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 from Sunday, August 18 through Friday, August 23, 2024. Pre-Orientation Programs are available to new first-year students and new transfer students starting their first semester at Georgetown in August 2024. Pre-Orientation Programs are free of cost unless otherwise noted below.

More information about the format of Pre-Orientation Programs will be released later this 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 2024 Pre-Orientation Programs application will open on Monday, May 6, 2024. Students will be able to access the application by clicking the button below.  Applications will close on Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

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.

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 a real time 2024 campaign.

CURA: A Healthcare Pre-Orientation Program

CURA is a pre-orientation program for first-year students who are interested in exploring the intersections of healthcare and social justice, as well as Jesuit values through service, immersion, dialogue and reflection. Through our experiences together and with community leaders across all 8 wards of DC, we aim to develop the future of equity-oriented healthcare professionals, whether they choose careers in medicine, administration, law, policy, media, etc. We will work and grow together in our understanding of care within healthcare and how our actions, as Georgetown students, influence our community. Please reach out to with any questions! 

Encounter Pre-Orientation Program

“I have frequently called for the growth of a culture of encounter 

capable of transcending our differences and divisions. (…) 

Each of us can learn something from others.”

–Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti

Drawing on Georgetown’s historic commitments to religious pluralism and interreligious understanding, Encounter will equip incoming first-year students — of any or no religious tradition — to build relationships that “transcend…our differences and divisions,” to engage in interfaith dialogue and to explore opportunities for collaboration toward the most pressing concerns of our world. Through experiences, reflection, and conversation, you will be encouraged to reflect on the journeys of meaning, belonging, and purpose that each brings to this work. You will be accompanied by Georgetown’s Catholic, Dharmic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian chaplains, staff, and student leaders. The program will include an interfaith retreat at Georgetown’s Calcagnini Contemplative Center. 

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,  frameworks of solidarity, and pathways for social change. The program includes reflecting on individual and collective experiences to consider how you want to lead, serve, and organize for justice on the Hilltop and beyond. Start your time at Georgetown building a community of #HoyasForOthers, and begin to learn, live, and love DC.

Leadership & Beyond (L&B)

2022 L&B participants met with Georgetown President John DeGioia

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, which promotes leadership through service. During this experience, students will develop their leadership skills and create their own definition of leadership. Participants are assigned a student mentor in which to guide them through this process and throughout the entirety of their freshman year. 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. 

Georgetown Outdoor Pre-Orientation Program (GOPOP)

GOPOP is Outdoor Education’s (OE) Pre-Orientation GOPOP offers an exciting way for new Georgetown students to bond with their incoming classmates. Traveling through the backcountry with a group of 6-10 fellow students and trained Georgetown student guides, participants will have the chance to practice their leadership skills, meet and overcome challenges, and reflect on their transition to college. 

Given the travel associated with GOPOP, there is a fee associated with participating in a GOPOP trip. The Fall 2024 trip options for GOPOP are listed below:
— Virginia or West Virginia Backpacking – $400
— White Water Paddling 101 – $600
— D.C. Adventure – $500

Young Leaders in Education About Diversity (YLEAD)

Centered around the principles of reflection, joy, and community care, YLEAD is a week-long pre-orientation program designed to provide incoming students from marginalized communities with support as they transition to their lives on the Hilltop. The program uses a dialogue-centered approach to explore constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, nationality, disability, and their instructions. YLEAD uses a pedagogical strategy that asks participants to reflect on their own identities and put their lived experiences in conversation with the histories that have shaped these identities. In addition to dialogue, the program also includes guest speakers, excursions, and art/mixed-media activities to supplement their journey of introspection and community building. The ultimate goal of the program is to consider how our own positionalities affect how we should engage in social justice work and how we can best be in solidarity with other marginalized groups in the Georgetown community and beyond. 


Prelude is not running in 2024. 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.