Georgetown University Self-Guided Tour

Georgetown University Self-Guided Trip Itinerary

October 5, 2022

Nothing is more important than a campus visit so your teen can find the place where they will thrive both  inside the classroom and out. Our itineraries provide you with everything you need for an unforgettable trip so your student leaves with an authentic feel for college life. Admissions tour & info sessions full or unavailable? No problem ~ our student and parent ambassadors share the inside scoop on the best places to Stay, Eat & Explore ~ with direct links to make your reservations and plan an awesome trip in minutes. We’ve done the research so all you need to do is click, click, and GO!

Getting There:

Closest major airport: 

Reagan National AirportArlington, VA10-20 minutes, depending on the traffic
Dulles International Airport Dulles, VA30 minutes, depending on the traffic

Nearby colleges:

George Washington UniversityWashington, DC 8 minutes 
American UniversityWashington, DC8 minutes 
Howard University Washington, DC20 minutes
Catholic UniversityWashington, DC30 minutes
University of Maryland – College ParkCollege Park, MD35 – 40 minutes
Georgetown University campus map

Admissions Info Session/Campus Tour Options:

Guided2-hour tours are held Monday through Friday, occasionally on Saturday. Tour times are 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for weekdays. Saturday tours are at 10 and 11:15 a.m.Reserve here.
Self GuidedPick up a map at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Monday – Friday, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No pre-registration is required.Print or download this campus map. Or, the virtual walking tour and don’t miss the top campus spots to see below!

Trip Planning Tips:

  1. If you are visiting on a weekend or an official tour/info session is unavailable ~ you can still get a great feel for campus life! Register for a self-guided tour and check out our top campus spots below. 
  2. Are there students on campus from your local high school or town? Maybe parents can help arrange to meet up for coffee. At first, it may feel awkward to reach out to someone you barely know – but most college students love the opportunity to help someone from their hometown. It’s also great to have the opportunity to ask questions of a student that isn’t an Admissions tour guide.

Directions to campus & parking info:

Georgetown University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

37th Street NW, Washington, DC 20057

Phone: (202) 687-3600

Google Maps: Enter Georgetown University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 37th Street NW, Washington, DC 20057

Visitor parking: Southwest Garage – 3611 Canal Road NW

See map below:

Georgetown campus map
Georgetown University
Georgetown University

Once You’re There

Georgetown University Visit Tips:

  • Check out Healy Hall, the flagship building on campus, on the U.S. Register of Historic places. The quad is a popular gathering spot for students and will provide a good snapshot into campus life. 
  • The Leavey Center Esplanade offers a nice view of the football field and academic buildings and is a great place to grab something from Starbucks and sit outside.  
  • If possible, check out the Cawley Career Education Center. Ask questions and compare services and programs from campus to campus. This office can be very helpful for securing internships and figuring out life after college!
  • Visit the Healey Family Student Center is another good spot to see students in action hanging out or studying. Have a snack and enjoy the modern surroundings. 

Georgetown University

Where To Stay, Eat and Explore

Hotels:

Georgetown:

  • The Georgetown Inn – A historic boutique hotel on Wisconsin Avenue, just a 10-minute walk from campus. 
  • The Graham Georgetown – A very nice European boutique-style hotel, near M Street – excellent location, equidistant (about 1 mile) to both Georgetown and GW campuses. 
  • The Ritz Carlton Georgetown – If you want to splurge, a wonderful hotel in a great location, close to the spectacular canals and also equidistant to both Georgetown and GW. About a 15-minute walk/1 mile from both campuses.

Restaurant suggestions:

Things to Do in DC:

  • M Street – Enjoy a happening scene and go shopping and experience some great restaurants on M Street in Georgetown.
  • National Mall – The National Mall is a 10-minute car ride from campus. Be sure to visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. You can even ride a Capital Bikeshare bike on the National Mall to the Capitol Building
  • Capitol Building – Tour the Capitol Building and get to see the Rotunda and Statuary Hall. Advance reservations are required. 
  • National Zoo – The National Zoo is a 10-minute car ride from campus. Be sure to visit the Giant Panda! Admission is free, but reserved entry passes are required. 
  • National Portrait Gallery – Visit the National Portrait Gallery to see famous paintings of presidents and other historical figures. 
  • TRIP TIP: All the Smithsonian Museums offer free admission!

CAMPUS VISIT TIPS:

  • What to wear? Be comfortable, but not sloppy. Plain/basic well-fitted clothing. Examples include: khaki shorts/pants, skirts, dresses, nice pants, pullovers, crewnecks, and sweaters – the only exception is for an on-campus interview.  In this case, dress up a little more – similar to what you’d wear for a job interview, i.e. business casual or more formal is always appropriate too.
  • Initially, many students don’t really know what to ask on a campus tour or at an activities fair, so help them brainstorm a couple questions beforehand. Then parents need to resist the temptation to ask lots of questions – your teen should do it or split up and go on separate tours so parents can ask their questions and compare notes later on.
  • A top tip from a college Dad –Check out the Office of Career Development.” Ask questions and compare services and programs from campus to campus. This office is critical for securing internships & figuring out life after college!
  • Implore your teen to text or write a couple notes immediately after each visit. Much of the info sessions and college data will start to sound the same, so a record of their initial thoughts and impressions is important.
    • Campus Feel: Did I like/dislike campus setting and college town?
    • Social: Do I think I could fit in here? Feel comfortable?
    • What makes this school different?
    • Thoughts on dorms? food? classes?
  • As the process continues, be prepared for your teen to change his or her mind — that’s part of how they figure out what’s really right for them.

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