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George Washington University

Washington, DC

The George Washington University, founded in 1821, is a private institution. At the undergraduate level, GW seeks to offer both a sound education in a liberal context and the foundation skills that prepare students for productive professional lives of continuous learning. The experiences GW presents to students include analytical thinking in a variety of fields, respect for fact and history, practice in adaptability, attention to the consequences of human activity and the first steps toward mastery of a particular domain. The location in the heart of Washington, DC gives the school a special "flavor." GW strives to induce in its students an awareness of ethical and professional values, a sense of responsibility for the larger society, a clear vision of the international, interdependent future and a commitment to public life. Its 36-acre campus is located in the federal section of Washington, DC, several blocks from the White House.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students11,504
   Women6,574 (57.1%)
   Men4,930 (42.9%)
Graduate Students15,655


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate40% of 25,488 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 5
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading580-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing600-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite27-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,275
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met87%
Average Freshman Award$42,555
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


Washington Population632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 60% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotColonials (George)


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.1% Asian
7.4% Black/African-American
10.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
60.6% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students10.6%
First-Year Students Returning90.2%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.66 4.05 655 655 30
Low 2.75 3.00 470 500 18
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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• One of GW's numerous student publications is called Wooden Teeth, after the university namesake's legendary dentures.

• The GW Trails student organization produces weekly outdoor activities, from whitewater rafting to hikes in Shenandoah National Park.

• Outside businesses can book the GW mascots for their own events: George, his ten-foot counterpart, Big George, and their 12-foot friend, Hippo.

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