Pre-Orientation Programs

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.  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 virtually on August 18-20, 2020. New students will be able to participate virtually from wherever they will be located for the Fall semester, whether that be on-campus or from home. Pre-Orientation Programs are available to new first-year students and new transfer students. 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.

Students selected to participate in Pre-Orientation Programs will move in on August 17. Your assigned move-in date and time will be adjusted to reflect your participation in Pre-Orientation. Should you be unable to adjust your travel plans, you will still be able to participate virtually. Pre-Orientation Programs are currently scheduled to take place virtually on August 18-20, 2020. New students will be able to participate virtually from wherever they will be located for the fall semester, whether that be on-campus or from home. 

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.  Applications will close on July 17, 2020, at 5:00pm 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)

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.

Campaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia
Campaign Bootcamp

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!

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

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 Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI)
First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI)

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.

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

First-Years & Transfers:  GOPOP offers an exciting way for new Georgetown students to bond with their incoming classmates and learn about outdoor education. Participants will have the chance to practice their leadership skills, meet and overcome challenges, and reflect on their transition to college. Sessions during GOPOP will focus on outdoor-related topics such as: local recreational opportunities, sustainable land management and advocacy, and nature journaling. 

Leadership & Beyond (L&B)

L&B Pre-O Program

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.

Young Leaders 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.