New Student Guide 2021

Where To Be in DC

Emma Ginsberg and Mason Leath

Study Spots

  1. Kogod Courtyard

Going to college in Washington, D.C., means taking advantage of the Smithsonian museums and offerings to the fullest extent possible. If you’re craving more greenery than the Healey Family Student Center’s plant wall during your study session, take a quick bike ride to the Kogod Courtyard, which is attached to the National Portrait Gallery. This is the study spot for the aesthetically inclined, because of its massive skylight and small gardens — and it’s also free!

  1. The Library of Congress

Be honest with yourself: You deserve a library much grander than Lau to study in. Look no further than the Library of Congress for all of your Hogwarts-esque studying needs. Setting up a free card here not only guarantees you access to the library’s vast archives, but also allows you to reserve a reading room for the day.

  1. District of Columbia Public Library in West End

Libraries galore! If you’re looking to access an off-campus library a bit closer to campus than the Library of Congress, the West End branch of DCPL, also known as West End Neighborhood Library, has several study rooms and a sleek, modern design. There is no such thing as too many library cards.

Coffee Shops

  1. Foxtrot

If you have been keeping up with any coffee-shop-related buzz from Georgetown University students, then you have definitely heard about Foxtrot. Take a Trader Joe’s, put a coffee shop inside it, and paint the whole thing white — boom, that’s Foxtrot. Their breakfast tacos will save your Sunday mornings, guaranteed. 

  1. Compass Coffee

A favorite study spot of Georgetown students from every class, Compass Coffee is an old standby. It’s a straight shot down O Street, and you won’t be able to miss the neon Georgetown sign right above its front doors. The seasonal drinks at Compass are the stars of the show, particularly the mint cold brew and lavender latte. Seating is limited though, so if you are looking to camp out there for the day, you should be prepared to play some musical chairs.

  1. Bluestone Lane (West End and Logan Circle)

Pair your trip to the West End branch of DCPL with a stop at Bluestone Lane, located in the same building. Just because the Georgetown location of this Australian cafe has closed does not mean their avocado smash toast has gotten any less amazing. It is definitely worth the hike.

  1. Tatte Bakery (West End and Dupont)

If good pastries are an essential part of your coffee shop experience, look no further than Tatte Bakery. Tatte’s locations in West End and Dupont are relatively equidistant from campus and both provide a croissant-scented escape from reality. Tatte is also open for brunch and dinner, but the cafe and bakery are the stars of the show.

Museums and Galleries

  1. Any Smithsonian

At the risk of stating the absurdly obvious, you should really visit at least one Smithsonian museum during your first semester at Georgetown. Right now, you have an incredibly unique opportunity to access so many incredible art and history museums for free, just a short walk or Metro ride away. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the National Zoo, there is so much to see.

  1. The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection, located in a large red brick building in Dupont Circle, is an absolute must-see. Exploring the modern art collection feels like going on a treasure hunt through a huge old house, except here the treasures are Matisse and Renoir.

  1. Dumbarton Oaks

Although it is not free, the Dumbarton Oaks house and art museum in Georgetown features a beautifully designed garden, a museum with a vast art collection and even a music room. The estate is owned by Harvard University, but Georgetown students have a unique advantage to access the museum because of its proximity to campus.

Restaurants in Georgetown


  • Falafel Inc
    • Where to find it: 1210 Potomac St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: zaatar fries
  • Good Stuff Eatery
    • Where to find it: 3291 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: Michelle melt
  • District Chicken & Gyro (DCG)
    • Where to find it: 3147 Dumbarton St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: chicken & gyro in a wrap


  • Curry & Pie
    • Where to find it: 1204 34th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: chicken tikka pizza
  • Oki Bowl
    • Where to find it: 1608 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: miso ramen
  • Chaia Tacos
    • Where to find it: 3207 Grace St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: creamy kale & potato taco


  • Angolo Ristorante 
    • Where to find it: 2934 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: penne angolo
  • Bluefin Sushi
    • Where to find it: 3073 Canal St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: volcano roll
  • Farmers Fishers Bakers
    • Where to find it: 3000 K St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20007
    • Our suggestion: weekend brunch

New Student Guide 2021

Best Ways To Scoot Around DC

Clara Grudberg and Kirsten Garino


The Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) is the best thing to know about when you decide to take the Metro out to Washington, D.C.’s museums or when you decide you’re not walking all the way back from Trader Joe’s in the cold. Free for all Georgetown students and staff, GUTS buses run through several loops around the District and northern Virginia from 5 a.m. to midnight daily. Key routes to know: You can reach the two closest Metrorail stations on the Rosslyn and Dupont Circle loops, and the Wisconsin Avenue loop runs north into the Georgetown neighborhood. 


The Metrorail system, run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, can take you all around the District and out into the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland. Taking the train is a convenient option for navigating the city, but it can be a bit tough to reach from campus. The closest stations that serve the Orange, Blue and Silver lines are Foggy Bottom-GWU and Rosslyn, which are both about 30-minute walks from campus. If you want to hop onto the Red line, head over to the Dupont Circle station, which is about 30 minutes by foot and 10 minutes on the GUTS bus. You can purchase a SmarTrip fare card in any Metro station. To refill your card efficiently, download the SmarTrip mobile app, which allows you to pay from your device. Cost per trip depends on length, which you can calculate with WMATA’s Trip Planner — pro tip: To sound like a local, pronounce WMATA “wuh-mah-tah.”


The Metrobus is the underappreciated cousin of the Metrorail — also run by WMATA, the Metrobus will take you all around D.C. and even stops at Georgetown’s front gates on its G2 route, which then runs across Dupont Circle to Howard University. Other routes near campus are the D2 (Glover Park-Dupont Circle) and D6 (Sibley Hospital-Stadium-Armory) lines. You can ride the Metrobus for $2 — or for cheaper, with an unlimited pass — but make sure to load your funds onto a SmarTrip card or a mobile device — the bus drivers do not carry cash! 


D.C. Circulator buses are convenient ways to get to popular neighborhoods outside of Georgetown. Still operated by WMATA, the Circulator only has a $1 trip fare, less than Metrobus lines. You can catch the Union Station-bound Circulator on Wisconsin Avenue and N Street, in front of the Georgetown Inn. The route will take you through downtown D.C. via K Street, and is a good option for anyone planning to catch an Amtrak train at Union. The Dupont Circle-Rosslyn loop runs along M Street, and you can catch it in both directions to take a quick trip to either neighborhood. 

Bikes and Scooters 

Bikes: If you want to stay active and be green while traveling, consider biking D.C. — with programs like Capital Bikeshare, you won’t have to bring a bike from home. You can pick up or leave a bike at any of Capital Bikeshare’s over 500 stations, including one at Georgetown’s front gates and another at the northern edge of campus. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have also recently introduced electric bikes around D.C., but if you plan on biking extensively, taking advantage of Capital Bikeshare’s student discount is the way to go: You can get a membership with unlimited rides for just $25 annually. 

Scooters: D.C. introduced its first fleet of electric scooters in 2018, and they’ve taken the city by storm — there are now about 7,000 scooters in the District! Zipping down to the Georgetown Waterfront or monuments can be a fun way to see what the hype is all about. To rent a scooter, you’ll have to pay a per-minute charge on the app of whatever company owns the scooter you’re looking to rent, like Lime or Bird. And the best part is that scooters come with a built-in kickstand, so you actually don’t have to toss them in the middle of the sidewalk when you’re done riding! 


Although the Streetcar doesn’t run in Georgetown or the surrounding neighborhoods, it’s a handy option if you happen to be in northeast D.C. — or if you just want to try riding in a streetcar. The line runs along the H Street Corridor from Union Station to Oklahoma Avenue. An added bonus — the Streetcar is free!

Water Taxi

City Cruises by Hornblower offers a water taxi service that docks at the Georgetown Waterfront if you are interested in commuting via the Potomac. This ferry stops at The Wharf in Southwest, an area featuring restaurants, an open-air fish market and popular music venue The Anthem. The boat also travels further down the river to Old Town Alexandria, Va., and the National Harbor in Maryland. Purchase a ticket for $20 online in advance or at a ticket booth. 

New Student Guide 2021

Top GU Social Accounts To Follow

Updated by Daisy Steinthal

As you experience Georgetown University student life for the first time, you can use social media to learn more and get involved with the community by keeping up with these pages. The accounts listed here only scratch the surface of the Georgetown social media universe, so always keep an eye out for interesting new groups popping up!

1. georgetown memes for non-comforming jesuit teens (Facebook group)

This meme group is an essential part of Georgetown life. Originally started as a spinoff of the popular group “Elitist Memes for Every Ivy League Teen,” the page offers hilarious commentary on Georgetown life and delivers lighthearted roasts of everyone from School of Foreign Service students to University President John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95). Moderators only accept proper original content memes, so you can rest assured only the best of the best are featured.

2. @georgetownmutualaid (Instagram), @gumutalaid (Twitter) 

@georgetownmutualaid just passed its one-year anniversary serving the Georgetown community. The mutual aid network was started in August 2020 as a way for students to help other students amid the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this week, Georgetown Mutual Aid has raised $125,658.11 and redistributed $122,672.33 to students in need, according to a post on their Instagram. The Georgetown Mutual Aid Network is part of a long history of student advocacy through social media. Other advocacy accounts include @deargeorgetown, a safe space for Black, Indigenous and people of color to share their experiences; @blacksurvivorscoalition, a group dedicated to empowering sexual assault survivors, especially Black women and nonbinary people; @actuallyholdgtownaccountable, a forum to uplift all student voices impacted by the coronavirus, school policies and the current discourse; and many more.

3. @georgetown.hotmess (Instagram)

Georgetown Hot Mess is the definition of “If you can’t change it, laugh at it.” Nothing screams “Welcome to the Hilltop” like archives of fighting rats and leaking ceilings. You can even celebrate our return to in-person learning by submitting your own content when you arrive on campus.

4. @GUSAssociation (Twitter)

Follow the Georgetown University Student Association, the school’s undergraduate student government, to keep up with news about efforts to fix campus issues, information about resolutions and referendums and the occasional playful meditation on the goings-on at the Hilltop.

5. Overheard Georgetown (Facebook account)

Friend this account on Facebook and you won’t regret it. It shares the funny, ridiculous and sometimes outright upsetting things Hoyas hear on campus — one of our favorites: “Are you watching TikTok? No, this is Trump on C-SPAN.” If you have a particularly absurd classmate, feel free to send a submission of their best quote to get them their 15 minutes of — anonymous — fame.

8. @gujackbulldog (Instagram)

Whether you are a dog or cat person, our lovable mascot Jack the Bulldog is sure to brighten your feed. @gujackbulldog is there to document all of Jack’s adventures on the cutest Instagram in the community.

7. @georgetownheckler (Instagram)

While The Hoya may be your go-to for serious campus news, Georgetown’s version of The Onion never fails to bring the comedy. Headlines such as “We Get It, You’re Smart: Girl In My Zoom Class Always Wears Georgetown Sweatshirt” are only the beginning of The Heckler’s poignant and hilarious commentary on Georgetown life.

8. @CasualHoya (Twitter), @thehoyasports (Twitter), @hilltophoops (Instagram), @thompsonstowel (Instagram), @ibleedhoyablue (Instagram)

No one screams Hoya Saxa quite like these sports accounts. Keep up with — or cry over — Georgetown’s highs and lows. From throwback basketball content and soccer championships to mid-game live tweets, these accounts will keep you in the know about everything Georgetown sports. You may be disappointed with the seasons, but you won’t be disappointed with their funny and insightful coverage.

9. @georgetown.missedconnections (Instagram)

While the widespread statistic that 70% of Hoyas marry other Hoyas is not true, @georgetown.missedconnections is a place for Georgetown students to anonymously “shoot their shot” according to their bio. It could be your chance to find love with that student who’s always wearing business attire to your econ class.

10. Buy, Sell, Barter: Georgetown University (Facebook group)

BSB is a private Facebook group similar to Facebook Marketplace for Georgetown students to buy and sell gently used items. It is useful for stocking up on inexpensive essentials and a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle in college. If you need school supplies, extra dorm furniture or even a bike, BSB is your place. Pro tip: Check in at the end of the school year for great deals on larger items students don’t want to take home or store.

HONORABLE MENTION: @thehoya (Twitter and Facebook), @the_hoya (Instagram and TikTok)

Shameless plug, but @thehoya is your one-stop shop for Georgetown news. The Hoya is the premier student newspaper at Georgetown and the largest student-run newspaper in Washington, D.C. Our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts keep you up to date on breaking news and informed about what’s happening on the Hilltop. Our Tiktok, new last fall, features a wide array of news, relatable Georgetown content and the occasional One Direction impression.

New Student Guide 2021

Reopening Plans, Student Activism, Community Building: What You May Have Missed This Summer

Harrison McBride and Katie Hawkinson

June 16, 2021

Georgetown Revokes Honorary Degree From Former Provost Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Georgetown University has revoked all honorifics, including an honorary degree, from former Provost J. Donald Freeze, S.J., following allegations of sexual misconduct from a former undergraduate student.

July 1, 2021

Georgetown Professor Wins Pulitzer Prize in History

Georgetown professor Marcia Chatelain won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” which examines the link between the fast food industry and civil rights movements in the United States.

July 11, 2021

Prisons and Justice Initiative Student Becomes First Incarcerated Individual Elected in D.C.

Joel Castón, a student of the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative, won election to Washington, D.C. local government June 15, becoming the first incarcerated person elected in the District.

July 14, 2021

Georgetown Launches Endowment to Support Disability Initiatives on Campus

Tiffany Yu (MSB ’10) has donated $50,000 to launch the Disability Empowerment Endowed Fund, an initiative designed by student activists to fund disability-centered programming on campus. The endowment will require an additional $50,000 in community donations before providing $5,000 annually in perpetuity to support disability initiatives. 

July 16, 2021

New South Residents Allowed to Return After Evacuation Over Structural Concerns

Following a July 6 evacuation due to concerns with the New South dormitory building, a structural engineer determined residents could move back into the building July 9.

July 21, 2021

Rising Sophomores, Transfer Students Flock to D.C. to Find Community at SHIP

After enduring a virtual academic year, rising sophomores and transfer students experienced campus life and forged meaningful connections during the Summer Hilltop Immersion Program, a five-week, in-person academic and residential experience.

Georgetown Returns to Full Operation, Drops Social Distancing for Fall Semester

Georgetown University announced the return to full operating status beginning Aug. 2, following a year of virtual classes and limited on-campus living. Social distancing requirements will be lifted and buildings will reopen at full capacity.

July 30, 2021

Select Study Abroad Programs Approved To Move Forward in Fall Semester

Georgetown University announced that select study abroad programs in 10 countries will be moving forward during the fall semester, following an academic year without university-sponsored travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 10, 2021

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick Faces Criminal Charges for Sexual Assault

Former Washington, D.C. Archbishop and Georgetown University honorary degree recipient Theodore McCarrick was the first cardinal in the United States to be criminally charged with a sexual offense against a minor.

New Student Guide 2021

A New Normal: What Students Can Expect Returning to Campus

By Liana Hardy and Caitlin McLean

For the first time since March 2020, Georgetown University’s full student body, staff and faculty will be allowed back to the main campus for the fall 2021 semester. The return to campus has raised several questions about the policies and regulations students can expect to be in place to protect against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

While University President John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95) announced in an April 14 communitywide message that all individuals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before or upon arrival to campus, the university will still implement further health measures, such as mask-wearing and COVID-19 testing, for the fall semester.

However, since almost all individuals will be vaccinated, the university has decided to ease other policies. In order to help students transition back to campus life, The Hoya has compiled a list of policies and procedures students can expect upon their return to campus.

Masks and Social Distancing

Physical distancing will not be required for students and staff members this fall in either indoor or outdoor areas, meaning that indoor gatherings for classes and student organizations can be held in person. Regardless of vaccination status, however, all individuals must still wear masks at all times indoors on campus. 

Students will be able to remove masks in certain situations, including while eating or drinking, or when alone in a private office or dorm room, according to the university’s COVID-19 FAQs. Masks are also required when exercising indoors, meaning students and staff must still wear masks when working out at Yates Field House. 

Fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to remove their masks when outdoors. Georgetown will consider easing the indoor mask requirement if COVID-19 rates improve in the area, according to a university spokesperson.

The university will allow outside visitors on campus, such as students’ friends or family members, as long as they adhere to university COVID-19 guidelines and stay outside residence halls.


All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization before arriving to campus. Students were required to submit proof of vaccination to GU360 by Aug. 1, while faculty and staff were required to submit proof by Aug. 9.

International students who do not have access to vaccines authorized by either organization must get vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine upon their arrival to campus. Georgetown community members can sign up for free vaccinations on campus, according to the university’s COVID-19 FAQs. 

Students who are approved for a vaccination exemption for religious or medical reasons will be required to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week and complete daily COVID-19 symptom surveys on the GU360 app, as well as adhere to all other campus requirements. Any partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individual will still be allowed to participate in campus activities, though they will additionally be required to wear masks in outdoor spaces.

COVID-19 Testing and Exposure Procedures

Upon arrival to campus, all students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to take an arrival COVID-19 test to establish a baseline assessment of public health conditions, according to the university’s COVID-19 FAQs. 

Testing is free and students can sign up for a test with One Medical, a primary care provider that administers COVID-19 tests on behalf of Georgetown. Testing sites are located at the Leavey Center Ballroom and the Healey Student Family Center. Students can also schedule a PCR test through a third-party provider as long as the test takes place 48 hours prior or within 24 hours of resuming campus activities and they submit proof of a negative test result, according to the university’s testing protocol. 

After the initial arrival test, fully vaccinated students will only need to be tested if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, though students can voluntarily sign up for free COVID-19 tests on campus if they wish. All students who are not vaccinated must be tested twice a week. 

In the case that someone experiences any COVID-19 symptoms, they will be expected to stay home or in their personal dorm until they are cleared to stop quarantining on the GU360 app, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Unvaccinated students who are exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine in their private residence; however, vaccinated students and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months will not be required to self-quarantine.  

Anyone in self-quarantine will be allowed to leave their rooms to do laundry, attend medical appointments, dispose of trash and leave for COVID-19 testing, but they must wear a mask and observe social distancing. Students will be delivered food and drinks on a fixed schedule multiple times a week. 

Students, regardless of vaccination status, who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and will be relocated to a dedicated isolation space on campus. Students who are in isolation will be placed in a room stocked with water and nonperishable food and drinks and will be delivered meals three times a day. 

Asymptomatic students will be placed in isolation for 10 days after their positive test date, whereas symptomatic students will be placed in isolation for at least 10 days after their first symptoms appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. 

In all cases, the university recommends that students create a to-go bag of various items, including prescription medications, clothing, hygiene products and face coverings in the event that a student is unexpectedly required to move into isolation or quarantine because of exposure or infection.

Classes and Grading

All undergraduate classes will be held in person unless approved by the university to be taught online, with the majority of classes anticipated to be taught in person, according to a university spokesperson. In accordance with university masking policy, students will be required to wear masks the entire class period. Professors and faculty will be allowed to remove their masks while lecturing.

The flexible grading option introduced in April 2020, in which students could choose to have their classes marked using the satisfactory, credit and no credit grading framework instead of a letter grade, will be dropped for the fall semester. The university will return to the normal pass/fail option available for sophomores, juniors and seniors, in which students can select the option for one elective course per semester. The special grading option previously offered to students will not count toward the normal pass/fail option for students.

Student Clubs and Activities

Student clubs and sports teams will be allowed to meet in person this fall. The university aims to follow pre-pandemic capacity guidelines for any meetings, events and social gatherings; however, the university can decide to enforce new capacity limitations for indoor or outdoor gatherings at any time, according to the spokesperson. 

Students will be able to gather in common rooms, dorm rooms or other indoor facilities as long as they are wearing masks. Resident assistants will enforce the mask policy for students in their dormitories.

Facilities, Transportation, Dining and Other Policies

All main campus and medical center buildings were allowed to open at full capacity and social distancing requirements were dropped for on-campus activities Aug. 2. Students will no longer be required to show a green access badge to enter buildings. During the past academic year, students living on campus who tested negative for COVID-19 received a green access badge, allowing them to enter campus buildings and facilities.

Yates Field House and Kehoe Field will both fully reopen for vaccinated students Aug. 23, according to a university spokesperson. Students will be required to wear masks while exercising inside Yates, in accordance with university mask policy.

All routes offered by the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle will continue service at full capacity. Students will be required to wear masks at all times while on any shuttle, as well as follow specific shuttle boarding and unloading procedures to minimize contact with other passengers.

The Healey Family Student Center and the Leavey Center will be open for students; however, some spaces will continue to operate as COVID-19 testing centers throughout the fall semester, according to a university spokesperson. All campus dining services will open at full capacity by Aug. 25.  

To reduce density in Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall, the campus dining hall, students will also have the option to use meal exchanges through Grubhub at select restaurants in the Georgetown area, according to Gizman Wabar, marketing manager of Hoya Hospitality, which oversees meal options on Georgetown’s campus.

“We will also be utilizing Grubhub for meal exchanges this semester to reduce density for safety reasons, and aid in convenience and flexibility for students,” Wabar wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Campus meal plans can be connected to Grubhub by entering their 16-digit GoCard number into the app.” 

In addition to the above policies, for the first time, students will be able to access some buildings using a digital GoCard, accessible on their phone. Students are required to set up the digital card at least 48 hours prior to arriving on campus.

Future Plans and Policies

The university may drop mask requirements if COVID-19 does not pose a significant public health danger later on in the fall semester, according to a university spokesperson, though Georgetown is subject to regulations implemented by the government of Washington, D.C., which can factor into university decisions regarding COVID-19 guidelines. 

Should conditions result in a physical closure of campus, students will have 48 hours to move out of residences. Each student will be responsible for the transportation, storage or shipping of personal belongings within that time period, according to the Office of Residential Living.

The university will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates on campus and update their regulations accordingly, according to a university spokesperson.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our community,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to The Hoya. “We are continuing to assess public health conditions, including the presence of COVID-19 in our community and here on campus, and will update the University’s guidelines — including mask and gathering policies — as appropriate.”

New Student Guide 2021

Georgetown Glossary

Updated by Hansen Lian and Liam Scott

Over a year has passed since we have all been together on campus, but it’s never too late to start talking like a Hoya! Learn Georgetown University’s jargon with these essential terms. 

Alumni Square

n. The formal name for Village B, an apartment complex outside the front gates where many juniors, seniors and members of the Georgetown basketball teams reside.


n. The Alternative Breaks Program, in which students spend their vacations on service-oriented trips, is run through the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching & Service. 

Blue and gray

n. The colors of Georgetown, as well as the namesake for the Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society. Eighty-six percent of Georgetown students fought for the Confederacy, and blue and gray are intended to represent American unity following the Civil War. 


n. Booeymonger, a delicatessen on Prospect Street that serves a variety of sandwiches and pitchers of beer, is a popular eatery among students.

The Black House

n. A student house on 36th Street sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access whose handful of residents are selected to host programming that fosters community for students of color. 

The Bookstore

n. The Georgetown University Bookstore is located in the Leavey Center. You probably already knew that if you’re on their mailing list, always notifying us about their seemingly perpetual 50% off sale. 


n. The neighborhood to the north of campus, located adjacent to the medical school and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Burleith is home to many upperclassmen in off-campus housing — and a fair share of cranky neighbors.


n. Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Services, a mental health clinic on the north side of campus in Darnall Hall. CAPS provides students with services such as evaluations, consultations, referrals and individual, couples or group psychotherapy. CAPS services have been free during the pandemic, but it is unclear how long that will continue. 


n. A word that everyone loves to throw around, despite not knowing what it means. 

La Casa Latina

n. A student house on 36th Street sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access whose residents are selected to host programming and house club meetings geared toward Latinx students and minority student organizations. 

The Chimes

n. The Georgetown Chimes, an all-male a cappella group known for singles such as their Billy Joel parody song “Georgetown Girl” and the most-downloaded version of the Georgetown fight song on Spotify, as well as for counting Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) (SFS ’09) as a former member.


n. The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, which supports Georgetown students of color with programming, counseling and other resources and oversees the Community Scholars Program, the Black House, La Casa Latina and Hoya Saxa Weekend.

The Corp 

n. The student-run business that operates coffee and snack shops throughout campus. Locations include The Midnight MUG in Lauinger Library, Uncommon Grounds and Vital Vittles in the Leavey Center, More Uncommon Grounds in the Intercultural Center, The Hilltoss in the Healey Family Student Center and Hoya Snaxa in the Southwest Quad. The Corp also offers IT, catering and accounting services. All locations are cashless, so remember to use your Flex dollars, debit dollars or credit card!

Crop Chop

n. The meal-swipe-friendly salad location on campus located in the Leavey Center. Reserve at least an extra 30 minutes to wait in line for a make-your-own salad during literally any peak dining time. 


n. The Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching & Service. Whether you’re accessing it online or on the corner of 37th and P Streets, it’s home to many of Georgetown’s community service opportunities, advocacy initiatives and community-based learning programs.


n. The Community Scholars Program, which supports first-generation college students through a summer program, mentorship, classes and workshops.

Dahlgren Chapel 

n. Church behind Healy Hall, which boasts a picturesque courtyard perfect for picnics and photoshoots.


n. Region comprising Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, not to be confused with the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Dupont Circle

n. A neighborhood home to many restaurants, bookstores and a Sunday farmers market, as well as a drop-off location for the GUTS bus and a convenient place to hop on the Metro. 

East Campus

n. The area outside the front gates between 36th and 35th Streets and from N to Prospect Street, which is home to the Nevils and LXR living communities, as well as the Car Barn and Edmund A. Walsh class buildings, the latter of which also has an art gallery. 


n. Einstein Bros. Bagels, located on the second floor of Car Barn, is home to one of the best meal swipe deals on campus. 


n. Epicurean and Company, the restaurant in the basement of Darnall Hall that is acclaimed for late-night quesadillas and onion rings.

The Esplanade

n. Located on the second floor of the Leavey Center, this outdoor area and popular study spot offers good views and seating areas. The Esplanade is a great spot for picnics that also acts as a shortcut to Yates Field House.

Exorcist Steps

n. The stairs next to Car Barn that connect M Street and Prospect Street, made famous by the climax of the film “The Exorcist” and frequented by runners looking for an extreme workout.

The Farmers Market

n. Georgetown University Farmers Market is student-organized and held in Red Square on Wednesday afternoons in the fall and spring. Popular treats include wood-fire pizzas, fresh empanadas, crepes and bubble tea. 

First Bake

n. Available at Georgetown waterfront restaurant Farmers Fishers Bakers, First Bake is a cheap, grab-and-go weekday breakfast option for things like pastries and breakfast sandwiches, if you’re willing to get up early. 

Foggy Bottom

n. The neighborhood where George Washington University is located, about a 40-minute walk from Georgetown. Home of good food, a Metro stop and the apartment of that person you met on Tinder.

Freshman Crawl

n. The act of walking through campus and the neighborhood in a pack in search of parties. Most commonly done with your entire freshman floor. Don’t be embarrassed — it’s a rite of passage during your first semester on campus. 

Georgetown Day

n. A campuswide celebration that takes place on the last Friday of spring classes when campus is transformed into a giant party with free food, inflatables and revelry.

Georgetown Mutual Aid

n. An initiative launched by several Georgetown students at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that accepts donations and redistributes the funds to Georgetown students in need. 

Georgetown Flea Market 

n. A weekend outdoor market located by the Safeway several blocks north of campus, where local vendors sell everything from vintage clothes and jewelry to posters and books. 

Georgetown 14 

n. The 13 Georgetown priests and one nun who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.


n. The 272 enslaved people whom the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus sold in 1838 to keep the university financially afloat. In recent years, student activism led to the passage of a 2019 student referendum that called on the university to provide reparations to the descendants of the 272. The university has refused to implement the referendum. 


n. The student-run Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service acts as the ambulance system on campus that operates under an amnesty policy. Call when you or a friend has sprained an ankle, broken a bone or — in the most likely case — is having alcohol-related issues. 

Derivatives: to be GERMS-ed: v. to have had GERMS called on you. 


n. Possibly the most complicated of Georgetown acronyms, the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union, a student-run bank, is known for its competitive application process. Pronounced “GUAF-skoo” or “GUAS-ff-koo.”


n. Pronounced “jugs” for some reason, this acronym stands for the Georgetown University Grilling Society. Can be found grilling its signature round burgers in Red Square on Fridays throughout the school year. While Venmo is often a payment option, plan to bring cash if you want to purchase a burger. Pro tip: They also grill up veggie burgers!


n. Stands for Georgetown University Student Association, pronounced “guss-uh.” GUSA is Georgetown’s student-run political body composed of an executive and a senate whose members are annually elected by other students.


n. Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle. Its most popular routes run to the Dupont Circle and Rosslyn Metro stops. Other routes go to Wisconsin Avenue, Arlington and the Georgetown University Law Center in downtown D.C.


n. Short for the Healey Family Student Center. A student lounge space situated beneath New South, equipped with meeting and conference rooms, dance studios, a movie theatre and Hilltoss and Grounded, a salad bar and coffee bar run by The Corp. 


n. A new student-run service that, as a pilot program this fall, will offer shuttles for Georgetown students with injuries or disabilities in order to improve campus accessibility.

Hoya Saxa 

n. Georgetown’s school chant, meaning “What rocks!” 


n. H*yas for Choice, the reproductive justice group that provides free condoms and emergency contraception on campus. It isn’t officially recognized by the university, hence the asterisk in the name.


n. Officially the Bunn Intercultural Center, the brick building in Red Square where most language, government and economics classes take place. It is also notorious for its confusing layout. 


n. Lauinger Library, the main library on campus; a brutalist — read: ugly — building where fun goes to die. Everyone has a preferred floor and finding yours is practically a Georgetown personality test.

Derivatives: Lau 2, n. The second floor of Lau and the only floor on which talking is allowed. While theoretically perfect for group projects, productivity is elusive here. It is also home to The Midnight MUG, one of The Corp’s coffee shops. 


n. Short for Leo J. O’Donovan Hall, the on-campus dining hall. If you say its full name, you’ll sound like a high schooler touring campus.

Derivatives: O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront, n. the name to be used when feeling #fancy.

Jack the Bulldog 

n. The ostensibly immortal university mascot who is always accompanied by an entourage.


n. Nickname for “Map of the Modern World,” a rite of passage, pass-fail course every SFS-er must pass to graduate. You’ll learn the location of every country in the world, in addition to a surprising amount about plate tectonics. Sporcle quizzes make for great study tools.

Georgetown meme page

n. Officially titled “georgetown memes for non-comforming jesuit teens,” this Facebook group is filled with relatable Georgetown-themed meme content created by procrastinating students like you. 


n. Short for Midnight MUG, The Corp’s coffee shop on Lau 2. 


n. Going to the monuments late at night with friends, when the tourists are gone and the monuments are lit up. 


n. A male undergraduate student in the McDonough School of Business who fits the stereotypes associated with the school. Often doesn’t have class on Fridays and makes the most out of three-day weekends. Most often spotted in Vineyard Vines button-downs and/or Patagonia pullovers.

Patrick Ewing (CAS ’85)

n. A Hoya basketball star turned NBA legend turned Georgetown men’s basketball head coach.

The Quad

n. The nickname for the Southwest Quad, also known as “SWQ,” where the McCarthy, Kennedy and Reynolds dorms are located. A popular spot for beach volleyball, grilling and hammocking. 


n. “Colorful” in Hindi, a distinctly Georgetown tradition, this annual show organized by the South Asian Society brings together more than 500 Hoyas for a weekend of dancing in Gaston Hall. 

Robert Groves 

n. Familiarly referred to as “Bobby G,” our provost has staked his claim as a relevant admin by sending emails with bad news. His name frequents the meme page as often as it appears in your inbox.


n. The term used to describe the topmost Village A apartments with large rooftop balconies, though the building-wide LXR rooftop is also an underrated spot for hanging out. The Vil A rooftops are a frequent spot for parties and darties alike in warmer weather.


n. A Virginia neighborhood serviced by the GUTS bus, located just across the Potomac with plenty of shopping and dining options, as well as a Metro stop.

Royal Jacket

n. Royal Jacket Deli, a popular meal swipe destination for sandwiches, smoothies and yogurt bowls, located in Leavey Center.


n. Georgetown’s van service that picks students up in West Georgetown and Burleith late at night throughout the week. Beware: The service is safe but slow.


n. Sellinger Lounge. The space just outside of the bookstore in the Leavey Center with many tables where students can study or eat their Chick-fil-A.


n. Student Neighborhood Assistance Program, a volunteer group of university officials and private security officers who patrol the neighborhoods surrounding campus on weekends, breaking up parties and loud noises.

Tombs Night

n. The night before your 21st birthday when you invite everyone you’ve ever met to celebrate your existence. At midnight, your 21+ friends escort you to the popular Georgetown bar The Tombs where you can have your forehead stamped by the bouncer and enjoy your first legal sip of alcohol.

University President John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95)

n. Our supreme ruler. Also goes by Daddy DeGioia.


n. The area on K Street by the Potomac River, about a 20-minute walk from the front gates. Good for runs and romantic walks. 


n. What most students call Wisey’s is actually Wisemiller’s Grocery and Deli, the deli and convenience store on 36th Street. The choice between the “Hot Chick” and “Chicken Madness” sandwiches is known to start fights.


n. Yates Field House, the campus gym, is located at the top of a hill, which provides students with a short preworkout workout.

General College Terminology


n. Cheap champagne popular for making mimosas at brunch.


n. A drinking event often hosted by a club or organization during which members split up into “countries” and hold their own in a series of drinking games. Often features fantastic costumes.


n. Cheap vodka available in a mind-blowing number of flavors, from cucumber lime to whipped cream.


n. A day party. A party during the day. 


n. Dance floor makeout, a makeout session that occurs at a party in the middle of a dance floor rather than in a private room. Typically, the participants are not dating, and they may even be strangers. Whether or not this constitutes a hookup is the subject of contentious debate.


n. A drunk brunch. A brunch at which you are drunk. Most often hosted before basketball games, on homecoming and on Georgetown Day. 


n. A pejorative term for a hookup between two floormates, making floor meetings awkward and tension-filled for both parties. Because of the close-knit nature of most freshman dorms, these relationships are often fodder for floor gossip.

Jungle Juice

n. A homemade, fruit-flavored punch with questionable ingredients usually served in a plastic bin. A batch can be deceptively strong, causing you to become drunk without realizing it.


n. Colloquial for Natural Light, a low-cost beer of exceptional quality. 


v. To drink before you go out, ensuring a baseline level of drunkenness.


v. To hang around with your friends after the party and continue to drink. May include cheap pizza.


adj. The state of being exiled from your room because it is … occupied. “Sexiling” is usually signaled via a late-night text from your roommate asking if the dorm room will be free that night.

New Student Guide 2021

Letter From the Editor

Greetings from The Hoya! Our editors came out of summer hibernation to bring you our annual New Student Guide. If you are wondering about what DFMO means — Dance Floor Make Out — or are looking for a list of university resources, we’ve got you covered. We don’t ask for much in return, except that you pick up a copy of our print edition when it hits the stands Sept. 10 — we don’t care what you do with it, but please pick it up.

For all of the first-years and sophomores, welcome to campus! Sophomores, while I cannot relate to how hard it must be for you all to start college after over a year of online school, I did watch my younger brother take his first year of college classes from his childhood bedroom … and frankly, it was ugly. Trying to take a test with a dog barking in the background is a special kind of torture. I know many of you missed high school proms and graduations.

All I can say is, it only gets better from here. 

While Georgetown University is far from perfect, the next four years will provide you with plenty of opportunities for self-discovery. I started at The Hoya as a news writer with zero experience, but covering student activism and student achievements quickly became my bread and butter. (I also met Hasan Minhaj, but that’s beside the point.) If there is one thing I have learned, it is that Georgetown students are changing the world, and I am lucky to be a part of such a talented, thoughtful and passionate community. 

Hopefully, our New Student Guide will give you some tips and tricks for how to be a Hoya. 

Some articles are supposed to make you laugh, others you should bookmark for future reference. I am sure we haven’t touched on everything you need to know, but you can always reach us on social media, and our team is more than happy to help. 

Until then, enjoy being on our beautiful campus and taking advantage of all that Georgetown has to offer.

Good luck, 

Riley Rogerson 

Editor in Chief