GW Rises in Pair of National College Lists

University climbs in Forbes and U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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September 12, 2022

The George Washington University ranked No. 61 out of 500 best higher-ed institutions, according to the latest rankings from Forbes 2022 America’s Top Colleges list. The university advanced 10 spots from the 2021, continuing an upward trajectory since 2019. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the top spot in this year’s Forbes’ rankings.

Forbes’ evaluation includes factors such as alumni salary, debt, graduation rate, return-on-investment, retention rate and academic success that includes Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater and Rhodes scholarship winners. Forbes American Leaders Lists, including the Forbes 30 under 30—which boasted 11 GW alumni this year, is also an important metric considered in their ranking.

U.S. News & World Report also released its Best Colleges list for 2022-2023, where GW ranked No. 62 in the nation, moving up one spot from last academic year. Princeton University was ranked first.

U.S. News & World Report polled a record 1,500 degree-granting institutions for its latest rankings, now in their 38th year. Its criteria includes calculating graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation, social mobility, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources per student, average alumni giving rate and graduate indebtedness.

“The university’s steadfast commitment to transforming the world through excellence in education, research and patient care remains our top priority,” said Provost Christopher Alan Bracey. “Our advancement in this year's rankings is a testament to the dedicated, innovative work of our entire university community in fulfilling our academic mission.”

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