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Georgetown University

The country's oldest Jesuit university, Georgetown is one of the most expensive schools in MONEY's rankings. But the primary 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 95%, and students report early career salaries of $63,700, 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$74,800
% of students who get any grants
40%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,300
Average price for low-income students
$6,060
admissions
Acceptance rate
16%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1440/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,128
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$15,490
Average salary within 3 years
$63,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
61%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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