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.

Website: www.gwu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
11,999
Undergraduate
Students
(59.6%) 7,154 Women
(40.4%) 4,845 Men
15,974
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
41% of 26,987 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
640-720 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
677 average
640-720 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
29-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,443
Tuition and Fees
$53,518
Room and Board
$13,000
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Freshman Award
$49,366
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$33,305
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
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Campus Life

Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
61% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Colonials (George)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.3% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
11.0% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
58.3% White
7.3% Unknown
International Students
11.2% from 97 countries
First-Year Students Returning
91.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
72.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
61%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 2 4
Science 2 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 2 4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required for some January 1
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Essay component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2121 I Street, NW
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC 20052
Phone
(202) 994-6040
Fax
 
E-mail
gwadm@gwu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
April 1
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
 

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
41% of 26,987 applicants were admitted
Women
43% of 16,566 applicants were admitted
Men
39% of 10,421 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
3,345 (30%) of 11,059 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,108 (30%) of 7,045 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,237 (31%) of 4,014 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
55% of 1,471 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
5,629
Students Accepting Wait List Position
2,082
Students Admitted From Wait List
16

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
640-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
41%
Score of 600 - 700
49%
Score of 500 - 600
10%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
677 average
640-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
41%
Score of 600 - 700
50%
Score of 500 - 600
9%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
30 average
29-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
63%
Score of 24 - 29
34%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,443
Tuition and Fees
$53,518
Room and Board
$13,000
Books and Supplies
$1,325
Other Expenses
$2,600
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@gwu.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Final deadline February 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 24
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001444
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,994 (64.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,413 (73.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,382 (98.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
607 (51.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Award
$49,366
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,330 (97.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,061
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,032 (74.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,284
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 926 (71.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
780 (29.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,777

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
6,476 (55.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
5,373 (83.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
5,246 (98.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,027 (49.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$47,368
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,808 (94.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,089
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,075 (78.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,742
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 3,184 (51.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
3,196 (28.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,455

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
47%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$33,305
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Archeology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Dance, General
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Genetics, Other
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology, Other
  • Philosophy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Radio and Television
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Systems Engineering
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering, chemical toxicology, art therapy, economics, engineering economics, operations research
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
Not reported
Part-Time Faculty
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 38% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Studies in Law, Professional Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Tourism Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Science in Public Health, Executive Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Information Systems Technology, Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Health Science, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education and Human Development

Master's Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Folklore
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development
  • Infectious Diseases
  • International Affairs
  • International Development
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Microbiology
  • Military and Defense Studies
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Museum Education
  • Museum Studies
  • National Security
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Travel and Tourism

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Folklore
  • Higher Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Human Resources Development
  • International Affairs
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • National Security
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Social Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Systems Biology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications

Location and Setting


Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
36 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.8 average low in January, 84.7 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Washington, D.C.
Nearest Train Station
Washington, D.C.

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
61% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
39%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Colonials (George)
School Colors
Buff and blue

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf     x x
Gymnastics x x    
Soccer x x x x
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Water Polo     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf    
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball x x
Water Polo    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics    
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball    
Water Polo x x
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, program board, student association, residence hall association, college democrats, college republicans
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
11,999
Women
7,154 (59.6%)
Men
4,845 (40.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
10,893
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.3% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
11.0% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
58.3% White
7.3% Unknown
International Students.
11.2% from 97 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
15,974

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
91.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
72.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
78.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
81.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
61%
Average Starting Salary
61%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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