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Your chances of getting into George Washington University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for George Washington University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at George Washington is 49.7%.  Its admission rate is the 4th lowest in District Of Columbia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into George Washington and can you get accepted?

George Washington is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 13,539 out of the 27,236 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 9 percent on standardized admission tests. George Washington University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.81. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into George Washington?

50% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to George Washington University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.81 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1400 on the SAT
  • Score 32 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

George Washington GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into George Washington University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into George Washington are to have around a 3.81 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to George Washington will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at George Washington is 3.81 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #2 in District Of Columbia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since George Washington is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.81 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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George Washington SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to George Washington University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 29% of students submitted SAT scores and 18% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for George Washington University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 660
Math 25th Percentile 650
Composite 25th Percentile 1310
SAT Scores for George Washington University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 740
Math 75th Percentile 750
Composite 75th Percentile 1490
Average SAT Score 1400

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to George Washington University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at George Washington is 1400 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1310-1490. Students who get into George Washington University score in the top 11 percent of all SAT test takers..  George Washington ranks #2 in District Of Columbia and #78 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1400 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. George Washington regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1310, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1220, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

George Washington University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1400 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1400, you have around a 50% chance of being admitted. A 1490 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 66% chance of getting in.

George Washington University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1490 and Above Good >66%
1400 to 1490 Avg + 50%-66%
1310 to 1400 Avg - 34%-50%
1220 to 1310 Reach 22%-34%
Less than 1220 Low <22%
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George Washington ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for George Washington University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 31
Math 25th Percentile 27
Composite 25th Percentile 30
ACT Scores for George Washington University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 32
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into George Washington?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to George Washington is 32, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 30 and 34.  The school ranks #2 in District Of Columbia and #53 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 32. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 30 and score in the score in the top 7 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 28.

18 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to George Washington University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as George Washington University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into George Washington for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 32 score has around 50% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 66% with a 34 ACT score.

George Washington University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >66%
32 to 34 Avg + 50%-66%
30 to 32 Avg - 34%-50%
28 to 30 Reach 22%-34%
Less than 28 Low <22%
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High School Class Rank

79% of George Washington University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 45% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted George Washington University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 79%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

George Washington University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,458 9,778 27,236
Accepted 8,837 4,702 13,539
Acceptance Rate 51% 48% 50%
Enrolled 1,633 938 2,571
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 20% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 5, 2024

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to George Washington University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to George Washington University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

George Washington University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at George Washington University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because George Washington is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.81 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1400 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1490 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 32 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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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.


Does George Washington University prefer SAT or ACT?

29% of students submit their SAT scores to George Washington. 18% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into George Washington University?

50% of those who apply are granted admission to George Washington. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for George Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1490. The average SAT score is 1400. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for George Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. The average ACT score is 32. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.