Hoya Roundtables

Hoya Roundtables are gatherings of Georgetown students and administrative leaders for discussions on areas of student interest. In addition to engaging on the specified topic of each forum, students may bring questions for administrators on any issue. These events provide a forum for idea-sharing and the opportunity for members of the Georgetown community to engage in transparent dialogue on topics related to the University’s strategic direction and performance.

In-person Hoya Roundtables happen throughout the year, but the conversation continues online with Georgetown Ideas at roundtables.georgetown.edu.  Share your ideas and vote or comment on ideas shared by others.

Upcoming Hoya Roundtables

There are no scheduled Roundtables at this time. Be sure to check back during Fall 2017 for our first event of the next semester. 

November 2016 Hoya Roundtable Recap on Tuition

Below is a recap of the Hoya Roundtable on Tuition from Thursday, November 17, 2016:

Video recording of the Hoya Roundtable on Tuition (Net-ID required to view)

Rise in tuition: How is tuition decided and what is the tuition projection for the next four years?

  • The Board of Directors sets the tuition in February for the following year
  • There is a projected rise in tuition each year for long term budgeting purposes and the University reviews this assumption annually as part of its process in developing those long term plans. 

Rise in expenses: In the past ten years there has been a 100% increase in expenses, is this normal?

  • This is a low increase in expenses relative to our peer institutions
  • Some of that growth is due to inflation and some of that growth is due to program expansion, growth in graduate enrollments and new facilities. Georgetown compares itself to peer institutions that are much wealthier with larger endowments, and thus competes with those institutions for the best students and faculty
  • Much of the growth has been an increase in the growth in our programmatic opportunities and investing in academic programs like curricular offerings and the size of our faculty
  • New buildings are funded primarily by debt and individual donations

 Transparency and Engagement: How can the University be more transparent with its tuition setting process and meaningfully engage students?

  • The Student Advisory Committee for the Provost will be used regularly each year for input on the cost of tuition
  • The Provost will host a roundtable to discuss tuition and spending each year or as students feel this is valuable
  • An FAQ regarding tuition will be established on the website for reference
  • Students may also engage through the Committee on Socially Responsible Investing which holds regular meetings involving students, faculty, and members of our investment group

 Need blind: Why is the University not need blind for international students?

  • The University has been need blind for US students for many years, but hasn’t been able to meet the full need of international students because they don’t qualify for federal student aid programs
  • The cost of fully funding international need would be prohibitive for the University to meet the full need for all other students unless and until it is possible to raise enough money for international students in particular
  • Beside Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Yale, no other school meets full international need and they are dependent upon their very large endowments for this effort
  • This is a worthy goal to consider moving forward

 Student Services: If tuition costs keep rising, where will students see a direct impact on student life at Georgetown?

  • Future resources will go into improving residence halls including Henle, Village B, Darnell, as well as academic building and required infrastructure updates
  • Students do and will continue to see an increase in student services – health, safety and welfare-related
  • Some recent past resources went to food options, especially late night food options other than Epicurean, in response to student requests
  • Student voices in suggesting priorities continue to be a very valuable resource, as we continue to balance the needs of all our community members