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Local universities make list of Newsweek’s Most Stressful Schools

Georgetown University is the ninth most stressful school in the U.S., according to Newsweek. (Jeffrey MacMillan/JEFFREY MACMILLAN)

Georgetown University ranked eighth out of 25, followed by Johns Hopkins University in ninth place.

The ranking, compiled by Newsweek and College Prowler, is among the many odd, unscientific accolades bestowed on universities. Popular lists have included rankings of the most rigorous colleges, biggest party schools, most hipster campuses, and, bizarrely, the hairiest students.

Students’ stress level were tabulated based on factors including cost, selectivity based on the average SAT or ACT score, and the percentage of applicants admitted, according to Newsweek.

On- and off-campus crime was factored in as “a bonus percentage.”


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Most stressful schools 2012:

1. Washington University (St. Louis)

2. University of Pennsylvania

3. Columbia University (New York City)

4. Harvard University

5. Northwestern University

6. Brown University

7. Wesleyan University

8. Georgetown University

9. Johns Hopkins University

10. Tufts University

11. Dartmouth College

12. University of Chicago

13. Yale University

14. Duke University

15. New York University

16. Middlebury College

17. Cornell University

18. Bowdoin College

19. Claremont McKenna College

20. Swarthmore College

21. California Institute of Technology

22. Barnard College

23. Carnegia Mellon University

24. University of Southern California

25. Boston College

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