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The George Washington University, located in downtown Washington, D.C., provides students with invaluable learning experiences on campus, throughout the city and around the world.

Founded in 1821 by an Act of Congress, the George Washington University (GW) offers more than 70 majors and over 2,000 courses across seven undergraduate schools.

We go beyond the typical university experience with an education that is deeply connected to our location in the center of Washington, D.C. Our nearly 10,000 undergraduates actively engage the city and the world through hands-on learning experiences, where they study alongside faculty experts, policy leaders and extraordinary individuals in every discipline to shape global progress and define the issues that will shape the present and future.

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Overview

Applicants
26,987
Acceptance Rate
41%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
2,618
with Terminal Degree

1,426
Men
1,192
Women
557
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Political Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

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

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • 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.

  • 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 postcollege life through an emphasis on internships and career-focused classes,” putting “a lot of emphasis on acclimation to the real world.” GWU has a new Science and Engineering Hall, the largest science facility at a university in DC.

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

Notable Faculty


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
73%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

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


Students come to The George Washington University to get involved, and there is no better way to do that than getting an internship in D.C. 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.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 24

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,447

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,471

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,798

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,482

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,823
Required Fees
$79
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,325

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$5,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,075

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,565
Comprehensive Fee

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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
11,999
Foreign Countries Represented
122

Demographics

10.17%
Asian
6.73%
African-American
9.79%
Hispanic
52.53%
Caucasian
5.96%
Unknown
10.74%
International

60% female
40% male
97% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Students Say

Though “GW students are often stereotyped as spoiled and wealthy Northeastern kids,” and 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.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

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. Students have access to all of DC with a metro stop on campus.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
220
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
5

15% join a fraternity
19% 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.

97/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
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
14%

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 March, 2018.

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

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
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


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