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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 11,504
   Women 6,574 (57.1%)
   Men 4,930 (42.9%)
Graduate Students 15,655
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 40% of 25,488 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 5
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 580-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $68,275
  Tuition and Fees $51,950
  Room and Board $12,500
Average Percent of Need Met 87%
Average Freshman Award $42,555
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
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
Washington Population 632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 60% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Colonials (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 Students 10.6%
First-Year Students Returning 90.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 76.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported