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The George Washington University

Washington, DC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate50%
Acceptance Rate50%

About GW

The George Washington University Overview

The George Washington University is a private, nonprofit school in the city of Washington, DC. GW was founded in 1821 and the school presently has around 26,457 students a year, including 11,502 undergrads. GW ensures on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to GW for Fall 2023 is January 5. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from GW by April 1.

Student Activities at GW

Interested in music or performing?

Interested in journalism or communications? GW students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? GW has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? GW has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at GW on the Student Life page.

2022 GW Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 50%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 66%
Early Action Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 29%
Tuition $60,783
Percent of Need Met 91%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $54,868

Is GW a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better view of what GW offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for The George Washington University

It is extremely difficult to get into GW. The acceptance rate at GW is 50%. In 2022, just 13,539 out of the 27,236 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at GW

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at GW, around 91% return for their sophomore year. GW's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 84%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook GW Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 61% of graduates from GW recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent GW grads is $50,093 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at GW

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

GW meets 91% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $54,868 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $32,341 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at GW.

Based on this information, is GW the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect 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 are interested in seeing GW for yourself, be sure to 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

1918 F Street, N.W. 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

GW ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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GW SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1460


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

GW Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at GW is like? There are approximately 26,457 students enrolled at GW, including 11,502 undergraduate students and 14,955 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 3% percent are from DC and 97% percent of students are from other states.


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