Statement from GW President Steven Knapp Regarding U.S. News and World Report Ranking

November 14, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Candace Smith
202-994-3566; [email protected]

The George Washington University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and accuracy. For that reason, when we discovered an error in the high school class rank data that we had submitted to U.S. News and World Report, we reported that error both to U.S. News and to the university community. We did so without regard to any possible action that U.S. News might take as a result.   

We were surprised by the decision of U.S. News to remove George Washington’s numerical ranking rather than to correct it in light of our disclosure. Data about GW is still available on the U.S. News website. We understand that our numerical ranking will appear in U.S. News next year.  As I have said, we regret the error and have put safeguards in place to prevent such errors from occurring in the future.

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