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George Washington University Overview

George Washington University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is George Washington University Known For?

4,024 Undergraduate Awards
$53,016 Avg Cost After Aid
41% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at GWU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at GWU.
  • In 2017-2018, 51% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from GWU with a bachelor's degree make about $69,600 a year. That's 71% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average GWU student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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George Washington University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, GWU is ranked #146 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. GWU also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

GWU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#13 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GWU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Homeland Security Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Legal Support Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Museum Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Data Processing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Molecular Medicine Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Publishing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards GWU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#38 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#65 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is George Washington University?

Location of George Washington University

Contact details for GWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1918 F Street, Nw, Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-1000
Website: https://www.gwu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgewashingtonuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GWtweets

How Do I Get Into GWU?

You can apply to GWU online at: https://undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/apply-gw

Admission Requirements for GWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GWU?

41% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of George Washington University is 41%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 39%, and the acceptance rate for women is 43%.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to GWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 720. Math scores were between 640 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Washington University  ( 640 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for George Washington University  ( 640 to 720 )
200
800
GWU received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 29 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 31. Composite scores were between 29 and 32.

ACT English Scores for George Washington University  ( 29 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for George Washington University  ( 27 to 31 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for George Washington University  ( 29 to 32 )
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36

Can I Afford George Washington University?

$53,016 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GWU is $53,016. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At GWU, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,383 a year. That adds up to $29,532 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GWU is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

George Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,334 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,546 undergraduate students at GWU, with 11,334 being full-time and 1,212 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GWU

There are also 15,626 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,334 full-time undergraduates at GWU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GWU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of George Washington University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GWU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,241
Black or African American 767
Hispanic or Latino 1,132
White 5,784
International Students 1,363
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,047

Geographic Diversity

District of Columbia students aren't the only ones who study at George Washington University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 133 countries are represented at GWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at George Washington University

5,374 Took All Classes Online
6,791 Took At Least One Class Online
16.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 50 master’s degree programs available online at GWU. In 2017-2018, 6,791 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GWU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in District of Columbia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of GWU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at George Washington University was 16.8%. This is the #1,008 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GWU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of GWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 15%
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4%
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 33%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 12%
Communication & Journalism 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 1%
Computer Information Systems 50%
Education 7%
Entrepreneurial Studies 47%
General Biology 10%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 17%
Health Professions 11%
Homeland Security 35%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 17%
Hospitality Management 16%
Information Technology 43%
International Business 12%
International Education 27%
International Relations & National Security 4%
Management Information Systems 71%
Marketing 7%
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 27%
Nursing 13%
Public Administration 14%
Public Administration & Social Service 8%
Public Health 12%
Publishing 2%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2%
Social Sciences 0%
Special Education 3%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 49%
Teaching English or French 43%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GWU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at GWU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Publishing #1
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology #1
International Education #1
Museum Studies #2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology #3
International Studies #4
Educational Assessment #5
Systems Engineering #9
General Biology #11
International Business #12
Information Science #13
Public Relations & Advertising #14
Other Health Professions #14
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #15
Homeland Security #16
Hospitality Management #16
Engineering-Related Fields #18
Political Science & Government #19
Teaching English or French #20
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #21
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #22
Legal Support Services #28
Public Administration #31
Allied Health Professions #32
Public Health #33
Engineering #34
Legal Professions #37
Curriculum & Instruction #40
Engineering Technologies #40
Instructional Media Design #45
Human Resource Management #45
Information Technology #46
Communication & Journalism #54
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #57
Social Sciences #58
Computer Information Systems #59
Special Education #59
Teacher Education Subject Specific #66
Public Administration & Social Service #77
Educational Administration #93
Health & Medical Administrative Services #115
Computer & Information Sciences #127
Criminal Justice & Corrections #138
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #152
Nursing #197
Education #246
Business Administration & Management #294
Health Professions #331
Business, Management & Marketing #373

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

George Washington University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
International Relations & National Security 0 0 647 1 334 0 982
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 179 380 36 52 14 0 661
Public Health 0 0 76 25 471 3 575
Nursing 0 0 311 31 188 11 541
Law 0 0 0 0 0 503 503
Political Science & Government 0 0 286 0 152 12 450
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 17 16 282 9 324
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 21 291 0 312
Economics 0 0 186 0 36 10 232
Educational Administration 0 0 0 134 60 27 221
Computer Science 0 0 42 1 156 15 214
Human Resource Management 0 0 42 38 79 22 181
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 17 67 87 171
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 165 165
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 126 36 0 0 162
Accounting 0 0 73 5 81 0 159
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 138 0 6 9 153
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 36 3 113 0 152
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 146 1 147
General Biology 0 0 110 2 20 5 137
Statistics 0 0 25 0 104 7 136
International Business 0 0 98 31 0 0 129
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 127 0 127
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 28 35 56 0 119
Information Technology 0 0 41 10 64 0 115
Electrical Engineering 0 0 15 0 95 4 114
Information Science 0 0 25 0 83 0 108
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 53 1 41 11 106
Allied Health Professions 0 0 33 3 70 0 106
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 12 92 0 104
Homeland Security 0 0 1 0 102 0 103
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 0 57 1 41 0 100
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 77 23 100
Marketing 0 0 73 26 0 0 99
Systems Engineering 0 0 27 4 48 17 96
Hospitality Management 0 0 36 1 56 0 93
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 1 43 47 91
Special Education 0 0 0 9 73 8 90
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 75 15 90
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 56 0 29 0 85
Communication Sciences 0 0 17 0 59 0 76
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 25 47 0 72
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 67 4 71
Museum Studies 0 0 0 13 58 0 71
History 0 0 56 0 8 6 70
Journalism 0 0 53 0 16 0 69
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 55 0 5 0 60
General English Literature 0 0 36 0 13 9 58
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 58 0 58
Geography & Cartography 0 0 30 14 10 0 54
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 26 0 24 0 50
International Education 0 0 0 8 41 0 49
Anthropology 0 0 34 0 11 3 48
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 40 7 0 47
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 43 0 43
Publishing 0 0 0 0 42 0 42
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 32 6 0 0 38
Civil Engineering 0 0 22 0 12 2 36
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 35 0 35
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 35 0 0 35
Computer Information Systems 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Student Counseling 0 0 0 6 19 7 32
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 21 3 8 0 32
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 26 0 5 0 31
Area Studies 0 0 20 0 7 3 30
Mathematics 0 0 20 1 3 6 30
Sociology 0 0 23 0 7 0 30
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 18 0 11 0 29
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 7 0 19 2 28
Other Education 0 0 0 0 28 0 28
Computer Engineering 0 0 7 0 17 1 25
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 3 0 22 0 25
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 23 1 24
Chemistry 0 0 14 0 6 3 23
Ethnic Studies 0 0 15 1 6 0 22
Romance Languages 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
General Business/Commerce 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Philosophy 0 0 16 0 4 0 20
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 10 8 0 18
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 3 15 0 18
East Asian Languages 0 0 12 0 5 0 17
Human Services 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 1 14 0 0 15
Physics 0 0 4 0 5 5 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 1 12 0 13
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 3 7 2 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 8 3 11
Real Estate 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Archeology 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Molecular Medicine 0 0 0 0 3 5 8
Writing Studies 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Religious Studies 0 0 5 0 3 0 8
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Criminology 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Dance 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Music 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Other Health Professions 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Real Estate Development 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
General Engineering 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Data Processing 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
International Studies 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Horticulture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 197 380 3,447 718 4,597 1,074 10,413

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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