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Rank: 46

Georgetown University

Washington, DCwww.georgetown.edu
The country's oldest Jesuit university, Georgetown is one of the most expensive schools in MONEY's rankings. But one key 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 Senator Lisa Murkowski, tax reform advocate Grover Norquist, and President Bill Clinton, who graduated from Georgetown. Other distinguished alumni include basketball star and current Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing, venture capitalist Chris Sacca, and Recode founder Kara Swisher. About four in 10 students receive scholarships from Georgetown to help defray their costs. The school fields 23 varsity teams in Division I. Its revered basketball team has made it to to the NCAA Final Four five times and so far has 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 2018-2019
$73,300
% of students who get any grants
41%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,600
Average price for low-income students
$6,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
17%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
8,194
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% 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
$15,500
Average salary within 3 years
$61,400
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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