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Georgetown University

Founded by John Carroll, America's first Catholic bishop, in 1789, Georgetown was the culmination of higher religious-affiliated education after the American Revolution allowed for the free practice of religion. The university expanded after the American Civil War under the leadership of Patrick Francis Healy, who came to be known as Georgetown's "second founder" who is acknowledged as the first head of a predominantly white American university with African heritage; Healy had been born a slave.
 
The Civil War nearly closed Georgetown, as the student body dropped from 313 to 17. After the Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) in 1862, several campus buildings were turned into a temporary hospital. To celebrate the end of the Civil War, Georgetown students selected the colors blue (Union) and gray (Confederate) as the school's official colors in 1876, as 1,141 students and alumni fought on both sides during the war.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University has three campuses in Washington, D.C.: the undergraduate campus, the Medical Center, and the Law Center. The undergraduate campus and Medical Center are together in the Georgetown neighborhood and form the main campus. Other centers are located around Washington, D.C., including the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Clarendon in Arlington, Virginia.
Georgetown University's Main Campus is located at 3700 O St., N.W., Washington D.C. , with the Georgetown University Medical Center located close by at 4000 Reservoir Road, N.W. Street parking is available but limited and restricted.
 

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  • What to see for the visitor?

  • Healy Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Historic Landmark. Work began on the building in 1877 and much of the interior was completed by the 1881-1882 academic year.
  • Gaston Hall completed in 1901, is an over 700-seat hall where national and international dignitaries have spoken since the turn of the last century and was named after Georgetown's first student, William Gaston, who later served in Congress.
  • Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart has served as the main Catholic chapel on campus since 1893. The chapel was a gift from Mrs. John Vinton Dahlgren in memory of her infant son. The cross suspended over the main alter is believed to have been constructed during the earliest days of the Maryland Colony. Mass is celebrated in Dahlgren Chapel at 12:10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mass is celebrated six times on Sunday during the academic year.
  • Admissions Visits for Undergraduate and Graduate/ Professional Admissions

    Reservations are required so please see the http://www.georgetown.edu/admissions/plan-your-visit/ link for more information.

Notable Alumni

Georgetown graduates have been recipients of 23 Rhodes Scholarships, 19 Marshall Scholarships, and 24 Truman Scholarships.
  • Former President of the United States Bill Clinton is a 1968 graduate of the School of Foreign Service
  • Dick Durbin, Senate majority whip
  • Steny Hoyer, House minority whip
  • King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics franchises
  • Actor Bradley Cooper, People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2011, is also a Georgetown graduate.
  • Well-known sports alumni include Sleepy Floyd, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Jeff Green, and Roy Hibbert. Fictional attendee include
    • Benjamin Franklin Gates, played by Nicolas Cage in the National Treasure movie franchise
    • John Patrick “Jack” Ryan, Deputy Director, CIA and President in the Tom Clancy novels

What are the GW Athletic Sports?

Georgetown competes in Division I intercollegiate athletics with 29 varsity teams and is a founding member of the Big East Conference and an associate member of the Patriot League. Nicknamed "The Hoyas" with Jack the Bulldog is the university's official mascot the University fields 29 teams. (Jack is currently training Jack Jr., a bulldog puppy, to be a Hoya mascot. Jack Jr., or "J.J.," arrived at Georgetown on April 13, 2012.) The class of 1964 brought the first Jack the Bulldog to campus in 1962. According to popular legend, the puppy refused to answer to the name that students gave him (Hoya) and only responded to "Jack." The mascot is often seen attacking and eating cardboard boxes branded with the opposing team's logo during games.
  • Men's Sports

    - Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field/Cross Country
  • Women's Sports

    - Basketball, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field/Cross Country Volleyball
 

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