George Washington University

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2121 I Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. National Universities

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George Washington University is a private institution that was founded in 1821. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,464, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 43 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. George Washington University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 52. Its tuition and fees are $47,343 (2013-14).

George Washington University’s urban location in downtown Washington, D.C., is ideal for fans of politics and city life. The school is spread out across the D.C. Foggy Bottom neighborhood, near the State Department and about a mile away from museums on the National Mall and the Washington Monument. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and, starting with the Class of 2018, juniors are required to live on campus as well. The school’s sports teams are nicknamed the Colonials, and compete in the Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. A costumed student called George, named for George Washington, is the school mascot, though an 10-foot inflatable character known as Big George and an on-campus statue of a hippopotamus are unofficial mascots. There are more than 400 organizations on campus, and students can start their own clubs with an original idea and nine other members. About 25 percent of students are involved in the school’s large Greek system. The TRAiL program takes students on outdoor excursions like hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. Student publications include the GW Hatchet, The Daily Colonial and The GW Patriot.

The school has broad graduate offerings, and its Law School and Graduate School of Education and Human Development are particularly well regarded. Among the scores of famous GW graduates are politicians Harry Reid and Eric Cantor, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and performers including Kerry Washington. Alec Baldwin attended GW but did not graduate.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1821 and chartered by the United States Congress, George Washington University takes full advantage of its location in the midst of the nation's capital. Students have the opportunity to plug into the extraordinary world of Washington, the political, policy, and research centers that move our country and the world. The number of majors and array of classroom experiences is almost boundless, but if you don't find what you're looking for, you can custom tailor a major to fit your academic interests. And because GW is so close to the centers of thought and action in every field offered, it is easy to integrate its academic tradition, special programs, and faculty connections, with the best internship and job opportunities in the Washington metropolitan area. A generous scholarship and financial assistance program attracts top students from all parts of the country and the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1821
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $1,556,592,000


When applying to George Washington University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 10. The application fee at George Washington University is $75. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 33.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 33.1%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at George Washington University is 13:1, and the school has 55.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at George Washington University include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 74%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 37%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

George Washington University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,464, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus. George Washington University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 25,653
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

George Washington University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. George Washington University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at George Washington University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At George Washington University, 47.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $26,829.

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Tuition and fees $47,343 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,850 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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