Georgetown University is an institution of a national and an international cast. Founded in 1789 to educate citizens for the new republic, it is located in close proximity to the nation’s seat of government and to the numerous international organizations that have roots in Washington. Not surprisingly, it attracts faculty and students from all 50 states and from countries around the world.
Georgetown is committed to a view of reality which reflects Catholic and Jesuit influences. It neither wishes nor expects all members of the University community to be Catholic, but it does assume that all of them share a basic, widely accepted view of humankind. It sees all persons as essentially equal, as endowed with a human dignity always to be respected. It sees its own function as being the service of humankind through teaching, research, and other activities that properly flow from these. In particular it wishes these convictions as to the dignity of the individual to be manifested in all its campus life; it believes that, as far as possible, the relationships among faculty, students, and administrators should be personal ones. It seeks to open its arms, in the fullest sense of ecumenism, to those of all beliefs and all races.
Finally, as an institution that is Catholic, Georgetown believes that all persons are children of God, called to a life of oneness with God now and in eternity. It imposes no religious creed on any faculty member or any student, but it expects them to respect the religious convictions of each person.
The University is composed of three graduate and professional schools—law, medicine, and the Graduate School—and four undergraduate schools—Georgetown College, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. In the summer and for adults during the year, the School of Continuing Studies offers academic programs.
Georgetown University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.