Georgetown University frequently lands on those many meaningless college ranking lists, earning points for its friendliness to foreign students, computer geeks, and politicians. The school got bad marks for “Health & Safety” and “Computers” from College Prowler and somehow scored 24th in U.S. News and World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. None of these designations drew the ire of student-run blog Vox Populi. Compliment their food, though, and the students get angry.
“But wait a second—we’re number 15 in ‘Best Food’?” Leigh Finnegan writes of the Daily Beast/Newsweek rankings. Why, she asks, “when compared with schools with multiple, bigger dining halls, wider options, and meals that don’t get students violently ill, do we get the prize for 15th best dining?”
Perhaps believing that her school’s food couldn’t possibly have gotten good marks based on a fair standard of measure, Finnegan dug into the rankings’ methodology. Sure enough, a quarter of Georgetown’s score was based on “restaurants per capita in the surrounding area.” This further vexed Finnegan, who notes: “And, as our measly student credit cards know all too well, the Georgetown neighborhood is chock full of restaurants, from the high brow to the iconically greasy, right at the tips of our fingers or the other end of our phone lines.”
To be fair, Georgetown’s food might leave something to be desired, but there hasn’t been a staph infection outbreak since 2008.