#40 Overall Influence #19 Desirability Rank

Georgetown University

Private university in Washington, D.C., United States
By James Barham, PhD

Georgetown University is a Catholic institution of higher learning that was founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore.

Carroll was the first Catholic bishop in what is now the United States, and cousin of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Since 1805, Georgetown has been strongly associated with the Jesuit order. However, the governance of the school has always been independent of the Catholic Church. Today, the majority of Georgetown students are not Catholic.

Georgetown was a relatively small, religious-training college until after the Civil War. In the 1870s, Patrick Francis Healey, a Jesuit priest with Irish and African ancestry, undertook a major expansion and reform of the university on the model of the modern, secular, German research university. Healey’s tenure is sometimes referred to as Georgetown’s “second founding.”

Today, Georgetown is one of the largest Catholic institutions of higher learning in the US, with a student body of about 19,000.

Georgetown has produced many famous individuals in American and international media and public life, including:

  • King of Jordan, Abdullah II
  • Former President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
  • Former President of the US, Bill Clinton
  • Current President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez
  • Current US Senator, Dick Durbin
  • King of Spain, Felipe VI
  • Former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri
  • Current US Representative, Steny Hoyer
  • Current US Representative, Hakeem Jeffries
  • TV journalist, David Muir
  • Current US Senator, Lisa Murkowski
  • TV journalist, Norah O’Donnell
  • Former US Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia
  • Journalist, Maria Shriver
  • TV journalist and political commentator, Greta Van Susteren

Among other distinguished Georgetown-associated individuals, we may note:

  • Mathematician, Michael Banchoff
  • Actor, Eileen Brennan
  • Actor, Bradley Cooper
  • Biophysicist, Karen Fleming
  • TV personality, Savannah Guthrie
  • Philosopher, Rom Harré
  • Actor, TV producer, Nick Kroll
  • Actor, screenwriter, Brit Marling
  • Former US foreign service officer, current Georgetown Professor of International Affairs, John Negroponte
  • Comedian, screenwriter, film director, Carl Reiner
  • Neuroscientist, Solomon Snyder
  • CFO of Facebook, David Wehner

From Wikipedia

Georgetown University is a private Jesuit research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise ten undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, Law School, and a campus in Qatar. On a hill above the Potomac River, the school's main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

Source: Wikipedia


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IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$5,248
30K - 48K$8,678
48K - 75K$13,933
75K - 110K$23,835

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Where will you be attending?


37th and O St NW, Washington DC 20057-0001

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

46 per 100K

Violent Crime

11 per 100K

What is Georgetown University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#8 World Rank
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Political Science
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Religious Studies
#97 World Rank
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Computer Science
#298 World Rank
#15 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#246 World Rank
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Other areas of influence

#64 World Rank
Social Work
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Earth Sciences

Influential People

Who are Georgetown University's Most influential alumni?

Georgetown University 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Law, Political Science, and Criminal Justice

Cyrus Vance Jr.

Cyrus Vance Jr.

American trial lawyer

Thomas F. Hogan

Thomas F. Hogan

United States federal judge

George B. Cortelyou

American politician

Bob Bates

Bob Bates

American computer games designer

Robert Wilkie

10th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Mary Callahan Erdoes

Mary Callahan Erdoes

American banker

Margaret Edson

American playwright

Joshua Muravchik

Joshua Muravchik

American writer

Sadako Ogata

Sadako Ogata

Japanese diplomat

Laura Kuenssberg

Laura Kuenssberg

British journalist

Robert R. Redfield

Robert R. Redfield

American medical researcher

Charles Schultze

Charles Schultze

American government official