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The George Washington University

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

GW Admissions

If you are applying to GW, the regular decision application deadline is January 5 and the application fee is $80.

Students who apply to GW for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

GW Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of GW's admissions stats.

GW 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 45%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 29%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
Waitlist Yes

The George Washington University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for The George Washington University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II Yes January 5 February 1
Early Action Info Not Available –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to GW?

The George Washington University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with GW directly for more information about early applications.

Early Decision II applications are due January 5. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at GW is 66%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 50%. In 2022, GW admitted 646 of the 986 students who applied early decision.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on The George Washington University Admissions

How To Get Into The George Washington University

GW is an extremely difficult school to get into.

In 2021, GW accepted 50% of all applicants, approximately 13,539 from 27,236 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like GW, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to The George Washington University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to GW

In 2022, GW waitlisted 6,187 students. Of those, 2,798 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does GW Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at GW

What does GW consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with GW for more information on admission factors.

GW 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to GW, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with GW's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into GW?

GW has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25% submitted a class rank. At GW 45% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 79% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At The George Washington University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to GW directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

GW looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 29% of GW's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for GW?

To be competitive with other GW applicants, you should strive to score between 1320 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At GW 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1320, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of GW students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of GW students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for GW?

To be most competitive at GW, you should strive to earn between 30 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for GW's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for GW students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to The George Washington University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to GW.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in GW during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

GW Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to GW?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to GW.

Does GW accept transfer credits?

✅ GW accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does GW accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ GW does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to GW?

❌ No, GW is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is GW's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for GW is 50%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at GW?

🟨 GW may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

What is the early action acceptance rate at GW?

🟨 GW may or may not offer early action. Information on early action including EA acceptance rates have not been provided.

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GW Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into GW? GW is a selective institution. The GW acceptance rate is 50%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


30 to 34


30 and Less


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GW SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1460


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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