George Washington University.

George Washington University

Washington, DC4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About George Washington University

The George Washington University (GW or GWU) is a private research university in Washington, D.C. It was chartered in 1821 by an act of the United States Congress. The university is organized into 14 colleges and schools, including the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the GW School of Business, the School of Media and Public Affairs, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, the GW Law School and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. George Washington's main Foggy Bottom Campus is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank located on campus and the White House and the U.S. Department of State within blocks of campus. GWU hosts numerous research centers and institutes, including the National Security Archive and the Institute for International Economic Policy. GWU has two satellite campuses: the Mount Vernon Campus, located in D.C.'s Foxhall neighborhood and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. It is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. George Washington, the first President of the United States, advocated the establishment of a national university in the U.S. capital in his first State of the Union address in 1790 and continued to promote this idea throughout his career and until his death. In his will, Washington left shares in the Potomac Company to endow the university. However, due to the company's financial difficulties, funds were raised independently. On February 9, 1821, the university was founded by an Act of Congress, making it one of only five universities in the United States with a Congressional charter.George Washington offers degree programs in seventy-one disciplines, enrolling an average of 11,000 undergraduate and 15,500 post-graduate students from more than 130 countries. The Princeton Review ranked GWU 1st for "Top Colleges or Universities for Internship Opportunities." As of 2015, George Washington had over 1,100 active alumni in the U.S. Foreign Service, one of the largest feeder schools for the diplomatic corps. GWU is consistently ranked by The Princeton Review in the top "Most Politically Active" Schools. George Washington is home to extensive student life programs, a strong Greek culture, and over 450 other student organizations. The school's athletic teams, the George Washington Colonials, play in the Atlantic 10 Conference. GW is known for the numerous prominent events it holds yearly, from hosting U.S. presidential debates and academic symposiums to the being the host of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund's Annual Meetings in DC, since 2013.George Washington alumni, faculty and affiliates include numerous prominent politicians, including 16 heads of state or government, current U.S. Cabinet members, Fortune 500 CEOs, Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows, Olympic athletes, Academy Award and Golden Globe winners, royalty, and Time 100 notables.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 11,718 students
  • 0.57 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at George Washington University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Business, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

11,059 students out of 26,987 applicants were accepted into George Washington University. They had an average SAT score of 1386. 46% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 42% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at George Washington University was $53,518. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $69,368.

Financial aid available at George Washington University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

65% of undergraduate students at George Washington University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at George Washington University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at George Washington University was of $13,000 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,325.

Diversity at George Washington University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017