Impressions Of
Georgetown University

Academic Experience

Male Anthropology Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the learning environment in the College of Arts & Sciences? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s a mix of both. There is a sense of competitiveness to it because people want to better themselves, but, at the same time, people are always collaborative. For classes outside of Anthropology, I’ve had study groups for exams and review sessions.

How as transitioning from your school in London to Georgetown academically? Were there any systems in place to help you adjust?
I think it was quite easy because my school system was very Americanized. I never reached out to any academic resources. There is the Academic Resource Center, but I’ve never used it.

Male Marketing and Management Double Major C/O 2017

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s competitive or collaborative?
The business school is entirely graded on a curve, so you are constantly competing against everybody in your class. Some people don’t like to study with others and share their notes because of this, but if you want to study in a group with your friends it’s possible to do so.

Why did you pick your majors? Are you happy with your choice?
I went to Georgetown thinking of doing finance, but pretty early on I realized that I thought finance was interesting but was not the career path I wanted. In the fall of sophomore year, I took a Principles of Marketing course and that drove me to become a Marketing major. I was required to take a certain number of courses within all six majors in the business school. I’m not sure if I would have chosen that in college if I had not been required to take it. Georgetown is a structured curriculum that forces you to take classes in a subject area that they didn’t have an interest in, a lot of my friends ended up taking courses they really liked because of it too. I’m happy with my choice.

Male Government Major C/O 2017

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your major?
It wasn’t too bad. It’s more reading and research-based. You’ll do a couple of papers, have to participate in class, and have an exam. I have maybe 5 hours of reading a week and then a paper or test every month. In some classes where it was harder to participate, you had to do forum posts about the readings. Government’s a pretty lecture-based major it’s pretty popular, so there are generally around 50 people in each class except for the smaller senior seminars.

Did you especially like or dislike anything about your major’s department? Did they do anything especially well or poorly?
I think something that stood out was because we are located in D.C., we had a lot of professors that had experience in politics and actual government work. They had good personal stories and were able to give good advice about things you want to do after college or over the summer. I really liked most of the professors, their personal experiences made the class more interesting.

Social Opportunities

Male Finance Major C/O 2017

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you participate in?
It varied by year. Senior year I went out almost 5-6 nights a week, but when I was a serious student it 3-4 nights a week, so Thursday, Friday, Saturday and maybe Wednesday. Freshman year I mostly went to house parties. Groups like the fraternity or the Corp have the older members carry the load of the parties. When I was a freshman I’d mostly be at older guys’ houses. As I got older we went to more bars.

What is an alternative to going to a party or bar that you like for a night out?
There’s a ton of events happening in DC. There are sporting events, comedians, plays, there’s lots of fun stuff.

Male Spanish Major C/O 2017

How happy are you with the nightlife at Georgetown? Is there anything you’d change if you could?
If you’re trying to live the dream you can’t do it here. You’re not going to get the crazy parties like you [hear about]. People are a bit too intelligent to do that so it’s not nearly as crazy as it could be. But, if you want to go out and have a hell of a time you can do it. It’s nice that we have intelligent students here in some ways because we don’t have guys trying to fight each other or [causing other problems].

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you participate in?
On average, usually just Friday and Saturday. I didn’t go out Wednesday and Thursday because I needed sleep for practice. I bounced around a lot. Sometimes I’d go to my frat’s party on campus. A lot of people at Georgetown go to specific bars or go to places in DC where [George Washington University] students go.

Male Marketing and Management Double Major C/O 2017

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
The business school doesn’t have class on Friday, so we always went out Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Once we got to be 21, Tuesdays became a thing because you could go to Adams Morgan and see kids from George Washington University and other schools. By the time we were seniors any night was fair game really. Wednesday night was senior night at Tombs. Within Georgetown there are fluctuations in the academic schedule, there will be weeks when you might be going out 4-6 nights a week, and weeks when you’re just going out Friday because of work. Freshman year we’d go to parties on Friday and Saturday night, but once we became upperclassmen we almost never went to parties at night.

What is the impact of clubs and organizations on nightlife?
There are space issues at Georgetown because the houses are so small. You have so many people in your organization, so you can only allow a certain amount of people outside of that to come to a party or event. It’s one of those things that makes it so you sometimes feel uncomfortable being there if you aren’t part of the organization. It’s kind of an unspoken rule to not delve into other social circles’ events unless you’re invited or wanted.

 

Campus Culture

Male Anthropology Major C/O 2021

To what extent do international students and domestic students mix socially?
Somewhat frequently. It depends on the person. All of my friends are from the United States, but that is partially because I went to an American school so I’m used to that culture. I definitely do know people who have stuck with people from the United Kingdom or wherever they came from.

How did you meet your closest friends?
Most of my closest friends I met through the Running Club. Another one of my closest friends I met because we started talking to each other and hanging out. People are very open to having random conversations. Most of my friends come from clubs and I know most of other peoples’ friends come from clubs.

Male Marketing and Management Double Major C/O 2017

How would you describe the social scene?
It’s very fragmented in the sense that, since there’s no officially recognized Greek Life at Georgetown, people socialize based on membership of groups they are a part of. This can be as broad as being part of the business school, or as narrow as a certain club or service in the Corp. It is a very cliquey school and it’s difficult to mix friend groups. It’s uncommon to mix groups of friends, especially in terms of the ability to have events in Georgetown and the size of those events. The houses are small, so that makes it exclusive because you can’t allow all the people you want at a party.

Do people seem happy with Georgetown by senior year?
Yeah, I think typically, yes. People get frustrated with certain aspects of the school, like the fact that there are no big-time sports on campus other than basketball. In terms of quality of life, academic experience, and social life, people are pretty pleased with it. I know very few people that regret going to Georgetown. Nobody I was remotely close with transferred, and then I know a few people that transferred to Georgetown and like it much more in comparison.

Male Government Major C/O 2017

How would you describe the social scene?
It can be cliquey because it’s pretty club based. I don’t think it’s intentionally cliquey, but people join their own groups and do things they want to do on campus. By virtue of that, you get in a rhythm and hang out with the same people.

What impact did Greek Life have on your experience?
Greek Life makes up a small portion of the Georgetown student population. I liked it because it was a really good way to meet people on campus. Because I was from an area so far away from school, I didn’t know too many people going in. Once I joined I all of a sudden had this big network of people to hang out with. [About 10% of students are in Greek life at Georgetown but Greek life is unrecognized by the school.]

Washington, DC

Pros of

  • “You have a lot of off-campus options in terms of food, shopping, and things to do.”
  • “Georgetown actually has a defined campus, unlike many city schools. It’s pretty much enclosed from the city.”
  • “You’re really close to Capitol Hill, so if you want to get an internship there during the school year or during the summer it’s very accessible.”
  • “There’s always something going on if there’s nothing going on on-campus. You can always go to downtown DC because that’s a college town too. You’ve got American University, George Washington University, and Howard all around there.”

Cons of

  • “There’s no metro station in Georgetown, but you can still get to D.C. easily with Uber, taxi, or about a mile walk. A lot of people have an issue with Georgetown not having a metro stop.”
  • “Parking is an extreme luxury and very difficult to find. Between that and the lack of metro stop, you’re pretty limited on transportation opportunities until you have a house. Until then you’re heavily dependent on Ubers.”
  • “The neighborhood is really nice, but you’re paying a lot more for your housing because of that.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Government and English Double Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student interested in politics may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
I really like that there are a lot of speakers who come to campus and they are free for students. You get to have intimate conversations with some politicians and government officials.

What is something you wish you knew before about Georgetown when you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew about the club culture. I didn’t know about it before coming here, and I personally like it, but I think it’s important to know about before deciding to come here. To reiterate, most people’s friend groups come from the clubs that they are in.

Male Spanish Major C/O 2017

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
There’s a little pond by White-Gravenor that’s a nice spot to sit and relax on a nice day. Go down to M street feel the energy there. You won’t get that on a tour.

What is something you wish you knew before entering Georgetown as a freshman?
That parties weren’t going to be that fun. The weather would be pretty bad. And that people would be very competitive and kind of closed off academically.

Male Marketing and Management Double Major C/O 2017

What is something you wish you knew about Georgetown before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew more about the different strengths and weaknesses of the business school. I picked Georgetown because it has a strong finance program and that’s what I thought I wanted to do. When I switched to marketing, I realized that it isn’t the focus of the business school – it may not be the focus of business schools in general – but I wish I had a better understanding of that.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
If you’re strictly going on a campus tour and don’t know much about Georgetown, Walk M street and the surrounding Georgetown neighborhood. That’s where you spend a lot of time, where you live as an upperclassman, and where the activities you do and places you go are. If you didn’t see that you’d have an improper view of what the school’s like.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Georgetown University

To Attend

  • “Professional opportunities. It’s a school that is pretty well known by people, and it certainly helped me with my internship and job search. Because it’s a bigger school, the alumni network is large and spans most industries you’d want to be in.”
  • “School spirit. Even though our athletics may not have been at their strongest while I was there, people are passionate about Georgetown. The community is connected by Georgetown both on campus and in the outside world. Even though it can feel exclusive at times, the Georgetown community is stronger than the big state schools we compete against because it’s not that big in comparison.”
  • “The balance that the school fosters. It’s a tight-knit community across campus, whether that’s in academics or extracurriculars. It’s small enough that you get a chance to make those meaningful friendships, but big enough to where you’re not necessarily feeling like you’ve exhausted all of your options.”

To Not Attend

  • “There’s not big tailgating scene or Saturday football tradition. There’s one game people tailgate for which is Homecoming.”
  • “The student population is not very socioeconomically diverse. It never detracted from my experience but it was something that was noticeable to me and something that I felt was bothersome in certain scenarios.” [Socioeconomically, 21% of students at Georgetown come from the top 1%.]
  • “It can be academically very stressful. There are times when you’re grinding and you’re spending weekends in the library, but it’s helpful to put in perspective what you’re working towards.”
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