McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

First Year

New Student Information

Welcome to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business! We are delighted that you have decided to join the Georgetown community, and we look forward to your arrival on campus in August. For more information please visit the Canvas site for the class of 2026!

First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminar Program is an exciting way for first-year students at Georgetown McDonough to investigate the nature of scholarship, think about important ideas in business, and achieve intellectual and personal growth. Students will embrace learning and engage in discussions with their peers while exploring topics ranging from the evolution of business enterprise to patterns of global commerce.


BUILD (Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development) is a week-long pre-orientation program for first-year and transfer business students that teaches the importance of effective communication, ethical leadership, and integrated business knowledge. BUILD creates a larger pool of alumni who become leaders for diversity and inclusion within their field of work.

Student Organizations

There are many student-run organizations at Georgetown McDonough.

Smart Start Program

Smart Start is a signature program in partnership with PwC offering a series of workshops, panels, and events that equip a diverse pool of first- and second-year students with the tools for academic, personal, and professional success. In keeping with the Jesuit ideal of “women and men for others,” participants are mentored by peers and by Georgetown alumni who work at PwC.

Peer Ambassadors

The Peer Ambassador and Leadership Program utilizes the experiences, knowledge, and leadership skills of selected upper-class students to help new students transition to Georgetown McDonough. Peer Ambassadors meet with prospective students, help new students with registration, and act as a point of contact for any and all questions a new student may have.

Global Summer Programs

Georgetown McDonough is proud to partner with the Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE), one of the world’s top business schools, located in Barcelona, Spain. Students complete two courses in English with expert lecturers, participate in Spanish and Catalan cultural seminars, and attend site visits to complement their coursework.

Career Development Center

The McDonough Undergraduate Career Development Center supports students in the process of self-discovery, career strategy, leadership development, and network-building to empower them to become principled, global leaders.

ESCAPE Retreat

This overnight experience for first-year and transfer students is designed as an “escape” from the Hilltop. For 27 hours, enjoy the chance to meet awesome new people, eat good snacks, enjoy great live music, and take a step back from the frenzy of campus life.