GW lands at No. 52 on U.S. News best colleges list

GW jumped back onto the U.S. News & World Report list of best colleges Monday, but slipped one spot to No. 52.

This ranking comes after the University was listed as an “unranked” school after officials disclosed that GW had inflated admissions data for more than a decade.

The University’s ranking has hovered around that rank for several years, after its best year in 2011 when it broke into the coveted top 50 schools list.

GW shares that slot with Ohio State University at Columbus, Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington.

Last year GW shared the No. 51 slot with Boston University, which leaped into the No. 41 slot this year.

Princeton University edged ahead of Harvard and Yale universities to claim the top spot.

This year’s rankings give less weight to the percent of incoming students who were at the top of their high school classes – the same data that GW misreported.

GW had initially reported that 78 percent of the Class of 2015 as top high school students, but that figure was actually 58 percent.

Bob Morse, the magazine’s director of data research, wrote in a blog post last week that the move is the result of fewer high schools choosing to rank their graduating seniors.

About one-quarter of the school’s selectivity will be based on high school standing, rather than 40 percent as in past years. SAT and ACT scores will now make up 65 percent of that score, up from 50 percent.

Morse also said the rankings will also put a greater emphasis on graduation and retention rates – an area where GW has typically lagged behind its peers.

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