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New Student Orientation team members hold up signs welcoming new students as Healy Hall is pictured in background.

Reflection, Sense of Purpose Urged as Students Start New Academic Year

Graphic shows data breakdown of incoming students: 1,600 first-years, 210 transfer students; 46 percent male; 54 percent female, from 48 states, 47 countries, 10 from Qatar campusGeorgetown welcomes undergraduate, graduate, medical and law students for the 2017-2018 academic year with orientation, traditional ceremonies, events and activities leading up to the first day of classes on Aug. 30.

New Student Convocation features advice from the McTighe Prize winner and serves as the official welcome for the 1,600 first-year students and 210 transfer students entering Georgetown.

In addition to New Student Orientation (NSO) and convocation for the undergraduate population, incoming graduate, law and medical students also participate in orientation activities and ceremonies marking their first years on campus.

Georgetown institutes innovative ways to welcome new and returning students to campus each year including the traditional White Coat ceremony marking students' first year in the School of Medicine, having first-year law students learn about the Washington, D.C., community through service or the Mass of the Holy Spirit the day before classes begin for the university community.