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GW says it overstated credentials of class of 2015

Friday - 11/9/2012, 3:02pm  ET

WASHINGTON - George Washington University says it inadvertently overstated the percentage of freshmen in the class of 2015 who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

President Steven Knapp told the university community in a statement that GW had reported that 78 percent of students entering in fall 2011 had graduated in their high school's top 10 percent. The correct percentage was 58.

Knapp attributed the mistake to a flaw in the school's reporting methods. He said the university regretted the error and was taking steps to prevent it from happening again.

The academic credentials of incoming classes are one of the variables used by U.S. News & World Report and other publications to rank universities.

The Washington Post ( reported on Knapp's statement in Friday editions.

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