November 15, 1791: Georgetown University, America’s first Catholic college opens its doors. Georgetown has followed the trend at a number of Catholic colleges and universities in offering programs in Jewish studies. Today Georgetown offers approximately 35 courses in its Jewish Studies Program and offers a Major in Jewish Studies. About 650 of its 6,000 undergraduates are Jewish. Approximately 1,000 of the school’s 6,000 graduate students are Jewish.
The United States issued a postal card in 1989 (Scott No. UX128) commemorating Georgetown University. The university was founded by John Carroll in 1789 in Washington, D.C. On November 22, 1791, William Gaston of North Carolina, Georgetown’s first student, entered the Academy. The building on the postal card is Healy Hall, named for former Georgetown president Fr. Patrick Healy, SJ.