Student Life Historical Marker
From the first class session in 1830, student life at Georgetown College has been guided by the principle in loco parentis -- a series of arrangements in which College personnel take the place of parents in guiding the moral and social lives of students. Historically, some students were as young as 15 and a trip home might require a journey of several days. Thus, parental authority shifted to faculty who held the responsibility not only to teach students, but to guard them against vice and dissipation while encouraging their moral and civic responsibilities.
Today, students have more freedom than students of the past. In addition, numerous clubs and organizations provide avenues for spiritual, intellectual, social, and athletic engagement. Academic opportunities include internships, student research, and study abroad.