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Colleges / The George Washington University

About GW

The George Washington University is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Washington, DC. GW was founded in 1821 and now enrolls around 27,017 students a year, including 11,762 undergrads.

GW offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

GW employs one full-time professor for every 13 undergrads enrolled.

2021 GW Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 43%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 65%
Tuition $57,797

GW Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to GW for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Early Admission at GW

The George Washington University offers early decision but does not offer early action.

65% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to GW.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for The George Washington University

It is extremely difficult to get into GW. GW admitted 43% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 11,366 out of 26,405 total applicants were accepted.

GW Waitlist

GW reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into The George Washington University?

GW is considered extremely difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to GW, applicants must submit the following items.

GW Application Requirements

GPA and Test Scores for GW

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to GW.

Does GW Require the ACT or SAT?

GW has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 50% submitted the SAT. 27% submitted the ACT.

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Does GW Have Dorms?

Yes! GW provides on-campus housing for students.

GW students are active in the school's Program Board, Student Association and Residence Hall Association. Homecoming, Welcome Week, and and Colonial Inauguration are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at GW.

Financial Aid at GW

GW meets 91.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $44,559 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is GW a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at GW

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at GW, around 88% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,410 students who started at GW as first-time freshman, 1,899 graduate within four years.

GW's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 85%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 61% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $50,093 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $36,731 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does GW sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is GW a good school for you?

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Where is GW?

GW is located in the urban setting of Washington, DC.

If you want to see GW for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Washington, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Reagan National.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what GW and Washington are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2121 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Campus Setting: Urban

GW Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to GW is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to GW is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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GW ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

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1290 - 1430


Math SAT Range

630 - 730


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640 - 720

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Student Life

Wondering what life at GW is like? There are approximately 27,017 students enrolled at GW, including 11,762 undergraduate students and 15,255 graduate students. 86% percent of students attend school full-time, 4% percent are from DC and 96% percent of students are from other states.


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