After yet another disappointing failure to break the top 20 universities in the country and an international ranking that we really don’t want to talk about, Georgetown was hit with yet another blow with the most recent list of college rankings to hit the Internet. Campus Grotto released their annual list of the most expensive colleges in the U.S. earlier this week, and after snagging the #15 spot last year, Georgetown has fallen to #40.
That’s right—there are now students at 39 schools who can’t make any snide comments to you about Georgetown being expensive.
This does not mean that our total cost has decreased. In fact, we’re up from $52,526 last year to $54,423. But apparently, the 2011 school year has hit a lot of the country’s other universities pretty hard, and their combined tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees have skyrocketed past those that we at Georgetown have to pay.
Once again, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, took the top spot, with their total cost edging nearer and nearer to $60k per year. The two schools taking the second and third spots, New York University and Columbia University, are the only other two on the list to break the $56,000 mark, with #4 Harvey Mudd College staying below that line by a whole two bucks. If you scroll way down on that list, you get to Georgetown, which sits just ahead of Tulane University, but manages to stay cheaper than #39, our notoriously pricey neighbor George Washington University, by $30/year. Take that, GW.
Campus Grotto also offers a list based on tuition alone, where Georgetown’s rankings drops even lower to #58, with a total tuition bill of $40,920, sandwiched between Notre Dame at #59 and Washington University in St. Louis at #57. We’re sure if they did a ranking based solely on room and board, Georgetown would find itself significantly closer to the top. Something to ponder about while you stay awake at night listening to the mice scurry around your room.
Before we all get too excited about these rankings, though, remember one thing—you (or, more likely, your parents) are still paying over $54 thousand this year alone to go to school. Think about all the swimming pools full of gold coins that would be.