Dean's Message

Georgetown College Dean Christopher S. Celenza

Founded in 1789, Georgetown College is the oldest school at Georgetown University; with more than 3,500 students, it is the university’s largest undergraduate school. But what truly defines the College is not just its age or its size, but the central role it plays in Georgetown’s world-renowned liberal arts and sciences curricula.

Since its founding, Georgetown University has prided itself on a deep and abiding commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education. In keeping with Jesuit educational tradition, we endeavor to provide each student who passes through the front gates with a comprehensive education in arts, sciences, critical thinking, and the expression of complex ideas.

Beyond the core curriculum, students who choose the College as their academic home will find the broadest spectrum of academic disciplines the university has to offer. Students may explore classes in any of our 26 academic departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs. When it comes time to choose a specialty, students forge their own academic path from among our 44 majors, 48 minors and seven certificates.

Opportunities for learning beyond the classroom abound at Georgetown. Undergraduate research gives our most intellectually curious students a chance to conduct meaningful professional scholarship. They do so guided by professors in the College who are, themselves, leaders in their disciplines and on the forefront of creating new knowledge. Our students take pride in a robust extracurricular community, with student-led businesses, clubs, publications, advocacy groups, sports teams, and spiritual groups all thriving on the Hilltop. In keeping with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis — care of the whole person — the university has invested immensely in student life, including the state-of-the-art Healey Family Student Center and two brand-new residence halls.

The skills developed in the College help our students find placement in a diverse range of fields after graduation. College alumni have led successful careers in government, finance, filmmaking, teaching, media, sports, and more. Our alumni community is living proof of the idea that a liberal arts education is every bit as valuable as a pre-professional one in finding a fulfilling career and a meaningful life.

Georgetown College represents the core of both Georgetown’s oldest traditions and its most innovative projects. As you ponder the next step in your academic career, I hope you pay a visit to our home in the nation’s capital and consider filling out an application. Should you join our family, you will meet wise mentors, loyal friends, and a community that will last a lifetime.

Hoya Saxa,

Christopher Celenza, Ph.D., Dr.phil.
Dean, Georgetown College

Biography of Dean Christopher Celenza
Curriculum Vitae