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We’re No. 59! (Or Is It 244?)

Wheaton College in Illinois is one of “America’s Best Colleges,” according to Forbes.com’s 2010 rankings of public and private colleges and universities. So is Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

One of the Wheatons is No. 59, and the other is No. 244, but neither college is certain which is which.

When Forbes released the rankings on Wednesday, the entries for both contained the Illinois institution’s logo and the Massachusetts Wheaton’s notable alumni (both errors had been fixed by the time of this writing). If the mixup sounds familiar, it is because the NBC journalist Ann Curry was showered with criticism back in May when she jumbled the two colleges’ notable alums during a commencement speech at the Massachusetts Wheaton. 

Michael Graca, spokesman for the easternmost Wheaton, says that two days after Forbes posted its rankings guide, it still listed his college’s data (enrollment, tuition, athletics, etc.) alongside the Illinois Wheaton’s logo, and vice-versa.

“We do not have a football team,” he says. “We have a great athletics program. It just doesn’t include football.

Mr. Graca and his media-relations counterparts in Illinois both e-mailed Forbes about the errors but so far have been unable to speak to a live human.

“This is a guidebook, and we know that parents and their children do look at guidebooks … with the expectation that the information is correct,” he says. “So we’re eager to be sure that it is correct.”

In the wake of her own Wheaton blunder, Ms. Curry told the talk-show host Jimmy Fallon that she’d learned a good lesson from the experience: “Never Google drunk.”

What’s Forbes’s excuse? —Don Troop

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