George Washington University campus


Acceptance Rate

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


Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

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

Hands-on Coursework

With 53 majors and 61 minors to choose from, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual and creative backbone of GW. Yet perhaps few majors are as popular or celebrated as political science. Students who have interests in politics and government will love the combination of rigorous academics, real-world expertise, and location by the United States government. As one student told us, “What political science major would pass up the chance to go toe to toe with protesters every week at the rallies outside the White House and Congress?” The political science department has over forty full-time professors. According to the school, “The majority of political science majors take advantage of being located in the nation’s capital: Many students intern with members of Congress, the White House, NGOs, embassies, lobbying groups, and federal agencies. The department also offers five combined bachelor’s/master’s programs in political science, legislative affairs, public administration, public policy, and political management.” If politics is your passion, there may be no better school than GW.
Practical Experience

Students come to GW to get involved, and there is no better way to do that than getting an internship in D.C. In fact, GW comes in at number one on The Princeton Review’s 2015 ranking list for Best Schools for Internships, which was reported in the 2015 edition of our book Colleges That Pay You Back. No matter what your major, the city provides near-endless internship opportunities. From technology and health to the arts, non-profits and, yes, politics, GW students have literally thousands of options, and have landed coveted gigs with hundreds of illustrious organizations, including Discovery Communications, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, Google, and The New Yorker. Plus, through GW’s Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF), students can earn grants up to $3,000 to offset an unpaid internship. A recent alumna, Elizabeth Edwards, explained what her own internship meant to her: “I had an incredible internship with the Victory Fund my sophomore year, which ultimately led to a staff position working on the Presidential Appointments Project, which helped give members of the LGBT community a voice in the government through the identification of LGBT professionals for presidential appointments by the Obama administration.” Students regularly cite “opportunities for internships” as a major strength of the school. Professor Isabelle G. Bajeux-Besnainou, associate dean of undergraduate programs and professor of finance, said, “One of the many strengths of GW is the engagement of students in their community and their ability to leverage GW’s location for internship opportunities in particular.” With so many government agencies, major non-profits, and global institutions situated in D.C., students here can train for the future alongside the leaders of today.
Service Learning

Given its location, it’s no surprise that GW is the kind of college that attracts students who want to change the world. Service and real-world engagement are a major part of GW’s student culture—right from the very beginning. Each year GW hosts its annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event officially welcoming the incoming class in a day filled with engaging speakers and service projects throughout D.C. And this commitment to service grows during students’ four years: Last year, students, faculty and staff logged a record 403,146 hours of community service. But it’s not all work, all the time at GW: The university has several programs to engage students in events in and around Washington, D.C., including cultural and performing arts, professional sporting events, D.C. cook-offs, cultural celebrations on the National Mall, and D.C. neighborhood festivals and street markets. Freshmen are introduced to all this and more at Colonial Inauguration or CI, as it’s called. Students and, if desired, their families gather on campus to meet with professors and other staff to get oriented and gain a jump-start on their social networks and relations to faculty. CI ensures that students will be prepared for the challenges and opportunities in the years ahead.
Faculty Mentors

George Washington has a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, and boasts 2,226 faculty members, including 942 full-time and 1,284 part-time faculty members. Approximately 92 percent of full-time faculty members have the highest degree in their field. A little over 40 percent of professors are female and just under 20 percent of faculty members self-identify as minorities. According to the school, “GW’s mission of educating citizen leaders is embodied by its renowned faculty, spread throughout ten colleges and schools, who can seamlessly blend theory and practice.” The D.C. location gives students access not only to highly qualified professors, but also guest speakers of the highest caliber. One political science major gave a telling example: “I not only took a class on globalization and comparative politics, but then was able to go to a university event which featured Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Gates as the speakers which gave further perspective to the issues I was studying.” Professors here are passionate about both teaching and their fields in the real world. The university points out that the faculty here “is conducting groundbreaking research that not only creates new knowledge but also transforms policy that affects people in their daily lives. From Professor James Foster developing groundbreaking theories on global poverty and Dr. Akos Vertes’s research efforts to thwart biochemical terror attacks to Dr. Sara Rosenbaum, who has literally written the book on the American health care system, GW often works directly with the world’s top academic, industry and policy leaders at the forefront of discovery.”
Special Facilities

When it comes to STEM-related fields and the arts, GW has been literally breaking new ground. Just opened in the beginning of 2015, GW’s Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)—now the largest academic building dedicated to these fields in the nation’s capital—is a brand-new, 500,000 square-foot complex that houses four specialized labs and many other spaces that will serve as the academic home for thousands of students. Working with some of the nation’s most influential scientific organizations on discoveries and breakthroughs that impact everyone’s lives, GW students and professors conduct original research in animal behavior, environmental engineering, nanotechnology and more. GW also recently expanded its arts education portfolio, becoming the new home of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, the only professional college of art and design in Washington, D.C. Plus, the brand new George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum houses 20,000-plus artifacts from its collections, linking audiences, scholars and other cultural organizations, as well as creating numerous opportunities for learning and research.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 24

Required Forms

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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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

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

Christy Willis

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Eligibility guidelines available on our website at

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Eligibility guidelines available on our website at

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

23% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Colonials)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Colonials)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Water Polo

Student Services

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


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

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Colonial Computers

Campus Visits Contact

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


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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Sun-Wed nights during academic year; applicants only


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