Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation Programs at Georgetown University offer new first-year and transfer students a chance to connect with peers, faculty, and staff around a specialized topic before their first semester at Georgetown.  Pre-Orientation participants are immersed in 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, engage with social justice topics, 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 on August 15-20, 2021. Pre-Orientation Programs are available to new first-year students and new transfer students starting their first semester at Georgetown in August 2021. Because of scheduling conflicts, students participating in the August intensive courses for credit will not also be able to participate in Pre-Orientation Programs, and are recommended to refrain from applying.

More information about the format of Pre-Orientation Programs (in-person, virtual, hybrid) will be released later this summer as Georgetown continues to work through the health and safety protocol for the Fall semester. More information on move-in dates and details for Pre-Orientation participants will be released later this summer.

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 2021 Pre-Orientation Programs application form will be available starting May 15, 2021, and can be accessed using the button below.  Applications will close on June 13, 2021, at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD)
Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD)

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 in the McDonough School of Business. 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. Minority students and those who identify as first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply. Please note that this program is limited to students who will be starting in the McDonough School of Business in Fall 2021.

Campaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia
Campaign Bootcamp

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! This year, students will be looking at and simulating the Virginia gubernatorial election.

CURA: A Healthcare Pre-Orientation Program
CURA: A Healthcare Pre-Orientation Program

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)

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.

Leadership & Beyond (L&B)

L&B Pre-O Program

Offered by Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), L&B gives new Hoyas the opportunity to discover Georgetown through the lens of leadership and social change. This week-long 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. Through mentorship, self-reflection, and peer action, 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.


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. Sign-ups for Prelude will take place separately after applications for other Pre-Orientation Programs have closed.

Young Leaders in Education About Diversity (YLEAD)

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.

Programs not running in 2021

Due to complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the program(s) listed below will not be operating in August 2021. Visit their website to learn more about their departmental programs taking place later in the Fall 2021 semester.

Georgetown Outdoor Pre-Orientation Program (GOPOP)
Georgetown Outdoor Pre-Orientation Program (GOPOP)

GOPOP is Outdoor Education’s (OE) Pre-Orientation Program. 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 around D.C., participants will get the chance to explore the wild, meet and overcome challenges, and develop community prior to the beginning of classes.
Groups will be between 8-12 and led by trained Georgetown student guides. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Learn more about the trips that will be available and associated costs.