High-School Class Rank, a Slippery Metric, Loses Its Appeal for Colleges

Class Rank: Slippery Metric, On the Wane 1

Jordan Capizola, The GW Hatchet

Nicholas Santangelo, a student at George Washington U., questioned university officials last month, after U.S. News & World Report pulled the college's ranking when it admitted its class-rank figures were fudged.

As campus scandals go these days, l'Affaire de Class Rank at George Washington University was mild. No police were called, no subpoenas were issued. And the president kept his job.

Still, the tale of fudged figures underscores a broader theme: Admissions data suggest decimal-point precision they don't always deliver.

In November the university announced