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George Washington Admissions Information

George Washington University
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Located just four blocks from the White House, George Washington University has been at the heart of political and international activity since its founding in 1821. As the largest establishment of higher education in D.C., GW has a rich variety of academic disciplines including public health, international affairs and computer engineering. Students are encouraged to utilize the wide selection of educational opportunities in shaping their academic path, including lectures, laboratory study, or even partnerships with organizations in the D.C. area. With more than two million volumes in its library and state-of-the-art technology, undergraduates at GW have many prospects for real-world involvement while being guided by world-renowned faculty members.

In the rich and vibrant city, students easily explore the various learning, living and professional centers. Because it’s situated so close to the capitol, George Washington’s students have access to many of D.C.’s unique resources, receiving famous visitors like Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, and visiting museums and research laboratories like the Smithsonian Institution. Many great choices for restaurants, bookstores and other shops lie within walking distance of GW's two campuses. Students choose to live at either Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon. The two campuses are connected by The Vern Express shuttle, uniting the entire campus.



Basic Info

Main Address: 2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone Number: (202) 994-1000  
Website: http://www.gwu.edu/  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: University  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: Division I, Intramural, and Club Sports.  
Degrees offered: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 10,558  
Percent out-of-state: 99%  
Percent international: 6%  
Female to Male ratio: 55:45  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 13:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Fraternity/sorority housing
Apartments for single students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
More than 220 registered student organizations
12 fraternities
9 sororities

Fun Facts

  • Voted #4 Most Politically Active Students
  • Voted #5 Great College Towns
  • Voted #10 Dorms Like Palaces

Admissions Information

George Washington University is a highly selective university that offers its students many lucrative opportunites. The admissions committee focuses on searching for applicants with strong secondary school records who are competitively ranked in their graduating class. However, applicants should submit a well-rounded application, with particular emphasis on volunteer work. In addition, applicants should be sure to highlight their interests, talents, goals and experiences in order to differentiate themselves.

Students have the option of applying through two rounds of early decision, which is binding, and regular decision, which is non-binding. Those who are admitted under either wave of early decision receive priority registration for orientation and housing selection. Due to the number of applications that GW receives, the admissions committee is unable to consider any portfolios, slides or supplementary materials in the review process.

Admissions address: 2121 I Street NW, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20052
Phone number: (202) 994-6040  
Fax number: (202) 994-0325  
Admissions Website: https://undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/  
Email: gwadm@gwu.edu  
Contact Person: Kathryn Napper, Dean for Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 21,203  
Percent of applicants admitted: 31%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 10  
Early decision/action deadline: Early Decision 1, December 10; Early Decision 2, January 10  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes - with school-specific supplement  
Admission requirements: Official high school transcript, Mid-year grade report, one counselor and one teacher recommendation, ACT/SAT scores  

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Requires all scores in order to be considered  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 5246  
ACT code: 0664  
Learn more about other Top Mid-Atlantic schools:
American University   William and Mary   Georgetown  

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