Shortly after the Founding Fathers drafted the U.S. Constitution, the first forty students entered Georgetown University in 1789. Initially established on 60-acres in Georgetown, now part of Washington, D.C., the university was the first Catholic and Jesuit campus in the nation. Though the Civil War nearly forced the closure of Georgetown, the institution founded the School of Medicine, Law School, and graduate programs throughout the nineteenth century. As Georgetown crossed into the twentieth century it faced continued growth, with the introduction of a School of Dentistry (later closing in the 1980s), School of Nursing, and School of Foreign Service. Students participated in military action during the World Wars, and remained politically active throughout the Vietnam War. During the 1980s, Georgetown rapidly expanded the physical campus, in addition to admitting larger numbers of minority and female students.
Today, the private, not-for-profit Georgetown University retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage and is internationally recognized as a research university enrolling more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Students attend from all fifty states and more than 130 countries. Five campus locations include the Main Campus, Medical Center, Law Center, GU-Northern Virginia, and the School of Foreign Service-Qatar. Georgetown bases its mission on its Jesuit values that “fosters an environment where students can develop their unique gifts and insights through reflection, service and intellectual inquiry. 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” connecting “diverse backgrounds, faiths, cultures and traditions.”
Students can access an extensive network of library resources at Georgetown, including the Bioethics Research Library, Blommer Science Library, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar Library, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, Maternal and Child Health Library, and the Woodstock Theological Center Library. Libraries provide academic resources, feature special collections, and offer necessary facilities for teaching, studying, and research. Students can also access DigitalGeorgetown for added resources.
Financial aid programs assist qualifying students with tuition and other higher education expenses at Georgetown University. Students may apply for grants, scholarships, loans and student employment programs.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:9,995
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