Georgetown University

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Georgetown University
Georgetown University
motto Utraque Unum
founding 1789
Sponsorship Catholic Church
place Georgetown , Washington, DC , USA
president John J. DeGioia
Students 15318
Employee 3457
including professors 1957
Georgetown University main building
Healy Hall the GU

The Georgetown University in Washington, DC , is the oldest Roman Catholic , of Jesuit -led University in the US. It is based in the posh Washington district of Georgetown and is one of the most renowned universities in the world. The elite university is best known for its political science / international relations, economics and law faculties, each of which is among the best in the USA. The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in particular is one of the leading institutions of its kind worldwide. Georgetown has many well-known alumni, including the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton , as well as several other heads of state, members of royalty, influential politicians, ambassadors and billionaires. Georgetown is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities .

Georgetown students are extensively recruited for the US government and careers in finance and investment banking , among other things .

In addition to the campus in Washington DC, Georgetown also has a second campus in Qatar .


Georgetown was founded in 1789 by the Jesuit father John Carroll (1735-1815). The first student was William Gaston (1778-1844), who began his studies in Georgetown in 1791, but had to drop out due to illness. In 1814, the same year that Pope Pius VII re-admitted the Jesuit order, William Gaston, now Congressman, helped the university gain official recognition by the US Congress in the form of a federal charter , the signed by President James Madison on March 1, 1815. In 1817 the university's first two graduates, New York brothers Charles and George Dinnies, were awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree . In 1850 the college was expanded to include the medical faculty (today: School of Medicine), and 20 years later, in 1870, the law faculty (today: Law Center ) was added. At the time, tuition fees were $ 50. Under Father Patrick Healy (1834-1910), the first African-American to obtain a PhD and who directed Georgetown from 1874 to 1882, Georgetown experienced its second heyday, transforming itself from a small liberal arts college to one modern university.

After the end of the American Civil War (1861–1865), in which Georgetown students and graduates fought on both sides and the Union Army requisitioned numerous buildings of the university, the university adopted the colors blue (color of the Northern states , Union) and gray (color of the Southern States, Confederation ) as a symbol of the reunification of the country.

Jesuit and Catholic tradition

Georgetown University originated from John Carroll, an American-born Jesuit. Carroll completed much of his education in Europe and was the first bishop to return to the United States in 1773. His goal was to empower the future of American Catholicism through education, particularly by founding an elite Catholic educational institution. Carroll's vision at the time of the American Revolution was that a strong Catholic institution like Georgetown University would contribute significantly to the political, cultural, and intellectual life of the young nation. He founded the university outside the settlement of Georgetown on the banks of the Potomac River. The growing religious tolerance in America , which was still young , made it possible for people of every social class and religious background to study at the university. Carroll saw Georgetown as a strict academic Catholic educational institution that is largely shaped by students of different origins. Carroll's vision is still lived today: Georgetown University is internationally known for its focus on the Catholic faith and Jesuit traditions. The good connection to politics, economy and society as well as the religious and cultural pluralism of the university distinguish Georgetown University from other North American universities.

"The Spirit of Georgetown"

Even today, every student should commit to an ethical principle that distinguishes Georgetown as a traditionally elitist institution. This Spirit of Georgetown takes up a 450 year old Christian tradition, which was largely inspired by Ignatius von Loyola , the founder of the Society of Jesus ( Societas Jesu ). In detail, the cornerstones are as follows:

  • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: This motto characterizes the religious purpose of the Jesuits, namely to pass on an excellent education to people who will later make a difference for the better through their work in the world and society. God should be omnipresent in their work.
  • Contemplation in Action: Belief in God and the ability to reflect on his actions should guide the actions of the students.
  • Academic Excellence: Jesuits were known early on for their excellent education and founded a school in Messina (Italy) in 1547 in order to offer young men in this city a similarly high standard of education. Georgetown University derives from this basic idea. For Jesuits, academic excellence is a necessary prerequisite for uncovering solutions and truths and for exploring the wider meaning (“looking beyond the horizon”). Georgetown still chooses its lecturers and students according to this principle; the quality of the lectures and the importance of research on campus are eternally committed to this principle. Today the university is one of the top 25 universities in the United States of America.

Other important pillars of the ethical concept are: Educating the Whole Person , Cura Personalis , Faith and Justice , Women and Men for Others , Interreligious Understanding , Community in Diversity .


The college is located in Georgetown , a very affluent neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC, between 35th Street NW and Glover Archibold Park and between the Potomac River and Reservoir Road. It's about 20 blocks from the White House . The law school (Georgetown University Law Center) is located on New Jersey Avenue , just blocks from the Capitol , Library of Congress, and Union Station , instead of on the main campus .

Student media

Georgetown University has a variety of student-run media. The Hoya is the university's oldest newspaper. The newspaper, printed twice a week, has been published free of charge since 1920 and is available in several locations on campus. The Georgetown Voice , known for its weekly front cover news, is a weekly news magazine that differs from The Hoya in that its news focus is on the city of Washington and the country. The Georgetown Independent is a monthly magazine that focuses on journalism, commentary and the arts. The Georgetown Academy targets Catholic readers on campus and the Georgetown Federalist , founded in 2006, aims to promote a conservative and informal point of view. The Fire This Time is Georgetown's only minority magazine on campus. The Georgetowns Hackler is a comedy magazine that was founded on the Internet in 2003 and has also been available as a print edition on campus since 2007.


Georgetown University comprises eight faculties, which are subdivided into four undergraduate faculties, prestigious Masters programs, a law and a medical faculty. A detailed overview: Georgetown College (founded 1789), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1820), School of Medicine (1850), Law Center (1870), School of Nursing and Health Studies (1903), Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (1919), School of Continuing Studies (1956), Robert E. McDonough School of Business (1957). A total of 1,268 full-time teachers and 689 part-time teachers work at Georgetown University. The main campus alone employs 750 full-time teachers and 399 part-time teachers.

Admission rates are among the lowest in the world. The School of Medicine, for example, admitted 2% of applicants in the 2009 admission year. The well-known Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, which includes King Felipe VI. of Spain and King Abdullah II of Jordan had an admission rate of 5% in the same year. The MSFS program is also one of the most prestigious degrees in international relations in the world. In the ranking of the relevant magazine "Foreign Policy" from 2011/12, Georgetown took first place for professionally oriented master's programs in international relations, ahead of Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and Princeton University.

The cost of the Bachelor program is currently $ 42,360 annually. Room and board are roughly another $ 13,000 annually. Accordingly, the average 4-year course costs more than $ 220,000.


The sports teams at Georgetown University are called Hoyas . The university is a member of the Big East Conference .

Well-known graduates

Well-known graduates of the university include the former American President Bill Clinton , the former American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (who still lives in Georgetown and teaches as a professor), the former President of the European Commission and former Portuguese Prime Minister José Manuel Barroso , the former Prime Minister of Saxony Kurt Biedenkopf , the Jordanian King Abdullah II , the former Lebanese Prime Minister and billionaire Saad Hariri and the King of Spain Felipe VI. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo , former President of the Philippines, also visited Georgetown, but continued her studies in the Philippines.

In addition, dozens of members of the American Congress graduated from Georgetown University. Georgetown University also has a strong focus on college basketball and has produced a number of NBA players, including Allen Iverson , Patrick Ewing , Dikembe Mutombo , Alonzo Mourning , Don Reid, Jerome Williams, Jaren Jackson, Jahidi White, but also other well-known Athletes such as the American football player and member of the College Football Hall of Fame Al Blozis , as well as numerous celebrities in the American media and entertainment industry, including Maria Shriver (journalist and ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger ), William Peter Blatty (author of Der Exorcist ), Carl Reiner (father of Rob, director and actor in Ocean's Eleven ) and Bradley Cooper (actor in The Hangover ). With Ewing, Mutombo and Mourning, three former Georgetown Centers are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . Allen Iverson will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

According to Vanity Fair , Georgetown is home to a particularly large number of royalty, such as B. Paul of Greece , Felipe of Spain and Abdullah II bin al-Hussein .

See also

Web links

Commons : Georgetown University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. lat. "Both in one" ; the motto is borrowed from Paul's letter to the Ephesians ( Vulgate , chap. 2, verse 14). What is meant is the unity of Jewish and Gentile Christians. Possibly the motto was inspired by Spanish-American silver money, the columnarios who bore this coinage.
  3. About Georgetown: Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit Identity. (No longer available online.) Georgetown University on February 15, 2008, archived from the original on March 18, 2009 ; accessed on March 22, 2011 (English).
  4. Archive link ( Memento from October 6, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  5. The Hoya: A Brief History . In: Digital Georgetown . Retrieved July 9, 2007.
  6. Josh Zumbrun: How Georgetown Found a Different Voice . In: The Hoya , January 14, 2005. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved on July 3, 2007. 
  7. ^ The Georgetown Independent . April 18, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2007.
  8. ^ Molly Redden: Controversial Catholics ... and the third coming of The Georgetown Academy . In: The Georgetown Voice , October 23, 2008. Archived from the original on October 26, 2008. Retrieved October 27, 2008. 
  9. Stephen Santulli: The Right's Fight to Write . In: The Hoya , November 7, 2006. Retrieved October 27, 2008.  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  10. ^ Georgetown Journalism . Georgetown University. March 24, 2008. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved June 1, 2008.
  11. ^ The Georgetown Heckler . January 23, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2007.
  12. Archive link ( Memento of the original dated February 3, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  15. About Georgetown: Well-known Georgetown Alumni. (No longer available online.) Georgetown University on February 1, 2006, archived from the original on June 11, 2010 ; accessed on March 22, 2011 (English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  16. Rebecca Sacks: The Best Stateside Colleges for Meeting Royals ( Memento of the original from January 14, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . In: Vanity Fair , March 19, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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