George Washington University

George Washington University


The George Washington University is a diverse, motivated and active community, in which the leaders of today nurture the leaders of tomorrow. The university enrolls undergraduates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and more than 130 countries worldwide. GW offers an array of classroom experiences, academic resources, and expert faculty. GW students put knowledge into action every day through internships, research, service, and study abroad opportunities.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach GW Pre-College Programs

A six week Pre-College Program offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to live on campus, take classes offered by the university’s renowned faculty and to earn credits and to explore Washington, D.C. The two-week Summer Immersion courses provide rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, DC.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Your GW

Each fall, GW invites high school seniors from around the country to campus for Your GW - An Overnight Program Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion. The program allows students to see firsthand how GW puts knowledge into action while learning about the diversity and cultural opportunities within the Colonial community. Learn more about Your GW

Scholarship & Financial Aid Need-Based Scholarship and Grant Aid

The university offers a notable Fixed Tuition plan for the duration of students’ undergraduate studies to provide families with financial assurance and flexibility when planning for college. The tuition an entering student pays remains fixed for the entire undergraduate program, taking the uncertainty out of what the future might bring. In addition, all applicants to GW are automatically considered for scholarships as part of the admissions process, and no scholarship application is required.

Student Life & Support Multicultural Student Services Center

The Multicultural Student Services Center is the George Washington University’s center for multicultural communication, community building and leadership. The MSSC hosts workshops, and programs each semester such as cultural heritage celebrations, the Black Men’s Initiative, which offers activities to advance the mission of supporting the academic, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth of black male students. The LGBT Resource center also lives within the MSSC.

Student Diversity

  • 10,800
  • 44/56
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 10%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 58%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 83%
    Six-year graduation
  • 77%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 99%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 75%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,297
    Full-time faculty
  • 302
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, International Affairs, Political Science, Business Administration, Biomedical Engineering, Journalism

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, George Washington Williams House, Asian Student Alliance, Organization of Latino American Students, Racially and Ethnically Mixed Student Association, Multicultural Greek Council, Organization of African Students, GW Raas, GW Bhangra


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,367
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $10,325
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $174,113,986
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $42,872
    Average aid package
  • $31,128
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 47%
    Students with financial need
  • 84%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 52%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 25,551
    # of applicants
  • 40%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 590—690
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 610—700
    SAT Math
  • 610—700
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date