastic career opportunities, which many students take advantage of, but also brings influential speakers to campus (the list includes President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and fellow Hoya Bradley Cooper). Student complaints about Georgetown typically critique the social dynamics on campus. There is a small greek presence, but these fraternities and sororities are not recognized by the University and can easily be ignored if one so chooses. Consequently, Georgetown relies a lot upon other student groups to organize social interactions. One such group is The Corp, an entirely student-run organization (the largest in the nation) that operates many food and service businesses on campus. Some students feel animosity toward The Corp, typically describing it as exclusive and all-consuming of its members (it has even been referred to as "The Cult"). The Corp is, however, the largest student group on campus and "Corpies" typically love their experience. Another major social critique here at Georgetown is of the dominant "hook-up culture". Serious relationships are not common and an invitation to go on the stereotypical dinner-date is very rare and taken seriously. The norm is rather the casual hook-up, something people usually tire of by junior year. This notion of the "hook-up culture" is so prevalent that not only does every student know the term, but so do many professors. Georgetown, obviously, is not perfect, but does offer both strong academics and a strong social scene. Each person's experience is a little different, but all the students I know are proud to be Hoyas.

Metasebia

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.

Jacqueline

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.

Katy

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.

Ryan

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.

Ryan

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.

Bonnie

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.

Ciara

The typical Georgetown experience is completely atypical; students will find within the first couple months on campus that they adopt the phrase, "that's so Georgetown". Walking on my way to class, I've seen Vice President Joe Biden touring campus. While I'm at the gym, I've seen the Obamas taking tennis lessons. I've listened to President Obama, Ann Coulter, and Michael Moore with a relatively small group from the Georgetown community - and all of these things happened during my freshman year. During my sophomore year I was invited into the White House for a panel on Native American Policy; I also had a personal conversation with my senator who was invited onto campus to discuss health care policy. These opportunities are not just available for students in the School of Foreign Service and Government majors; I'm an English major and I've had created incredible memories within my first two years. Georgetown is small enough that everyone has these incredible opportunities, no matter what major you declare.

Erika

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!

Ryan

If you want to learn langauges and be in an international environment, Georgetown will work for you. It is not Harvard or Chicago however - kids don't sit around on the weekend and read poetry to each other. But the school does prepare you for the real world, and is a lot of fun if you can strike the right work/life balance.

Jack

Georgetown has more than its fair share students grooming themselves to be politicians and future rulers of the world. But if you can take them a little less seriously than they take themselves, you'll also find a vibrant community of students absolutely dedicated to fight for social justice, to make our campus more diverse and inclusive, to make the world a better place.

aj

Best other thing about Georgetown is the history, Washington, DC and the awesome architecture. A lot of bureaucracy and bad university administration. School is just the right number of undergraduates and the graduate population stays relatively out of sight because their campuses are not near the main campus. People always say, "Wow, Georgetown is a good school," when you tell them you go there, but not like if you go to an Ivy. Most of my time spent on campus is spent in my house. DC is a "big college town" in that it is a big town with a lot of colleges in it. If you look for college-ish spots around the city, you will find other college-aged folks from AU, GWU and CUA. Biggest recent controversy is always gay issues. There is good school pride, but don't expect everyone to always be rocking full GU duds from head to toe. Georgetown has no fraternities or sororities 'on campus.'

Pauline

Great school in an awesome environment.

Jillian

The administration is a mess, making student services impossible to navigate. If the Corp weren't here, the students wouldn't be able to get anything out of the university. If I hear one more time that the administration's "hands are tied" on an issue, I'll die.

Julie

The best things about Georgetown are its location. The campus is relatively small and manageable, with beautiful old buildings and a nice front lawn. The town of Georgetown is great, with lots of shopping and restaurants and bars, and the city is not too far away. Its kind of the best of both worlds because you get a real college campus feel, but you have all the benefits of a large city close by. As far as the administration goes, there are a lot of great professors but I felt the advising to be really sub-par. I had the impression that college was a time to discover what you want to do with your life, but for a lot of majors, you really have to get started early, in freshman year. Also, students don't have academic advisers until they declare a major, but it would be helpful to have someone advising you on what major to choose. Campus life is enjoyable. There is a pretty good social night life, and there are always interesting cultural events going on around campus. Students are very active in social justice issues, and lots of people get very involved in their causes. Basketball season is a lot of fun too. The worst thing about the school, in my opinion, is the lack of sexual health resources. Because of Georgetown's Catholic identity, you cannot be prescribed birth control at the Health Center, and they don't even carry it at Georgetown Hospital's pharmacy. The Pregnancy Center doesn't provide all the resources and information that it could, and condoms aren't available anywhere near campus. It is a Catholic issue, but

Ali

The school is just right, not too big or small. Everyone is treated equally; athletes don't get special privileges and there are no honors students. I haven't had an amazing class yet, but most have been enjoyable with good teachers who are willing to help. The best thing about Georgetown is the people.

Ali

The best thing about Georgetown is the location in Washington DC. There are literally thousands of internship opportunities that can help you network and land a great job after graduation. There are also great restaurants and clubs in the city that make it an extremely exciting place to live.

Erin

The best thing about Georgetown is that everyone loves Georgetown. No, I'm serious. Never have I ever felt such a surge of school spirit than I did when I first stepped foot on campus nearly four years ago. It's a perfect size - just small enough to give you the tight community feeling and just large enough to ensure that you don't have to see the same people every second of every day. Another thing I love about Georgetown is it's reputation. More often than not when I mention that I go to Gtown I get the "Wow, smart girl" or "Oh, great school" answer...and I must admit that I love that kind of reaction. When I'm on campus I'm usually in my apartment, in the gym, or in the library. And as much as I adore Yates and it has come to hold a special place in my heart, I would definitely not mind Gtown upgrading the workout facilities. Georgetown's location is pretty much perfect. We're in the middle of a beautiful and quaint neighborhood in a robust city, but also have a gorgeous and quiet campus that helps us feel a bit more isolated. It's the perfect mix of campus and city life. There's a story I like to tell people that paints a pretty good picture about school pride at Georgetown. I have an older brother that graduated from Emerson College. He was one of (I think) 15 or so paid tour guides. At Georgetown, the application and interview process for Blue & Grey is pretty rigorous - I think there's about a 25% acceptance rate (last semester alone there were over 110 applicants). On top of that, we're all volunteers. I think there are currently about 100 active guides dispersed amongst all four years who all love our school so much we are willing to wake up at ungodly hours (ok...so only 10am) on Saturday mornings to brag about our school to prospective students and parents. That's a lot of love... More along the lines of school spirit...the experience that I'll never forget has to do with last year's basketball season, when the Hoyas defeated North Carolina to advance to the final four for the first time in about 20 years. As soon as the buzzer rang my friends and I ran out of Copley Hall (where we also saw hoards of students emerging from wherever they were watching the game) and went down to N St between 37th and 36th. It was there that probably about 1000 students dominated the streets and started chanting our fight song as well as many other battle cries. Just when I thought everyone had had enough the crowd started to break into a spring after a distant voice cried out "TO THE WHITE HOUSE!" About 15 minutes later...after running wildly through M Street, Wisconsin Ave, and Pennsylvania Ave (high fiving stopped drivers and screaming Go Hoyas at every passerby) about 400 give or take a few Hoyas ended up outside of the gates of the White House...ah...incredible :) I'd say definitely the most frequent student complain is about the food. Leo's is notorious for the same old soggy stuff. But it's undergoing some serious renovations and is apparently really making a turnaround - again something I can't be too up to date about because I haven't eaten there in some months.

Madison

Georgetown is an interesting place. I do love it, but it took me some time to feel that way. My fellow students are relentlessly careerist and more than a little neurotic about their grades - people like that get tiresome to anyone remotely well-adjusted. They're the kind of "Organization Kids" that David Brooks wrote about in the Atlantic in 2001. I've learned that it's nice, ultimately, to be around people who care about their academics and their careers; their ambition is contagious. I do find myself wishing from time to time, though, that people would be a little more inclined to enjoy college for what it is: an opportunity to be irresponsible and have some fun before the curtain of the real world descends.

Jill

Location, great professors, amazing opportunities, beautiful location, community feel

Torry

Best thing about Georgetown is its positioning as a college campus with access to DC. That being said, one thing I would change is to increase our access to DC even more with more bus routes to downtown or by having a metro stop closer to campus, but that will likely never happen given the stance of Georgetown residents. The school is a good size with a good reputation. If you tell a peer that you go to Georgetown, he or she may just nod and ignore, but if you tell someone beyond college (e.g. future employer?) you go to Georgetown, then a compliment will most likely ensue. There is a great amount of school pride, especially during basketball season.

Ashley

It's the non-Ivy Ivy school. Off-campus housing is expensive. MSB grads have the 2nd highest starting salaries of b-school undergrads.

William

Best thing about Georgetown? Every student can out-think and out-perform you in every situation. We make the best students, the best interns, and the best party-goers. I'd change the kids that don't dress preppy enough... we're a top-tier 4-year private institution, and everyone's clothes should reflect that. The campus is the perfect size; it's small enough that you always know at least one person no matter where you are, but big enough where you can meet new people every day. People are impressed when I say I go to Georgetown... and they should be. Most of my time is spent at the library, not gonna lie. The administration listens to us; for example, they recently tried to curb on-campus drinking by amending the alcohol policy, and the student outrage forced the admins to rescind the amendment. School spirit-wise, everyone either loves or Georgetown or is still bitter they were rejected from their first choice Ivy. Every basketball game is a life-changing experience.

Jill

The best thing about Georgetown is Georgetown the city. It is such a great place to be and so many things to do. It's an education just to live in Georgetown. I spend most of my time on campus in the library. It can be a very social place so you can still see your friends as well as get your work done.

Andrew

The active student body is easily the best thing. There's always something to do and always great people to meet along the way. I would change the structure to the academic advising which I only have experience with in the business school. It needs to be a bit more focused on students' longer term collegiate goals as opposed to the next semester. Size is great, especially with all of DC as an outlet if you were to feel confined. People are generally impressed or they ask if it's in Georgia. College Town. Lots of school pride. The Jesuit experience is pervasive but not imposing. Lot of complaints about the food but it's gotten better and better over the last 4 years and is definitely on its way to being something students are satisfied with.

Andy

Georgetown's size is perfect. With about 6,000 undergrads you will always be meeting new people but also see familiar faces whereever you go. People are always impressed when they hear you're a Hoya. The Georgetown neighborhood of DC is SUCH a college town! There are great restaurants, shops, and there's always something to do. Georgetown is in a city but has a self-contained campus with grass and trees, which is great. The views in DC with the Potomac, the museums and the monuments can't be beat! There is a lot of school spirit on campus--everyone is a diehard Hoya.

Alex

Best thing about Georgetown is the international scope - the value of going to school alongside smart kids from all over the the nation, and the world cannot be emphasized enough. I'd change the University's position toward fraternities. As a member of AKPsi, the professional business fraternity on campus, I am thrilled with the opportunities provided by, and the potential for, the frat, but I wish our chapter was not a mere 3 years old and supported more. School size is perfect - see your friends often, but always new people and new faces wherever you go. People react generally positively. It's recognized as a premier university in the country, but it's a friendly institution. The basketball team makes it accessible to sports fans, and the breakdown of 4 schools (business, foreign service, nursing, and college) means it has something in common, or if interest, with virtually everyone. The Jesuit identity is often remembered as well. I spend most of my time in my dorm now, just because I now do my work there since winter's frozen the path to the library. However, I'm out of my room most of the day, between classes, clubs, working out, intramural games, frat meetings, and parties. College town. Between M Street, Wisconsin, DC, and Rosslyn, there's not much more you could ask for in a college town. The administration seems to be there when you need, otherwise it just lets the University run itself. They're an accomplished bunch, from my understanding. Most recent issue had been a few homophobic incidents (they've been labeled 'hate crimes' but the facts were never clear). Those have been resolved since last semester, and the University takes any and all such problems very seriously and actively looks to eradicate any intolerance or threats on campus. School pride on campus could not be stronger. We love our University, our Hoyas, and we're proud to show it. HOYA SAXA, baby. The most unusual aspect to Georgetown is the extraordinary diversity of the University. You have members of the student body AND faculty from every conceivable walk of life, it's one of the single most valuable intangible assets of Georgetown. Most frequent student complaints are housing (we all want apartments), Leo's (we always want better food - it's not terrible though), and the price of things (it's just an expensive experience, but being a spendthrift in no way limits your time on the Hilltop).

Tom

The best thing about Georgetown is being in DC. There is always something new to see and do, without having to sacrifice a real campus (like GW does) School pride could be better, hopefully the recent basketball success will help us a bit. The biggest complaint is wireless internet access, it sucks! Very few dorms have it, and it is spotty in class buildings.

Dylan

Best thing about Georgetown is the location. Perfect college area, you feel like your in a college town at the same time that your in the capital of the most powerful country in the world. the bars, sites, food options, and entertainment options are the best. I find the school to be a little too small, but the fact that it is in the city makes up for this. There is just so much to do and your at a college with an incredible academic reputation, its a perfect spot. I wouldn't chose anywhere else.

Lee

The network, the experience, the culture, and the sense of togetherness. The majority of Georgetown students are friendly, open and kind. Not to mention the school is located in an amazing area.

Lauren

I would change the alcohol policy and further advocate student unity. The students were all pretty unified after our Sweet Sixteen win last year. It was awesome! We ran to the White House.

Dave

The best thing at Georgetown is the school spirit and its diversity. The school's size is just right, it feels small but it is big. When you tell people that you go to Georgetown, they react very impressed. I spend most of my time on campus on the tennis courts. Georgetown is a college town, but an expensive one. I feel that Georgetown's administration is a bit uptight, but they are also flexible. There is a ton of school pride. I will always remember Georgetown beating Louisville 55-52, to take the Big East Season title.

Ed

Georgetown is an incredible school to attend. The classes are generally very good, the facilities are fine. The city is INCREDIBLE, and the university offers students many opportunities that you can't get anywhere else. No school rivals Georgetown in terms of the high-profile speaker who come to campus, and usually students get meaningful interaction with them beyond just sitting and listening to speeches. For those who seek them out, there are lots of ways to get involved in everything from Wall Street, to government work (the DoD and State Dept), to human rights work (STAND was founded here, and many students are involved in charity and development stuff), education (TFA is the largest undergraduate recruiter), entrepreneurship, undergraduate research, et cetera. I've had the time of my life at Georgetown. Far and away the best thing about it is its student body -- which is full of incredibly smart people. Although Georgetown's endowment is only Top 100 and it is only ranked Top 25, in terms of academic competitiveness it is Top 10. Georgetown's focus on the Jesuit "education of the whole person" and "cura personalis" creates students who care passionately about the rest of the world and make lifelong commitments to succeed in socially meaningful ways. After its student body, Georgetown's greatest asset is undoubtedly its location. Being in DC gives us access to everything from great speakers to great internships, to being in the sidelines in DC scandals, Hollywood filming, inaugurations, et cetera. The fact that we're the most prestigious school in DC also undoubtedly contributes to our ability to get an incredible student body.

Jennifer

One thing I would change about Georgetown is the barriers between different schools (MSB, SFS etc.). You should be able to take all classes available, not just ones offered by your specific school. Georgetown is the perfect size. You see people you know when walking around with enough regularity to feel comfortable, but not too much that you feel you know everyone on campus. People tend to comment on how it is such a good school. Unless I am at home in Texas, because there is a Georgetown, Texas and they think I go to school there. College town in a way. M Street thrives off students. However, some issues between local neighbors in students due to noise levels and such. Biggest recent controversy - the new alcohol policy. LOTS of school pride, even more so now than in the recent past due to the success of the Georgetown basketball team Most frequent student complaints - the food on campus,the alcohol policy, problems with people incharge of housing and study abroad, feel slightly disconnected with administration (even deans)

Rebecca

Georgetown is a school of 6,000 undergraduates. Thanks to the four school structure (School of Foreign Service, Business School, Nursing School and the College), students get to know their peers who are in the same program. Walking across campus, I might recognize 10 out of 40 people I pass, and stop and talk to three. Often, when I tell people I go to Georgetown they are impressed with the name, and I find myself in a somewhat awkward conversation about the application process. Washington, D.C. is a great city, both for studying, with great resources such as the Library of Congress, and for culture, with the Smithsonian museums and the Kennedy Center. There are lots of fun neighborhoods with endless restaurants and bars, although as a student I don't eat out often. Three things I would change: 1) I would eliminate the requirement that freshmen and sophomores have a meal plan. We have one dining hall, Leo J. O'Donovan's, fondly dubbed "Leo's." Although the dining hall does not have bad food, it's not great, and the all-you-can-eat set up makes gaining the "freshman 15" an easy trap. In fact, almost all my friends did gain the freshman 15, on "Leo's chocolate chip cookies" and "fro-yo." I don't have a meal plan this year, and I don't miss it at all. I have a much healthier life style, and I save a lot of money! 2) It would be nice to have a closer grocery store. There is a student store on campus, run by "The Corp." They stock the basic necessities, like soda, chips, pasta, sandwiches and milk. The closest supermarket to campus is Dean and Deluca, a gourmet food shop on M Street. You might treat yourself to a sushi lunch out there, or a two dollar tomato if you're feeling fancy, but for daily food shopping, it's necessary to go father afield, either to Trader Jo's, Safeway or Whole Foods, each about twenty minute walks from campus. 3) I would make birth control available on Georgetown campus. Currently, it is impossible to buy any form of birth control on campus, including condoms and the day after pill-- and the student health services cannot prescribe it. This is supposedly because of Georgetown's status as a Jesuit institution. Students can get condoms from H*ya's For Choice (not allowed to use an "o" in "Hoya's" because of the group's controversy with the Jesuit heritage) or from CVS, a ten minute walk from campus. The biggest recent controversy on campus may have been violence directed at gay students. The administration has responded with new support for LGBT groups, numerous emails, etc.

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