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Rank: 83

Georgetown University

The country's oldest Jesuit university, Georgetown is one of the most expensive schools in Money's rankings. But one reason for that -- its location in Washington, D.C. -- is also one of its biggest draws, especially for students interested in politics or international relations. With a beautiful red brick campus overlooking the Potomac, Georgetown frequently welcomes Washington's elite to lecture or teach. Recent guests have included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former President Bill Clinton, who graduated from Georgetown. Other distinguished alumni include actor Bradley Cooper, comedian John Mulaney, and Today show host Savannah Guthrie. About four in 10 students receive scholarships from Georgetown to help defray their costs. Georgetown's graduation rate is roughly 94%, and students report early career salaries of $58,600, according to PayScale. The school fields 23 varsity teams in Division I. Its revered basketball team has made it to the NCAA Final Four five times and clinched the championship once, in 1984. In one of its more head-turning traditions, students can attend screenings of The Exorcist each Halloween, and then walk to sites on campus where the movie was filmed, including the "Exorcist stairs," where the movie's climax takes place.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university hoped to bring about 2,000 students back to campus but changed its plans in late July. All students will instead begin the semester in virtual mode.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$67,900
% of students who get any grants
42%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,800
Average price for low-income students
$6,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1450/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
7,090
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$15,400
Average salary within 5 years
$58,600
% earning more than $28,000
93%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 10

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university hoped to bring about 2,000 students back to campus but changed its plans in late July. All students will instead begin the semester in virtual mode.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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