George Washington University

Washington, DC
4-year Private university


George Washington University is a private institution established in 1821 with urban setting located at Washington. It is ranked 67 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $64,990. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,482. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and, starting with the Class of 2024, juniors are required to live on campus as well. 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.

#67 in National Universities
Location Washington, DC
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1821
Selectivity Moderate
Size Medium
11,482 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $62,200
Outstate Tuition Fee $55,230
Room and Board Fees $16,300
$60,822 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


49% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$80 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.86 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

90 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is the first language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$55,370 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$38,942 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $82,220
42% Students with need received Financial Aid
66.2% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted CSS, FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Presidential Academic Scholarships
Total Worth --
Eligibility first-year applicants
Minimum Criteria Based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance maintain continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (SJT) Scholarship
Total Worth full tuition and fees (beyond the DC Tag Program allowance), room and board and include a book allowance
Eligibility first-year applicants
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Scottish Rite Scholarship
Total Worth half of tuition costs
Eligibility full-time undergraduates
Minimum Criteria Based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Athletic Scholarship
Total Worth Varies
Details --
ROTC Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details ROTC scholars may be eligible for awards toward the cost of GW campus housing and meals


11,482 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
91% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
79% Students graduate within 6 years