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George Washington University

Washington, District Of Columbia

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George Washington University overview
Location Washington, District Of Columbia
Online gwu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
George Washington University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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George Washington University, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a private institution founded in 1821. The urban campus, which is situated just blocks from the White House, embraces a mix of contemporary and historic architecture, reflecting its blend of tradition and modern educational approaches. The university offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in international affairs, political science, and public health. It attracts a diverse student body with a selective admissions process. On-campus living is available, with a variety of residence halls providing housing options for students. While the university places a strong emphasis on academics, it also participates in NCAA Division I athletics as part of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 27,266 prospective students applied, and 13,354 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,941 enrolled in the school.  17,658 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 8,281 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $62,110 plus fees of $90. George Washington is ranked 73 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












George Washington is rated within the top 17% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

George Washington University overview
SAT 1330/1490
ACT 31/34
Estimated GPA 3.81

Applications Accepted

George Washington University overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for George Washington University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$90
Room and Board $15,720
Budget for Other Expenses$1,625
Total One Year Cost$80,945

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$80,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

81% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by George Washington University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 34%
Business 16%
Health Professions 14%
Psychology 5%
Communication 4%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131469 IPEDS survey data for George Washington University.

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