Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy

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Housing 148 students, the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy offers upperclass residents a close knit, distinctive and engaging residential experience. For many decades, the Jesuits of Georgetown University built their community within the corridors of these historic buildings.  Built at the turn of the 19th century,nestled within the historic quad of campus, and overlooking the Potomac River, the Former Jesuit Residence has a lasting significance on Georgetown’s campus.

Housed in Ida Ryan & Isaac Hawkins Halls, the Residential Academy is open to all upperclass students, although preference is given to third and fourth year students.

Become Part of the History

Celebrating the nine tenets of the Spirit of Georgetown, the students selected to reside in the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy will have the unique opportunity to reflect on their time at Georgetown through formative activities and events, founded on strong community engagement and ownership.

Nine Tenets of the Spirit of Georgetown

  • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God)
  • Contemplatives In Action
  • Academic Excellence
  • Educating the Whole Person
  • Cura Personalis
  • Faith & Justice
  • Women & Men for Others
  • Interreligious Understanding
  • Community in Diversity

By residing in the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy, students will…

  • Apply the Spirit of Georgetown values in their daily lives
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the distinctive experiences they receive as part of a Jesuit Education
  • Articulate a deep awareness of their formation as students while at Georgetown
  • Discern what future endeavors they wish to pursue

By submitting an application to RETURN to the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy, residents will agree to the following:

  • I will honor the rich tradition and history of the Residential Academy by celebrating tenets of the Spirit of Georgetown through personal engagement, actions and contributions to the Residential Academy community
  • ​I will serve as an informal mentor to new Academy members and role model what it means to be part of this distinctive experience
  • I, along with a group of other returning residents, will plan and implement community service program(s) during the year
  • I will participate and contribute to my assigned cohort’s reflection capstone presentation at the conclusion of the spring semester

By submitting an application t​o join​ the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy, residents will agree to the following:

  • I will honor the rich tradition and history of the Residential Academy by celebrating tenets of the Spirit of Georgetown through personal engagement, actions and contributions to the Residential Academy community
  • Three times per semester, during the designated times, I will join other members of my assigned Academy Cohort for a conversation focused on my experience and the Spirit of Georgetown values
  • I will participate/attend Academy community service projects during the course of the year
  • I will participate and contribute to my assigned cohort’s reflection capstone presentation at the conclusion of the spring semester

Residential Academy Space Breakdown

9 Person apartment: 1 Space
8 Person apartment: 5 Spaces
6 Person apartment: 2 Spaces
4 Person apartment: 4 Spaces
All other units will be traditional semi-suites

In order to apply to the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy, each group must have a student coordinator. Note: You can only apply in groups of 4, 6, 8, 9. The student coordinator will serve as the liaison between the group members and the Office of Residential Living. In order to start an application, the coordinator will need to:

  • Create a group, username and password. Click the “Create a new group” feature below.  Note: You can only apply in groups of 4, 6, 8, or 9.
  • Share the username and password with the rest of the group members, and make sure that the members add themselves to the group by clicking the “Add yourself to a group” feature below. Note: Make sure all members use the correct username and password created by the student coordinator.
  • Once all members are in the group, the coordinator needs to verify the group. This is done by clicking the “Verify group” feature below.
  • Once the group is verified, all members need to make sure to complete the essay questions of the application. Note: Application questions can only be accessed after the group is verified. Please click on the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy tab, on the navigation/numbered line, to access the application questions and make sure to complete the questions fully.
  • The Office of Residential Living will be in contact with the student coordinator with updates as needed.

Applications should ONLY be submitted by members who will live in the community in the fall of the upcoming year. You will have the opportunity to discuss study abroad switches after the Housing Selection process is completed the following spring.

Note: Two members of each group must attend a Residential Academy information session in order for your group application to be considered. Failure to meet this requirement may inhibit your group’s application from moving forward in the selection process.

Residential Academy FAQs

Maybe. Only if we have availability, and if the group agrees unanimously.

If you only want to be considered as an RA, just fill out the RA application. If you want to be considered as a resident as well, you have to do both.

Yes. All students wishing to return to the Residential Academy must complete an application. Given the high demand for the program, returning to the Academy is not guaranteed.

No.  Like last year, accepted groups will select their spaces based on the determined selection order.

Yes. Students may form their groups however they like. New and returning applicants may apply together.  

The Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is important to note, however, that apartment-style accommodations are primarily reserved for rising juniors and seniors. 

No. All students, are welcome and encouraged to apply to the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy. The Residential Academy is designed to offer a residential space for all students, from all backgrounds, traditions, and experiences, to come together, engage and celebrate the shared principles that make us all Hoyas.

Modeled from “residential colleges” seen on campuses such as Stanford and Cornell, the Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy seeks to form a close community of students who share a deep interest in the values and mission of Georgetown University. The Academy will offer unique programming such as weekly reflections, dialogue series, special-guests, faculty mentors and much, much more. 

To support and encourage community development and engagement beyond just the individual apartments and suites, students residing in the Residential Academy will be assigned to an “Academy Cohort” with other members of the building. Led by Resident Assistants, cohorts will meet three times a semester for reflective conversations and social opportunities.  

A portion of the top floor of the community, all semi-suites, will be dedicated to students interested in the Interreligious Understanding tenet of the Spirit of Georgetown. Residents will have the unique opportunity to further engage around topics of interfaith and spiritual formation.

If selected, all members of a group will receive the opportunity to live in the Academy. Please note, all members of the group must complete an individual application. The collective strength of the individual applications will determine whether or not a group is selected.

If your group is selected, you will receive information regarding the room-selection event, scheduled to occur in March.  

In most cases, yes. Groups are selected based on their interest and commitment to the program, not just on group-size. Depending on your place in the selection process, and the remaining available space, some groups may need to break into smaller groups.

If a student changes their assignment after selection, the remaining members of the group will have the opportunity to pull-in another student. The new student, however, must complete a “Residential Academy Vacancy Filling Form” and be approved to join the Academy by the Advisory Council.

Students will be notified by March 1st with their selection status. Students who are not selected or decline an offer will have the opportunity to participate in the remaining Housing Selection processes.

LLC Leadership

Community Director: Christopher Barth