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Georgetown University
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Motto Utraque Unum
("Both into One" See Ephesians 2:14)
Established January 23, 1789
Type Private,

Roman Catholic (Jesuit)

Endowment $744 Million USD[1]
President John J. DeGioia
Staff 1,515
Undergraduates 6,719
Postgraduates 6,933
Location Washington, D.C., USA
Campus Urban
Athletics 27 varsity teams
Nickname Hoyas
Mascot Jack the Bulldog

Georgetown University, formally the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded on January 23, 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll, it is both the oldest Roman Catholic and oldest Jesuit university in the United States, and is a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It is ranked by both The Times of London[2] and in studies cited by The Economist [3] amongst the leading Catholic institutions of higher learning in the world, with Georgetown’s undergraduate divisions at large, the university’s law school, and the School of Foreign Service ranking amongst the nation’s best according to US News and World Report. The university currently has 6,719 full-time and part-time undergraduate students, 4,193 full-time and part-time graduate students on the Main Campus, 1,992 students at the Law Center and 748 students in the School of Medicine as of 2005-06. The university employs approximately 1,166 full-time and 534 part-time faculty members across its three campuses.


[edit] History

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The spires of Georgetown University rise above the Potomac

The founding date is the subject of some controversy. For a time, the university claimed 1634 as its founding date, this being the year that Jesuit education began in what is now Georgetown. The year can be seen carved in stone above the entryways of Copley Hall and White-Gravenor Hall, where a stained glass window also reads "Est. 1634." If one takes this as the university's founding date, Georgetown is the oldest university in what is now the United States, predating Harvard by two years. Construction on the surviving buildings of the formal college began in 1788, the first student was admitted in 1791, and classes commenced in early 1792. The date that is now officially recognized–January 23, 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.

The main campus's location was briefly in Montgomery County, Maryland before the Georgetown area, including the campus, was absorbed into the District of Columbia in 1790 (see history of Washington, D.C. and Georgetown). The Georgetown Seal is an anachronism in this respect, with the Latin around it reading Collegium Georgiopolitanum ad ripas Potomaci in Marylandia–"Georgetown College on the shores of the Potomac in Maryland."

Georgetown College suffered from some financial strain in 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 the Law Center) in 1870. The school was greatly affected during the U.S. Civil War, as most of the students left to fight for both sides. Civil War soldiers were also housed in many of the buildings on campus. Only seven students graduated in 1869, down from over 300 a decade prior. After the war, Georgetown College Boat Club, the school's rowing team, adopted blue and gray as its colors to signify the peaceful unity between students from the North and those from the South. Subsequently these colors were adopted as the official school colors. The school did not begin to recover from the war until the presidency of Reverend Patrick Healy, S.J. (1874-1881). Healy, the first acknowledged African-American to head an American university, is credited with reforming the undergraduate curriculum and the Medical and Law programs, as well as creating the Alumni Association.

Georgetown University seal from 1844 until 1977

In addition to the liberal arts division, previously the College of Arts and Sciences and 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 and a Health Studies Track to form the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) was founded in 1919 by Father Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., 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.

[edit] People

[edit] Faculty

For a listing of some of the recent faculty of note, see the category: Georgetown University faculty

The Georgetown University faculty includes a number of notable former political and business leaders, most of whom teach on a part-time basis. These include former U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew Natsios, former CIA director George Tenet, former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former US Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, former Ambassador-at-Large Robert L. Gallucci, former Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar, Public Health Advisor of the World Bank Bernard Liese, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, and former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Notable faculty of Georgetown's past include Jan Karski, William Boyd-Carpenter and Carroll Quigley.

[edit] Alumni

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

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Healy Hall amid the autumn foliage

Besides numerous members of the United States Congress and the senior diplomatic corps, many Heads of state (including Bill Clinton, a former President of the United States) are 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, Texas A&M University, the American Medical Association, the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Department of Defense, 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, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the immediate prior cycles). Both the majority leader of the U.S. House and the majority whip of the U.S. Senate in the 110th Congress are alumni.

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. In law, both the Solicitor General of the United States and a current Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court received their undergraduate degrees at Georgetown.

Two of the fifteen most powerful women in the world as rated by Forbes magazine in 2005, (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the President of the Philippines, and Patricia Russo, the Chair of Lucent Technologies) are alumnae of the university. The only current female owner of a major league baseball team is Jamie McCourt, the President of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau (G 1982) is the highest ranking woman in the United States Navy.

[edit] Speakers and Visitors

Those who have come recently include UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; President Bill Clinton; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales; President Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan; President Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan; former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg;Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury; Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze; opera singer Plácido Domingo; Noam Chomsky; Sam Donaldson; many senators and former senators, including John Kerry, Bob Dole, Joe Lieberman, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton; many ambassadors, both US and foreign, including those from China and Syria; and many former presidents, including former presidents of Spain, Italy, Poland, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil.

[edit] Campus

Georgetown University is situated on an area of higher elevation above the Potomac River, overlooking Washington, DC and northern Virginia. The campus incorporates ivy-covered buildings, fountains, a cemetery, large clusters of flowers, groves of mature trees, and open quadrangles.

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The Dahlgren Quadrangle

The Main Campus, primary center of Georgetown student life and intellectual activity, is just over 100 acres (400,000 m²) in size. The University counts over 58 buildings, student residences capable of accommodating approximately 80% of the student body, and various 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. The school's first performing arts center was completed in November 2005, while longer-term projects include a self-contained Business School campus, the construction of a unified sciences center, and expanded athletic facilities.

The Main Campus's main library is Lauinger Library, named after an alumnus killed during service in the Vietnam War. Riggs Library dates from the nineteenth century, and was once the institution's primary library, but is now devoted primarily to archival historical materials and as a setting for formal university functions.

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The Georgetown University Law Center campus. From left to right, the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, McDonough Hall, and Gewirz Student Center.

The Main Campus is approximately two miles from the White House, and four miles from the United States Capitol building. The main gates, 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 Summer 2006, on-campus housing is not available for graduate students, though many of the University's Hall Directors and Area Coordinators attend graduate level courses.

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, with some in Dupont Circle and elsewhere through Washington DC and environs.

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.

[edit] Academics

Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through Georgetown College, 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 of Continuing Studies, and the Center for Professional Development.

[edit] 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
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View of Healy Hall and New South Hall
Studies, African-American 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). A new certificate in International Development will be offered for undergraduates of any school by the end of 2006.

[edit] Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

In 1995 the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences celebrated its 175th anniversary. The Graduate School is now the second largest at Georgetown and offers multiple programs in 34 separate departments. One characteristic of the School's dramatic growth in the last decade has been the development of an increased number of joint-programming opportunities. Students may now pursue courses of study in more than 40 separate joint-program configurations.

[edit] Georgetown College - Bachelor of Arts

[edit] Georgetown College - Bachelor of Science

[edit] Walsh School of Foreign Service

See also: Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Interior of Riggs Library

The SFS grants the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service to undergraduate students. Graduate students can pursue six interdisciplinary graduate programs: four regional studies programs as well as the Master of Science in Foreign Service and the Security Studies Program. The regional studies programs include Arab Studies (MAA), German & European Studies (MAGES), Latin American Studies (CLAS), and Russian & East European Studies (REES).

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.

[edit] Georgetown University Law Center - Law School Programs (JD, JSD, LLM)

  • Administrative Law and Government Regulation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Law
  • Clinics
  • Commercial and Advanced Contract Law
  • Communications Law
  • Constitutional Law and Government
  • Corporate Law and Securities Regulation
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law, Policy and Bioethics

  • Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Technology Law
  • International and Comparative Legal Studies
  • International/National Security Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Other Disciplines
  • Legal History
  • Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility
  • Legal Scholarship and Writing
  • Litigation and the Judicial Process
  • Public Interest Law
  • Real Estate, Land Use and Urban Development
  • Taxation
  • Trusts and Estates

The Georgetown University Law School is among the ten most selective law schools in the United States and is considered to be in the "top 14," a legal insider recognition of its reputation. The school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Its current dean is T. Alexander Aleinikoff. The law school ranked in the top 10 in 7 categories of U.S. News 2006 edition, including tax, constitutional law, international law, commercial/finance law and others.

[edit] Georgetown University Medical Center - Biomedical Graduate Programs (PhD, MS, Cert.)

The Biomedical Graduate Education division at Georgetown is a subset of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, located on the Medical Center campus. The degrees offered range from traditional PhDs and MS programs to MS specializations in such areas as Nuclear NonProliferation and Complementary/Alernative Medicine, and even Certificate programs in Biotechnology, Biodefence & Public Policy, or Biohazardous Threat Agents. The Biohazardous Threat Agents graduate certificate is currently the only fully recognized graduate program at Georgetown that is available online.

[edit] Georgetown University Medical Center - School of Medicine (MD, MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/MS)

The Georgetown University School of Medicine Faculty includes 626 full-time and 2,000 part-time faculty members from 8 basic science and 16 clinical departments, and one center.

The School of Medicine also allows students to pursue joint degrees with the MD program, such as: MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/MS (only the MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents and the MS in Complementary/Alternative Medicine are allowed for this pairing), as well as MD with a Research Track where MD students spend time in the laboratory and develop a research thesis in their specialty.

[edit] McDonough School of Business

White-Gravenor Hall

Offering unparalleled access to the world's business, policy and thought leaders, Georgetown University's Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business ("MSB") is committed to developing leaders capable of making complex business decisions in a global environment and who are dedicated to serving their companies, society and humanity. The McDonough School's undergraduate, MBA, executive education and International Executive MBA programs provide solid grounding in all the core management disciplines, with an emphasis on the global, ethical and political environment of business.

Several academic themes distinguish the McDonough School of Business and give the school a special identity among managers and academicians, including international and intercultural dimensions of the marketplace, the importance of written and oral communication, and interpersonal effectiveness in organizations.

The McDonough School core courses in the traditional disciplines of accounting, finance, marketing, management, and the decision sciences support these themes. Additionally these themes are supported by the McDonough School's strong support of a minor concentration in one of the nearly 50 liberal arts disciplines. Undergraduate concentrations include:

Graduate work offered by the school includes:

  • MBA: The Georgetown MBA Program is a general management program oriented toward those with liberal arts, science, or technical undergraduate degrees. The Program is a two-year, full-time program without majors or concentrations.
  • MBA EP: The MBA evening program (EP) is targeted towards the working professional who is likely to possess a deeper work experience than the typical full-time student. It is taught by the same faculty as the full-time MBA Program, and covers the same academic content.
  • IEMBA: The International Executive MBA (IEMBA) program provides experienced professionals with the tools needed to succeed in today's global business environment. The IEMBA every-other-weekend class structure means students can stay on the job, immediately putting their new knowledge to work.
  • EML: The Executive Master's in Leadership (EML) degree is a distinctive program that focuses on the passion, purpose, and practical skills necessary for effective leadership. The Master's program analyzes leadership as a set of skills on three different levels of analysis: individual, interpersonal, and institutional.

[edit] School of Nursing and Health Studies

  • Nursing
    • Undergraduate Professional Nursing Program
    • Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Direct Entry to Advanced Practice
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Anesthesia
    • Nursing Education
    • Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health
    • Second Degree BSN
  • Health Studies
    • Human Science
    • International Health
    • Health Care Management and Policy
    • Graduate Health Systems Administration Program
  • Certificates/Minors Available In:
    • Population Health
    • International Health

Since its founding, the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS) has been at the forefront of education in the health care field, offering many programs unique to America's elite institutions. Offering undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing and the health sciences, graduates are prepared to enter the complex fields of medicine, nursing, law, health policy, and health systems administration.

Undergraduates may pursue study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies. The BSN degree prepares students for examination for licensure as a professional nurse. The Bachelor of Science in Health Studies degree program currently offers three tracks: Human Science, International Health, and Health Care Management Policy. The School of Nursing and Health Studies also offers: a Baccalaureate Program for RNs, Second Degree BSN Program, a Certificate in International Health for Nursing Majors, and a Certificate in Population Health. Undergraduates have various opportunities to study abroad to put their various fields into practice. Graduate fields of study include: Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Direct Entry to Advanced Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery, Post-Masters Nursing Programs, and a Master of Science in Health Systems Administration.

[edit] Admissions, etc.

Georgetown's overall undergraduate acceptance rate as of 2006 was 21%,<ref></ref> among the most selective of any university in the United States. The undergraduate schools maintain an Early Action admissions program.

The School of Medicine's acceptance rate for the entering class of 2006 was 4.3%, for which 8,832 applicants applied and 1,321 were interviewed.<ref></ref>

[edit] Student Organizations

[edit] University-Funded Organizations

Georgetown University has a large number of student organizations that cover a variety of interests: student government, club sports, organizations focused on media and publications, performing arts, religion and volunteerism and service. A current list can be found here on the university's website. Georgetown's societies include the nation's oldest debating club, the Philodemic Society, and the oldest continually running dramatic society in the United States, the Mask & Bauble Society.<ref></ref>

Georgetown University has several 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, founded in a split from the Hoya in 1969, is a weekly newsmagazine and The Georgetown Independent is a journal of news, commentary and the arts published monthly. The University also has a campus-wide television station, GUTV, and a radio station, WGTB. The Georgetown University Student Investment Fund [GUSIF,], founded in 1997, was one of the area's first student-run investment funds; the club manages 3 different portfolios of investments including equities and real estate funds.

[edit] Independent Organizations

In addition to student organizations and clubs, Georgetown University is also home to the largest student-run company in the nation, Students of Georgetown, Inc.. The company was founded in 1972 in response to the university's authorization of Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officers to use tear gas against students demonstrating against the Vietnam War. Following the attack, the student government formed an independent organization with the legal ability to file lawsuits on behalf of students without the university's permission, or the university itself. [11], known today as "The Corp," the business sees gross revenues of roughly $3 million a year.

The Hoya, Georgetown's "newspaper of record" was founded in 1920 and is today the university's largest publication and largest student organization -- with nearly $40,000 in annual revenue from advertising. After years of disagreement with the university about budget oversight, the newspaper has attempted to become an independent organization like The Corp. Negotiations with the university's president, Dr. John J. DeGioia, Ph.D. have stalled over disagreements about ownership of the newspaper's title, though the university does not formally own a copyright to the newspaper's name.

The Georgetown Heckler is an online comedy newspaper founded in 2003 by Georgetown students.

The Georgetown Academy and The Georgetown Federalist are conservative campus newspapers.

The Georgetown Chimes, the university's oldest (founded in 1946) and only all-male singing group, are renowned for their entertaining performance style, devotion to the group and university, and unique ethos. The Chimes, though not officially affiliated or funded by the university, are famous for going on to become high achievers and for remaining influential and involved with the university.

Other a capella groups on campus include the co-ed Phantoms, Superfood, and the service-focused Georgetown Saxatones.

[edit] Fraternities

Georgetown University does not recognize the existence of fraternities, sororities, and secret societies among the student body. Georgetown's Student Affairs Policy specifically prohibits "2. Fraternities and sororities: single sex groups with ritualized, demeaning or secret membership practices, and specifically those organizations affiliated with the national Intrafraternity Council, Pan Hellenic Association, and Pan Hellenic Council. 3. Secret societies: groups that do not disclose their purpose, membership or activities, or whose purpose, membership or activities are discriminatory" from receiving access to university benefits.<ref></ref> Many students are not aware of their existence either, as fraternities and sororities enjoy only limited visibility. Quite a few fraternities and sororities existed before the above policy was implemented in the '60s, most of which became inactive soon after.<ref></ref> Therefore, most chapters are of more recent origin. There are also some minority interest fraternities and sororities chartered at other District universities that include Georgetown students among their membership.

Fraternities with chapters active on campus are Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE) (Georgetown's Chapter of this professional foreign service fraternity, Alpha Chapter, was established in 1920. Its members include several deans of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, as well as Jesuits), Alpha Epsilon Pi (Georgetown's chapter, Eta Sigma chapter, affiliated with campus Hillel, was established in 2002, making it the school's first social fraternity presently existing). Co-ed fraternities at Georgetown include the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi (charter revoked 2006), Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and Alpha Phi Omega (APO). Alpha Phi Omega is the only fraternity recognized and given funding by the university, as it is seen as a service organization.<ref></ref>

The Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Sorority is the only sorority chartered at Georgetown University.

[edit] Athletics

Main article: Georgetown Hoyas
See also: Georgetown Hoyas basketball
Jack the Bulldog

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 (or such) rocks!" Eight years after the foulding of The Hoya student newspaper, a campus sports writer began to refer to teams as the "Hoyas" rather than as the "Hilltoppers". The name was picked up in the local dailies, and Hilltoppers soon fell out of view. The mascot of Georgetown athletics programs is Jack the Bulldog.

The teams participate in the NCAA's Division I. Georgetown competes in the Big East Conference in virtually every NCAA sport, though the football team competes in the Division I-AA Patriot League and the rowing teams compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC).

The Men's Basketball team won the NCAA championship in 1984 under coach John Thompson. The current coach is his son, John Thompson III. In 2006, the basketball team reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament and was ranked in national polls for the first time since 2001.

[edit] Trivia

  • Georgetown students, in 1798, were required to bring six shirts, six pair of stockings, six pocket-handkerchiefs, four cravats, four towels, one hat, and three pairs of shoes with them to campus.
  • The Philodemic Debate Society was founded in 1830 and was the first collegiate debate society in the nation.
  • The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society is the oldest continually-running collegiate theatre company in the nation.
  • Georgetown's Observatory, completed in 1844, was used in 1846 to determine the latitude and longitude of Washington, D.C., and was the first such calculation for the nation’s capital.
  • Georgetown's first intercollegiate men's basketball team was formed in 1907; the team played its first game February 9, 1907, defeating the University of Virginia by a score of 22-11.
  • The hands of the Healy Clock Tower, perched high above Healy Lawn, have been subjected to many thefts. Historically, students would steal the hands and mail them to the Vatican. At one point, the thefts of the hands became so frustrating to university administrators that they began replacing them with wooden ones. The most recent theft occurred early in the autumn term of 2005. [12]
  • In 2005, Georgetown University became the world's first university to offer a doctorate in liberal studies.[13]
  • Georgetown students generally make it a point to step around the mosaic of the Georgetown crest embedded on the floor of Healy Tower's front steps. Tradition holds that anyone who steps on the mosaic will not graduate.
  • Though The Exorcist was filmed at the University in 1973, subsequent requests to film on campus were denied, including the Sopranos TV series, the Harry Potter movies, and the movie St. Elmo's Fire.
  • John Carroll, S.J., founder of Georgetown University, was the first Catholic bishop in United States and is the namesake of fellow Jesuit institution John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.
  • In August 1797, U.S. President George Washington visited the campus and addressed students from the porch of Old North.
  • U.S. President Abraham Lincoln visited the campus in May 1861 to review the 1,400 Civil War troops stationed in temporary quarters on campus.
  • U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson attended Georgetown University Law Center for several months in 1934 before dropping out. Another well known Georgetown University Law Center dropout is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who dropped out in 1957.
  • U.S. President Bill Clinton, class of 1968, was elected Freshman and Sophomore Class president, but lost his bid for student body president.
  • Georgetown Prep and Georgetown Visitation were once part of Georgetown University.
  • Former Secretary of State and Nobel Prize winner Henry Kissinger taught a seminar in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service for several years in the late 1970s.

[edit] Georgetown in Fiction

  • In the movie National Treasure, Benjamin "Ben" Gates (played by Nicolas Cage) is said to have a degree in American History from Georgetown.
  • The 1973 horror film The Exorcist was set and filmed in Georgetown. It was based on a novel by William Peter Blatty, who received an English degree from Georgetown in 1950. Blatty wrote the script in a room in Holy Trinity Church's school, a Catholic parish adjacent to Georgetown University.
  • The 1985 "Brat Pack" movie St. Elmo's Fire revolved around a group of students who had just graduated from Georgetown. The bar that much of the film takes place in is based on The Tombs, a bar and restaurant known for its large student clientele, located one block from Georgetown's front gates. The university denied the producers the rights to film on campus, so parts of the film were shot at the nearby University of Maryland.
  • In the NBC television series The West Wing, President Bartlet's daughter Zoey attended Georgetown. In the show's fourth season, an episode entitled "Commencement" was filmed on campus, with current Georgetown students used as extras.
  • In The Girl Next Door, one of the main character's (Matthew) goals is to get into Georgetown. In the movie's final scene, he is seen walking across Copley Lawn behind long-time faculty member Jason Potts.
  • In Save the Last Dance, one of the main character's (Derek) goals is to get into the Georgetown.
  • In Above the Rim, the main character, Kyle-Lee, hopes to get a scholarship to play basketball at Georgetown.
  • A second season sub-plotline of The Sopranos concerns Meadow Soprano's ambition to gain acceptance to Georgetown, and her mother Carmela's machinations on her behalf. Rumor has it that the school denied the show permission to film on campus, leading to a somewhat abrupt switch of college choice to Columbia.
  • In Election, the main character, Tracey Flick (played by Reese Witherspoon), ends up at Georgetown.
  • In 24 (TV series), one of the main characters, President David Palmer (character) attended Georgetown where he played on the basketball team. Interestingly enough, Dennis Haysbert, the actor who plays David Palmer, is the uncle of Nazareth Haysbert, who graduated from Georgetown's College of Arts and Sciences in 2005
  • In Syriana, Prince Nasir al-Subaai says: "I studied at Oxford. I have a Ph.D from Georgetown."
  • The major motion picture "Memento" was written by a Georgetown alumnus, and the main character's nemesis, John G., is said to be named after John Glavin, a professor of creative writing at Georgetown.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, the main character, Dr. Elizabeth Weir taught a political science course at Georgetown before going to Atlantis.
  • In Enemy of the State, Will Smith's character is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

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[edit] Schools and Programs

[edit] Student Organizations

[edit] See also

[edit] References

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