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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 11,334 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the George Washington acceptance rate is 42%. Popular majors include International Relations, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 82% of students, George Washington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,600.
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
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.

GW Admissions

Acceptance Rate
42%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1280-1460
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
$39,600/ 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
$29,643/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

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

Online

Online Programs Offered
11
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
2
Online Bachelor's Programs
8
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    91%
  • Online
    6%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,334Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,212
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 78 responses
Report
  • Affluent and driven
    37%
  • Smart and open to diversity
    27%
  • 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
99%
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
82%
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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George Washington University Reviews

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I love thé location and the variety of different opportunities GWU gives to their students. In addition, the academic is competitive, but it works well when realizing the skills you learn to bring for the real world. There are many interesting and fascinating organizations to make yourself feel a part of and at home. Eventually, you will find your group of friends, and creates a lifetime of college memory and experience through it all! Can’t forget about the 15 minute walk to the monuments!
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The best thing about GW is that if you weren't a motivated student in high school, you will become one at this school. I was surrounded by amazing classmates who were driven to apply to the best jobs and internships and take school seriously. While there is a party scene, you could go 4 years and not feel pressured to become involved if you don't want to. I was part of a sorority and I was able to balance those obligations with my academic obligations. I will say though that there is little to no school pride/spirit because even though GW is a Division I school, we don't have a football team. Basketball is the sport that people get excited about, though I only went to one game!
Although online courses can be extremely difficult, GWU professors has been prepared in advance, and the online lectures/discussions were easy to follow along. Many of the colleges in the school were helpful and respectful to accommodate to different situations; overall, allowing each of us to bring the best we can to finish the semester strong!