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A Strong Community on Campus and Beyond

A tradition of academic excellence and a diverse, supportive community foster learning in and outside of the classroom. The Georgetown McDonough community is one of respect, friendship, and a shared sense of mission that extends beyond the Washington, D.C., campus with a worldwide network of some 160,000 graduates.

Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

Georgetown McDonough’s rigorous academic program is supported by a strong culture that encourages students to collaborate, forge close friendships, and extend their learning outside of the classroom and beyond campus. As the nation's oldest Catholic institution of higher learning, Georgetown was founded on the Jesuit principles of equality, respect, and cura personalis, or education of the whole person, and those same values define the school today.

A diverse group of students have the opportunity to join or lead many campus organizations, to hear from leading business leaders and policy makers who visit campus, and to pursue service opportunities. Because much of the business school curriculum focuses on cohorts and experiential learning, students have multiple opportunities to collaborate while working in small groups and studying overseas. They are encouraged to support one another in exploring new goals and achieving them.

Georgetown’s traditional, 104-acre campus located in the heart of a nation’s capital is a place of both quiet reflection and exposure to prominent businesses, lawmakers, nonprofit organizations, and policy making institutions. This setting provides a way for students to extend their education by pursuing internships and career opportunities in Washington.

The McDonough culture also extends to its global network of some 160,000 Georgetown alumni who form a close network of colleagues, friends, mentors, and leaders.

The Jesuit Tradition 
The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, has been an integral part of Georgetown University throughout its history, united in the common spirit of learning and faith that characterize the Jesuit educational tradition of curiosity, inquiry, and reason. With a strong moral and ethical grounding, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business continues this tradition by preparing disciplined and discerning business professionals with a clear sense of purposeful leadership.

Georgetown University began with the vision of John Carroll, an American-born, European-educated Jesuit priest who returned to the United States in 1773 to establish a preeminent institution of higher learning based in the Jesuit tradition.

In 1789, Bishop Carroll acquired land overlooking the Potomac River outside the village of George-Town and founded the Academy at George-Town, later Georgetown University. As the oldest Catholic university in America, the school is rooted in the long tradition of Jesuit education as well as the American ideals of open-mindedness and inclusivity of diverse perspectives.

A Global Reputation 
The vision of John Carroll continues to be realized today in a distinctive educational institution committed to methodical academic inquiry, engagement in the public sphere, and a global understanding of religious and cultural pluralism.

With more than 220 years of excellence in education, Georgetown University is known for its academic rigor, global mindset, commitment to public service, and integration with the Washington, D.C., community.

Combining a long history of dedicated scholarship and a reputation of professional achievement, students and alumni frequently report on the instant and positive recognition Georgetown enjoys throughout the world.

The Georgetown McDonough culture is incredible. Students support one another in classes, in job searches and in life. 

-Sherief Khalil, MBA ‘13