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Georgetown College
Motto Live, Learn, Believe.
Established 1829
Type Private
President Dr. William H. Crouch Jr.
Faculty 130
Undergraduates 1,334
Postgraduates 501
Location Georgetown, KY, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Orange and Black          
Mascot Tigers
Website www.georgetowncollege.edu

Coordinates: 38°12′26″N 84°33′16″W / 38.20722°N 84.55444°W / 38.20722; -84.55444

Georgetown College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Kentucky, United States. Chartered as a college in 1829, Georgetown College was the first Baptist college west of the Allegheny Mountains.[1][2] The school offers many undergraduate degrees and a Master of Arts in Education.

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History

In 1829, the Kentucky Legislature chartered the Kentucky Baptist Education Society with the purpose of establishing a Baptist college in the state. Twenty-four trustees under the leadership of Silas Noel selected the town of Georgetown as the site for the new school. Georgetown was selected because the community agreed to raise $20,000 and to donate the assets of Rittenhouse Academy, a failed land grant school in the town that had recently closed. Rittenhouse Academy was the predecessor of Royal Springs school.[1]

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Early history

Georgetown College's beginning years were wrought with tragedy and disputes. The first president of the college, William D. Staughton, died before assuming his duties. The second president, Rev. Joel Smith Bacon, stayed two years before leaving out of frustration. In 1839, Rev. Rockwood Giddings became the third president of the college. During his short tenure as president, Giddings began construction on Recitation Hall, the first permanent building for the school and made many other advances that put the college on sound footing. Giddings died of exhaustion after a year in office, and was replaced by Rev. Howard Malcolm.[1]

School Facts

• 13:1 student to teacher ratio
• 18-20 students per class (average)
• Over 90% of students live in housing on campus
• Georgetown classes are taught only by professors, over 90% of which have their PhD or the highest degree in their field.
• Georgetown's graduation rate is 2 to 3 times greater than most state and regional universities and colleges.
• 75% of graduating students complete their degree in four years or less.

Student organizations

Georgetown College has four national fraternities (Kappa Alpha Order, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau and Pi Kappa Alpha) and four national sororities (Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu and Sigma Kappa) on campus. It also has an independent brotherhood known as the President's House Association, which was formed in 1964 as an alternative to the traditional fraternity system. The college also traditionally has a number of students who remain independent, competing in events such as songfest and intramurals against other independents as well as members of the Greek organizations.

Religious Affiliation

Georgetown College, historically linked with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has recently changed its relationship with the Convention. The college retains its Baptist heritage, and is still affiliated with the KBC, but no longer receives money from the Convention and in return retains the right to elect its own trustees without the Convention's approval. [1]

Athletics

The school's sports teams are called the Tigers and they participate in the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference. The football and basketball programs have long been regarded as perennial powerhouses. The Georgetown football program takes pride in its state-of-the-art football facilities that double as the summer training camp home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Georgetown Football

  • National Champions - 1991, 2000, 2001
  • National Finalist - 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • National Semi-Finalist - 2004
  • 15 Mid-South Conference Champions - 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • NAIA National Coach of the Year - Bill Cronin - 2000, 2001

Georgetown Basketball

  • 1998 National Champions
  • 28 appearances in NAIA National Tournament
  • Record 49 wins in National Tournament History
  • 20 Sweet Sixteen appearances
  • 13 Elite Eight appearances
  • 11 Fab Four appearances
  • 4 National Title games
  • Georgetown Baseball - Notable Alumni - Billy Ray Cyrus

Maskrafters

The Georgetown College Maskrafter theatre group is the oldest collegiate theatre company in Kentucky and offers traditional theatre, an emphasis on creating original work, and new initiatives in digital motion picture art. As of 2007, the Maskrafters have produced a feature-length movie entitled "Surviving Guthrie", and have put on the musical "She Loves Me". The Maskrafters have also done recent plays including Proof,The Fantasticks, Grease, and Shakespeare's The Tempest. The Maskrafters are primarily students at Georgetown, and are guided by staff.

Student Events

Georgetown College offers several events every year that give students the option to participate. The biggest of these is Songfest, a stage performance put together by the individual dorm houses, including (but not limited to) the fraternities and sororities. It is part of Georgetown's homecoming celebration. Other events include the Belle of the Blue, a scholarship pageant, and Greek Week, part of the rush and pledging tradition.

References

  1. ^ a b c "A History of Georgetown College". Georgetown College. http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/history.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  2. ^ "Giddings Hall". Historic Campus Architecture Project. Council of Independent Colleges. November 2006. http://puka.cs.waikato.ac.nz/cgi-bin/cic/library?a=d&d=p643. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  

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