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37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057

(202) 687-0100

www.georgetown.edu 

Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. We are a vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to real-world applications of our research, scholarship, faith and service.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Drawing upon the 450-year-old legacy of Jesuit education, we provide students with a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. Students are challenged to engage in the world and become men and women in the service of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

Georgetown features a vibrant arts community. We encourage our students to express their creativity and think critically about the arts, both in and out of the classroom. Students design art exhibitions and perform in numerous dance, music and theater groups. Our location in Washington, D.C., allows for partnerships with some of the best theaters and musical groups in the country as well as unparalleled resources and partnerships with internationally recognized museums, galleries, and musical and dance groups.

Student living is about more than just where you will live. We strive to help students create homes away from homes and become part of their community here on campus and in the area they live. 

Mission/Philosophy:

Georgetown is a Catholic and Jesuit, student-centered research university.

Established in 1789 in the spirit of the new republic, the university was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding. We embody this principle in the diversity of our students, faculty and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness and our international character.

An academic community dedicated to creating and communicating knowledge, Georgetown provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional education in the Jesuit tradition for the glory of God and the well-being of humankind.

Georgetown educates women and men to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others.

Traditions:

Homecoming: Each fall, Georgetown alumni from around the world return home to the Hilltop. Homecoming includes opportunities to go to class with your favorite professors, catch up with old friends and introduce yourself to new ones. Wear your blue and gray with pride, practice chanting "Hoya Saxa!" as loud as you can and get ready to create new memories this year at Homecoming!

Every couple of years, seniors steal the clock hands from the Healy tower.  The tradition is that the clock hands get sent to the pope to be blessed at the Vatican and get sent back.  However, there are severe penalties for stealing the hands! Do it at your own risk!

Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in the United States. Jesuits have played a significant role in the growth and evolution of Georgetown into a global research university deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition also promotes the university’s commitment to spiritual inquiry, civic engagement, and religious and cultural pluralism. The Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, an international religious community which was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. Today, Jesuits continue to enrich the university through their work as scholars, researchers, administrators, chaplains and counselors.

The Hoya’s bucket list, published each year in the New Student Guide, lists 25 of the activities most often cited as essential to the student experience. While some are shared with other D.C.-area schools, such as going to the White House on election night, making it to the Capitol for the Inauguration or running to the monuments, others are unique to Georgetown, like getting your head stamped at The Tombs on your 21st birthday.

Student Life:

Located in the nation’s capital, Georgetown is an exciting place to be. Cheer on the Hoya sports teams. Check out dance, plays, concerts and great speakers on campus, and participate in our many student clubs and organizations. Off campus, visit museums, theaters, concert halls and famous monuments and landmarks. Students also do community service in the city and hold internships at numerous nearby cultural and civic institutions.

Students lead a broad array of cultural, academic, social and political organizations. Representatives in student government collaborate with university leaders to enhance the student experience. Student journalists write, edit and produce multimedia content for a number of campus publications. Students explore career interests through a range of professional organizations that provide networking and recruitment opportunities. Students interested in the arts participate in a variety of visual and performing arts groups. Political groups on campus draw on Georgetown’s location in the nation’s capital to host distinguished speakers and lively debates. Many more student organizations provide entertainment, serve the local community, and celebrate the cultures and traditions of Georgetown’s students.

Mascot

Mascot:

Jack the Bulldog
Students maintained pet bulldogs as mascots into the early 1970's. By 1979, Georgetown was one of the first schools to employ a "human mascot," a student in the now familiar blue and gray bulldog suit. "Jack" now appears at major athletic and social events, and is among the most recognizable college mascots in the nation.

Georgetown today:

Georgetown's nine schools- Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Law Center, School of Medicine, School of Continuing Studies, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and McCourt School of Public Policy- offer a wide variety of intellectually rigorous programs designed to prepare students for many disparate careers and guide them toward their intellectual and professional goals.

Our schools offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, including the liberal arts, sciences, international relations, law, medicine, business administration and public policy degrees, and a growing number of specialized certificates and continuing education programs.

Enrollment:

Georgetown has around 14,800 students, with roughly 7,600 undergraduates and 8,200 graduate and professional students.

Famous graduates:

Bradley Cooper (born January 5, 1975) made his television debut with a guest spot on Sex and the City. He then acted both on TV and film, in shows such as The Street and Jack & Bobby and films such as Wet Hot American Summer and Carnival Knowledge. But it was the success of 2005’s Wedding Crashers that took Cooper's career to the next level, with subsequent roles in The Hangover, Valentine's Day and several other films. He's also received Academy Award nods for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper.

Antonin Scalia (born March 11, 1936) was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice member. He was a practicing lawyer in the 1960s, and then worked in public service in the '70s with roles in President Richard Nixon’s general counsel and as the Assistant Attorney General. In the '80s he became a part of President Ronald Reagan’s Court of Appeals. In 1986, President Reagan nominated him as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, serving in that capacity until his death on February 13, 2016.

Interesting facts about Georgetown University:

Georgetown has one of the largest student run EMS organization in the country.

Students at Georgetown Inc., commonly known as The Corp, is the largest entirely student run non-profit in the world. 

If someone steps on the Georgetown University seal in front of the Healy Hall, rumor has it that if the person is applying the Georgetown he or she will not be accepted.  If the person is a student, he or she will not graduate in four years. So step with caution!

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