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Georgetown University
Washington, D.C
Established 1789
Students- 16,437
Undergraduates- 7,433
Postgraduates- 5,455
Endowment- 1.01 billion
Mascot- Jack the Bulldog

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Catholic and Jesuitinstitution of higher education in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's historic Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown's law school is located on Capitol Hill and Georgetown has auxiliary campuses in ItalyTurkey, and Qatar.

Georgetown's founding by John Carroll, America's first Catholic bishop, realized earlier efforts to establish a Roman Catholic college in the province of Maryland that had been thwarted by religious persecution. The university expanded after the American Civil Warunder the leadership of Patrick Francis Healy, who came to be known as Georgetown's "second founder" despite having been born a slave by law. Jesuits have participated in the university's administration since 1805, a heritage Georgetown celebrates, but the university has always been governed independently of the Society of Jesus and of church authorities.

Comprising 9 undergraduate and graduate schools, the university has about 7,000 undergraduate and over 10,000 post-graduatestudents from a wide variety of religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, including 130 foreign countries. The university's most notable alumni are prominent in public life in the United States and abroad. Among them are former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Chief Justice Edward Douglass White, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, dozens of U.S. governors and members of Congressheads of state or government of more than a dozen countriesroyalty and diplomats.

Campus organizations include the country's largest student-run business and largest student-run financial institution. Georgetown's athletic teams, nicknamed the Hoyas, include a men's basketball team that has won a record-tying seven Big East championships, appeared in five Final Fours, and won a national championship in 1984.