Newsweek: Wash U Is 2012's Most Stressful School

The study ranked the top 25 most stressful schools in the country.

is consistantly ranked as one of the top universities in the country, but is it the most stressful school as well?

According to a new study by Newsweek, Wash U is the most stressful school in the country.

The school is in esteemed company. Ivy League schools and NCAA Division I sports powerhouse schools also made the list. Duke, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins University all were ranked among the top 25.

The top five includes:

  1. Washington University
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Columbia University (NY)
  4. Harvard University
  5. Northwestern Univeristy

Newsweek cited the following stats for Wash U's place at the top.

  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,303
  • Total Price per Year: $58,901
  • Percent of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 50 percent
  • Average Amount of Financial Aid: $23,963
  • Average Among of Financial Aid as Percentage of Total Price: 41 percent
  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 17 percent
  • Crime Rank (among top 25):  6

The magazine said its methodology was follows:

Stress in college comes from a bevy of sources. Aside from the obvious academic pressures, there are the prospects of debt, the social anxieties, and the realities of life as an independent adult. To compare campuses, we considered the total price of attendance, the percentage of students receiving financial aid, as well as the average amount of financial aid, the selectivity based on the average SAT or ACT score and the percent of applicants admitted—each weighted 20 percent. Each campus’s on- and off-campus crime record for the last three years, according to U.S. Department of Education, was factored in as a bonus percentage.


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