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.
Pre-Orientation Programs are currently scheduled to take place in August 2020. However, Pre-Orientation Programs will be keeping an eye on guidance around COVID-19, and will keep you updated on the status of programs accordingly. Please visit the Georgetown Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page for up-to-date information on the university’s response.
The 2020 Pre-Orientation Programs application form can be accessed using the link below. The application will open on May 1, and applications will be due by 11:59pm on June 15. Students will be notified of their application decision by July 2. Students are encouraged to wait until a decision has been communicated before making final travel arrangements.
First-Years & Transfers: Hosted by the McDonough School of Business, BUILD is a pre-orientation program that offers intensive academic and leadership development opportunities for incoming first-year and transfer business students. BUILD’s mission is to integrate students from all backgrounds into the undergraduate business community before classes formally begin and provide them with a foundation for success in their first year at Georgetown. Students who identify as First-Generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.
First-Years & Transfers: Campaign Bootcamp will give students a behind-the-scenes look at political campaigning. Students will learn about the mechanics of political campaigns, from message development and polling to managing volunteers and getting out the vote. At the end of the program, students will put their knowledge to the test by simulating a competitive political campaign and helping their candidate win!
First-Years & Transfers: 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-Years & Transfers: Offered through the Center for Social Justice, FOCI’s goal is to highlight the vibrancy of the DC community through volunteer activism and meaningful engagement with partners as a way to explore social justice issues and frameworks of solidarity. The program includes reflecting on individual and collective experiences to consider how you want to lead, serve, and organize for justice on the Hilltop. Start your time at Georgetown building a community of #HoyasForOthers, and begin to learn, live, and love DC.
First Years & Transfers: GOPOP offers an exciting way for new Georgetown students to bond with their incoming classmates. Outdoor Education’s experiential-based wilderness trips will connect you to the outdoors, your peers, and upper-class guides prior to your transition to Georgetown University. Traveling through the backcountry or adventuring through D.C., participants will get the chance to explore the wild, meet and overcome challenges, and develop community prior to the beginning of classes.
First-Years & Transfers: Offered by Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), this Pre-Orientation program gives new Hoyas the opportunity to discover Georgetown through the lens of leadership and social change. Students will identify and explore leadership through self-assessment, peer interaction, mentorship and reflection. This program is guided by the Social Change Model of Leadership and the Servant Leadership philosophy. During this experience, students will develop their social consciousness and create their own definition of leadership. Participants will get to know themselves, each other, and the ways in which their unique style enhances leadership experiences and their ability to effect change on the Hilltop and beyond.
First-Years & Transfers: With a focus on a common love of learning, this one-day pre-orientation program will give students a unique introduction to academic, co-curricular, and social life at Georgetown University as students engage with faculty, administrators, and student leaders in a variety of different settings. All new students who submit a Pre-Orientation application form will be automatically considered for Prelude.
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.