Georgetown University

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Georgetown University is a private Jesuit research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, it is the oldest Roman Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.[12][13]

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Georgetown University
Latin: Collegii Georgiopolitam[1][2][3]
Former names
Georgetown College (1789–1815)
MottoUtraque Unum (Latin)
Motto in English
"Both into One"[lower-alpha 1]
TypePrivate federally chartered research university
EstablishedJanuary 23, 1789; 234 years ago (1789-01-23)[4]
FounderJohn Carroll
Religious affiliation
Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$3.30 billion (2023)[5]
Budget$1.5 billion (2020)[6]
PresidentJohn J. DeGioia
Academic staff
Total: 2,610[7]
  • 1,389 full-time
  • 1,196 part-time
Administrative staff
Undergraduates7,463[lower-alpha 2]
Location, ,
United States

38°54′26″N 77°4′22″W
CampusLarge city, 104 acres (42 ha)[9]
ColorsBlue and gray[10][11]
Sporting affiliations
MascotJack the Bulldog

The university has eleven undergraduate and graduate schools. The university's main campus is on a hill above the Potomac River and identifiable by Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Georgetown is classified among R1: Doctoral Universities – High research activity and undergraduate admissions is considered highly selective.[14][15][16] The university offers degree programs in forty-eight disciplines, enrolling an average of 7,500 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students from more than 135 countries.[17] The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Hoyas and include a men's basketball team, which has won a record eight Big East championships, appeared in five Final Fours, and won a national championship in 1984.

Notable alumni include 28 Rhodes Scholars, 32 Marshall Scholars, 33 Truman Scholars, 543 Fulbright Scholars, eight living billionaires, two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and two U.S. Presidents, as well as numerous international royalty and 14 foreign heads of state. Georgetown has produced more U.S. diplomats than any other university, as well as many members of the United States Congress, State Department, and CIA.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

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