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Our Catholic & Jesuit Heritage

Shaped by centuries of Jesuit education around the globe, our culture embraces the changing times while staying true to core values – engaging your intellect, helping you grow ethically and spiritually, exchanging ideas freely and building a more just world.

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One of the ways that we embody our Jesuit heritage is by making a home for all faith traditions. Whether you’re religious, nonreligious or searching for a spiritual home, we accompany you on your journey and help you lead a life of deeper meaning, belonging and purpose.

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The Jesuit Experience

Students often ask about the theology component at Georgetown and what it means to attend a Jesuit university. Ethan (C’21) reflects on how Georgetown’s Jesuit identity has informed his experience on campus.

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Life-Changing Service

Service and community engagement are a way of life here. Choose among the more than 100 university-sponsored service programs and opportunities and help address some of the most pressing issues facing local, national and international communities. From alternative break programs to a class that works to exonerate the wrongfully accused, you’ll join a united community of people for others.

A Testimonial

Anna Cardall

“When I first started at Georgetown, one of the Jesuit professors came to speak to my class. He said, ‘Here at Georgetown, we don’t teach you what to think, we just teach you how to think.’ To me, this so perfectly sums up my education here on the Hilltop, and it makes me so grateful to be here doing exactly what I am doing right now.”

Building a More Just World

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Georgetown signs onto an amicus brief with 64 other universities and one university system board supporting a legal challenge to a recent immigration policy change on the calculation of “unlawful…

Hana Burkly outside in front of a building and a cherry tree

Hana Burkly (NHS’19, G’20), who runs a student-run, not-for-profit organization that recruits university students to teach English in underserved schools around the world, is also a boxer.

Meet the Jesuits

From the beginnings of the Society of Jesus – education, ministry and outreach to the marginalized have been at the core of the Jesuit mission. But who exactly are the Jesuits? How do they fit into the Catholic Church? What is their history? How does their tradition continue on campus today? Find answers to these questions and more.