Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Collegium of Georgetown University

Motto Utraque Unum ("Both and One")
Established January 23, 1789
School type Private, Jesuit
President John J. DeGioia
Location Washington, DC, USA
Enrollment 6,537 undergraduate, 6,637 graduate
Faculty 1,515
Campus Urban
Athletics 21 varsity teams

Georgetown University is a major research university in the United States. It is located in Georgetown, a neighborhood of Washington, DC. It is both the oldest Roman Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States, having been founded on January 23, 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. It is a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.


The University

Globally recognized for its academics — especially in the fields of international relations and law — 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's overall undergraduate acceptance rate as of 2005 was 20%, a rate among the most selective of any university in the United States 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. According to admissions fact sheets, applicants applying to Georgetown typically consider institutions such as Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Duke University, and the University of Chicago during their application and subsequent enrollment periods. The Princeton Review rates Georgetown as the eleventh most difficult college to enter in the United States in its latest edition.

Student organizations

Its student organizations include Georgetown University College Democrats (, the Philodemic Society, a debating group; The Georgetown International Relations Club (, The Georgetown University Men's Club Lacrosse Team, Mask & Bauble, the oldest continually operating student theater group in the country, and the Georgetown University Grilling Society (GUGS ( an organization devoted to bringing the campus community together with their weekly cookouts and, of course, the famous GUGS burger.

Georgetown University has four student-run newspapers. The Hoya is the university's oldest newspaper. It has been in print since 1920, and since 1987 has published twice weekly. The Georgetown Voice ( is published weekly and the The Georgetown Independent ( is published monthly. The Georgetown Academy ( is another student paper.

Georgetown University is also home to the largest student-run company in the world, The Corp ( which does business in excess of $3 million a year.


Besides numerous members of the United States Congress and the senior diplomatic corps, several Chiefs of state (including one United States President) have been alumni of the university and Georgetown graduates have served at the head of such diverse and important institutions as the AFL-CIO, the United States Marine Corps, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Football League, the University of Illinois, the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the American Medical Association, the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Conservative Party of Canada, the United States Navy and the Peace Corps. Major corporations run by graduates include Citigroup, Investor AB and Lucent Technologies. Major regulatory bodies such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board have had G.U. alumni at the helm in recent years. In any election cycle, a number of state governors will, generally, hold Georgetown degrees (Indiana and New Hampshire elected graduates in 2004, and graduates stood for election in Alabama, Oklahoma and New Jersey in the immediate prior cycles).

In the international military arena, both the current head of the U.S. Multinational Force in Iraq and the Supreme Commander of NATO are alumni from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.

For a comprehensive list of former students, see the list of notable Georgetown University alumni.


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Georgetown University Law Center

Situated upon a hill overlooking the rest of Washington, DC and a stone's throw from the Potomac River, Georgetown University's Main Campus, with its classically collegiate ivy-covered buildings, fountains, cemeteries, open quadrangles, and picturesque groves of flowers and trees, has been described as one of the most beautiful college settings on the East Coast.

The Main Campus, center of Georgetown student life and intellectual activity, is just over 100 acres (400,000 m²) in size. Within that space, the University counts 58+ buildings, student residences capable of accommodating a large portion of the student body, and diverse athletic facilities. In late 2003, the Southwest Quadrangle Project was completed. This project brought a new 784-bed student dorm, an expansive cafeteria, an underground parking facility, and new Jesuit Residence to the campus. Slated for completion in 2005 is a new performing arts center; longer term projects include the building of an internal business school campus and the construction of a unified sciences center.

The Main Campus is approximately two miles from the White House, and four miles from the United States Capitol building. 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. As of Fall 2004, a limited number of dormitory rooms are available for graduate students, but most still reside off campus.

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 in downtown DC on New Jersey Avenue, near Union Station. Some first-year students at the Law Center live in the one 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 near the Law Center, most are spread throughout the Washington metropolitan area.


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 of 23 January 1789 is when the Jesuit order acquired the title to the land that became the core of the campus. Interestingly, the Jesuit religious order was under prohibition or suppression during the period of Georgetown's founding, and was restored only in the early 19th century.

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.

In addition to the liberal arts division, now known as the Georgetown College, Georgetown University has eight other divisions. The undergraduate School of Nursing was founded in 1903 and was combined with a graduate nursing program to form the School of Nursing and Health Studies. 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. The School of Languages and Linguistics (now the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics within Georgetown College) was organized in 1949. The School of Business Administration was created out of the SFS in 1955. It was renamed for Robert E. McDonough in 1999 and is now the McDonough School of Business offering both undergraduate and MBA degrees. The graduate programs are the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Law Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Continuing Studies, and the Center for Professional Development.

In December 2003, Georgetown completed its Third Century Campaign, joining only a handful of universities worldwide to raise at least $1 billion for financial aid, academic chair endowment, and new capital projects.

During the Fall 2004 semester, Georgetown announced the appointment of former-CIA director George Tenet to the University teaching staff. Tenet joined other distinguished Georgetown faculty including former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, former Ambassador at Large Robert L. Gallucci, and former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar.


White-Gravenor Hall
White-Gravenor Hall
Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the Georgetown College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, the famed Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the venerable Law Center, the selective 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.

All majors in the College are currently 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

View of Healy Hall and New South Hall from across the Potomac River in 1999
View of Healy Hall and New South Hall from across the Potomac River in 1999

Georgetown College - Bachelor of Science

Walsh School of Foreign Service

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Interior of Riggs Library
  • Culture and Politics [1] (
  • International Economics [2] (
  • International History [3] (
  • International Political Economy [4] (
  • International Politics [5] (
  • Regional and Comparative Studies [6] (
  • Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) [7] (

The STIA program is the first of its kind. Harvard and Georgia Tech, among others, now have STIA programs as well.

In 2005 the SFS joined four other U.S. universities in opening a campus in Education City in Doha, Qatar. All costs for the development of this campus are paid for by the non-profit Qatar Foundation. The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree are the same as those of the Washington campus. The only major available will be International Politics. Classes will start in August 2005 with 25 students. Enrollment will expand to 100 within four years.

McDonough School of Business

School of Nursing and Health Studies


The school's sports teams are called the Hoyas. Many years ago, students well-versed in the classical languages invented the mixed Greek and Latin chant of "Hoya Saxa," translating roughly as "What Rocks," in reference to both the stalwart defense of the football team and the stone wall that surrounded the campus. ('Hoia' is Greek for 'what' or 'what a,' and 'saxa' is Latin for 'rocks.')

When The Hoya newspaper was founded in 1920, the sports teams were called the Hilltoppers. Writers for the school newspaper began calling the teams the Hoyas. Local press covering Georgetown picked up on the new name and eventually the athletic department officially adopted the name as well.

The mascot of Georgetown athletics programs is "Jack the Bulldog." 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, the most successful and well-known sports program at the university, won the NCAA championship in 1984 under coach John Thompson. The current coach is his son, John Thompson III, who took over from Craig Esherick.

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