Georgetown’s Newly Admitted Students Begin Building Community Connections

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Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) rolled out the red carpet for newly admitted students at its annual Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP). A high turnout of 97 students admitted into the Class of 2027 attended the program in person and online, taking an important first step towards building community and preparing for a successful college experience.

GU-Q’s GAAP Day program is designed to showcase the unique higher education mission of Georgetown and Qatar Foundation, and give students and their families greater insight into the Georgetown experience. As part of the event, students connected with academic advisors, learned about campus resources, and explored the different clubs and organizations available to them. They also met other incoming students, fostering connections that will last throughout their time at the university.

“It was wonderful to meet our newly admitted Hoyas as they prepare to begin their Georgetown experience at GU-Q. With access to a wealth of resources, opportunities, and mentorship, our students are empowered to pursue their passions and shape their own futures,” said Dean Safwan Masri.

Taking place during the month of Ramadan, this year’s activities included an iftar, which offered attendees the opportunity to share a meal with deans, staff, and current students,as well as jalsat, which are sessions where attendees could sip coffee and tea with their newfound community members and enjoy specially curated activities.

For a selection of accepted students living abroad, the GAAP Day activities began the preceding day through the online Hoya Dialogue. The purpose of the Hoya Dialogue is threefold: to allow newly admitted students to connect with one another and current GU-Q students, to offer a better understanding of GU-Q’s program, international student experience, and support services, and to welcome them into the Hoya community.

“We recognize that the transition to university life can be daunting, and we want to ensure that our students feel supported and empowered as they begin this new chapter in their lives,” said Joseph Hernandez, Director of Admissions at GU-Q. “GAAP Day is just one of the many ways we show our commitment to helping students succeed.”

GU-Q prepares students for a variety of careers in international service by providing a four-year liberal-arts education focused upon the multidisciplinary study of international affairs. Completion of the multidisciplinary core curriculum in the first two years of study prepares students for entry into one of four majors offered: International Economics, International Politics, Culture and Politics, and International History.