Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, the nation's first Catholic bishop, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in the US. Its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students are instructed by some 2,000 faculty members (full- and part-time) in eight schools ranging from the university's renowned Law Center to the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown School of Medicine. The system has a student-teacher ratio of about 10:1. The university is also home to the Georgetown University Medical Center, and has forged numerous ties with its neighboring institutions in the Washington, DC, community.
Georgetown University's main campus (including the medical center) is located on about 100 acres on the banks of the Potomac in Washington, DC. It also has locations in downtown Washington, DC, and in Arlington, Virginia.
Internationally, Georgetown University operates a School of Foreign Service campus in Qatar. The university also has study abroad programs in Turkey, China, Chile, Italy, and England, and in 2011 it established a nursing study program with the Australian Catholic University.
The Georgetown University Medical Center provides a variety of medical services to area residents, in addition to serving as a teaching and research facility for the university. The medical center has several specialty medicine and research programs through a partnership with MedStar's Georgetown University Hospital, including Huntington disease care and brain development studies. Georgetown's research institutes are working to discover new medical treatments, including potential breast cancer therapies.
Georgetown University reported some $1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2011. Its earnings come from student tuition and fees, grants and contracts, auxiliary activities, and other sources. The university's operating expenses (including salaries, supplies, and utilities) outweighed revenues by about $13 million in 2011.
The university receives some $160 million in research funding each year. In 2010, Georgetown University received its largest philanthropic gift ever when it was granted a nearly $90 million endowment to support medical research at the university's medical center from a charitable trust established by the will of the late Harry Toulmin in 1965.
Georgetown University expands and upgrades its facilities periodically to keep pace with modern technologies and appeal to a variety of students. For instance, in 2012 the university opened a new science center, Regents Hall, to house a majority of its physics, biology, and chemistry programs, as well as the new Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology. It also launches new degree programs, such as the MIDP (master's of international development policy) introduced in 2012.
To expand its outreach programs, Georgetown University announced plans to build a new location for its School of Continuing Studies in downtown Washington, DC. The new campus, located near the Law Center, will open in late 2013 and will expand the university's presence downtown as it works to expand beyond its historical campus.
At the time of its founding, Georgetown University's historic campus was located in Georgetown, Maryland; the location is now part of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Among Georgetown University's alumni are President Bill Clinton, basketball great Patrick Ewing, and former US Surgeon General Antonia Novello. – less