Georgetown University—Washington, D.C.
Work hard, play harder
What it feels like to go here
Chock full of school spirit and culture, this historic Catholic university sits on top of a hill facing the Potomac River. “At times [Georgetown] can be competitive, but it’s simply because the students are driven by their goals,” said senior Hannah Sanchez. “Students tend to be very busy, and it’s not uncommon for people to juggle a full course load, an internship and a handful of extracurriculars in one semester..[There’s] a large upper East Coast presence on campus.”
Don’t let the Sperrys fool you. The preppy AF Patagonia laden men as well as women dressed to the nines in their Lilly Pulitzer are down to earth and know how to have fun. “People love Chinese Disco Thursdays, the Tombs, going out to places like Living Room and Brixton. Sign of the Qhale is also good! I feel like students party about 3 of the 7 nights per week,” senior Diandra Liso said. Like most city schools, Georgetown is the place to be if you want a successful career and social life.
Of course this university is known for breeding CEOs, but you’ll also find plenty of notable alumni. First children Ivanka and Eric Trump received their master’s from the university in the early 2000s before their dad settled into the White House. Our very own president Bill Clinton went to the school in the late 60s before he settled down with his main girl HRC. Besides presidents, countless U.S. senators, ambassadors and White House staff have roamed the Georgetown halls. If you love celebrities, Georgetown has had quite the celebrity alumni connection. For instance, Bradley Cooper attended in the late 90s. Some students wish Bradley still hung around campus.
Where to hang
You’ll find students at The Tombs on the edge of campus, a restaurant by day and lively bar by night. “A lot of students like to grab pitchers at Booey’s, shop and eat on M street or hang out at their townhouses,” Sanchez said. Students also spend tons of time at The Midnight Mug, located in the Lauinger Library. It supplies students with special tea and coffee—once you try your first sip, you’re hooked for life. And of course, the off campus spots are lit too. “I personally love the Georgetown Piano Bar to go out because everyone goes and it’s basically all G-Town students so you’ll know everyone,” senior Lori Lipe said. On Thursdays, students head to Chinese Disco. Any other day, you’ll find them at Sign of the Whale, too.
1. How much are students partying?
“People party often enough but not quite as often as other schools. That being said, senior year I have gone out from Wednesday to Saturday almost religiously. I don’t know if that says something about me but YOLO, it’s been lit,” said senior Abby Beier.
2. How much sex are students having?
“Not as much as you think. People here hook up, but there are very few relationships. For the people I know who have a significant other, many of them go to different schools. The ratio of guys to girls is about equal,” said senior Hannah Sanchez.
3. What would you tell incoming freshmen?
“Get out of the Georgetown Bubble! It is very easy to stay in the five-block radius of campus. Try to go out and explore new places whether it be bars, restaurants, museums,” said Liso.
4. Where else did you apply or were you dead set on G-town from the start?
“Georgetown was always my first choice. I actually transferred from American University but decided Georgetown was a better school for my major and general interest,” said Lipe.
5. What can get students into trouble?
“Sometimes people get written up for having parties (which is truly unfortunate) and dumb because we don’t really have giant frat houses so most parties happen on campus,” said Beier.
“I’m a Biology of Global Health major, and it’s a good amount of science with an emphasis on interdisciplinary courses that situate science in a real world context. It was definitely part of why I chose Georgetown (which was also my first choice).” – Abby Beier, biology of global health, Class of 2017
“I am a Government and Economics double major. I love my majors because they complement each other really well. I hope to attend law school, so the research and writing intensive nature of my government courses has prepared me well for that. Also, the economics major has given me a better understanding of businesses, which will certainly aid me in my future career.” – Hannah Sanchez, government and economics, Class of 2017
“Guys are hotter/more into themselves and hookup culture is pretty big, but there is a lot of slut shaming of girls. Most people date seriously at least once in their G-Town career. Also don’t be intimidated by how much money people have, the people who actually care are usually irrelevant anyway. Don’t be afraid to branch out of your organization and don’t be exclusive with others.” – Lori Lipe, Class of 2017
“All I have to say is that there are a lot of preppy guys and athletes”– Diandra Liso, Class of 2017
“Georgetown’s small enough that you know someone wherever you go, but big enough that there’s always someone new too. Everyone thrives on being busy and is extremely passionate about everything they do.” – Monika Patel, Class of 2017
Top 3 Majors
1. Social Sciences
2. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
3. Health Professions and Related Programs
Top 3 most popular student organizations
1. Blue and Gray Tour Society
These tour guides show great enthusiasm and academic excellence. Plus, they know how to walk backwards really well. Blue and Gray works with the Georgetown admissions office and does its best to show what the university has to offer in terms of academics and extracurriculars. “Blue and Gray has been great because I get to share the love I have for Georgetown with prospective students and parents. It has also allowed me to meet a ton of different students on campus, something I was really looking for in my Georgetown experience,” said junior Michael Saxton.
2. Hoya Athletics
If you want to be a college athlete here you can choose from football, golf, basketball, lacrosse, rowing, baseball, tennis, track, swimming and diving, sailing or cheerleading just to name a few. “I loved cheering in high school, so I wanted to continue this in college. This has been one of my favorite parts of my college experience. I made my best friends on the team, and we have all loved supporting our fellow students,” said Sanchez.
3. Academic Clubs
Clubs centering on academic interests are some of the most popular clubs on campus. Georgetown has several to choose from like AKPSi, a business frat and McDonough women, a women’s business organization that explores the way companies activate women’s self confidence. “I…helped start McDonough Women, which is our business school undergraduate women’s group. It was very much through the dean’s office and much more of an academic group… A lot of people are in academic clubs to help build resumes,” said Liso.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get into this prestigious university. Your admission chances depend on your GPA, your ACT/SAT scores and the acceptance rate. Taking part in several extracurriculars as well as having some experience with volunteer work are always a plus. The average GPA is a 3.96 and AP classes are a must, so if you’d better be at the top of your class if you have your heart set on Georgetown. If your GPA lies on the lower end, higher test scores can help compensate. This goes to show you can’t just walk into Georgetown and expect to do well without lifting a finger.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Tuition & Fees: 49, 967
Undergrads Enrolled: 6,719 thousand
Grads Enrolled: 6,933 thousand
Average room and board: 15,568
Acceptance percentage: 16.4%
Percentage Receiving Financial Aid: 38%