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Georgetown VS University of Chicago

flavflav Posts: 4Registered User New Member
edited April 2006 in Georgetown University
Where would you if you had to make a choice between the two based upon quality of life, location, weather, selectivity, ranking + an interest in studying economics/business related stuff?
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Replies to: Georgetown VS University of Chicago

  • spinnerspinner Posts: 223Registered User Junior Member
    Interesting choices
    Here are a few ideas:
    location: Georgetown is in what has become an extremely wealthy residential and shopping district in D.C. M street, which runs by the campus, now looks like a mini Rodeo Drive. D.C. is a small, fairly expensive city with the governmental trappings of the US. -On the positive side, many museums are free!
    Chicago is a nice campus in a crummy area. But Chicago is an incredibly exciting city, with all the bustle and action of a large urban area.
    weather: D.C. has a temperate climate with coldish winters and hot, muggy summers.
    Chicago is bitter in the winter and hot in summer.
    selectivity & ranking: both fantastic. Gtown is better known due to sports and programs that draw international students; it may be a bit more pre-professional. Excellent school of government.
    Chicago has a rep for being extremely intellectual, excellent law and business schools. Doesn't Chicago have Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame?
    Anyway, that's a start.
  • C-RevsC-Revs Posts: 849Registered User Member
    I was in the same situation as you, trying to decide between Georgetown and UChicago. Although Chicago econ is legendary, I just felt like the climate of Georgetown offered a much better college experience without sacrificing any academics. So I will probably major in Finance and Government here, good luck with deciding, just make sure you visit both before you decide because they are very different climates in the non-weather sense.
  • daria1000daria1000 Posts: 444Registered User Member
    Chicago has a reputation for having an awful social life, pretty much the worst i've heard of. College is almost equal parts academic life and social life. Even though Chicago has awesome academics, the other half is missing. Georgetown has both.
    Oh, and even though there are nice stores in georgetown, there are also cheap ones (there's a wet seal if you're really into bargains) so don't be scared and think that everyone is uber rich.
  • manderz1manderz1 Posts: 662Registered User Member
    I would disagree with college being equal parts social and academic. It is what you want it to be and if you choose not to take advantage of the social scene, who cares?

    That being said, there is a fundamental difference between UChicago and Georgetown. In fact, one of the SFS Deans told me that UChicago is probably the school where you are most likely to find true intellectuals. Georgetown students are brilliant, but they are by no means brooding intellectuals, and if you come here and expect the majority of people will be discussing global issues on Friday nights, you will be sorely disappointed. Georgetown also puts very little emphasis on undergraduate research. (Though there are programs on campus created specifically to address this).

    Georgetown will however, give you a lot of opportunities outside of the school. If you want a World Bank internship, or to work on the Hil, Georgetown is an excellent place.

    It's all a matter of personal preference.
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