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While Georgetown students know the Tombs goes hand in hand with the true “Georgetown Experience,” it seems that various travel and leisure guides are finally recognizing the magnificence of Georgetown’s quintessential college bar.
Actually, Yahoo! Travel+Leisure recently ranked the Tombs one of America’s best college bars. The article highlights the plaque with the names of the 99 Days Club Members (who celebrate their last 99 days of senior year by visiting the Tombs and purchasing a drink or dish each day until graduation), the varied customer base, ranging from professors to students, and, of course, the classic comfort bar food, which has been noted a “gastronomical experience” of its own.
The Tombs has previously received a fair amount of press, most significantly for its diversity in regards to customers and menu items. U.S. Airways magazine commended the Tombs for providing an atmosphere for families, professors, and senior college students alike to enjoy, relax, and dine. In terms of food, the Tombs menu can meet the tastes of most palates, ranging anywhere from Mediterranean to American with items like quinoa tabbouleh with falafel, Shanghai Rolls, and classic Chicken wings.
At the same time, the college bar enthusiasts over at Yahoo! probably didn’t know that Tomb’s lamb ragu was so good because it came from upstairs.
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Last week, the 2012 Global Employability Survey, exclusively in the hands of the International Herald Tribune, released its annual study of the world’s most employable graduates based on skills, personality, and the university he or she attended. This year, the survey ranked Georgetown 68th out of 150 universities internationally. Harvard and Yale University ranked first and second internationally, followed by University of Cambridge and University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Out of the top 20 universities ranked in this year’s survey, seven were American and five from the U.K. Peking University in China came in 11th place, and Tokyo Institute of Technology placed 14th. Other universities in the top 20 were located in France and Switzerland. The folks over at George Washington University didn’t make the cut this year or last.
Last year, Georgetown placed 54th. That survey, however, only included “hundreds” of “business executives,” whereas this year’s survey involved input from thousands of employers from a range of companies. While Georgetown dropped 14 spots in the past year, Boston University jumped 34 spots from 51st to 17th. The only Asian university that placed in the top 20 in 2011 was Japan’s University of Tokyo. In 2011, Peking University came in 129th, marking a rise of a full 118 spots in one year. The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore jumped from 134 to 35th place in the past year, as well.
The survey is compiled by a French consulting firm, Emerging, and a German research institute specializing in recruitment, Trendence. Their methodology is to consult employers about which universities they tend to rely on for recruiting and hiring, as well as the qualities they find most desirable in young graduates, with 2,500 recruiters and 2,200 international chief executives and business managers asked to select their top universities.
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Today, U.S. News & World Report released its list of college rankings, with Georgetown University as 21st out of National Universities. We’ve seen 22nd place last year, we’ve even gone so far as 23rd in years past. It’s good to be back.
Emory University beat us to the punch, scoring 20th place. BUT WHY? We’ll just stick with tradition and blame it on the author of U.S. News, Robert Morse, who lives directly above Baked and Wired. The minority of hipster Hoyas who frequent this coffee shop probably give our campus a bad rep.
In worse college ranking news, Forbes gave Georgetown an overall placement of 38. Princeton Review recently ranked our students second most politically active among college campuses. The Hilltop scores first place for Princeton Review’s category “College City Gets High Marks,” even though apparently 90 percent of us are supposed to be on campus most of the time and “houses are shaking” when we try to use GUTS buses to leave.
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This week, Georgetown scored a few top spots in the recently-released annual Princeton Review list of college rankings. Georgetown comes in first place for the category “College City Gets High Marks.“ The online lists do not yet include any criteria or explanation for the ranking choices.
Hoyas landed second place after students at American University in the category for “Most Politically Active Students.” Georgetown also ranked tenth in the category of “Most Popular Study Abroad Program.”
Surprisingly enough, Georgetown did not place in any strained town-gown relation categories. The Georgetown Patch stipulates that the recent campus plan agreement might indicate we are on track to improved university-neighborhood relations.
Breakdown for American University, George Washington University and Howard University after the jump!
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On June 2, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area released a report [PDF] finding that D.C. universities – in addition to providing an education to 85,202 students citywide – make significant contributions to the local economy.
In 2010, universities spent $1.42 billion in D.C. on payroll, construction, capital improvements, and other outlays. Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University asserts that there is a multiplier effect to this spending that in turn raised gross city product in D.C. by $2 billion.
Also, around 15,970 District residents work for Consortium members. Of D.C.’s top ten private employers in 2009, nine were universities and university hospitals. Georgetown University was the District’s largest private employer and Georgetown University Hospital ranked fifth.
Meanwhile, the report estimates the economic value of student volunteering in the region to be around $18.9 million.
This study comes at a time when several universities in D.C. are facing contentious campus plan battles. Universities like Georgetown exist as special use areas in residential zones and must prove that they are not “not likely to become objectionable to neighboring property because of noise, traffic, number of students, or other objectionable conditions.”
h/t Washington Post
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According to Washington D.C.’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Georgetown University was the city’s largest employer in 2010. Howard University, which was the largest employer in 2009, fell to fifth on the list. Howard’s fall is attributed to financial trouble and the early retirement of some of its staff members.
At a jobs summit in December, then Mayor-elect Vincent Gray said that he wanted to sweep away obstacles, like campus plans that cap enrollment and employment, in order to make D.C. a more business friendly place.
American University ranks seventh on the list, while the Catholic University of America ranks ninth. Specific numbers of employees were not included in the report.
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While Georgetown University waits for its campus-wide wireless network, the rest of the District faces its own battles of the Internet.
A yearly report by the Communications Workers of America on the Internet speeds of the fifty states (as well as DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) ranks the District as having the 42nd slowest Internet in the country.
The report shows that though the median download speed in Washington has gotten faster since last year, the District’s ranking to fell from 37. The three fastest states are Delaware, New York, and New Jersey. California ranks 13th.
District neighborhoods with the fastest speeds are Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. The greater Deanwood and Fort Dupont areas have the slowest speeds.
Compared to the rest of the world, the United States’ Internet speed ranks 25th. So by the time you’ve finished reading this, someone in South Korea has already finished a sporcle quiz.
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Georgetown earned a B in overall sustainability this year, according to the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s annual College Sustainability Report Card.
The grade is the same that the University received last year.
SEI grades are based on nine categories, including climate change and energy, student involvement, green building, investment priorities, administration, and shareholder engagement.
According to the report card, which independently evaluates “campus and endowment sustainable activities,” the University improved in the areas of transportation, food and recycling. SEI specifically lauded the GUTS bus service, car-sharing options, tray-less dining, and the purchase of locally-produced food. However, a failing mark in endowment transparency—due to a lack of public information—dragged down the overall grade.
Of the 336 colleges graded, 56 percent received B grades.
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The good news: Georgetown dropped in Campus Grotto‘s annual ranking of the nation’s most expensive colleges. The bad news: Georgetown is still in the top 15.
According to the rankings, Georgetown is the 15th-most expensive college in America. The annual tuition cost, $39,768, was ranked the 52nd-most expensive.
Campus Grotto complied the rankings through the sum of each college’s tuition, room, and board costs. Optional student fees, such as University-provided insurance, are not included in the cost.
“We take the price a typical freshman would pay for tuition, room and board,” the college news website wrote.
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With an annual cost of $53,340, Georgetown is the ninth most expensive school in the country, according to Forbes.
The rankings, which were compiled using data provided by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Campus Grotto, almost exclusively features small, private colleges in the Northeast.
Although Forbes did not account for financial aid, the rankings reflect the costs of tuition, fees, room, board for college students during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Sarah Lawrence College topped the list with its $57, 730 annual cost. Last year, Georgetown was ranked seventh most expensive by Campus Grotto and second most expensive by CNN.
Adding insult to injury, our perennially-expensive neighbors in Foggy Bottom dropped out of the top 10 in the Forbes rankings.
The difference between Georgetown and George Washington? $65.
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