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George Washington University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Washington, District of Columbia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

762 Undergraduate Degrees
978 Graduate Degrees
$53,016 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
41% Acceptance Rate

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George Washington University Rankings

We have ranked GWU as #62 out of 1,018 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 6 schools in District of Columbia.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

GWU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Best Business Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Online Business Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GWU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards GWU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Hospitality Management College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for International Business College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Human Resource Management College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Public Relations & Advertising College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#146 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is George Washington University?

Location of George Washington University

Contact details for GWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1918 F Street, Nw, Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-1000
Website: https://www.gwu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgewashingtonuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GWtweets

How Do I Get Into GWU?

You can apply to GWU online at: https://undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/apply-gw

Admission Requirements for GWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GWU?

41% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
GWU has a fairly low acceptance rate of 41%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 39%, and the acceptance rate for women is 43%.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to GWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 720. Math scores were between 640 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Washington University  ( 640 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for George Washington University  ( 640 to 720 )
200
800
GWU received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 29 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 31. Composite scores were between 29 and 32.

ACT English Scores for George Washington University  ( 29 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for George Washington University  ( 27 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for George Washington University  ( 29 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford George Washington University?

$53,016 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GWU is $53,016. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At GWU, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,383 a year. That adds up to $29,532 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GWU is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

George Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,334 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,546 undergraduate students at GWU, with 11,334 being full-time and 1,212 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GWU

There are also 15,626 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,334 full-time undergraduates at GWU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GWU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of George Washington University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GWU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,241
Black or African American 767
Hispanic or Latino 1,132
White 5,784
International Students 1,363
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,047

Geographic Diversity

District of Columbia students aren't the only ones who study at George Washington University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 133 countries are represented at GWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at George Washington University

5,374 Took All Classes Online
6,791 Took At Least One Class Online
16.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 50 master’s degree programs available online at GWU. In 2017-2018, 6,791 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GWU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in District of Columbia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of GWU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at George Washington University was 16.8%. This is the #858 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GWU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of GWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Entrepreneurial Studies 47%
Entrepreneurship 47%
Hospitality Management 16%
Human Resources Development 24%
Information Resources Management 83%
International Business 12%
International Business/Trade/Commerce 12%
Management Information Systems 71%
Marketing 7%
Other Marketing 73%
Public Relations 6%
Tourism and Travel Services Management 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GWU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at GWU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Tourism and Travel Services Management #1
Project Management #3
Public Relations #4
Human Resources Development #6
International Business/Trade/Commerce #12
International Business #12
Public Relations & Advertising #14
Hospitality Management #16
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration #28
Human Resource Management #45
Organizational Leadership #59
General Business Administration and Management #248
Business Administration & Management #294

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

George Washington University Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Business Administration and Management 0 0 223 0 223
Accounting 73 5 81 0 159
General Economics 146 0 0 1 147
Finance 126 15 0 0 141
International Business/Trade/Commerce 98 31 0 0 129
Management Science 28 35 56 0 119
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 0 21 61 22 104
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 40 0 36 9 85
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 73 11 0 0 84
Public Relations 0 1 69 0 70
Political Communication 36 2 27 0 65
Organizational Behavior Studies 42 0 18 0 60
Tourism and Travel Services Management 0 0 56 0 56
Project Management 0 11 39 0 50
Entrepreneurship 32 6 0 0 38
Meeting and Event Planning 36 0 0 0 36
Banking, Corporate, Finance, & Securities Law 0 0 22 0 22
General Business/Commerce 21 0 0 0 21
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 0 0 18 0 18
Human Resources Development 0 17 0 0 17
Health Communication 0 0 17 0 17
Organizational Leadership 0 4 11 0 15
Investments and Securities 0 15 0 0 15
Other Marketing 0 15 0 0 15
Real Estate 11 0 0 0 11
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 0 6 0 0 6
Public Finance 0 6 0 0 6
Information Resources Management 0 6 0 0 6
Real Estate Development 0 3 0 0 3
General Hospitality Administration/Management 0 1 0 0 1
General Management Information Systems 0 1 0 0 1
Business Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0
Business Economics 0 0 0 0 0
International & Intercultural Communication 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication 0 0 0 0 0
Development Economics & International Development 0 0 0 0 0
International Economics 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 762 212 734 32 1,740

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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