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Astronomy & Astrophysics at George Washington University

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Astronomy & Astrophysics at George Washington University

If you plan to study astronomy and astrophysics, take a look at what George Washington University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

GWU is located in Washington, District of Columbia and approximately 27,017 students attend the school each year. In 2021, 3 astronomy majors received their bachelor's degree from GWU.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Astronomy & Astrophysics section at the bottom of this page.

GWU Astronomy & Astrophysics Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy

GWU Astronomy & Astrophysics Rankings

The astronomy major at GWU is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Astronomy & Astrophysics. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Astronomy Student Demographics at GWU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the astronomy majors at George Washington University.

GWU Astronomy & Astrophysics Bachelor’s Program

67% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 33% of astronomy bachelor's degrees went to men and 67% went to women. The typical astronomy bachelor's degree program is made up of only 41% women. So female students are more repesented at GWU since its program graduates 26% more women than average.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 39% more racial-ethnic minorities in its astronomy bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor's in astronomy.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 0
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

GWU also has a doctoral program available in astronomy. In 2021, 0 student graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Astronomy Grads May Go Into

A degree in astronomy can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for DC, the home state for George Washington University.

Occupation Jobs in DC Average Salary in DC
Natural Sciences Managers 1,200 $132,310
Physicists 670 $144,300
Physics Postsecondary Professors 80 $100,940
Astronomers 70 $123,640


*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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