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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
George Washington is a highly rated private university located in Washington, D.C. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,893 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the George Washington acceptance rate is 41%. Popular majors include International Relations, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 81% of students, George Washington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,600.
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
About George Washington University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference

George Washington University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1280-1440
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$37,638/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,429/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.113 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.126 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.125 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,893Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,106
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 80 responses
Report
  • Affluent and driven
    36%
  • Smart and open to diversity
    26%
  • Affluent, unoriginal, closed-minded
    10%
  • Smart, friendly, fun, open to diversity, driven
    9%
  • Unique
    6%
  • Driven and unoriginal
    5%
  • Closed off
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.160 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.198 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Right in the heart of DC
    51%
  • Well located
    13%
  • Expensive
    7%
  • Rich, white, old money kids in a great location
    6%
  • An artificial college experience
    5%
  • Love it and my classes but you have to put in work
    5%
  • Location
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$69,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.82 responses
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GW is not for everyone and I understand why some students wouldn't enjoy their time here. But I'm a freshman and so far I really love it here. There are so many opportunities and students are very passionate. GW has so much potential, with its location, and special area in politics, if it improves a few things regarding student experience and ups its academics, it could possibly be a top university in a few years. I truly believe that. I can't wait for what the next four years will offer, it's only up from here!
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I have really loved my time thus far at GW! The campus is 100% a campus. This is good but also bad. While it's incredible going to school and living in downtown DC, the campus, which constantly reminds you of your location within GW, can often act as a bubble separated from the rest of downtown DC. This honestly only becomes problematic with regards to food options and student life. I for one get sick of the food options in close proximity, and the somewhat "bubble" aspect of Foggy Bottom can make GW social life a little overwhelming at times.
This being said I love GW and feel like the problems I face here are nothing compared to the boredom and various other problems my friends at other universities face daily. Since coming to GW I have become so much more cultured constantly visiting world-famous museums, and going to once in a lifetime events at the Kennedy Center. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is motivated to be independent, and anyone who loves city life.
There are so many opportunities at this school, just by being at the heart of D.C. For example, earlier this year, they had the CIA Day come to campus, where you had the opportunity to have one on one conversations with a CIA recruiter. The only aspect that I wish to see change is the transparency with the school administration. Sometimes, it feels as if the school does not listen to its students; however, after harsh criticisms about this from the students, the administration is doing better. What I really appreciate about the school is the student support system during times of crisis. During the coronavirus pandemic, the students that were sent home got a nightly refund of the housing (the amount if they were to be living there for the rest of the semester). Also, federal work study students were compensated by the school until the rest of the semester.