Founded in 1789 by a priest, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in the United States. Deemed the 14th most desirable urban school, Georgetown is renowned for its academic excellence. Students posted an average score of 32 on the ACT and 1460 on the SAT, and three-quarters of students graduated in the top 10 of their high school classes. Coming in at no. 16 on NEWSWEEK's list of schools for brainiacs, Georgetown University has produced four Rhodes Scholars and many other distinguished award winners. Gaining eighth place on NEWSWEEK's list of best power-broker colleges, Georgetown alumni include 20 members of the House, two presidents, six senators, one Fortune 100 CEO and one billionaire.
Its melting-pot hometown of Washington, DC, might contribute to the school's all-inclusive atmosphere. Georgetown comes in at No. 23 on NEWSWEEK's list of most diverse schools, and No. 24 on the nation's best gay-friendly colleges.
The school's 7,000 undergraduates make up just less than half of the student body and attend one of four undergraduate schools, spread across three campuses. The school offers an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students paid on average $39,000 to attend for the 2009-2010 academic year.
To rank colleges and universities by diversity, we took a broad view of related issues, including ethnicity, geographic origin, economic status, gender, and sexual orientation. Read more about our methodology here.