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Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and is America's oldest Roman Catholic University. It is said that during the Civil War, Georgetown students and instructors joined the Union Army while nearby George Washington University students and faculty joined the Confederacy. No wonder I like Georgetown better... not to mention my namesake EwingPatrick98 who was a basketball powerhouse here, and who helped the team reach the college finals three of his four years. The Georgetown Rowing Team created the school colors of blue and gray in 1876 to show the unity between the north and the south after the Civil War.
Georgetown is a Jesuit University (whatever that means!) with 6,853 undergraduate students and 4,490 graduate students on 100 acres of land on the edge of the town of Georgetown. The school's undergraduate campus and its Medical Center form the main campus, while the Law school is located two blocks from DC's Union Station near the nation's largest transitional homeless shelter.
On campus, the most unique and impressive building is Healy Hall, built from 1877 to 1879. Even older in the school's observatory that was built in 1844. Despite being a Catholic school, Georgetown has a Buddhist monk, a rabbi, and it is known as the first U.S. college to have a full-time Muslim imam.
Notable alumni, all basketball players, include Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson. Others, maybe not so famous, are former US President Bill Clinton, President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia.
Just down the hill from the University are the steep stairs that were featured in the 1970s movie the Exorcist.
VISIT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
We enjoy visiting colleges and universities when we travel, so we made a stop at Georgetown U. The older buildings are very interesting architecturally; they almost look like castles.
Our one warning is that parking on the Georgetown campus is scarce and a bit expensive. So be prepared.
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