Georgetown Downtown campus set to open for fall 2013 term
In an email to students, Provost Robert Groves announced that the new Georgetown Downtown location for the School of Continuing Studies will be open in time for fall 2013 classes—a few months ahead of the deadline required in the campus plan agreement.
The move by the School of Continuing Studies will take away 1,100 degree and 2,000 non-degree students, 300 full-time and adjunct faculty, and 100 administrators from the Main and Arlington, Va. campuses, which will free up space for other uses.
Groves notes that the center’s opening is one of the ways in which the University is strengthening its ties to the city of Washington: “Georgetown University has long been a committed partner to the city in investing in the downtown community through learning and service.”
The new campus will be located at 640 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., eight blocks north of the National Mall and about five blocks away from the Law Center.
Luckily for graduate students, the downtown campus will be one of Georgetown’s most accessible campuses. The campus is located within six blocks of all five Metro rail lines and is located near a number of Metro bus stops, Union Station, Interstate 395, Route 50, and public parking.
The facility will boast “30 classrooms, 14 group study rooms, a 130-person auditorium, digital media lab, broadcast studio, library resource center, contemplative space, bookstore, café and multiple lounge and meetings spaces.”
Read Groves’s full email after the jump.
Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:
I am pleased to share with you news that the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) will officially move into its new space in downtown Washington, D.C., located at 640 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in August. Classes for SCS students will begin downtown in the Fall 2013 term.
The School of Continuing Studies’ move downtown will build on the foundation set by the Law Center, expanding the presence of ‘Georgetown Downtown’ by bringing its educational programs to the city’s center.
Georgetown University has long been a committed partner to the city in investing in the downtown community through learning and service. The Georgetown Law Center has maintained a downtown presence since it was founded in 1875 in a building located at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Since the Law Center moved to its current location in 1971, the university has invested substantial resources to develop the law center campus, a purposeful and strategic investment that has played a critical role in transforming this area of the District into the thriving and vibrant community it is now. We believe that SCS’s move downtown will further enhance this downtown neighborhood’s growth and development to the benefit of our students and our city.
SCS’s move will bring to the area 1,100 degree and 2,000 non-degree students, 300 full-time and adjunct faculty and 100 administrators and staff. This will add significantly to the Law Center’s 2,700 degree students, 640 full-time and adjunct faculty and 400 administrators and staff. SCS students from eight Master of Professional Studies programs, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program and the Center for Continuing and Professional Education will find an inviting space in Georgetown Downtown.
Faculty and students will have increased learning resources and amenities in the SCS’s new 91,000 sq. ft. space. The state-of-the-art facilities will include 30 classrooms, 14 group study rooms, a 130-person auditorium, digital media lab, broadcast studio, library resource center, contemplative space, bookstore, café and multiple lounge and meetings spaces. The location was carefully chosen to be Metro rail and bus accessible and in an area where hundreds of industry organizations most relevant to students’ fields of study are located. We are confident that this learning environment and strategic location will strengthen students’ Georgetown SCS experience.
School and university leaders have begun outreach to the surrounding community in anticipation of SCS’s upcoming move. Our new Office of Community Engagement is speaking with community and city leaders, neighborhood officials and local businesses about ways to engage with SCS through events, service and learning. Georgetown remains committed to serving the city’s communities and providing educational resources. Over the summer, SCS interim dean Walter Rankin and I will host a series of town halls to answer any questions our community may have about the move, as well as to discuss the new location, what it means for SCS, and opportunities for those on main campus.
You can learn more about SCS’s move downtown and follow the progress by visiting scs.georgetown.edu/downtown.
Robert Groves, Ph.D.