Georgetown does pretty well in this year’s college rankings

It’s that time of year again when every college student decides if college rankings are worth bragging about or if they can be dismissed as an imbalanced system that’s actively gamed by some universities. This year, Georgetown’s puts its students somewhere in between. U.S. News and World Report, the end-all, be-all for tiger parents, placed Georgetown at number 21 on the list of national universities, tied with Emory.

U.S. News lists Georgetown’s fall 2013 acceptance rate as 17.1 percent and its overall tuition and fees as $46,744. On top of those, Georgetown has a 96 percent average freshman retention rate and a 93 percent six-year graduation rate.

In the interest of shoving it into GW’s face, George Washington University had a 34.4 percent acceptance rate in fall 2013 and an 81 percent six-year graduation rate.

U.S. News isn’t the only organization that has college-minded parents salivating. Forbes‘ rankings came out earlier this year and ranked Georgetown 28. Note that Emory, who tied Georgetown on the U.S. News list, was banned for two years by Forbes for reporting information based on admitted students, as opposed to the ones who actually enrolled. That’s justice.

The New York Times published an article Monday which ranks the country’s top colleges and universities not by acceptance rates but by the economic diversity of their student bodies. Georgetown was number 46. The Georgetown Scholarship Program in particular has done a lot to bring economic diversity into Georgetown, granting scholarships to 640 first-generation and high financial need college students. GSP students have a 98 percent graduation rate.

While Georgetown does do very well in the rankings, its position could be improved markedly just by switching to the common app. There’s really no good reason not to.

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