Include Incoming Transfer Students in Georgetown's Fall 2020 Undergraduate Plan

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After reviewing the release of Georgetown's Fall 2020 Undergraduate Plan, many students in the incoming transfer class were left confused and disappointed. As transfer students, our cohort is made up of incoming second-year and third-year students, but we are considered first-year students, since we have never lived on campus before, nor have taken courses at Georgetown. 

Similarly to incoming freshmen, we were required to submit a deposit without the option to defer our enrollment before the announcement of the finalized fall semester plans. Additionally, incoming transfer students have not had the chance to experience the Georgetown campus and D.C. community. Not being on campus would deprive us of the full campus experience that many transfer students committed to Georgetown specifically for. Our relative class size of around 125 students comprises a population that would not be difficult to accommodate, as Georgetown is only expecting to fill in approximately 2000 of the 2900 single-occupancy spaces. Georgetown University explains that the reason as to why the class of 2024 has priority to being on campus is because of the importance of "The initial transition to college life and a campus community is critical for framing an academic career at Georgetown" -- something that is equally applicable and pertaining to the incoming transfer class.Transfer students are being robbed of the Georgetown experience that we have been dreaming about for so long. Expecting transfer students to automatically transition to virtual classes before ever getting to campus and learning how to navigate a Georgetown education is unfair and has the potential to affect our academic success. 

The incoming transfer class is calling on Georgetown to review the transfers position in their Fall 2020 Undergraduate plan; so that we can get the opportunity to experience Georgetown's world class education to its fullest by being on campus this Fall. If we are ultimately not able to reside on campus during the fall term, priority for spring semester housing would be a helpful alternative in offsetting our lack of an on-campus experience during the fall semester.

Another key fact to note is D.C.’s decline in reported cases. At the height of the pandemic (around April 30th), D.C. reported 217 new cases in one day. On July 4th, the District only reported 12 new cases—a 94.5% decrease in less than two and a half months (sourced from the New York Times). Even though there is legitimate concern regarding the influx of cases if more students were to arrive on campus, the relative safety of D.C. and the small size of the incoming transfer class would likely prove to be less of a risk than anticipated.

While we greatly appreciate the University’s immense efforts and increased caution during this time, as a very small group of incoming students, we feel that we have been left in the dark and not advocated for adequately. An undergraduate experience is a once in a lifetime experience that we will never get back -- and if we are not welcomed to campus this fall, many of us will have our time at Georgetown  cut to one year and a half, and for some, only one year. 

Incoming Fall Transfers 2020