First Year Experience

The Division of Student Affairs, along with many campus partners, have developed an on-campus First Year Experience, the goal of which is to recognize the unique traits of being a first-year student on the Hilltop and to offer programming around that experience. Revolving around the themes of Hoya Spirit, Social Justice, You and your Community, Intellectual Competence, Wellness of Mind, Body and Soul, and finally Traditions, our professional and student staff aim to create thoughtful programs and events during the first year to immerse students in their new community. Below are a few of the many first years programs that provide students with the opportunity to become successful Hoyas.

Big Hunt

The Big Hunt is a scavenger hunt for first-year and transfer students. Explore DC, search for clues, make friends, and win great prizes in this all-day adventure!

Community Service Day

Community Service Day (CSD) is an annual event at the beginning of the academic year intended to introduce first year students to community service and social justice issues in Washington, DC.


The Cornerstone Initiative is a mentorship and community-building program for first year students. The program is centered around weekly dinners and discussions where students can meet other Hoyas, reflect on the transition to college life, and gain valuable advice from upperclassmen mentor

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to help first year students explore personal leadership at Georgetown University. The program features lectures, dynamic activities, a retreat, and small group reflections designed to equip participants with a better understanding of their own leadership style.

ESCAPE First Year Experience

ESCAPE is a dynamic, non-denominational overnight experience for first-year Hoyas. It's a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a break from campus, reflect on your time on the Hilltop thus far, and join one of Georgetown's greatest traditions!

Living Learning Communities

Live within a community of people who share your interests and passions. LLCs provide students with the opportunity to personally connect with faculty, experience DC and live in a supportive community that encourages dialogue and reflection.


Pangaea is a welcome dinner for incoming students and an introduction to the multicultural experience at Georgetown. It is a chance for new students to interact with current students, faculty and staff, sign up for a Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (CMEA) Peer Mentor, and engage in a brief discussion around pluralism and introspection.

R U Ready

R U Ready is a student and community program aimed at addressing the issues facing the friends of those surviving sexual assault. Listen as a survivor shares her/his story, followed by a dialogue with your fellow Hoyas.


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