In the summer of her freshman year at Georgetown University, Bayley Wivell did a 10-week internship in the Philippines. Marketing …
In the summer of her freshman year at Georgetown University, Bayley Wivell did a 10-week internship in the Philippines. A Marketing Major and Global Business Fellow from Rochester, New York, Wivell helped an ecotourism resort advance its sustainability efforts.
“Whether a newcomer or a senior, these options are open to every Georgetown student,” says Wivell, who will graduate in 2022.
The campus overlooks the Potomac River in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood. Behind the entrance gates, students read on Healy Lawn, sing with their a cappella group in front of the Lauingen library or stroll through the student farmers’ market.
“We’re a very active community,” says Lea Frawley, a junior from New York City who is studying psychology. “You get the feeling that everyone is always doing something, and it really motivates you to want to do something too.”
Unless there is a reason for an exemption, students must live in dormitories, apartments and townhouses for the first three years on campus known as “The Hilltop”.
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Georgetown’s approximately 7,500 students can enroll in four of the university’s nine schools: Georgetown College – where about half of the students study arts and science – the Walsh School of Foreign Services, the McDonough School of Business, and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, which by autumn 2022 will be two schools.
In the first two years, students usually concentrate on a university-wide and school-specific core curriculum. The university core consists of courses in writing, humanities, theology, philosophy, natural sciences and committed diversity.
With many options available to suit most needs, students can tailor their core experience to suit their interests. For example, Abby Donnelly, a global health junior from Wilmington, Delaware, took a medical anthropology course as one of her humanities requirements.
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A student-to-teacher ratio of 11: 1 and an average class size of around 25 enable individual care and support. When Frawley didn’t do well on a cognitive neuroscience test for a first year, her professor suggested that she come to the consultation hour every week. Frawley says she “did really well in class”.
Hoyas often do internships in the DC space and beyond.
“Georgetown wants students not just to learn, but for them to learn,” said Janice Negvesky, a senior from Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, with a double degree in government and history. Negvesky interned for Pennsylvania Senator Mario Scavello, a lobbying and public policy firm, and Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.
Research is another common experience. Donnelly has worked with a professor on child development research and has done research with the US Afghan Women’s Council. Her manager “has become one of my greatest advocates,” she says.
The school’s location in DC attracts high profile speakers to the campus, from graduates like Bradley Cooper and Maria Shriver to numerous US presidents. Students are just a short walk or bike ride from downtown, and free university shuttles run to nearby subway stations.
More than 350 student clubs are central to social life, say students.
“The clubs you are a member of are largely your friends,” says Jean-Claude Kradin, a double major in finance and international business from Dallas. Kradin is a member of the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative, which manages real small loans. “It’s really great to talk to customers and really build relationships with small businesses,” he says.
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Club and boarding sports are a popular option that attracts more than 2,500 students. And there is great interest in Georgetown’s Division 1 games – especially basketball – where the fans sing “Hoya Saxa” in their blue and gray chants and cheer on their mascot Jack the Bulldog.
Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the country, and the original Jesuit values are deeply ingrained to this day, such as commitment to “people for others” through community engagement and social justice. There are courses like the one on prison reform in which students in 2018 exonerated a man who had been wrongly sentenced and imprisoned for 27 years. Half of the students do official or community work every four years.
“You really do more than graduate,” says Negvesky. “You leave school individually shaped.”
More from the college road trip to Washington, DC:
– American University
– George Washington University
– Howard University
– The Catholic University of America
– University of Maryland-College Park
This story is an excerpt from the US News Guide “Best Colleges 2022” which contains in-depth articles, rankings, and data.
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