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Hoya Sex-a: The Voice’s 2022 sex survey

Published November 18, 2022


Dane Tedder and Max Zhang

From Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, the Voice asked Georgetown undergraduate students about their sexual practices and their opinions on Georgetown’s Catholic identity and its influence on university contraception policies. This is the third survey the Voice has conducted on Georgetown students’ sex lives, updating our 2007 and 2012 assessments after a decade-long hiatus. 

This survey is not intended to be a scientific representation of Georgetown as a whole.

As the first brisk wave of winter air blows across campus, the Voice wants to know more about the steamy sex lives of its readers. More importantly, we want to promote a raw dialogue about sex—the carnal details, the riveting minutiae, and everything in between.

The results—and superlatives

692 Hoyas responded to our poll, including 432 cisgender women, 222 cisgender men, 41 gender queer, gender non-binary, or gender-fluid individuals, four transgender women, two transgender men, and 12 individuals who declined to identify a gender or self-identified. 

Despite a large sample size, some demographic limitations should be noted. Cisgender men, first-years, and students in the MSB, SOH, and SON were underrepresented in our survey. The proportion of cisgender women responders was five percent higher than Georgetown’s undergraduate gender ratio. Our survey, however, accounted for gender identities outside of the male-female binary, whereas official university gender data does not, potentially explaining this discrepancy.

With that said, here are a number of spicy findings that deserve recognition. 

School with the most fucks: MSB on top

A majority of students have had sex and are currently sexually active, but the most sexually active superlative goes to the MSB, with 71 percent of respondents from the school self-reporting current sexual activity. This is followed by 63 percent of sexually active students in the SOH/SON, the College (59.5 percent), and the SFS (53.3 percent).

Overall, 72 percent of students who completed the survey have engaged in sexual intercourse, with 83.3 percent of this subgroup considering themselves currently sexually active. This is consistent with the Voice’s 2012 survey, which found 72 percent of Georgetown students are sexually active, up from its 2007 survey with 63 percent sexually active respondents. 

But while college-age people overall are less sexually active than they were in 2007, Hoyas seem to only be shaking more sheets over the last decade.

Of the 498 respondents who have ever engaged in sexual intercourse, 15.5 percent had six or more sexual partners in the last year. 4.2 percent of self-identified “sexually active” students hadn’t had sex in the last year (excluding the 28 percent of students who have never had sex). 3.2 percent of all students identified as asexual.

Today, 80 percent of cisgender men are having sex—a slight increase from 77 percent in 2012 and 67 percent in 2007. The number of cisgender women having sex fell slightly; today, 63 percent of cisgender female-identifying respondents are having sex, down from 65 percent in 2012.

Unsurprisingly, first years had the highest rate of virginity—over half reported having never had sex. For sophomores, that figure cuts nearly in half—just 29 percent. (Something in the air during freshman spring, we guess?) For seniors, just 18 percent report never having had sex.

School with the least fucks: SFS on bottom

If you’re a part of the 46.7 percent of sexually inactive students in the SFS, fret not—you’re not alone. For many students, professional success and academic performance rank higher on the priorities list. “Georgetown is so pre-professional that even our sex lives are efficient. We commit dormcest and hookups, always thinking about convenience and separating personal/business,” one student wrote in the survey, alluding to an article they had read.

Design by Dane Tedder

When students are in a committed relationship, more than a third report having sex with their partner 15 or more times per month. For non-committed partners, the percentage of respondents having sex more than 15 times per month falls to 1.4 percent. In fact, 51 percent of our respondents admitted to having sex zero times per month with non-committed partners, pushing back against notions of Georgetown having a hook-up forward culture. Over half of all sexually active Hoyas report engaging in oral sex 1-5 times per month, on average, while 20 percent report having oral sex zero times per month.

Despite a lack of frequent sex on campus, students report being satisfied with their sex lives. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said that they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their sex lives, while only 15 percent of respondents admitted feeling “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with their sex life.

The kinky and the not-so-kinky

Wisdom comes with age, and apparently, so does adventurousness. Students in the class of 2023 are the most sexually audacious, with a mean score of 6.02 on our 1-10 vanilla-to-freaky scale. With a score of 5.94, the class of 2024 closely followed. The class of 2025 and 2026 scored slightly below the 5.70 campus average, with scores of 5.35 and 4.98 respectively.

And for anyone wondering, the MSB is the most sexually adventurous school by a small margin, and the SFS is the least.

Filthiest sex stories

Speaking of freaky, we can’t ignore some of the tips we got. 

Some respondents offered curious suggestions. “You should ask if you’ve ever had sex in a classroom, I’m curious how filthy the ICC carpets are,” one wrote. (We’re taking notes for the next survey). Others wondered if dorm stereotypes—namely the urban legend that Darnall was one of the horniest dorms in America in 2003—could be verified.

Some students reported peculiar sexual partners. “Did it with the John Carroll statue once,” one respondent wrote. We have no way of confirming this incident, nor are we a judgmental entity, but keep this in mind the next time you consider sitting on John’s lap.

Design by Dane Tedder

Most pressing sex issues

When asked if college life at Georgetown encourages sexual activity, the most common response was a diplomatic “neither agree or disagree.” However, more students indicated that college life encourages them to have sex than discourages them, with 46.4 percent responding either “agree” or “strongly agree.”

Some survey takers lamented the logistical hurdles of having sex on campus, complaining of thin walls, omnipresent roommates, and little privacy. One respondent remarked, “Increased availability of single rooms would solve a lot of sexiling related roommate problems.” 

While that may be true, it’s unlikely the university will make easing student sex logistics a priority, especially considering the university’s prohibition of sexual sleepovers in campus housing—Georgetown classifies sexual activities as Class A Violations subject to similar punishment as noise and alcohol violations. According to section 41 of the Student Code of Conduct, “Cohabitation, which is defined as overnight visits with a sexual partner, is incompatible both with the Catholic character of the University and with the rights of the roommates.” 

There are some resources on campus to support sexual health, but they are incredibly limited. Health Education Services (HES), for example, provides certain resources for students affected by sexual assault, violence, alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, nutrition, and sexual health (but not abortion or contraception). “Students do not need a referral to seek services at HES, and all clinical services are completely free and confidential,” HES director Carol Day wrote.

The university, citing its Catholic affiliation, prohibits the official distribution of contraceptives on campus. In the final section of our survey, we gathered student opinions about the influence of Georgetown’s theocracy on sex choices. Students overwhelmingly voted that the university’s affiliation should have no effect on its contraception policy (80 percent responded this way). Around 92 percent of respondents believed that the Student Health Center should be allowed to prescribe birth control pills and that contraception should be available for free on campus.

But more nuanced opinions came up in the free response portion. “As a Catholic institution, Georgetown has a right to not provide free contraception. However, that’s only acceptable because of organizations like Hoyas for Choice,” one respondent wrote. “If Georgetown’s policies towards contraception actually prevented people from engaging in safe sex, I would feel more passionately that they should change.”

For many, contraceptive needs ought to go beyond what H*yas for Choice, which receives neither recognition nor funding from the university, can provide—especially for those with student health insurance, or who otherwise lack the resources to venture outside the gates for additional safe sex supplies. Georgetown’s student health insurance does not “contract, arrange, pay or refer” for contraceptives—including the pill, IUDs, and other forms of birth control—as the university has a religious accommodation from federal coverage requirements.

Some students argue that Georgetown’s anti-contraception policy actually violates the religious freedom to engage in other, non-Catholic faith traditions.

“Other faiths require the right to reproductive healthcare services that Georgetown denies, and its Jesuit affiliation should not infringe upon the religious freedom of non-Catholic students,” Salmah Elmasry (COL ’25) said. Many practitioners of Islam, Judaism, and Dharmic traditions view reproductive healthcare as an essential part of their faith.

Some students commented on potential upsides of H*yas for Choice’s unofficial status. “Granting H*yas for Choice institutional legitimacy is only reasonable if administration couldn’t restrict their current (excellent imo) work in any way,” a respondent wrote.

Could university coverage of common contraceptives encourage safer sex habits? 62 percent of students who have had intercourse indicated easy access to contraceptives affects their choice to have sex. In terms of general contraceptive usage, while 43 percent of respondents who have engaged in sexual activity always use protection, 28 percent usually use protection, and 18 percent of survey takers “rarely” or “never” use protection.

This survey also revealed some disparities in having protected sex between heterosexual students, 78.6 percent of whom usually or always use protection, and individuals who identify with other sexual identities, 63.6 percent of whom usually or always use protection. 

Students also expressed frustration with the lack of other sexual health resources—particularly STI testing. While the Student Health Center provides testing for sexually transmitted infections, there is no free STI testing on campus.

“I wish Georgetown offered free STI testing in a similar capacity to Covid testing. The health insurance here is grossly overpriced and I’d rather not bill my dad’s insurance and him be aware I’m having pussy for dinner,” a survey respondent wrote.

Queer students face extra challenges in getting into the hanky panky with their peers, with some survey respondents expressing frustration with the close-knit culture of the Georgetown LGBTQ+ dating scene. One student noted that “having wide networks of acquaintances [in the queer community] makes it hard to engage in hookup culture without worrying about how it will affect your social network,” and added that this has led them to seek out partners from other D.C. universities through dating apps.

“A lot of queer students coming to campus maybe didn’t feel comfortable expressing their sexuality in high school,” Abby Kirk (COL ’23), a board member of H*yas for Choice said. “They get here and they feel a little bit more comfortable with the outward expression of being Queer, but they don’t feel a ton of support in the actual sexual part of it.”

According to Kirk, that is tied to the lack of contraceptive use and accessibility on campus. “I personally definitely see a lot of health risks in terms of queer women having sex; dental dams are not as commonly used as they should be,” Kirk said.

The takeaways

In this survey, we’ve exposed some surprising—and some unsurprising—facts about our peers’ sex lives. Like on other campuses, sex is common among Georgetown students. There are challenges facing sexually active Hoyas—from a lack of STI testing to thin Henle walls— but regardless, the Voice can see that nothing will stop determined Hoyas from bam-bamming in the ham (or on Cooper Field).


Connor Martin
Connor is a sophomore in the college majoring in government and American Studies. He is also the design editor. You can find him at your nearest Blue Bottle. Ask him for baking recipes at design@georgetownvoice.com.

Margaret Hartigan
Margaret is a junior in the college majoring in government with minors in Spanish and journalism and the features editor. Her favorite study spot on campus is the Voice office (of course) or, in desperate times, the fifth floor of Lau with a big cup of coffee.

Joanna Li
Assistant to the Regional News Manager. COL '23, majoring in psychology and biology.


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