Dean's Message

For more than 227 years, Georgetown College has served as the foundation of the Georgetown University experience.

The oldest and largest of the university’s four undergraduate schools, the College is home to much of the core curriculum that makes Georgetown’s Jesuit education renowned the world over. Should you choose to make the College your home, you will be rewarded with an unrivaled field of diverse and rewarding paths. Each of our 26 academic departments and 15 interdisciplinary programs provides world-class instruction, engagement, and preparation for nearly 4,000 students.

The basic tenets of a liberal arts education—understanding various methods of inquiry, critical thinking skills, written and oral expression of complex ideas—are central to every Georgetown experience, and nowhere more so than in the College. We offer a wide variety of disciplines in which to major or minor, as well as opportunities for research. You will be well prepared for life after college because the skills you learn during your time here will prepare you for graduate school, the corporate world, nonprofit organizations, arts and humanities, and the sciences.

As proud as we are of our classrooms, we know that the value of your college education will be realized through your overall experience— including the often-informal interactions you’ll have with students, professors, and alumni that shape your time at Georgetown, your future, and your way of thinking about the world. With this in mind, the university continues to invest in student space: The Healey Family Student Center and three new residence halls have been created to serve our undergraduate communities in the last two years.

As you consider your future, please pay a visit to the nation’s capital, take one of our campus tours, and apply for admission. I believe that these will be the best four years of your life—and should you take full advantage of all we have to offer, the rest of your life will be informed and enriched by your experiences as a Hoya.

Hoya Saxa,

Chester Gillis 
Dean, Georgetown College

Biography of Dean Chester Gillis