College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:48:15Z
The workload is perfectly acceptable and reasonable--as a first semester freshman. I'm enjoying most of my courses (which are meeting core requirements). The professors are available and helpful. I work about 10 hours a week as a tutor for DC Reads. I'm also involved with the Outdoor Education program.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:48:15Z
Georgetown has some of the best professors and guest lecturers in the country. The students here are academically motivated. The curriculum offered is varied and stimulating.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:43:21Z
All incoming freshmen participate in a drug and alcohol safety program, as well, it is talked about during orientation. There's no pressure to partake of drugs or alcohol--it's available if you want it.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:41:17Z
Georgetown has a terrific basketball program and there's a lot of fan support. The club teams on campus, crew, ultimate frisbee, etc., have their own core fans. Georgetown has a fairly athletic student body.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:39:12Z
Yates, the athletic center, is terrific--I go there most days to work out. I generally spend time at the library a few days a week studying/reading--I gravitate to the quieter floors. The lawns here are beautiful and there are plenty of outdoor seating areas on campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:35:48Z
You can walk most places and public/campus transportation is available and easy to use.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:34:31Z
Health & Safety:
You hear about burglaries in the area from time to time, but I've never felt unsafe or had an issue.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:32:53Z
The food on campus is good, fresh, and healthy. More venues are being added to increase variety/options. Like any cafeteria, the menus can be a bit monotonous. My mother says she'd be happy if more green vegetables were available.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:30:40Z
The off-campus housing is close to campus, classes, and shopping. It can get pricey, but it is safe, clean and up-to-date. Parking is limited, but public transportation is readily available as well as campus shuttles, and most places can be walked to easily.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:27:30Z
Most of the housing is older, but it's been updated and is quite comfortable and meets the needs.
College Sophomore 2013-10-30T00:47:38Z
As a transfer, I've seen a lot of campuses, and Georgetown is exactly average. Housing is ok, but not great, freshman year, and as you get older you have more choices. Junior year is the best year for on campus housing; you're almost guaranteed a university owned apartment or townhouse.
College Sophomore 2013-10-11T05:33:06Z
Georgetown has beautiful buildings and spaces for students to gather and study. We have an excellent athletic facility and membership is included in tuition. There are constantly numerous campus events each day to be involved in and 200+ student groups and clubs to join. The library is one of the oldest buildings on campus, however it has a great amount of resources and is a popular spot for student work.
College Sophomore 2013-10-11T05:23:16Z
My professors have been consistently invested in the material they are teaching. While the courses are hard, I am learning a lot. The physical workload is not bad, but it requires that you do 2 hours of reading for almost each class. The registration process is simple and ratemyprofessor is always a great web tool. All of the professor have office hours and are available by appointment.
College Sophomore 2013-10-11T05:15:23Z
There are on campus parties constantly, but the typical Georgetown party is standing around talking to people while drinking as music plays. There isn't usually any dancing, but always a room for drinking games. On campus parties also tend to get shut down. The parties are good if you know what you are looking for, but a fun night is always hit or miss. However, the nightlife at clubs around campus is great!
College Freshman 2013-10-07T22:40:58Z
The financial aid is decent, but stingy in comparison to the cost of tuition.
College Freshman 2013-10-07T22:39:57Z
Health & Safety:
While the school has great security officers and a helpful safe ride system, there are literally like two blue lights here and most student guards will let anyone into the dorms. Also the buses run on reduced times on the weekeneds so you end up walking across the key bridge at night, often alone.
College Freshman 2013-10-07T22:38:04Z
There is so much to do in Georgetown and the greater DC area, from politics, to shopping, to restauraunts you're never bored. Also the location helps Georgetown attract great political speakers, the college democrars have a senator here every two weeks.
College Freshman 2013-10-07T22:36:52Z
There is only one dining hall on campus with limited options and the school makes little effort to expand your ability to use your meal swipes at other locations. Epicurean is great, but only takes flex dollars and is definately way overpriced...
College Freshman 2013-09-28T20:15:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Prep on prep on prep with a side of prep to go; that's the only defining feature of a Georgetown guy or girl. Otherwise, it's a pretty average bunch. There's a sporty atmosphere so quite a few students hit the gym often; however, the library is never empty (and the 2nd floor study space's coffee shop makes it a social hangout).
Most social interactions take place through clubs and campus groups (ask any Georgetown student what they're involved in on-campus and you'll get a list of at least 4 clubs and/or a sports team). The campus groups are often the ones hosting the parties, but at the same time, they give you a chance to know guys and girls pretty well through daytime activities. So, on one hand, the party scene is pretty large and relaxed, so hookups happen often. On another hand, couples are not uncommon or actively discouraged on campus. And on yet another hand, you'll find that most of the Georgetown populace have friends of the other gender without difficulty.
Note: Freshman boy syndrome is present (the theory is that girls date up the ranks, leaving freshman guys the least desirable species on campus), but they are not actively excluded from the party scene.
College Freshman 2013-09-28T19:56:19Z
Alcohol is the drug of choice. The freshmen know it. The upperclassmen know it. The university knows it. The local bars know it. Most parties take place off-campus (i.e. right outside the university gates) and beer flows free for whoever shows up. Most students drink, but many don't, and those who don't will not experience peer pressure to go and party every weekend. GERMS is a free, student-run emergency medical service that treats students on an anonymous basis; it reflects a general campus policy that Georgetown knows its students will drink and prefers they simply drink safely. Other than alcohol, smoking has a presence on campus, but carries the same stigma as it does elsewhere. In addition, students of all ages will go to hookah bars on weekends.
Other drugs like marijuana are probably available, but you'd probably have to do some serious digging and elbow greasing for it. The campus police do enforce the drug policy; once when my dorm started smelling of pot, officers came and searched every floor.
College Freshman 2013-09-28T19:37:49Z
The campus is clustered but hilly, with stairs galore. The walk to Yates (the gym) forgoes the need for a warm-up. Many students bike, but most just walk.
Don't even think about owning a car, or even renting a zipCar if you live on-campus. Parking fees are ridiculous, driving on-campus is unthinkable, and DC is much more walker-friendly than driver-friendly. If living off-campus, zipCars are easy to get but you will face the perils of DC traffic.
To get off-campus is easier than you think. On weekdays, there are 5-6 GUTS buses that shuttle between various areas of DC like Dupont Circle and the Rosslyn metro. They are free, clean, and go until late at night. Very convenient and often used when going to the basketball games.
DC transportation is a bit tricky to figure out, but once you get it, you get it. Metro buses stop right outside the gate, but they require a bit of skill and research before you go use them. There is no Metro train-stop in Georgetown itself, but the walk to Rosslyn is not terrible for the moderately ambitious, and the DC Metro is very clean and easy to use. Taxis stop right outside the gates and are no different from any other taxi. All in all, however, the simplest, cheapest way of transportation is walking.
College Freshman 2013-09-28T19:23:57Z
B+ for food quality, C- for the meal plans.
Upperclassmen will tell you that Leo's sucks. Truth is, for college food, it's average quality and good variety. With two levels, you get a solid salad bar, a wok bar, a burrito bar, a 'homestyle' bar, a diner-food area, a cold sandwiches and pre-made salads area, a 'street-food' area, an omelette bar, a pizza bar... Basically, you got options. Overall, the quality is most certainly a step-up from your high school fare.
For specialized diets: the vegetarian parts are spectacular and have converted a baconista (le moi) to tofu. Those with allergies will find 95% of all prepared food have labels that tell you nutrition info and potential allergens. One pitfall is the gluten-free area, which can have pretty underwhelming options.
The staff is absolutely lovely; they smile at you when you smile at them, they don't yell at you if you lose your GoCard or something, and they joke with each other often.
There are also Grab-N-Go options if you want to use a meal swipe to get a sandwich and a drink to go. Typical deli fare. In addition, meal plans come with Flex Dollars which can be used to get prepared food at the various Corps locations across campus, such as Uncommon Grounds and Hoya Snaxa.
The issues? Besides the fact that the food will get repetitive, the meal plans themselves are inflexible and poorly-made. You can get 24 meals per week, 14, or 10. There is nothing in between 24 and 14; and with Safeway down the road, 90% of students owning a mini-fridge, and numerous restaurant options on M Street, you will never go to Leo's 24 times in a week. Also, as of now, Leo's is the only dining hall and you may not use meal swipes elsewhere. Plus, Flex Dollars are limited to prepared foods at on-campus locations.
As a result, the majority of students roll back on their meal plans over time. Seniors Eating At Leo's (SEALs) have their own acronym. University-owned townhouses have personal kitchens, and so do most dorm common rooms. Thus, even if you're a freshman, you can get by with just 10 meal swipes if you do it smart.
College Freshman 2013-09-28T18:49:59Z
Housing selection is a very painless experience; the university provides lots of information about the process and tries to give students as much freedom as possible while trying to be fair to everyone. Freshmen choose roommates through CHARMS and are randomly assigned to freshmen-only dorms. Sophomore and beyond, you may apply to the lottery for certain housing options that are generally better than freshman dorms. Many people group up and apply to live together. Junior and seniors can live in campus-owned townhouses - Village A, Village B, or Henle - if they want.
The housing itself? Simple, functional, brick-walled public-school 60's/70's utilitarian. Nothing has been recently renovated apart from New South. Each dorm has its own advantages (for example, Village C West has its own bathrooms, Village A has a view, Southwest Quad dorms are in the middle of everything, Darnall Hall develops super-tight floor communities, etc.). Convenience varies, but the clustered campus makes even the walk from Darnall (no man's land) manageable. You'll see rats outside at night, but rarely in a dorm. Cleanliness is essential to keep cockroaches out.
In summary, Georgetown dorms are fine. The differences in quality aren't that drastic (even if you get Darnall, you'll be fine, take it from a current resident). They are livable and work for everything you need from a dorm. However, visiting your friends at GW may make you die a little inside.
College Freshman 2013-09-24T15:29:52Z
As a freshman, nightlife is pretty lame. If what you're looking for in college is a couple apartment/town house parties you have to ask five people to even know about, then Georgetown is your place.
College Senior 2013-09-12T23:31:05Z
The quality of the food is excellent. There are plenty of diverse options downtown, within walking distance from campus. The atmosphere is wonderful; however the menus are pricey, especially for students.
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