Established in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit University. It is, today, a major international research university that prides itself on the diversity of the students and faculty, and its international character.
The University is made up of four undergraduate schools, three graduate and professional schools, professional development programs and certificates, medical residencies and other programs . It has three separate campuses in Washington D.C., as well as a facility in Qatar for the School of Foreign Service. Its Georgetown location has been ranked as one of the ten best college towns in the U.S.
Georgetown has approximately seven thousand undergraduates and eight thousand graduate students. As could be expected at a university in the nation’s capital, many of the students are politically active.
Many Georgetown alumni have become leaders in public life and heads of state in the U.S. and other countries. This prominent list includes former U.S. President Bill Clinton, current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as well as President Macapagal-Arroyo of the Phillipines and Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon. Prince Phillippos of Greece and Denmare, King Abdullah II of Jordan , and Crown Prince Felipe of Spain are some of the royals who have been Georgetown students.