Happy and Stressed Out—Sounds About Right

Newsweek has released its 2012 college rankings, and it turns out we’re one of the happiest colleges in America! Also one of the most stressed. Georgetown was ranked the sixth happiest and eighth most stressed out of 25 schools.

Criteria for the happiest colleges were based on retention rate, student satisfaction, and likelihood that students would choose to attend the school if they had to start the whole college admissions process over again. With our sixth place finish we came in above University of Southern California, Tufts, Duke, and Harvard. Stanford was the overall winner, with Carleton College coming in second and Yale at third. The University of Chicago just edged us out in fifth place.

Newsweek used academic pressure, average student debt, and campus crime record to determine which schools were most stressed out. It turns out that Washington University is the most stressful campus in the country, followed by UPenn and Columbia. Georgetown is more stressful than Duke, Yale and BC. Guess all those laptop thefts take a toll on our mental well-being.

Sadly we failed to make the Most Beautiful Colleges list (I’m blaming Lau for that one) or the Top Party schools. You can check out the rest of the lists over at Newsweek.

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Georgetown – So Hot Right Now

Looks like Georgetown is making all the lists lately. From the most hipster to the preppiest, we’re all over the spectrum. Now we can add a new one to the list – Inside College has come out with a list of the hottest colleges in the nation, and we’re proud to say that Georgetown made the cut.

Unfortunately, the list has a misleading title, and it’s not referring to our really, really ridiculously good looks, but instead the university’s popularity with students. The experts over at Inside College say that the colleges on the list are “the place to be” for higher education.

Other schools that made the list of the 21 hottest colleges include Yale, NYU, Duke and our neighbors over at GW. A secondary list of “hot colleges” features the University of Chicago, Tufts and Stanford, to name a few.

Inside College doesn’t list the exact criteria their “experts” used to determine the hotness of a particular college, but we’re curious. Is it the D.C. area, with its prevalence of politicians and diplomats? Georgetown Day? Or maybe it actually does boil down to how attractive our student body is. What do you think makes us one of the hottest colleges in America?