Hoyas Back at School; Welcome Class of 2020

Hoyas head back to class Aug. 31, marking the semiofficial end of summer in Georgetown. Based on enrollment trends over the past few years, Georgetown University expects an undergraduate enrollment of 6,675 for the 2016-17 academic year, along with 5,500 graduate students.

As at most other universities, tuition has gone up. For GU, tuition is up 4 percent to $49,968 for the year, compared to Harvard, up 3.9 percent to $43,280; Yale, up 3.9 percent to $49,480; and the University of Virginia, up 3 percent for out-of-state students to $41,722.

Georgetown is unique in appointing the first Hindu priest chaplain in the United States. Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan is the new director for Hindu life, primarily serving the 400 students in the Hindu community at the university. He will also serve as chaplain in residence to first-year students in New South.

According to a letter from Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., “Br. Sharan was drawn to Georgetown by its commitment to interreligious student formation, and by the vibrancy of the university’s Hindu community.” Sharan comes to the university from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where he has served as honorary Hindu chaplain since 2010.

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