Georgetown College (Georgetown University)

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Not to be confused with Georgetown College, a separate and unaffiliated institution located in Georgetown, Kentucky or Georgetown University, the college's parent institution.
Georgetown College
A vertical oval-shaped black and white design with a bald eagle whose wings are spread and who is grasping a globe and a cross with its claws. Around the seal are leaves and the numbers 17 and 89 appear on either side.
Seal of Georgetown University
Type Private
Established 1789
Parent institution
Georgetown University
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Dean Chester Gillis
Students 3,200
Location Washington, D.C., USA
38°54′32.1″N 77°4′20.2″W / 38.908917°N 77.072278°W / 38.908917; -77.072278Coordinates: 38°54′32.1″N 77°4′20.2″W / 38.908917°N 77.072278°W / 38.908917; -77.072278
Campus Urban

Georgetown College, infrequently Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, is the oldest school within Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The College is the largest undergraduate school at Georgetown, and until the founding of the School of Medicine in 1850, was the only higher education division. In 1821, the school granted its first graduate degrees, though the graduate portion has since divided as the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Former theology professor Chester Gillis is the Dean of the College, a position he was named to after initially serving as interim Dean while a search committee, led by University President John J. DeGioia and Provost James J. O'Donnell was underway.[1] The previous dean, Jane Dammen McAuliffe, left to become the President of Bryn Mawr College. Alone, the college accounts for over 3,200 students, 30 academic majors with 23 departments.[2] This forms the core of the undergraduate population.


From 1789 until the founding of the School of Medicine in 1850, Georgetown College was the only secondary school at what became Georgetown University. Robert Plunkett, the first president of Georgetown, oversaw the division of the school into three parts, "college", "preparatory", and "elementary". Elementary education was eventually dropped by Patrick Francis Healy, and preparatory eventually separated as Georgetown Prep.[3]

Over the years many schools have broken off of the College. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences first broke off in 1855, but rejoined the college organization following the downturn in admissions caused by the American Civil War, until reestablishment in 1891. The School of Languages and Linguistics, itself organized out of the School of Foreign Service in 1949, was collapsed into the College in 1995, as the Faculty of Languages and Linguistic, though it maintains its separate programs.[4]


Bachelor of Arts[edit]

Bachelor of Science[edit]


  1. ^ Lario, Courteney (April 14, 2009). "Gillis Named College Dean". The Hoya. Retrieved 2009-04-15. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Prospective Students". Georgetown College. Archived from the original on 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2007-03-04.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ O'Neill, Paul R.; Paul K. Williams (2003). Georgetown University. Arcadia. pp. 13–14. ISBN 978-0-7385-1509-0. 
  4. ^ Curran, Robert Emmett (2007). "Georgetown: A Brief History". University Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-07-03.  External link in |work= (help)