You might have to wait a few months before you get the full campus experience, but it’s never too early to start talking like a Hoya! Learn the Hilltop’s vernacular with these essential terms.
n. The formal name for Vil B. An apartment complex in East Campus where many juniors, seniors and members of the Georgetown basketball teams reside.
n. Alternative Breaks Program, in which students spend their vacation on service-oriented trips, is run through the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service.
n. Booeymongers, a delicatessen on Prospect Street that serves a variety of sandwiches and pitchers of beer, making it 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 and diversity.
n. The neighborhood to the north of Georgetown’s campus, located near the hospital and the medical school. It is home to many upperclassmen in off-campus housing and a fair share of cranky neighbors.
n. Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service, a mental health clinic on the north side of campus behind Darnall Hall. CAPS provides students with services like evaluations, consultations, referrals, and individual, couples or group psychotherapy. Your first evaluation or consultation is free.
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 for minority student organizations.
n. The Georgetown Chimes, an all-male a capella 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.
n. The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. Supports Hoyas of color with programming, counseling and resources. Oversees the Community Scholars Program, the Black House, La Casa Latina and Hoya Saxa Weekend.
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. All locations are cashless, so remember to use your Flex dollars, debit dollars or credit card!
n. The meal swipe-friendly salad location on campus. Reserve at least an extra 30 minutes to wait in line for a create-your-own salad during literally any peak dining times.
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. Supports first-generation college students through a summer program, mentorship, classes and workshops.
n. Region comprising Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
n. Often used in reference to “downstairs Leo’s” the lower floor of Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall. DSL is nothing if not polarizing — you’ll find among you staunch DSL devotees and those who refuse to set foot there.
n. A neighborhood home to many restaurants, bookstores and a banging Sunday farmers market. Also a drop-off location for the GUTS bus and convenient place to hop on the Metro.
n. The area comprised of the Nevils apartment complex, the LXR dorms, the Vil B apartment complex, the Walsh Building and the Car Barn.
n. Einstein Bros. Bagels, located on the second floor of the Car Barn, is home to one of the best meal swipe deals on campus. The employees regularly appear on the list of people for whom Georgetown is especially thankful.
n. Epicurean and Company, the buffet-style restaurant and sushi bar in the basement of Darnall Hall that is open almost 24/7. Quesadillas and onion rings are late-night student favorites. Don’t be alarmed if you run into some hospital workers and large families when you stop in for a late lunch.
n. Located on the second floor of the Leavey Center, the outdoor area and popular study spot offers good views and seating areas. A great spot for picnics and a good shortcut to Yates Field House.
n. The stairs next to Car Barn that connect M Street and Prospect Street, made famous by the climax of the film “The Exorcist.” Frequented by runners looking for an extreme workout.
n. Georgetown University Farmers’ Market, a student-organized afternoon market held in Red Square on Wednesday afternoons in the fall and spring. Popular treats include wood-fired pizzas, fresh empanadas, paella, crepes and boba tea.
n. Hosted by Georgetown restaurant Farmers Fishers Bakers, a cheap weekday breakfast option if you’re willing to get up early.
n. The neighborhood where The 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.
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.
n. A campuswide celebration that takes place on the last Friday of spring classes. Campus is transformed into a giant party with free food, inflatables and much revelry.
n. The student-run Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service acts as the ambulance system on campus. Call when you sprain an ankle, break a bone or are having severe alcohol-related issues.
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 abbreviation 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 whose members are elected by other students every year to fix Georgetown’s problems, particularly with everything going on right now.
n. Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles. 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.
n. H*yas for Choice. The reproductive justice group that provides free condoms and emergency contraception on campus. It is not officially recognized by the university, hence the * in the name.
n. Officially the 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; an 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. Say its full name and 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.
n. Nickname for “Map of the Modern World,” a pass-fail course every SFS-er must pass to graduate. You’ll learn every country and capital in the world, in addition to a surprising amount about plate tectonics. Sporcle quizzes make for great study tools.
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. 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 button-downs, Patagonia vests or Vineyard Vines.
Patrick Ewing (CAS ’85)
n. A Hoya basketball star turned NBA legend turned Georgetown men’s basketball head coach.
n. The nickname for the Southwest Quad, also known as “SWQ,” where the McCarthy, Kennedy and Reynolds dorms house most of Georgetown’s sophomore population. A popular spot for beach volleyball, grilling and hammocking.
n. 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.
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 does your inbox.
n. The term used to describe the topmost Village A apartments with large rooftop balconies, though the buildingwide 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. Georgetown’s van service that picks students up in West Georgetown and Burleith late at night all throughout the week. Be warned: The service is safe but slow.
n. Formally known as 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.
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.
derivatives: Zoombs Night, n. A virtual placeholder for your big day. Bring your own drinks until you can finally get your head stamped in person.
University President John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79, GRD ’95)
n. Our supreme ruler. Also goes by Daddy DeGioia.
Vincent J. WinklerPrins
n. As Georgetown’s chief public health officer, Vince has recently made a name for himself by keeping us updated on Georgetown’s COVID-19 policies.
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. 1. What most students call Wisey’s is actually Wisemiller’s Grocery and Deli, the deli and convenience store on 36th Street. 2. Its second location, actually called D.C. Wisey’s, is on Wisconsin Avenue and is usually referred to as “Healthy Wisey’s.” 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 pre-workout workout.
General College Terminology
n. Cheap champagne popular for making mimosas for 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. Fairly self-explanatory.
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 typically fodder for floor gossip.
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 will be free that night.
n. Teaching assistants. Mostly graduate students who assist professors by grading papers and leading discussion sections. It’s in your best interest to get on their good side.
This article was edited Aug. 23 to change the definition for Patrick Ewing.