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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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A Place for All Faiths

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.

Fr. Peter Folan teaches a class

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

An image of Georgetown's seal and campus.

Georgetown supports new regulation issued by the Department of Homeland Security that strengthens the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected more than 800,000 young adults from deportation.

Pete Marra sets up bird nets in front of mountains

In celebration of Earth Month, learn how Earth Commons Director Peter P. Marra and Anna Giaquinto (B’21) are developing scalable solutions to address urgent challenges on our planet.

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.