Settled on the banks of the Potomac River, the neighborhood of Georgetown is one of the most famous in Washington. Founded in 1751, it actually predates the District of Columbia.
One of the most notable features of Georgetown is the university that shares its name. Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is home to its own historical landmark, Healy Hall, which is the school’s flagship building. Settled in the heart of the neighborhood, the University is surrounded by a number of Embassies, residences of notable political figures, restaurants, shops and sight-seeing hot spots.
As private Jesuit University, the school is known for its research and academic record. There are more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students with the school’s most notable programs including international relations and government as well as the nation’s second largest law school.
The university also prides itself on its athletic teams, the Georgetown Hoyas. The Hoyas’ basketball team thrives in the Big East conference (and has a current 11th ranking in the AP poll) but the school’s rowing, lacrosse and football teams are also competitive in their leagues. Attend any Georgetown sporting event and you’re likely to hear ‘Hoya Saxa!’ or ‘What Rocks!’ which is the official university cheer. You may also spot the team’s mascot, Jack the bulldog.
Current Georgetown students (as well as TFAS participants) follow in the footsteps of prominent alumni like former President Bill Clinton, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, professional basketball player Patrick Ewing and actor Bradley Cooper.
Georgetown University, like the neighborhood itself, is a place where students, Washingtonians and tourists unite to experience culture and tradition.
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