Tradition & Reputation

The Jesuit Tradition

The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, has been an integral part of Georgetown University throughout its history, united in the common spirit of learning and faith that characterize the Jesuit educational tradition of curiosity, inquiry, and reason. With a strong moral and ethical grounding, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business continues this tradition by preparing disciplined and discerning business professionals with a clear sense of purposeful leadership.

Georgetown University began with the vision of John Carroll, an American-born, European-educated Jesuit priest who returned to the United States in 1773 to establish a preeminent institution of higher learning based in the Jesuit tradition.

In 1789, Bishop Carroll acquired land overlooking the Potomac River outside the village of George-Town and founded the Academy at George-Town, later Georgetown University. As the oldest Catholic university in America, the school is rooted in the long tradition of Jesuit education as well as the American ideals of open-mindedness and inclusivity of diverse perspectives.

A Global Reputation

The vision of John Carroll continues to be realized today in a distinctive educational institution committed to methodical academic inquiry, engagement in the public sphere, and a global understanding of religious and cultural pluralism.

With more than 220 years of excellence in education, Georgetown University is known for its academic rigor, global mindset, commitment to public service, and integration with the Washington, D.C., community.

Combining a long history of dedicated scholarship and a reputation of professional achievement, students and alumni frequently report on the instant and positive recognition Georgetown enjoys throughout the world.