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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?

10,893 Full-Time Undergraduates
$33,734 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%.
  • The highest degree offered at GWU is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

George Washington University Rankings

GWU is ranked #115 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 9 schools in District of Columbia.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that GWU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for GWU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 35
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 40
Best Colleges for International Students 40
Best Colleges for Diversity 69
Best Colleges 115
Best Colleges for the Money 883

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 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for George Washington University  ( 29 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford George Washington University?

$33,734 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GWU is $33,734. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for GWU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,156 $18,513 $21,676 $28,968 $44,887

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

10,893 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,999 undergraduate students at GWU, with 10,893 being full-time and 1,106 being part-time.

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

There are also 15,974 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,893 full-time undergraduates at GWU, 39% are male and 61% 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 1,117
Black or African American 697
Hispanic or Latino 1,042
White 5,744
International Students 1,286
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,007

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, George Washington University awarded 7,288 undergraduate degrees and 11,342 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 73 81 0
Allied Health Professions 0 33 70 0
Anthropology 0 34 11 3
Applied Mathematics 0 0 127 0
Archeology 0 9 0 0
Area Studies 0 20 7 3
Arts & Media Management 0 0 5 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 7 19 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 23 1
Biomedical Engineering 0 56 29 0
Business Administration & Management 0 0 291 0
Chemistry 0 14 6 3
Child Development & Psychology 0 138 6 9
Civil Engineering 0 22 12 2
Classical Languages & Literature 0 10 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 77 23
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 179 36 14 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 55 5 0
Communication Sciences 0 17 59 0
Computer Engineering 0 7 17 1
Computer Information Systems 0 32 0 0
Computer Science 0 42 156 15
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 92 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 57 41 0
Criminology 0 0 7 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 7 2
Dance 0 7 0 0
Data Processing 0 0 2 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 18 11 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 3 22 0
East Asian Languages 0 12 5 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 67 4
Economics 0 186 36 10
Educational Administration 0 0 60 27
Electrical Engineering 0 15 95 4
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 67 87
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 32 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 15 6 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 1 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 126 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 26 24 0
General Biology 0 110 20 5
General Business/Commerce 0 21 0 0
General Engineering 0 3 0 0
General English Literature 0 36 13 9
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 6 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 1
Geography & Cartography 0 30 10 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 5 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 3 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 17 282 9
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 7 0
History 0 56 8 6
Homeland Security 0 1 102 0
Hospitality Management 0 36 56 0
Human Resource Management 0 42 79 22
Human Services 0 16 0 0
Information Science 0 25 83 0
Information Technology 0 41 64 0
International Business 0 98 0 0
International Education 0 0 41 0
International Relations & National Security 0 647 334 0
International Studies 0 0 1 0
Journalism 0 53 16 0
Landscape Architecture 0 0 8 0
Law 0 0 0 503
Legal Research 0 0 146 1
Legal Support Services 0 0 47 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 12 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 28 56 0
Marketing 0 73 0 0
Mathematics 0 20 3 6
Mechanical Engineering 0 53 41 11
Medicine 0 0 0 165
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 12 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 8 3
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 1 0 0
Molecular Medicine 0 0 3 5
Museum Studies 0 0 58 0
Music 0 6 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 21 8 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 2 0 0
Nursing 0 311 188 11
Other Education 0 0 28 0
Other Health Professions 5 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 10 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 3 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 6 0 0
Philosophy 0 16 4 0
Physics 0 4 5 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 26 5 0
Political Science & Government 0 286 152 12
Public Administration 0 0 58 0
Public Health 0 76 471 3
Public Policy 0 0 75 15
Public Relations & Advertising 0 36 113 0
Publishing 0 0 42 0
Real Estate 0 11 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 43 47
Religious Studies 0 5 3 0
Romance Languages 0 22 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 2 0 0
Sociology 0 23 7 0
Special Education 0 0 73 8
Statistics 0 25 104 7
Student Counseling 0 0 19 7
Systems Engineering 0 27 48 17
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 43 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 35 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 15 0
Writing Studies 0 8 0 0
Total 394 6,894 9,194 2,148

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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