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Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 8:10 a.m.

Newsweek ranks GW one of the most desirable, diverse colleges in the U.S.

GW made two of Newsweek magazine’s lists of the top colleges in the country Wednesday, taking the 14th spot on the list of  both the most desirable large colleges in the country, and the most diverse colleges in the country.

“Newsweek… ranks GW the 14th most diverse school in the nation, with a student body that is ten percent Asian, seven percent African-American, seven percent Hispanic and five percent from outside the United States,” according to Newsweek’s website. “Fifty-six percent of George Washington students are women.”

The University of Pennsylvania took the No. 1 spot on the most diverse colleges list, and Harvard University ranks No. 1 on the most desirable large college list.

Three other D.C. colleges made at least one of the Newsweek ranking lists.

Maryland took the No. 15 spot behind GW on the most desirable large colleges list. American University was names the 6th most gay-friendly school in the country. Georgetown University took the No. 24 spot on the gay-friendly list, despite multiple instances of bias-related crimes against gay and lesbian students at the school last year. Georgetown was also named the No. 23 most diverse school in the country.

The rankings were compiled using “dozens of sources to compile these rankings including information from the National Center for Education StatisticsThe Washington Monthly, and College Prowler,” according to Newsweek’s website.

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