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G.W. taken off U.S. News and World Report's best colleges list

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Another assessment is causing uproar on the George Washington campus.

The university's been taken off U.S. News and World Report's list of the nation's best colleges.

The university admits it made a mistake. That it was using bad math to calculate the high school class rankings of its incoming freshman which the magazine uses to help rank the nation's best colleges.

On the George Washington University's Foggy Bottom campus Wednesday, some students were angry, many more simply stunned by the news GW has been taken off U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of the nation's best colleges.

"I think it's upsetting because it's kind of deceiving," says freshman Erika Vidal of Long Island.

"I think it was like a decade-long mistake just in the methodology," says grad student Dan Feely. "That is a little bit disconcerting. I don't think I'd be enrolling in any statistics classes here anytime soon."

In its September issue, U.S. News released it's annual ranking of the nation's colleges - placing GW 51st on that prestigious list.

But after university officials recently told the magazine it was over-reporting, by 20 percent, the number of freshman who were ranked in the top ten percent of their high school classes, U.S. News wiped GW off the list.

"It is a little embarrassing that the admissions staff did mess up a lot because I looked at the percentage," says freshman Lincoln Mondy of Dallas. "They said 78 and it was actually 58. And that's not a little error. That's a lot. That's a big error."

According to Bob Morse, the magazine's director of data research, "This Unranked status will last until next fall's publication of the 2014 edition of the Best Colleges rankings, and until George Washington confirms the accuracy of the school's next data submission in accordance with U.S. News's requirements."

In a statement to Fox 5 News, GW president Steven Knapp writes: "we regret the error and have put safeguards in place to prevent such errors from occurring in the future."

A GW spokesman says the error made was in estimating the class rankings of incoming freshmen who went to high schools that don't rank their students.

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