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Georgetown University

The country's oldest Jesuit university, Georgetown is one of the more 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 post median earnings of roughly $96,000 a decade after they enrolled. 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.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


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SAT/ACT required?
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Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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