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GW falls in Forbes rankings for first time in four years

GW dropped sharply in Forbes’ ranking of the best colleges for the first time in four years.

The University fell from No. 77 to 122, its lowest slot since 2011 when it was ranked 151st in the country.

Forbes uses a different ranking method than the popular U.S. News & World Report rankings, which placed GW at 52nd this year among universities nationwide. Forbes¬†focuses on graduates’ return on investment, salaries and retention in collaboration with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

GW had risen in the rankings over the past four years and fell only once since the business magazine began compiling a best colleges list in 2008.

Williams College won the top spot in Forbes’ 2014 ranking, and Princeton University was named the top Ivy League school, coming in fourth overall.

Forbes does not include universities that have forged admissions statistics, such as Emory University, but has kept GW in the rankings even after University officials admitted the admissions office misreported admissions data for over a decade in 2012.

Northwestern University, GW’s highest-ranked peer institution, came in 19th on the list, and Georgetown University was the highest-ranked D.C. school at No. 28.

Another ranking focused on return on investment from Money magazine sent GW to the No. 214 slot.

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