George Washington University GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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George Washington University's Admissions Standards

George Washington University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission
George Washington University GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex

As many as 60 percent of all applicants to George Washington University don't get accepted. Successful applicants typically have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. However, George Washington University has no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirement for admission.

George Washington University adopted a test-optional policy in 2015 for most applicants. You can submit your scores if you think they reflect your academic abilities and can weigh in your favor on your application. You must submit test scores if you are homeschooled, attended a secondary school that didn't grant grades, are a recruited NCAA Division I athlete, or are applying for the accelerated seven-year B.A./M.D. program.

The middle 50 percent of first-time students enrolled in the fall of 2016 had these scores:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 580 to 695
  • SAT Math: 600 to 700
  • SAT: 1310 to 1460
  • ACT Composite: 27 to 32
  • ACT English: 27 to 34
  • ACT Math: 26 to 31
  • TOEFL: 98 to 108

How do you measure up at George Washington University?  Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

George Washington University GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, an SAT score of 1200 or higher, and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter.

Note that there are a bunch of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue of the graph. George Washington is highly selective, so some students with grades and test scores that were on target for admission did not get accepted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because GW accepts The Common Application and has holistic admissions. George Washington University takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essays, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. The admissions folks may also give consideration to your college interview and your demonstrated interest.

As with most selective universities, the most important piece of your application is going to be your academic record. Grades aren't the only determining factor. The admissions folks will want to see that you've challenged yourself with AP, IB, and Honors courses. Also, having more than the minimum requirements in math and a foreign language will strengthen an application. Finally, grades that have an upward rather than a downward trend will make a positive impression.

To learn more about GW including retention and graduation rates, costs, financial aid, and popular academic programs, be sure to check out the George Washington University admissions profile.

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If You Like George Washington University, You May Also Like These Schools

 Applicants to George Washington University tend to be attracted to selective private universities such as Johns Hopkins UniversityGeorgetown UniversityBoston University and American University. If you'd like to include some public universities in your application list, the University of Maryland at College Park and University of Virginia are worth a look.