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Fordham vs Georgetown: Which one should I focus on?

Hey everybody, I'm a junior in HS currently exploring colleges to apply to next year. I've been considering both Fordham and Georgetown, but I'm not sure which one to focus on in terms of fit, academics, and job prospects after graduation. Can anyone who's been through the application process share their experience and thoughts on these two schools?

6 months ago

Sure, I'm happy to help! Both Fordham and Georgetown are great schools, but they do have some differences that can affect your choice depending on your preferences and priorities.

Academics:

Georgetown is ranked higher overall than Fordham, and it's known for its excellent programs in international relations, government, and business (specifically through its McDonough School of Business).

Fordham also offers strong programs, particularly in business through its Gabelli School of Business, and it has a solid liberal arts focus. On average, Georgetown may provide a more rigorous academic experience, but both schools will offer valuable opportunities.

Location:

Fordham has its main campus in the Bronx, with another campus in Manhattan, while Georgetown is located in Washington D.C. If you're interested in political opportunities or want easy access to government institutions, Georgetown is the better choice. On the other hand, if you're interested in the arts or finance scene, being in the heart of New York City might suit you better at Fordham.

Campus Culture:

Georgetown has a more pre-professional and politically engaged atmosphere. Many students there are passionate about politics, community service, and internships. To a certain extent, the environment can be competitive yet collaborative.

At Fordham, the atmosphere is often described as more laidback and inclusive. It also has a strong Jesuit influence (as does Georgetown, but it's somewhat less emphasized there) which encourages a focus on social justice, self-reflection, and service.

Job Prospects:

Georgetown, being higher-ranked and having a strong alumni network, will typically fare better in terms of job placement—especially for careers in politics, international relations, and business. Fordham still holds its own, particularly in the New York City area, but overall, Georgetown may edge it out in terms of job prospects after graduation.

Cost:

Georgetown is generally more expensive than Fordham, so it's important to consider your financial situation and possible financial aid packages when making your decision.

My recommendation is to think about your career goals, academic interests, and the campus environment you prefer. If you lean toward politics, international affairs, and a more pre-professional atmosphere, Georgetown is the better choice.

If the NYC location, a more laid-back and inclusive atmosphere, or a stronger Jesuit influence appeals to you, then Fordham would be a great option. Remember to visit both campuses, if possible, to get a feel for each. Good luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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