Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation Programs at Georgetown University offer new students a chance to connect with peers, faculty, and staff around a specialized topic.  With an opportunity to move in early, Pre-Orientation participants are immersed in campus life and a smaller community even before New Student Orientation begins.  Reflecting a variety of interests to explore, Pre-Orientation Programs 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 2019 Pre-Orientation Application will open on May 1, and applications will be due by July 3. Students will be notified of their application decision by mid-July. We encourage students to wait until a decision has been communicated before making final travel arrangements.

The application will open may 1!

Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD)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 VirginiaCampaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia

First Years & Transfers: Campaign Bootcamp will give students a behind-the-scenes look at political campaigning. Students will learn the actual mechanics of campaigning from message development and polling to managing volunteers and getting-out-the-vote. At the end of the week, students will get to put their knowledge to the test by simulating a competitive political campaign and helping their candidate win!

CURA: A Healthcare Pre-Orientation ProgramCURA: 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 Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI)

First Years & Transfers: Offered through the Center for Social Justice, this pre-orientation program’s goal is to highlight the vibrancy of the DC community through volunteer activism and meaningful engagement with partners as a way of exploring social justice issues and frameworks of solidarity. The program includes reflection on individual and collective experiences as you explore questions about the communities you will engage with in your time at the Hilltop. You will build a social justice community as you begin your time at Georgetown and the program will guide you to learn, live, and love DC.

Georgetown Outdoor Pre-Orientation Program (GOPOP)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)Leadership & Beyond (L&B)

First Years: This free pre-orientation program gives new Hoyas the opportunity to discover Georgetown through the lens of leadership. Students will identify and explore leadership through self-assessment, peer interaction, mentorship and reflection. Guided by the Social Change Model of Leadership and the Servant Leadership philosophy, students get to know themselves, each other, and the ways in which their unique style enhances leadership experiences and life on the Hilltop. 


First Years & Transfers: This one-day pre-orientation program will give students a unique introduction to academic, co-curricular, and social life at Georgetown University as students will engage with faculty, administrators, and student leaders in a variety of different settings.

Young Leader in Education About Diversity (YLEAD)Young Leader in Education About Diversity (YLEAD)

First Years & Transfers: YLEAD is a week-long leadership program for first-year students and transfer students who are interested in and passionate about diversity and social justice. This pre-orientation program seeks to engage Georgetown students in the exploration of their identities and in reflective dialogues about diversity, with the goal of encouraging them to effect positive change on campus and in their communities.