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It's the non-Ivy Ivy school. Off-campus housing is expensive. MSB grads have the 2nd highest starting salaries of b-school undergrads.
Best thing about Georgetown is its positioning as a college campus with access to DC. That being said, one thing I would change is to increase our access to DC even more with more bus routes to downtown or by having a metro stop closer to campus, but that will likely never happen given the stance of Georgetown residents. The school is a good size with a good reputation. If you tell a peer that you go to Georgetown, he or she may just nod and ignore, but if you tell someone beyond college (e.g. future employer?) you go to Georgetown, then a compliment will most likely ensue. There is a great amount of school pride, especially during basketball season.
Georgetown is an interesting place. I do love it, but it took me some time to feel that way. My fellow students are relentlessly careerist and more than a little neurotic about their grades - people like that get tiresome to anyone remotely well-adjusted. They're the kind of "Organization Kids" that David Brooks wrote about in the Atlantic in 2001. I've learned that it's nice, ultimately, to be around people who care about their academics and their careers; their ambition is contagious. I do find myself wishing from time to time, though, that people would be a little more inclined to enjoy college for what it is: an opportunity to be irresponsible and have some fun before the curtain of the real world descends.
The best thing about Georgetown is that everyone loves Georgetown. No, I'm serious. Never have I ever felt such a surge of school spirit than I did when I first stepped foot on campus nearly four years ago. It's a perfect size - just small enough to give you the tight community feeling and just large enough to ensure that you don't have to see the same people every second of every day. Another thing I love about Georgetown is it's reputation. More often than not when I mention that I go to Gtown I get the "Wow, smart girl" or "Oh, great school" answer...and I must admit that I love that kind of reaction. When I'm on campus I'm usually in my apartment, in the gym, or in the library. And as much as I adore Yates and it has come to hold a special place in my heart, I would definitely not mind Gtown upgrading the workout facilities. Georgetown's location is pretty much perfect. We're in the middle of a beautiful and quaint neighborhood in a robust city, but also have a gorgeous and quiet campus that helps us feel a bit more isolated. It's the perfect mix of campus and city life. There's a story I like to tell people that paints a pretty good picture about school pride at Georgetown. I have an older brother that graduated from Emerson College. He was one of (I think) 15 or so paid tour guides. At Georgetown, the application and interview process for Blue & Grey is pretty rigorous - I think there's about a 25% acceptance rate (last semester alone there were over 110 applicants). On top of that, we're all volunteers. I think there are currently about 100 active guides dispersed amongst all four years who all love our school so much we are willing to wake up at ungodly hours (ok...so only 10am) on Saturday mornings to brag about our school to prospective students and parents. That's a lot of love... More along the lines of school spirit...the experience that I'll never forget has to do with last year's basketball season, when the Hoyas defeated North Carolina to advance to the final four for the first time in about 20 years. As soon as the buzzer rang my friends and I ran out of Copley Hall (where we also saw hoards of students emerging from wherever they were watching the game) and went down to N St between 37th and 36th. It was there that probably about 1000 students dominated the streets and started chanting our fight song as well as many other battle cries. Just when I thought everyone had had enough the crowd started to break into a spring after a distant voice cried out "TO THE WHITE HOUSE!" About 15 minutes later...after running wildly through M Street, Wisconsin Ave, and Pennsylvania Ave (high fiving stopped drivers and screaming Go Hoyas at every passerby) about 400 give or take a few Hoyas ended up outside of the gates of the White House...ah...incredible :) I'd say definitely the most frequent student complain is about the food. Leo's is notorious for the same old soggy stuff. But it's undergoing some serious renovations and is apparently really making a turnaround - again something I can't be too up to date about because I haven't eaten there in some months.
The active student body is easily the best thing. There's always something to do and always great people to meet along the way. I would change the structure to the academic advising which I only have experience with in the business school. It needs to be a bit more focused on students' longer term collegiate goals as opposed to the next semester. Size is great, especially with all of DC as an outlet if you were to feel confined. People are generally impressed or they ask if it's in Georgia. College Town. Lots of school pride. The Jesuit experience is pervasive but not imposing. Lot of complaints about the food but it's gotten better and better over the last 4 years and is definitely on its way to being something students are satisfied with.
Georgetown is a school of 6,000 undergraduates. Thanks to the four school structure (School of Foreign Service, Business School, Nursing School and the College), students get to know their peers who are in the same program. Walking across campus, I might recognize 10 out of 40 people I pass, and stop and talk to three. Often, when I tell people I go to Georgetown they are impressed with the name, and I find myself in a somewhat awkward conversation about the application process. Washington, D.C. is a great city, both for studying, with great resources such as the Library of Congress, and for culture, with the Smithsonian museums and the Kennedy Center. There are lots of fun neighborhoods with endless restaurants and bars, although as a student I don't eat out often. Three things I would change: 1) I would eliminate the requirement that freshmen and sophomores have a meal plan. We have one dining hall, Leo J. O'Donovan's, fondly dubbed "Leo's." Although the dining hall does not have bad food, it's not great, and the all-you-can-eat set up makes gaining the "freshman 15" an easy trap. In fact, almost all my friends did gain the freshman 15, on "Leo's chocolate chip cookies" and "fro-yo." I don't have a meal plan this year, and I don't miss it at all. I have a much healthier life style, and I save a lot of money! 2) It would be nice to have a closer grocery store. There is a student store on campus, run by "The Corp." They stock the basic necessities, like soda, chips, pasta, sandwiches and milk. The closest supermarket to campus is Dean and Deluca, a gourmet food shop on M Street. You might treat yourself to a sushi lunch out there, or a two dollar tomato if you're feeling fancy, but for daily food shopping, it's necessary to go father afield, either to Trader Jo's, Safeway or Whole Foods, each about twenty minute walks from campus. 3) I would make birth control available on Georgetown campus. Currently, it is impossible to buy any form of birth control on campus, including condoms and the day after pill-- and the student health services cannot prescribe it. This is supposedly because of Georgetown's status as a Jesuit institution. Students can get condoms from H*ya's For Choice (not allowed to use an "o" in "Hoya's" because of the group's controversy with the Jesuit heritage) or from CVS, a ten minute walk from campus. The biggest recent controversy on campus may have been violence directed at gay students. The administration has responded with new support for LGBT groups, numerous emails, etc.
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