Set in the historic neighborhood in Washington D.C. by the same name, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in the United States. Cobblestones and federal style townhouses line the quaint colonial streets just outside the gates of Georgetown University. As I walked through the main gate of the university, a magnificent, gray brick building commanded my attention. A mix of old and new buildings dot the hilly campus set along the Potomac River. Students sat in small groups and others played Frisbee on the pristine great lawn.
Four undergraduate colleges/schools make up the university: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and Health Science, School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest college within the university and has the largest enrollment. The smallest school is the School of Nursing and Health Science. Students can double major within the colleges/schools, but cannot double major across colleges or schools.
As a Jesuit university, students at Georgetown are required to take two theology classes: one introductory class and one upper level course usually connected to a student’s major. Over 60 Jesuits live on campus and many of them teach.
Freshmen reside in one of the four freshman on-campus dorms. One large traditional dining hall serves the students and faculty. Smaller dining options are available around campus. I had lunch at an on-campus food court with lots of food options: chopped salad station, build a burger and sandwich options.
Our tour guide Nikki, a nursing major from California, told us that there is an active social scene on campus. Students are extremely involved in the many clubs and campus activities. Attending Georgetown division I athletics is very popular and tickets are available to all undergraduates. Students cheer on the Hoyas at the on-campus Multi-Sport Field and flock to the Verizon Center in downtown DC to see Hoya basketball. There are no social fraternities or sororities. Lots of coffee shops, restaurants, and shops are just a short walk from campus, and downtown DC is just a short bus ride away.
Admissions is extremely competitive, and admissions urges students to apply when they believe that they have the strongest application. Students have the option of applying early action or regular decision. Students apply to their college of interest within the university. Students must submit either the ACT or SAT and three SAT subject tests. Georgetown is need-blind and meets 100% of demonstrated need.
Georgetown graduates have consistently been the most represented among colleges and universities in the Peace Corps and Teach for America.
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