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George Washington University Data & Information Overview

435 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
50% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is George Washington University Ranked?

#49 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in DC
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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George Washington University was awarded 435 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement & firefighting.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked GWU as #49 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

GWU is also ranked #2 out of 8 schools in District of Columbia.

See all of the rankings for George Washington University.

Is It Hard to Get Into GWU?

50% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to George Washington University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 50%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 29% 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 660 and 740. Math scores were between 650 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Washington University  ( 660 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for George Washington University  ( 650 to 750 )
GWU received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for George Washington University  ( 30 to 34 )

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George Washington University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
53% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at GWU it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at George Washington University is 53%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  53 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at George Washington University

91% Freshmen Retention
76% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

George Washington University has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at GWU for first-time, full-time students is 76%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at George Washington University.

George Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,141 Full-Time Undergraduates
36.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
63.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,763 undergraduates at GWU with 10,141 being full-time and 1,622 being part-time.

How Much Does George Washington University Cost?

$32,563 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
$37,240 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of GWU is $32,563. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for GWU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,673 $14,889 $21,174 $29,225 $47,056

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of GWU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At GWU, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $9,310 a year. That adds up to $37,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GWU is 1.3%. 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.

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How Much Money Do GWU Graduates Make?

$80,606 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from GWU make about $80,606 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future GWU graduates since it is 90% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at George Washington University make the most money.

Location of George Washington University

District of Columbia State
10,141 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
George Washington University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Washington, District of Columbia. The city atmosphere of Washington makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for GWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1918 F Street, Nw, Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-1000

George Washington University Majors

122 Majors With Completions
3,123 Undergraduate Degrees
5,242 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 122 majors graduated from George Washington University. Of these students, 3,123 received undergraduate degrees and 5,242 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Political Science & Government 321 $44,076
Nursing 273 $68,769
Economics 174 $57,078
Finance & Financial Management 166 $67,909
Child Development & Psychology 143 NA
General Biology 113 $28,669
International Business 111 $60,116
Public Health 97 NA
Marketing 82 $54,148
Criminal Justice & Corrections 78 $40,192

Learn more about the majors offered at George Washington University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at GWU

26% Take At Least One Class Online
20% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 6,901 students took at least one online class at George Washington University. This is an increase from the 6,868 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 6,901 5,340
2019-2020 6,868 5,311
2018-2019 6,254 4,989
2017-2018 6,791 5,374
2016-2017 6,485 5,014

Learn more about online learning at George Washington University.

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Notes and 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.


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