Pre-Orientation Programs

A variety of special programs offered at Georgetown, both before New Student Orientation and throughout your first year, that provide students with opportunities for discovery and adventure. Whether you explore the outdoors, volunteer on community service projects, enhance your leadership skills, or broaden your scholarly horizons, you will learn more about yourself and meet new friends.

The 2017 Pre-Orientation Application will open on May 1st, and applications will be accepted through June 15.

Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD)

First Years: This pre-orientation program welcomes new students in the McDonough School of Business into a community of that prizes the attributes of effective communication, principled leadership, and integrated business knowledge. Students in this program will receive instruction from faculty in key business principles in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing and international business.

Campaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia

First Years & Transfers: Campaign Bootcamp is run by the Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at the McCourt School of Public Policy, will give students a behind-the-scenes look at campaigning.  Conducted during the heat of a presidential campaign in which Virginia is shaping up to be one of the most important swing states in the country, students will have the opportunity to learn from political operatives and elected officials and will put their new found knowledge to work on team projects.

CURA: A Healthcare Pre-Orientation Program

First Years: This pre-orientation program exposes incoming students to the field of healthcare and our Jesuit values through direct medical, clinical, and service-based experiences with the aim of developing social justice-oriented future healthcare professionals.

First Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI)

First Years & Transfers: This pre-orientation program’s goal is to serve as an introduction to community service, volunteer activism, and social justice issues in the Washington, D.C. community.

Georgetown Outdoor Pre-Orientation Program (GOPOP)

First Years & Transfers: This pre-orientation program has multiple trips across the US focusing on adventure, experiential learning, and co-curricular education in the outdoors.

Leadership & Beyond (L&B)

First Years: This pre-orientation program gives students the opportunity to identify and explore personal leadership styles through peer and community interaction, self-assessment, and reflection. Guided by the servant leadership philosophy, students work to develop personal leadership styles, explore how their unique style enhances leadership experiences and use this knowledge to actively participate in experiences that foster community engagement and growth.

Preparing to Excel (PEP)

First Years & Transfers: This pre-orientation program has a focus on giving you the head start you need to not just survive at Georgetown, but thrive!

Young Leader in Education About Diversity (YLEAD)

First Years & Transfers: This pre-orientation program has a focus on exploring identity, diversity, and social justice with the aim of encouraging positive change in the Georgetown community.


Prelude is a unique introduction to academic and co-curricular life at Georgetown University. During this day-long program you will meet faculty, administrators, and student leaders. Student participants will have the opportunity to take a hour long class with one of our wonderful faculty, meet other incoming students, and meet and mingle with student leaders on campus.