University unveils location for Georgetown Downtown satellite campus

This evening, President John DeGioia sent an email to students, faculty, and staff announcing that the University signed an agreement earlier today to lease a building in downtown Washington, D.C. at 7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, eight blocks away from the Law Center Campus. Approximately 1,100 students in the School of Continuing Studies will study and takes classes at the location beginning in late 2013.

A satellite campus for SCS has been years in the making. The campus plan agreement approved by the Zoning Commission this Monday requires that Georgetown move at least 1000 students in the SCS to “one or more satellite locations not within zip code 20007″ by Dec. 31, 2013. According to the press release, the facility will contain “classrooms with integrated technology, administrative offices, group study rooms, workstations, lounge and meeting spaces, a contemplative space, a media lab, a library resource center, a café and more.”

The release emphasizes how the new facility will foster stronger connections with the city. “Just as the construction of our Law Center did 30 years ago, this new home provides us with an opportunity to extend the impact of the university into new parts of the city and to broaden the reach of our work,” DeGioia said. “We are excited to be aligning our interests with this vibrant and growing city.”

Administrators have been clear that undergraduates will not be housed or take classes at any satellite campus. “We believe that our undergraduate experience best can take place on this historic campus,” DeGioia previously said. “Our vision prioritizes development of an enhanced living-and-learning campus focused on undergraduates on the main campus, on this plot of ground.” University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr has told Vox that the University sees the satellite campus as an opportunity “to strengthen the residential undergraduate experience at 37th and O street.”

Vox will keep you updated as we learn more information.

Read the full email after the jump.

July 19, 2012

To the Members the Georgetown University Community

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are writing to share the exciting news that the School of Continuing Studies has just today signed a lease agreement for a new space downtown Washington, D.C., at 7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, near Chinatown. This location puts SCS in the heart of the city, expands the university’s “Georgetown Downtown” presence, with our Law Center campus just eight blocks away, and deepens our commitment to expanding the educational opportunities offered by the university beyond our historic main campus.

For nearly two years SCS has worked to find a new home that achieves our vision for a state-of-the-art learning environment for our community of students and professionals. This milestone for SCS reflects our commitment to providing an education marked by rigor, excellence, collaboration and innovation. We are excited to bring students and faculty together in an environment that will encourage deeper engagement, learning and service for our entire community.

This new home will receive a transformation to foster a strong sense of community before it opens in late 2013. The space will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, professionals and community leaders to connect with each other. The new facilities will include classrooms with integrated technology, administrative offices, group study rooms, workstations, lounge and meeting spaces, a contemplative space, a media lab, a library resource center, a café and more.

This new Georgetown Downtown campus is easily accessible and features abundant transportation options for commuters to campus. The campus is within six blocks of all five Metro rail lines and is in close proximity to a number of Metro bus stops, Capital Bikeshare stations, Union Station commuter train services, access to Interstate 395, Route 50 and parking.

SCS works hard to develop strong relationships with community leaders, placing top experts in the classroom, and exposing students to the most current economic, societal and political issues facing various fields and industries. Our new location will allow for rich connections between students and their fields of study that are unique to the School’s educational programming. In addition, SCS has plans to engage directly with our new neighbors in this dynamic and diverse neighborhood as we look for opportunities to carry our mission outside the classroom.

We encourage you to read more about this exciting project here and to follow the progress at SCS.Georgetown.edu/Downtown. Thank you for your continued support of SCS. We look forward to hosting you at our new Georgetown Downtown campus soon.

Sincerely,

John J. DeGioia, Ph.D.

PresidentWalter Rankin, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Continuing Studies

Photo: Georgetown University

2 Comments on “University unveils location for Georgetown Downtown satellite campus

  1. Chapel? Campus Ministry? Not holding my breath.

    That said, this is a big step forward. But not an excuse to dilute our identity just because students will be working professionals.

  2. @ not typical anymore

    I mean… 7th and Mass is within walking distance of multiple Catholic churches, including St. Mary Mother of God at 727 5th Street, NW; St. Patrick’s at 619 10th Street, NW; and Immaculate Conception at 1315 8th Street, NW. Given that the Jesuit Province of Maryland had to abandon St. Al’s up at Gonzaga due to lack of priests, I don’t think it’s feasible to establish a separate chapel in this office building. Besides, working professionals presumably already have a home parish and don’t have a need for ‘campus’ ministry the same way that undergrads and full-time graduate students might.

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