The mission of Georgetown University manifests itself in multiple ways that extend beyond the classroom. Our faculty engage in research and scholarship that extends around the globe. By tackling some of the most critical intellectual and social issues of the day, faculty demonstrate Georgetown’s commitment to academic excellence and serving others.
Founded in 1789, the same year the U.S. Constitution took effect, Georgetown University is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university that embodies its founding principles in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.
Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit Identity
The Beginnings: A Unique Vision
Georgetown University began with the vision of John Carroll, an American-born, European-educated Jesuit priest who returned to the United States in 1773 with the goal of securing the future of American Catholicism through education — in particular, through the establishment of a preeminent Catholic place of higher learning.
As America’s first Catholic bishop and a strong supporter of the American Revolution, Carroll firmly believed that a Catholic institution could make a major contribution to the political, cultural, and educational life of the fledgling nation. In 1789, he acquired the deed to a plot of land overlooking the Potomac River outside the village of George-Town for the “Academy at George-Town.” The school was, in the emerging tradition of American religious tolerance, to be open to “every class of citizens” and students of “every religious profession.”
Carroll saw Georgetown as an academically rigorous Catholic academy with a diverse student body. The vision of John Carroll continues to be realized today in a distinctive educational institution — a national University rooted in the Catholic faith and Jesuit tradition, committed to spiritual inquiry, engaged in the public sphere, and invigorated by religious and cultural pluralism.
Schools and programs
Georgetown University comprises four undergraduate schools, three graduate and professional schools, professional development programs and certificates,medical residencies and other programs predicated on the liberal arts tradition at the heart of the institution.
- Georgetown College
Arts, humanities, languages, social sciences and sciences
- Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
International affairs, regional and comparative studies
- Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Business administration, MBA programs, executive education
- School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS)
Health systems, human science, international health, nursing
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Liberal arts, interdisciplinary programs, biomedical, and public policy
- School of Medicine (SOM)
General medicine and medical specialties; medical research
- Law Center
Constitutional, criminal, and international law; corporate finance
- School of Continuing Studies (SCS)
Part-time degrees, professional development and summer studies
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To be part of the academic experience at Georgetown is to join a dialogue of depth and dimension. Few universities in the world offer the extraordinary range and diversity of academic areas that students enjoy at Georgetown.
- Biomedical and health sciences
- Business and economics
- International, regional, and ethnic studies
- History and classical studies
- Languages and linguistics
- Literature and cultural studies
- Law, government, and politics
- Multi- and interdisciplinary studies
- Science, mathematics, and technology
- Social sciences
- Theology, philosophy, and religious studies
- Visual and performing arts
Georgetown takes great pride in its international character and is recognized as a national leader in international learning, providing overseas study opportunitiesfor its students and hosting international students and scholars on campus. TheInternational Initiatives Program enhances our international signature by promoting, sustaining, and creating faculty development opportunities within a global and international context.
Our distinguished faculty include renowned scholars and U.S. and international professionals who bring to the classroom a lifetime of experience. Dedicated to the art of teaching, of sharing knowledge and skills of their disciplines, the faculty are also deeply involved in the work of making and applying new knowledge through research.
Georgetown librarians blend traditional library services with advances in information technology in support of the learning and teaching needs of our undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. Email and live chat help services are provided, and all libraries maintain robust reference and instructional programs to assist students and faculty in their learning and research.
Thompson Boat Center
For nearly fifty years, Thompson’s Boat Center has served as the home of the Georgetown Crew. Located at the intersection of Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue on the Potomac River in Georgetown, Thompson’s is a public facility of the National Park Service that accommodates thousands of rowers of all ages each year.
Thompson’s is a hub for regattas and racing throughout the region. The boathouse sits near the finish line of the racing course and provides storage for over the Hoya racing shells.
The opportunity to train and race on the Potomac River offers Georgetown rowers one of the unique rowing experiences available in the intercollegiate sport of crew. The Potomac, as a rowing venue, provides long stretches of protected water, an ideal sporting environment for practice and racing, and inspiring scenic views ranging from rural wilderness to bustling cityscape, all in the shadow of the grand monuments of the nation’s capital.
An outstanding asset of Georgetown rowing is the proximity of the University’s hilltop campus to the river and boathouse. This ease of accessibility affords Hoya rowers quick and convenient access, by foot or bicycle, before or after classes, from their living quarters or library.
Athletic Hall of Fame
In 1993, the Hall of Fame was relocated into a permanent facility, constructed in the southwest gallery of the Leavey Student Center on the Georgetown campus and overlooking the University athletic complex. The Hall was formally opened to the public in February 1994.
The current Hall of Fame has dramatically expanded the scope and focus of the Hall, from a single plaque to 22 separate pieces of bas-relief artwork depicting each of Georgetown’s intercollegiate sports. The names of the inductees from each sport are affixed (by the year of graduation) below the appropriate bronze. The names of future inductees will be added biennially. By the end of the decade, it is anticipated that virtually every plaque will contain the name of a Hall of Fame athlete.
Two Latin inscriptions adorn the walls of the Hall. On the north wall is the sage advice of the Roman writer, Juvenal who urged “mens sana in corpore sano.” Translated, it reads, “a sound mind in a sound body,” a phrase that has become one of the hallmarks of Jesuit education. On the opposite wall is written the motto of the modern Olympic Games, “citius, altius, fortius,” faster, higher, stronger.
In the 47 years since its inception, the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame has grown from modest beginnings. The Hall now sits — relocated and renewed — in one of the most dramatic settings on campus, adorned with striking artwork, reminding the visitor of the swiftness, strength and grace of 212 Georgetown men and women who represent the very best the University has to offer in the annals of intercollegiate sport.
Multi-Sport Field, a FieldTurf surface, is home to football and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Located at the center of campus, the facility has a seating capacity of 2,500. Tickets are sold on the day of the game for football and lacrosse.
Kehoe Field is an all-weather playing surface on the roof of Yates Field House. With a seating capacity of 1,200, Kehoe is home to the field hockey team. Kehoe also serves as an intramural and recreational facility, and as an inclement weather practice field for all varsity teams.
Originally constructed in 1942, the field was dedicated in 1956 to Rev. John J. Kehoe, SJ, moderator of athletics in the early 1940’s. In 1979, it was reconstructed as an all-weather field on the roof of the newly built Yates Field House
Georgetown Golf Programs Make New Home at Four Streams Golf Course
Hoyas Unlimited to Host 19th Hole Club Golf Weekend
GU Athletics has announced that the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md. is the new home for the Hoya men’s and women’s golf programs.
May 16, 2007
Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University’s Department of Athletics has announced that the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md. is the new home for the Hoya men’s and women’s golf programs. Both teams will officially make the facility their home course during the upcoming year and will have the opportunity to practice there throughout the year. The men’s and women’s teams will host their Hoya Invitational tournament at Four Streams in the fall and spring, respectively.
“The Members Club at Four Streams is one of the premiere facilities for golf, not only in this area, but it’s one of the best in the country,” Georgetown Head Men’s Golf Coach Tommy Hunter said.
“Having the opportunity to make the Members Club at Four Streams our home course will be a great plus for our program,” Hoya Women’s Head Coach Patty Post said. “This course will provide a great learning experience for our student-athletes.”
The Members Club at Four Streams is an exclusive member-owned private golf club located north of Potomac, Maryland and is the first signature design in the United States from the renowned Price/Smyers Golf Course Design Group, led by renowned professional Nick Price and architect Steve Smyers.
The course is inspired by some of the world’s best courses and holes. Price combined his playing talents with the architectural expertise of Smyers, architect of Chart Hills (England) recently named the number one inland course in the British Isles, Old Memorial and Southern Dunes (Florida) and Wolf Run (Indiana). The greens, tees and fairways feature a new type of bent-grass that will ensure superb playing conditions year round. The course is set on rolling land with visual drama from many vantage points.
The Members Club at Four Streams features a world-class practice complex. The Four Streams Golf Academy, headed by PGA Professional and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Steve Bosdosh provides state-of-the art instruction dedicated to the advancement of each member’s game.
Later this month – on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 – Hoyas Unlimited will host the 19th Hole Club Golf Weekend at Four Streams. Player’s packages, which include a round of golf and other events, can be purchased for $400, while a non-player package is available for $100.
The weekend begins on May 31 with a welcome reception at Chadwick’s of Georgetown from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Friday, June 1, shuttles will depart from McDonough Arena for Four Streams. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament will include 18 holes of medal play. Players will register United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicaps and awards will be presented for low gross, low net, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin.
Following the morning round, a clinic will be conducted by Bosdosh, a PGA Professional rated among the top-100 instructors by Golf Magazine.
A reception, dinner and awards ceremony will be held in the Faculty Club of the Leavey Center on the campus of Georgetown University in the evening.
Washington Sailing Marina
Washington Sailing Marina – 1.5 miles south of Reagan National Airport on the George Washington Parkway (703) 548-9027
The Washington Sailing Marina is the premier facility for one-design and small sailboat racing in the Washington, DC metro area. Home to the sailing team, the marina is a public facility of the National Park Service that accommodates thousands of sailors of all ages each year.
Georgetown sponsors several intercollegiate regattas each year and stores its fleet of 22 Flying Juniors (FJs), four Lasers, and six 420s at the Marina.
Georgetown’s home for Hoya Athletics, McDonough Gymnasium, since it opened in 1952, has housed the university’s athletics administration offices, sports medicine and training room facilities, varsity locker rooms, and coaches’ offices. Within the footprint of this historic brick and concrete structure, McDonough Arena is home to the women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The men’s basketball team practices and plays a limited number of contests at McDonough.
McDonough provides seating for 2,500 fans for basketball, and serves as a frequent campus site for university special events and select community events. In addition, McDonough is a frequent gathering place for alumni, parents and fans to share their common Georgetown spirit prior to and following their favorite Hoya athletic event.
The building has played host to one of President Dwight Eisenhower’s inaugural balls, dignitaries of many nations, bishops, academics, many graduations, convocations, as well as concerts by Count Basie, the Who, the Grateful Dead, and Bruce Springsteen.
The Gymnasium is named for Rev. Vincent S. McDonough, SJ, moderator of athletics from 1916-1928. His portrait adorns the visitors’ lobby where dozens of Georgetown’s national trophies and memorabilia are displayed.
McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex
The men’s and women’s tennis teams practice and compete on the eight hard courts adjacent to McDonough Arena. The Complex was constructed in 1967 and was recently resurfaced. The courts are lighted and handicapped accessible.
The Outdoor Complex serves as the host site for the premier DC-area championship collegiate tournament. Twenty-two men and women’s teams from Richmond to Baltimore compete each year for regional supremacy. Other top caliber competitions include an annual women’s invitational tournament and an intercollegiate summer invitational with approximately 100 of the best national college players participating. In addition to seven weeks of junior tennis summer camps, the Complex is in constant use year-round by the Georgetown community instructional program.
During inclement weather, the teams practice on the five indoor courts in Yates Field House. The courts feature a textured rubber surface with professional quality lighting.
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Verizon Center has been home to Georgetown’s men’s basketball team since 1997. Located just a few blocks from Capital Hill at 7th and F Streets NW, the Verizon Center sits in the middle of a restaurant/shopping district known as Gallery Place.
In its basketball conﬁguration the arena seats 20,600 fans. The Verizon Center hosted the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds after hosting the 2002 NCAA tournament First and Second Rounds and the 2006 Regionals.
With the largest video scoreboard of its kind and Electrosonic video walls which can run an image down the length of the arena, Verizon Center is the only state-of-the-art arena in Washington, D.C. The building is also equipped with 110 luxury suites and the Acela Club restaurant which gives diners a bird’s-eye view of the action.
The Hoyas have their own permanent locker room at the Verizon Center including coaches’ and trainers’ ofﬁces. Although the Hoyas use the on-campus practice facility of McDonough Arena, there is a full practice gym available at the Verizon Center for the team’s use.
The Hoyas share their home with the Washington’s Wizards (NBA), Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Mystics (WNBA), plus concerts, family shows and sporting events. The Verizon Center also hosted the 2003 NBA All-Star weekend.
Georgetown holds a 89-43 mark (67.4% winning pecentage) in the building.
Shirley Povich Field
Shirley Povich Field has been the home of the Georgetown baseball team since 2000. It is located at Cabin John Park in Rockville, Maryland. With a seating capacity of 1,500, the dimensions are 330 down the left field line, 375 to center and 330 down the right field line.
Shirley Povich Field is named for the renowned Washington DC sports columnist and reporter. Shirley attended Georgetown prior to beginning a 75-year career with the Washington Post where he covered nearly all of the major sporting events of the 20th century.
The field is located at:
10600 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Albert G. McCarthy, Jr. Pool
Opened in 1979, the McCarthy Swimming Pool is one of the premier swimming and diving venues in the city of Washington, DC. The McCarthy natatorium not only is home to the Georgetown swimming and diving teams, but it also benefits the University and greater Georgetown communities as well.
The pool facility was constructed as part of the $7.5 million Yates Field House. It features one 25-meter eight-lane indoor heated pool and a diving well. The 13 ft. deep diving well is equipped with a one-meter and a three-meter diving board.
Guy Mason Field
Guy Mason Field is home to Georgetown softball. The natural grass field holds 200 fans. Georgetown worked with D.C. Parks and Recreation to renovate the field for the softball program.
TPC at Avenel
10000 Oaklyn Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
Stretching over 220 acres of rolling countryside nestled in the Avenel Community development in Potomac, Md., the Tournament Players Club at Avenel has served as the practice course for the men’s golf team for nearly 20 years. The TPC at Avenel opened in 1986, as the fifth Club in the TPC Network. Designed by Ault, Clark and Associates with PGA TOUR player consultant Ed Sneed, the TPC at Avenel is a private, stadium golf facility featuring a 7,005-yard, 18-hole, par 71 golf course.
When inclement weather precludes practice at Avenel, the team moves indoors to Yates Field House. The Shea-Galvin Indoor Golf Practice Facility is a netted range that includes two hitting areas and chipping and putting areas. It is named for two alumni who were lost on September 11, 2001: Tom Galvin, B’90, a former captain of the golf team, and Joe Shea, B’76, a loyal supporter of Georgetown golf.
Yates Field House
Completed in 1979 at a cost of $ 7.5 million, Yates Field House features state-of-the-art facilities that allow members to achieve their health and fitness goals while utilizing a wide variety of activities. A 142,000 sq. ft., four-level sports and recreation facility, Yates is named for Fr. Gerard F. Yates, SJ, former professor, student advisor and Chime for 40 years.
Yates members have year round access to an 8 lane heated indoor swimming pool. There is also a diving well in which recreational swimming and aqua-jogging is permitted.
The largest portable wood floor in the world contains three full-length basketball courts and three shooting courts for Yates members. Reservations are not necessary, as there is a “next game” policy in place. In addition, basketballs are provided on the main floor.
Yates has 2 air-conditioned rooms where all of our group fitness classes are conducted. The Dance/Exercise room has a hardwood dance floor and is home to our high-impact fitness classes. The Multi-Purpose room has a foam rubber floor which is ideal for low impact aerobic classes.
Members can compliment their cardiovascular training with weight training in our extensive weight area. Yates provides over 100 selectorized weight stations including Nautilus, Med-X , Cybex and Body Master for muscle specific exercises. Also available are York and Iron Grip dumbbells (5lbs-105lbs) IGX E-Z curl bars (20lbs-110lbs) and two plate loaded Smith machines.
Yates offers over 60 cardiovascular machines to meet the exercisers’ needs. Avid runner can avail themselves of 16 treadmills including popular brands Precor, Trotter and Lifestride. For those exercisers who enjoy the non-impact workouts of cross trainers and stationary bikes, enjoy our Precor and Life fitness cross trainers with heart monitors. Rounding out our equipment, look for and try out our Stairmaster steppers and stepmills, concept II ergometers and Life cycle and Life fitness recumbent and upright bikes.
The Center operates as a campus health promotion resource offering information on diet, stress management, health risk appraisal, personal health and a wide variety of other topics in the form of seminars, literature, computer software and special events. Both individual and group consultations are available.
There are 800 lockers in both the Men’s and Women’s locker rooms, which are divided into “Day” and “Rental” lockers. There are also shower facilities, a sauna, and vanities available in each locker room.
Yates has extensive racquet sport facilities, with 6 indoor and 8 outdoor tennis courts along with 3 racquetball and 4 squash courts