George Washington University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Science & Engineering Hall, GWU
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George Washington University is a selective school; only around 40% of applicants were accepted in 2016, and admitted students generally have test scores and grades well above average. Students can apply to GWU using the Common Application, and will also need to submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a letter of recommendation. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 40%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for GW
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 580 / 695
    • SAT Math: 600 / 700
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 27 / 32
    • ACT English: 27 / 34
    • ACT Math: 26 / 31
    • ACT Writing: - / -

George Washington University Description

The George Washington University (or GW) is a private university located in Foggy Bottom of Washington, D.C., close to the White House. Students have the benefit of close proximity to other Washington D.C. colleges. George Washington University takes advantage of its location in the nation's capital -- graduation is held on the National Mall, and the curriculum has an international emphasis. International relations, international business, and political science are some of the most popular majors among undergraduates. George Washington is also home to the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

For its strengths in the liberal arts and science, GW was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the George Washington University Colonials compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 25,519 (11,504 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,950
  • Books: $1,275 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,500
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $67,225

George Washington University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 80%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,674
    • Loans: $7,535

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Economics, English, Finance, History, International Business, International Relations, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Squash, Swimming, Baseball, Track and Field, Water Polo, Basketball, Rowing, Soccer, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Volleyball, Water Polo, Track, and Field, Gymnastics, Basketball, Swimming and Diving, Squash, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Rowing

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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