George Washington University campus

Overview

Applicants
19,069
Acceptance Rate
44%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
2,531
with Terminal Degree

1,434
Men
1,097
Women
480
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Human/Medical Genetics
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Political Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Blood Bank Technology Specialist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Hematology Technology/Technician
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Public Health, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Students Say

Get ready for “hands-on learning in an environment unlike any other” at George Washington University, where a location “four blocks away from the White House, down the street from the State Department, and near nearly all world headquarters” means “connections and opportunity” for undergraduates. Students call it “the perfect place to study international affairs” and praise the “amazing journalism program,” the excellent political communications major, the political science program (“What political science major would pass up the chance to go toe-to-toe with protestors every week at the rallies outside the White House and Congress?”), the sciences (benefiting from the region’s many research operations), and other departments too numerous to name. As one student puts it, “GW is a place where everyone can find their niche. Whether you are a politically active campaign volunteer, a hip-hop dancer, or a future Broadway actor, there is a place for you at GW.” The school places a premium on hiring “professors of practice,” teachers who “are either currently working in their field or just retired to teach.” The faculty includes “former ambassadors, governors on the Federal Reserve Board, and CNN correspondents.” These instructors emphasize “a balance between theory and practice that provides a foundation of knowledge and pragmatism from which students can feel prepared to enter any sector of work after school.” The resulting education “gets students prepared for post-college life through an emphasis on internships and career-focused classes,” putting “a lot of emphasis on acclimation to the real world.”

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Harry N. Reid
U.S. senator, Nevada

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Former First Lady

Colin Powell
Former Secretary of State

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$47,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$95,800

Alumni with High Job Meaning
46%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
85

Students Say

When it comes to employment and career development, GW is booming with opportunity. Indeed, both students and the university at large are quick to capitalize on “the close proximity GW shares with all the major federal agencies and corporate headquarters.” In fact, students here comprise “the largest [number] of interns in the District of Columbia.” An ecstatic political science major affirms?this sharing, “As a sophomore I am already interning with the Department of Homeland Security!” Certainly, much of this success can be attributed to GW’s “great career center,” which provides undergrads with a number of resources. For example, students have the opportunity to attend the fantastic Career and Internship Fair in both the fall and spring semesters. The Center for Career Services also hosts a variety of networking workshops, employer-in-residence programs and continually offers resume and interview tutorials. With all this assistance it’s no surprise GW students are bound for success.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 24

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

Students enrolling at GW will face a tuition bill that’s approximately $48,700 annually. Moreover, individuals choosing to live on-campus should expect an additional $14,770 in room and board fees. Books (and various supplies) will likely carry another $1,275 in expenses. Undergrads will have to tack on a remaining $60 in required fees. Finally, the university estimates that those students commuting from home will spend roughly $1,000 on transportation.

Bang For Your Buck

Undergrads at GW celebrate the university’s generous financial aid policies. As one insightful sophomore reveals, “Many people shy away from GW’s high price tag without delving into just how many students [receive] financial aid . . . [in truth] almost everyone I’ve met is receiving some form of aid.” And a thankful biomedical engineering major shares, “They gave me enough financial aid and scholarship money that my bill was equivalent to that [of] my state school.” Impressively, the university budgets around $170 million for undergraduate aid each year. This includes both need-based awards and merit scholarships. Additionally, the school offers needbased grants contingent upon demonstrated need, completion of 12 credit hours, and a minimum GPA of 2.0. The amount awarded may fluctuate. Finally, the average need-based financial aid package is around $42,335 (usually from a combination of grants, loans, work study, etc.).

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,833

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,879

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,758

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,337

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,800

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,220
Required Fees
$58
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,275

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,050

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,740
Out of State
98%

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
122

Demographics

10.93%
Asian
7.14%
African-American
8.50%
Hispanic
64.40%
Caucasian
4.84%
Unknown
11.21%
International

56% female
44% male
98% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

“GW students are often stereotyped as spoiled and wealthy Northeastern kids,” and while quite a few students here concede that there’s some basis for the stereotype, most would also add that “white, preppy, fraternity/sorority members” who “like nice labels on their clothing” neither define nor dominate the campus population. “The reality is that there’s tremendous diversity here of all stripes—geographic, religious, political, racial, and intellectual,” with “students from dozens of countries and all fifty states.” “GW is truly a national and even international school,” one student writes. “I love walking out of the library and hearing conversations happening in a half-dozen languages.” The school has always been a popular destination for Jewish students. There is also “a huge LGBT group on campus, with very little discrimination.” Nearly everyone here is “incredibly driven,” “combining classes with an internship, maybe a sport, and usually a few extracurriculars.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
63%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

“Life at GW is about independence,” students report. “There are no real cafeterias” on campus, “you have to rely on your own feet for transportation, and there is very little regulation in dorms.” As a result, “There is little school spirit, but that fact alone seems to tie everyone together.” The campus isn’t entirely dead; there are frat parties (“which are hard to attend for non-member males and easy to attend for women”), the “occasional dorm-room party, which is usually small,” and “apartment parties off campus” for upperclassmen. Campus organizations offer all sorts of events, and the school hosts a veritable who’s who of guest speakers on a regular basis. Students love the school’s Midnight Monument Tour, held “during the warmer parts of the year,” during which “students walk the five blocks to the National Mall at 2:00 a.m. and tour the monuments. It is an awesome experience.” Still, most students prefer to spend free time exploring D.C. on their own. The city provides “so much to do…it’s overwhelming: monuments, free museums, fairs, every major sports franchise, and lots of student specials on the above things.” D.C.’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood is nearby for “shopping, dining, seeing movies, etc.,” while culturally diverse Adams Morgan is great for shopping, ethnic dining, and live music.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Christy Willis

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Eligibility guidelines available on our website at http://gwired.gwu.edu/dss

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Eligibility guidelines available on our website at http://gwired.gwu.edu/dss

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
220
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
5

23% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Colonials)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Colonials)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered

Sustainability

If you want to study sustainability and policy in an urban setting, The George Washington University is the place to be. Located just blocks from the White House, GW is taking sustainability to a new level. Starting in January 2015, the university will receive power from a solar plant it has constructed with the Capital Partners Solar Project. By 2016 the university will get 50 percent of its electricity from three solar farms. The first LEED Platinum-certified university building in Washington DC opened on GW’s campus in Fall 2014, GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. And the university has eleven LEED Gold buildings on campus, including residence halls. South Hall marries luxury and green living boasting suite-style accommodations with a washer and dryer in every unit (Energy Star-rated, of course), common living spaces accented with climate- neutral carpet tiles, and two private bathrooms fully equipped with low-flow plumbing fixtures, the residence is a model of green building practices and just plain old good livin’. GW also has a green roof overlooking the nation’s capitol and an array of solar panels used to heat hot water for the residents in the building. But GW’s most impressive green feat has to be in the classroom. Students in disciplines across the university can minor in sustainability together. The university registrar boasts a diverse roster of more than 100 courses on sustainability in disciplines that truly run the gamut, from the usual suspects like environmental and resource policy and geological sciences to the unexpected, like anthropology and religion. The university’s commitment to addressing public policy extends to the Federal community through events on campus with Presidential cabinet members and Congressional delegates on topics ranging from sustainability and nutrition to climate change and national security.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
22

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Colonial Computers

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
2121 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20052

Phone
8004473765


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Smith Center
The Hippo
Media and Public Affairs Building
Kogan Plaza
Gelman Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Vietnam Memorial
Washington Monument
Freer Gallery of Art
Kennedy Center
National Air and Space Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
8004473765

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sun-Wed nights during academic year; applicants only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Washington National Airport is 5 miles from GW's Visitor Center. Taxis and Metro subways (the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station is on campus) can bring you to GWU from the airport. Transportation to Washington is available from the Dulles International and Baltimore International airports. Amtrak trains come into Union Station, only a taxi or Metro ride from campus. Greyhound buses also serve Washington. From the Visitor's Center arrangements can be made to visit both Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take I-95 S. to I-495 (Capital Beltway) toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia. Take Exit 33 heading south on Connecticut Ave. for about 9 miles. Turn right onto Florida Ave. (just past the Washington Hilton) and turn left immediately onto 21st St. N.W. Turn right on 22 St. The visitor entrance to the parking garage is on 22nd Street between M and I Streets. From the west, take I-66 or Rte. 50 across the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and exit at E St., then turn again at Virginia Ave. Bear left, following signs for 23rd St. Turn right on 23rd St. and continue a few blocks to campus. Turn right on H St. and left onto 22nd to the parking garage. From the south, take I-395 to the Arlington Memorial Bridge exit. Cross the bridge and bear left at the Lincoln Memorial. Turn left onto 23rd St. N.W., then right on H St. and left onto 22nd St. to the parking garage.

Local Accommodations
You have a number of choices within walking distance of GW's Visitor Center. A popular choice is the George Washington University Inn (824 New Hampshire Ave.; 800-426-4455), otherwise known as "The Official GW Hotel!" Other good choices are located on GW's website at www.gwu.edu