George Washington University

George Washington University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is George Washington University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

George Washington University was awarded 714 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is clinical research coordinator.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, GWU is ranked #86 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when GWU held the #115 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

GWU also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into GWU?

Acceptance Rate

George Washington University has an acceptance rate of 41%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for GWU.

Average Test Scores

About 46% 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 640 and 720. Math scores were between 640 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Washington University  ( 640 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for George Washington University  ( 640 to 720 )
GWU received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for George Washington University  ( 29 to 32 )

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George Washington University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At George Washington University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at George Washington University

Freshmen Retention Rate

George Washington University has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. 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  92 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

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,484 undergraduates at GWU with 11,102 being full-time and 1,382 being part-time.

How Much Does George Washington University Cost?

The overall average net price of GWU is $33,719. 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 +
$17,614 $17,924 $22,287 $29,282 $46,572

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,383 a year. That adds up to $29,532 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GWU is 2.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from GWU make around $69,600 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future GWU graduates since it is 75% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of George Washington University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 119 majors graduated from George Washington University. Of these students, 3,658 received undergraduate degrees and 5,666 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
International Relations & National Security 538 $43,500
Political Science & Government 311 $45,500
Nursing 303 $66,200
Economics 176 $53,900
Finance & Financial Management 153 $67,800
Child Development & Psychology 145 NA
International Business 132 $58,500
General Biology 92 $30,200
Marketing 82 $48,100
History 68 $36,000

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

Online Learning at GWU

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 2018-2019, 6,254 students took at least one online class at George Washington University. This is a decrease from the 6,791 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 6,254 4,989
2017-2018 6,791 5,374
2016-2017 6,485 5,014
2015-2016 5,732 4,422
2013-2014 3,739 2,914

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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