Cura Personalis

One of the central tenets that animates the Georgetown approach to education is cura personalis, a Latin phrase meaning “care of the whole person.” The idea of cura personalis, rooted in the Jesuit tradition, is borne out in all aspects of the Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences experience.

What does that mean?

You’re more than a mind. You’re an individual with unique talents, dreams, and passions. Our long-held Jesuit tradition of cura personalis means a profound care and responsibility for one another, attentive to each person’s circumstances and concerns and gifts.

It means that the university is committed not just to your academic achievement but also to your mental and physical health, your spiritual growth, and your development as a citizen of the world. All of our faculty, staff, coaches, and other representatives you meet will consider you as a whole person, which we believe fosters a healthy and vibrant university community.

Cura Personalis Stories

A group of students smiles in a selfie. They are outside and wearing jackets and hats.

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In Taizé, France, These Hoya-Pilgrims Found a New Inner Peace and Faith Life

Over spring break, five Georgetown students, including Camille Deschapelles (C’26), embarked on a pilgrimage to Taizé, France, home to a Christian ecumenical monastic order known for its repetitive, contemplative hymns

March 25, 2024

A woman stands on a brick path outside. She wears a long, blue coat made of wool with bright buttons. Her hair is cut short and she smiles at the camera.

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What This Alumna Has Learned in Her 35 Years at Georgetown

After graduating from Georgetown, Theresa Torres (C’88) began working in the financial services office two months later. Find out what keeps her at home on the Hilltop

March 21, 2024

Students in the new space: Community Space, New Home for Student Equity and Inclusion Office

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Georgetown Unveils Community Space, New Home for Student Equity and Inclusion Office

At the center of the design and layout of the new space is Georgetown’s value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Eleanor JB Daugherty, vice president of student affairs, says that she hopes students will embrace the new space as one that is inviting and embraces every aspect of students’ identities.

January 18, 2024