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Georgetown University

Georgetown University is a Catholic university in Georgetown, Washington, DC. It is the oldest Catholic university in the United States of America, and the first Jesuit one, having been founded on January 23, 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Today, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The founding date is the subject of some controversy, as construction on the buildings began in 1788, the first student was admitted in 1791, and classes commenced in early 1792. The official date is that of when the Jesuit order acquired the title to the land that became the core of the campus.

Table of contents
1 About Georgetown
2 Campus
3 History
4 Academics
5 Sports
6 Famous alumni
7 External links

About Georgetown

of America's most prestigious universities, Georgetown University currently has 1,100 full-time and 330 part-time faculty spread across its three campuses. As of 2002-03, there were 6,332 full-time and part-time undergraduate students, 3,768 full-time and part-time graduate students on the Main Campus, 2,043 students at the Law Center and 713 students in the Medical School.

Georgetown is one of the most selective universities in the United States: its overall undergraduate acceptance rate is around 21%, and many of the graduate programs, particularly in the Law Center and Medical School, are similarly competitive. The undergraduate schools maintain an Early Action admissions program.

Prominent student organizations include The Hoya, a student-run newspaper, the Philodemic Society, a debating group, and Mask & Bauble, the oldest continually operating student theater group in the country.


Main Campus located in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, a stone's throw from the Potomac River. It is approximately two miles from the White House, and four miles from the Capitol buildings. The main gates, more commonly known as the Healy Gates, are located at the intersection of 37th and O Streets, NW. A majority of undergraduates live on campus in several dormitories and apartment complexes, though a minority lives off-campus in the surrounding  neighborhoods - Georgetown to the east and Burleith to the north - and a few reside further away. On-campus housing is not provided for graduate students, and only a few are able to reside on campus each year. 

The Medical School is located on a property adjacent to the northwestern part of the Main Campus on Reservoir Road. All students in the Medical School live off campus, most in the surrounding neighborhoods, though some live in Dupont Circle and elsewhere.

The Law Center is located downtown on New Jersey Avenue, near Union Station. Some first-year students at the Law Center live in a single on-campus dormitory. Most second-year and third-year students, as well as some first-year students, live off-campus. As there is little housing nearby, most are spread throughout the Washington metropolitan area.


Georgetown College suffered from continual financial difficulties during its early years, but was bolstered when it received a federal charter in 1815. The Medical School was founded in 1850, and the Law Department (now Law Center) in 1870. The school nearly collapsed during the U.S. Civil War, as most of the students left to fight for both sides. After the war, students chose to commemorate the actions of their predecessors by adopting blue and gray as the official school colors. The school did not begin to recover until the presidency of Reverend Patrick Healy, S.J (1868-1878), the first African-American to head an American university. Healy is credited with reforming the undergraduate curriculum and the Medical and Law programs, as well as creating the Alumni Association.

The School of Nursing was founded in 1903. The School of Foreign Service (SFS) was founded in 1919 by Father Walsh in response to the need for institutions to train American youth for leadership in foreign commerce and diplomacy - skills that had been proven to be lacking among American diplomats during the Paris Peace Conference at Versailles following World War I. The School of Languages and Linguistics (now Faculty of Languages and Linguistics) was organized in 1949. The Georgetown School of Business was organized out of the SFS in 1955. It was renamed for Robert E. McDonough in 1999.


, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the Georgetown College (liberal arts), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the Law Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the School for Summer and Continuing Education, and the Center for Professional Development.

Majors and Certificates

Georgetown University offers undergraduate degrees in 48 different majors in the four undergraduate schools, as well as offering opportunities for students to design their own individualized courses of study. Majors in the Walsh School of Foreign Service are known as concentrations.

All majors in the College are open to students in the College and the School of Business as minors, as are certain other fields, including Catholic Studies, Culture and Politics, Environmental Studies, Justice and Peace Studies, Medieval Studies, Social and Political Thought and Women's Studies. Students in the College and School of Foreign Service may complete certificate programs in African Studies, Arab Studies, Asian Studies, Australian and New Zealand Studies, European Studies, International Business Diplomacy (SFS only), Justice & Peace Studies (SFS only), Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies (SFS only), Muslim-Christian Understanding, Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, Science, Technology and International Affairs (College only), Social and Political Thought (SFS only) and Women's Studies (SFS only).

Georgetown College - Bachelor of Arts

Georgetown College - Bachelor of Science

Walsh School of Foreign Service

McDonough School of Business

School of Nursing and Health Studies


The school's sports teams are called the Hoyas - the name supposedly derives from an old mixed Latin and Greek chant of 'hoya saxa' that was repeated by students at football games long ago to celebrate the stalwart defense ("Hoya" translates from
Greek as "what"; "Saxa" translates from Latin as "rocks"). The mascot is a bulldog named Jack. The teams participate in the NCAA's Division I. Most sports teams compete in the Big East Conference, though the football team competes in the Division I-AA Patriot League.

Intercollegiate men's sports include baseball, basketball, crew, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and track and field. Intercollegiate women's sports include basketball, crew, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There is also a co-ed sailing team.

The Men's Basketball team won the NCAA championship in 1984.

Famous alumni


Law, Government, and Politics

Members of the U.S. Senate

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives



Entertainment, Media and Culture

Science and Medicine

Religion, Social Action and Education



External links