Georgetown University

private university in Washington, D.C., United States

Georgetown University is a Catholic university in Washington, D.C. It was started in 1789 by the Jesuit priest John Carroll. It is the oldest Catholic university in the United States of America. In the 19th century, the university sold more than 300 slaves in order to pay for its expansion.[8]

Georgetown University
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.
Former names
Georgetown College (1789–1814)
MottoUtraque Unum (Latin)
Motto in English
Both into One
TypePrivate nonprofit university
EstablishedJanuary 23, 1789[1]
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment$1.661 billion (2017)[2]
ChairmanWilliam Doyle[3]
PresidentJohn J. DeGioia
ProvostRobert Groves
Academic staff
Total: 2,173
(1,291 full-time / 882 part-time)
Administrative staff

38°54′26″N 77°4′22″W / 38.90722°N 77.07278°W / 38.90722; -77.07278
CampusUrban 104 acres (42.1 ha)[5]
College yellHoya Saxa
ColorsBlue, gray[6]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IBig East
Patriot League (football)
MascotJack the Bulldog


  1. Nevils 1934, pp. 1–25
  2. As of June 30, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2016 to FY 2017" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-02-26.
  3. "Board of Directors". Georgetown University.
  4. "Services and Administration". Georgetown University. 2009. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  5. "Georgetown Facts". Office of Communications. Georgetown University. 2009. Archived from the original on March 19, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2009.
  6. "Primary and Secondary Colors". Georgetown University. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  7. "Georgetown University Sports".
  8. Pratt, Mark (2019-06-19). "Website documents histories of Georgetown-owned slaves". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2020-11-03.