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.

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.

 

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.

Social Opportunities

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].

Male Anthropology Major C/O 2021

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I personally do not like to go to clubs, but there are clubs around the Georgetown area that people go to. I’ve gone to a few museums, and I know a lot of people like to go to museums on the weekend. I personally tend to go to museums with my friends on the weekend. At night we’ll usually hang out in dorm rooms or watch a movie. Sometimes we’ll just study together.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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