From the School

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.


From The School

GW strives to recruit a diverse and inclusive class each and every year. We do this through our holistic review process, which takes into account not just overall grades, but also course rigor, essays, recommendation letters and extracurricular activities. This allows us to admit students who have the academic preparation, personal qualities and motivation to thrive in GW’s dynamic environment.

GW is test-optional, allowing students to choose whether or not to submit SAT/ACT scores, because we believe that a student’s performance throughout high school is the best indication of college readiness.


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 730

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended


Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

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Civic House
Politics & Values Program
Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences
Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program
University Honors Program
Women’s Leadership Program

Majors and Degrees Offered

With more than 2,000 courses in over 70 majors for undergraduate students, GW offers a wide range of academic opportunities, including business, engineering, fine art, international affairs, journalism, liberal arts and public health. Our average class size is 28, and 70 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students. Browse all of our majors at

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Economics
  • English
  • English and Creative Writing
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • German Language and Literature
  • History
  • Human Services and Social Justice
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Judaic Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Organizational Sciences
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-law option
  • Pre-medicine option
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literature and Culture
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Women’s Studies

  • Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
  • Art History
  • Art History and Fine Arts
  • Dance
  • Fine Art
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Music
  • Photojournalism
  • Theatre

  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Asian Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
  • Middle East Studies

  • School of Media & Public Affairs
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Political Communication

  • Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Exercise Science
  • Public Health

  • School of Business
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Finance

  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Applied Science and Technology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

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." GWU has a new Science and Engineering Hall, the largest science facility at a university in DC.


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


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
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

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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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Earning a GW degree is invaluable, but it takes an investment of time, effort and money. We believe that investment is within reach for every admitted student, and we leverage our resources to make it worthwhile.

GW guarantees students fixed tuition for up to five years of study, meaning the tuition you pay your first semester will be the tuition you pay for your final semester. No surprises here.

GW also invests more than $185 million in financial aid, which is awarded to 70 percent of the incoming freshman class.

We believe that your investment in GW will pay dividends for the rest of your life.

Tuition $51,875
Room and Board $12,500
Student Association Fee $75

Financial Aid

All applicants for admission are automatically considered for scholarships (with the exception of special programs which may require a separate application). Need-based aid is determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. For more information, visit


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 24

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

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


From The School

Our nearly 10,000 undergraduate students come from all across the U.S. and more than 130 countries. While at GW, they participate in student organizations and community groups. GW’s student body is regularly ranked as the most politically active, which should be no surprise given our close proximity to the White House and the nation’s top policy makers. Students have an open dining plan, which offers options on and off campus, and are required to live on campus for their first 3 years.

450 student clubs and organizations
50 club sports and intramural teams
27 NCAA Division I sports teams
35 Greek life chapters

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% 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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GW maintains two fully integrated campuses in Washington, D.C., with residence halls and classrooms located on both and free shuttle service provided. Through these two different learning environments, students have the ability to create a college experience that is uniquely their own.

Our Foggy Bottom campus is blocks from the major landmarks that make Washington one of the most recognizable cities in the world. Our students can study on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, jog to the Washington Monument or take a stroll to the White House and Kennedy Center.

Our Mount Vernon campus, just a few miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown, offers a residential liberal arts campus experience while still providing all the opportunities of D.C. Our Women’s Leadership Program and GW Athletic fields are located on this campus.

Explore both campuses in our virtual tour at

Campus Facilities & Equipment

GW is full of world-class facilities, such as Gelman Library, at the heart of campus, the Smith Center, home of GW Athletics, Lisner Auditorium, which hosts performances and lectures to enrich our community, and the Science and Engineering Hall, full of highly specialized lab facilities. Learn more about our facilities at

Off-Campus Opportunities

What distinguishes a GW education is the way we consistently put knowledge into action through research, internship and service opportunities for students in all academic areas.

Our students have access to innovative facilities and faculty to support their research in all subjects. Students and faculty have worked together on topics including food waste in D.C. public schools, cholesterol transport in HIV and Tangier disease, and how personality affects purchasing.

As the top-ranked school for internships, we excel at helping students land internships in the nation’s capital and beyond. GW students gain invaluable professional experience and often even security clearance during internships at the White House, U.S. Department of State, Folger Shakespeare Library and NPR, just to name a few.

In addition, we encourage students to give back on the local, national and international levels through university-wide community service, including Freshman Day of Service and Alternative Spring Breaks. That dedication to service continues after graduation, as GW is the top-ranked Peace Corps feeder among medium-sized schools.

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

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

18% join a fraternity
26% 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 March, 2017.

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

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