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George Washington University (GWU)

2121 I Street, NW, Washington, DC

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George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, or attend national events and listen to world leaders speak. The commencement ceremonies for graduates are held on the National Mall.

The three major campuses of GW University are the Foggy Bottom Campus and Mount Vernon Campus in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Virginia. All the campuses offer excellent facilities, including a library system that houses more than two million volumes, and opportunities to attend professional sports events, headline entertainment, top art exhibits, and more. Off campus and distance learning is also available through online courses.

The GW alumni are internationally recognized, and include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, former coach of the Boston Celtics, actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington, and more than 50 Fulbright scholars, among others.

GW University offers hundreds of options for academic majors and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can choose their major and minor from among the following academic interest areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health, Medicine & Nursing
  • History & Government
  • International Studies
  • Literature & Language
  • Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security and Public Safety
  • Social & Human Behavior
  • Visual & Performing Arts


The George Washington University was founded in 1821 as "Columbian College" through an Act of Congress. It was established in response to George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital that would educate and prepare its future leaders. Washington died before his vision was realized, but President James Monroe and others were committed to carrying out the venture. The university opened with three faculty members and 30 students enrolled.

Now the largest university in the District of Columbia, GW is comprised of three campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. GW also has several graduate education centers in the D.C. area.


The academic calendar for the George Washington University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • School of Business
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Health & Health Services
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs, groups and organizations for GW University students to get involved in. Student engagement at GW is high, and when students aren't participating in some of the many community service or leadership events or hands-on learning labs or partnerships available through local organizations, there is plenty to do to engage students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. GW offers a world-class library, state-of-the-art facilities, and a full range of sports, arts and entertainment.

The Washington, D.C., region offers many cultural and outdoor activities as well. The campuses are all well situated in interesting neighborhoods, with easy access to all the metro area has to offer.


There are many rich traditions at the GW University, many of them tied to the school's namesake, President George Washington.

The school colors are Blue and Buff (pale gold), and the GW fight song makes reference to these colors:

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!


The George Washington University "Colonials" athletic teams compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

The GW University has three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus in the "Foggy Bottom neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Mount Vernon Campus in the wooded "Foxhall" neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College; and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia - an area known for its focus on technology research.  Each campus has a distinct ambiance with integrated services and amenities.

In addition to its three major campuses, GW has education facilities throughout the region of Washington, D.C., that serve as centers for graduate professional studies programs.

Community Life

Students at all three main GW campuses enjoy great neighborhoods. The Foggy Bottom Campus is located in 18 city blocks of the "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood, known for its low-rise brick and brownstone buildings and streets lined with trees.

Students on the Mount Vernon Campus will enjoy a quieter setting on 23 acres within a wooded residential area.

Students at GW are very likely to be involved in community activities and service, contributing to hundreds of organizations from non-profits to politics. Students in the GW athletics department are active volunteers of community organizations, including motivational presentations to local high school groups, clean-up activities at local parks and facilities, assisting local youth sports, and more.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates George Washington University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting into GWU.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading600 - 690
SAT ® Math610 - 700
SAT ® Writing620 - 700
SAT ® Total Score1830 - 2090

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English27 - 33
ACT ® Math26 - 31
ACT ® Composite Score27 - 31

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into GWU

The chances of getting accepted into GWU can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions6,793 (32%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled2,393 (35%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at George Washington University is about 25,000, with undergraduate students making up about 41% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $44,000-$52,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Per unit charges are around $1,400 for part time students
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

George Washington University contains multiple schools that oversee specific programs and their respective curriculums. These schools may also have varying admissions procedures and tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Medical School (Tuition: $51,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $48,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$27,832
Receiving Student Loans49%$6,675

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 0.9%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, George Washington University may offer services like:

  • Online classes
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

With a high graduation rate of around 81%, George Washington University is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years76%
Graduating in 5 Years5%
Graduating in 6 Years0.7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Law Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (M)
  • Paralegal (C, M)
  • International Law and Legal Studies (M)
  • Advanced Legal Research (M)
  • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law (M)
  • Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law (M)
  • Legal Support Services (C, M)

Social Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies


Health and Clinical Professions

  • Medicine (D)
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (A, C)
  • Public Health (B, C, M)
  • Clinical Research Coordinator (B, C, M)
  • International Public Health, International Health (C, M)
  • Physician Assistant (C, M)
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services (C, D, M)
  • Physical Therapy (D)
  • Healthcare Administration (B, C, M)
  • Emergency Medical Technology (C, M)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (M)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B, M)
  • Health Services Administration (C, M)
  • Dental Clinical Sciences (M)
  • Art Therapy (C, M)
  • Nursing Practice (C, D)
  • Mental Health Counseling (M)
  • Family Practice Nurse (C, M)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention and Treatment Professions (B)
  • Ultrasound Technician (B, C)
  • Public Health Education and Promotion (M)
  • Environmental Health (C, D, M)
  • Nursing Administration (M)
  • Cytotechnology (B)
  • Adult Health Nursing (M)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (B, C)
  • Hematology Technology (M)
  • Palliative Care Nursing (C, M)
  • Athletic Training (B)
  • Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Patient Counseling (C)
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (A, M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (C)
  • Blood Bank Technology Specialist (C)


Engineering Technology

Public Administration and Social Services

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer Science (B, C, D, M)
  • Information Science Studies (B, M)
  • Computer and Information Systems Security (C)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B, D, M)
  • Molecular Medicine (D, M)
  • Genome Sciences, Genomics (M)
  • Evolutionary Biology (D, M)
  • Microbiology and Immunology (D)
  • Epidemiology (C, D, M)
  • Biochemistry (M)
  • Biotechnology (M)
  • Molecular Genetics (D)
  • Biostatistics (D, M)
  • Biophysics (B)
  • Neuroscience (D, M)
  • Microbiology (C)
  • Genetics (D)
  • Human Genetics (B)
  • Pharmacology (D)


  • Special Education (C, D, M)
  • Secondary Education (M)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (C, D, M)
  • Special Education and Teaching (C, M)
  • Guidance Counselor (C, D, M)
  • Education, Early Childhood Special Education Programs (M)
  • Elementary Education (M)
  • Higher Education Administration (C, D, M)
  • Adult and Continuing Education Administration (C)
  • International and Comparative Education (M)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries (C)
  • Computer Teacher Education (M)
  • Education (M)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (C)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (M)
  • Physics Teacher Education (M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (C, D, M)

Communications and Journalism

  • Public Relations (M)
  • Political Communication (B)
  • Journalism (B)
  • Communication, General (B)
  • Publishing (M)
  • Health Communication (M)
  • Media Studies (M)
  • International and Intercultural Communication (M)


Security and Protective Services

English Language and Literature

Interdisciplinary Studies

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • United States Studies (B, D, M)
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies (B, C, M)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B, M)
  • European Civilization Studies (B, M)
  • Womens Studies (B, C, M)
  • Latin American Studies (B, C, M)

Mathematics and Statistics


  • Landscape Architecture (C, M)

Visual and Performing Arts

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry (B, D, M)
  • Physics (B, D, M)
  • Geological and Earth Sciences, Geosciences (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies (B, M)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General (B)
  • Russian Language and Literature (B)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (B)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)
  • German Language and Literature (B)
  • Spanish Language and Literature

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