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Georgetown Reach

Georgetown Reach Fall 2020 Virtual Experience

Georgetown Reach still plans to hold an in person experience in 2020 when conditions allow. In the meantime, this fall, Georgetown Reach will hold the following virtual events for the students and their guardians.

September 2020 – Meet and Greet the Georgetown Reach Team

The Georgetown Reach team will hold sessions to introduce the team to program participants and provide guardians and opportunity to ask questions of us about the goals of the program

October 2020 – Meet the Georgetown Students

Georgetown Reach students are invited to meet with current Georgetown McDonough School of Business students so that they can ask questions about college and learn more about the college experience.

November 2020 – Inaugural Parental Advice Series

One of the key motivations for launching Georgetown Reach is to provide families with the types of advantages that wealthy families leverage by hiring private college consultants to help them navigate the college admissions process. This event will be the first of our quarterly Parental Advice Series where we focus on a specific topic related to planning for college.

December 2020 – Virtual Georgetown Scavenger Hunt

This event will provide students an opportunity to engage with the Georgetown Reach team, think more deeply about college, and develop a sense of community with their peers.

About Georgetown Reach

Georgetown Reach introduces rising 8th grade students and their families to the college selection process and college life early enough in their academic lives to positively influence choices students make in high school. Our goal is to ensure that members of our broader community are prepared to attend the college of their choosing when the time arrives.

Georgetown Reach is a free summer program being offered at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. The one-week program seeks to raise awareness among underrepresented minority students in middle school that attending college — including top-tier schools like Georgetown University — is not out of reach. The program is fully funded by Georgetown McDonough at no cost to participants as part of the school’s Jesuit mission.

Reach expects to run three one-week programs in the summer of 2021.

Each day, participants will take two classes taught by business school professors, engage in a discussion of current events, eat lunch in the main dining hall, and tour various parts of campus. 

Unique to Georgetown Reach is engagement of both the child and their guardians. On the Friday of each week, there will be a mandatory parents’ seminar where we will discuss various aspects of preparing for college. Topics may include financial aid, high school class selection, exam timelines, and the college admissions process.  

Upon program completion, Georgetown Reach will maintain contact with you and your child through voluntary seminars and mentoring.  These are designed to help ensure your child develops into a strong candidate for admission at the college of his or her choosing and you feel prepared at every step of the process. 

We invite high-performing rising 8th-grade students to apply who might otherwise be overlooked or miss opportunities during their high school careers due to lack of knowledge about college planning, socioeconomic status, or other societal barriers to their long-term success. The ultimate goal is to have more minority students prepared to attend universities of Georgetown’s caliber. 

The application process for the Summer 2021 Georgetown Reach experience will open in early spring 2021. In the meantime if you have any questions, please reach out to the Georgetown Reach team at reach@georgetown.edu.

The Student Experience

Start learning a little bit about college so you can make good choices in high school and be less stressed about your future! The Georgetown Reach program is the perfect way to do this by balancing learning and fun. Spend one week learning what it’s like to be a college student, and do it someplace that has taught famous people like former President Bill Clinton, the Crown Prince of Spain, and actor Bradley Cooper.

The Georgetown Reach team is here to answer all of your questions, including:

  • What is it like to be a college student?
  • What is life like on a college campus?
  • What is it like to eat in the main dining hall?
  • Where do college athletes train?
  • What is a college class like?

Daily Schedule

9-9:30 a.m.: Morning Meeting — learn about the day ahead, discuss a current event, review professional skills

9:30-10:45 a.m.: First Class — Personal Finance

10:45-11 a.m.: Snack/Break

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Second Class — Spreadsheets and Data Analysis

12:15-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30-3 p.m.: Group Activity — sports, campus tour of the gym, library, academic buildings, etc.

3-3:30 p.m.: Afternoon wrap-up and dismissal — discuss takeaways, mentoring, address concerns

On Friday only, from 4-6 p.m. there will be an additional session where students will present their work to their guardians, and guardians will have access to college preparation seminars.

Georgetown Reach is overseen by two professors at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business: Bonnie Montano and George Comer, co-directors of the program.