Welcome to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University! We are excited to have you as part of the campus community.

Throughout the first few weeks of the academic year, you will engage in a number of activities to become familiar with your academic program, the Graduate School, and the wider campus community. You will also learn about university policies and procedures, resources, support networks and activities available to you.

Over the course of the year you will receive information about services and resources to support you in many different ways from various offices and organizations. We encourage to you take advantage of all the opportunities to support you throughout your stay on the hilltop.

Please note that the schedule of events might change. Please continue to check the website for updates, especially again in early August as the schedule is finalized.





NOTE: THE SCHEDULE SHOWN BELOW IS VERY TENTATIVE THRU EARLY AUGUST.  -- Please check back here in early August 2015 for updated information about the Fall 2015 Graduate School New Student Orientation / Welcome schedule of events. 

Graduate School New Student Orientation / Welcome Events

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


  • Welcome from Georgetown University Executives

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium

During this session university officials will welcome you to Georgetown University and share important information that will help you be successful during your stay on the hilltop.

  • Information / Panel Sessions

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Bunn Intercultural Center, 1st Floor Classrooms

During this session, various university departments will be available to answer student questions about campus resources. These sessions will take place in various classrooms on the first floor of ICC. 

* Financial Aid & Technology
Hosted by: University Information Services, the Graduate School and Student Financial Services
Location: tbd

Staff will be available to offer guidance and answer questions about mindful financial management during your course of study, and technology staff will discuss available university technology services.

* Graduate Student Engagement at Georgetown
Hosted by: Graduate Student Organization & Center for Student Engagement
Location: tbd

Explore opportunities to get involved in numerous activities and clubs at Georgetown with the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and the Center for Student Engagement.

* Safety & Crime Prevention at Georgetown
Hosted by: Georgetown University Police Department
Location: tbd

What new community members need to know, including best practices and safety tips to stay safe and help prevent crime on-campus.

* Counseling & Psychiatric Services
Hosted by: Counseling & Psychiatric Services
Location: tbd

In this 15 minute session we will introduce the Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) and the services it can offer to graduate students, discuss how confidentiality issues are handled, what fees may apply, and answer any other questions from the audience.

* Getting Involved on the Field
Hosted by: Club Sports & Yates Field House
Location: tbd

Please join Yates Field House and Club Sports to learn more about how you can get involved in our health, fitness, athletic and recreation opportunities.

* A Meal Plan Offers You Real Value
Hosted by: Dining Services
Location: tbd

Come learn more about dining and meal options available on-campus to meet all your needs. Whether you are interested in knowing where to grab a quick bite in between classes or looking for a comprehensive meal plan option, we’ve got something for you! Also, all of our locations accept debit and flex dollars from your GOCard!

* Hoya Living in the Neighborhood
Hosted by: Office of Neighborhood Life
Location: tbd

This session will briefly discuss the resources available to students in the Office of Neighborhood Life along with any pertinent city laws or University policies you should be aware of while living in the community.

* Hoya Saxa! History and Traditions at Georgetown
Hosted by: Blue & Gray Tour Guides
Location: tbd

This session will discuss many of the interesting historical and community traditions here on the Hilltop -- the main campus of Georgetown University.


Graduate Student Life Guide

As part of becoming familiar with the campus, you should take some time to read through the Graduate Student Life Guide. This document contains a lot of important information about a wide range of resources available to fully support you.



Note: please check back in early August 2015 for updated information about the Fall 2015 Graduate School New Student Orientation / Welcome schedule of events. 

* Welcome Back, Jack!  BBQ

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Copley Lawn

The entire Georgetown community is invited to partake in this event to kickstart the academic year. Enjoy free food, music and fun!


* Mass of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Healy Lawn

All members of the Georgetown community are invited to attend this Catholic liturgy. This Georgetown tradition, celebrated by all Jesuit schools, invokes the Holy Spirit to bless the new academic year.



Organizations across the university host open houses for all students to learn about services offered. As schedules become finalized for August 2015, details regarding specific sessions will be posted here.

Some open houses from last year included the following organizations:

Additional information will be advertised here as organizations finalize their schedules.


'Graduate Student Life Guide'
  • The Graduate Student Life Guide document provides information about a wide range of services available to graduate students to support them throughout their stay at Georgetown. The information included covers the following areas:
    • Academic & Professional Resources
    • Health & Safety
    • Social Programming & Resource Centers
    • Living Essentials
    • Important Phone Numbers & Websites
  • Please take time to read through the Graduate Student Life Guide document carefully and continue to refer to it throughout the year, every year, whenever you have questions or concerns.
"Get Involved" Website


This Georgetown University website provides information on all the ways in which students can plug into the campus community. Take some time to explore the opportunities offered and dive into something exciting!