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George Washington University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on George Washington University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is George Washington University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

George Washington University was awarded 189 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

GWU is ranked #115 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 9 colleges in District of Columbia, GWU is ranked at #2.

See all of the rankings for George Washington University.

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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at George Washington University is 51%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  51 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at George Washington University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like George Washington University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At GWU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 76%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at GWU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,999 undergraduates at GWU with 10,893 being full-time and 1,106 being part-time.

GWU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 98.06 out of 100, GWU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.06 out of 100
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How Much Does George Washington University Cost?

The overall average net price of GWU is $33,734. 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 +
$16,156 $18,513 $21,676 $28,968 $44,887

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At GWU, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $7,247 a year. That adds up to $28,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GWU is 1.9%. 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. That's great news for GWU students 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 located in Washington, District of Columbia. The location of GWU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of George Washington University

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 130 majors graduated from George Washington University. Of these students, 3,644 received undergraduate degrees and 5,671 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 647 $43,500
Nursing 311 $66,200
Political Science & Government 286 $45,500
Economics 186 $53,900
Child Development & Psychology 138 NA
Finance & Financial Management 126 $67,800
General Biology 110 $30,200
International Business 98 $58,500
Public Health 76 NA
Accounting 73 NA

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 6,791 students took at least one online class at George Washington University. This is an increase from the 6,485 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,791 5,374
2016-2017 6,485 5,014
2015-2016 5,732 4,422
2014-2015 4,784 3,738
2013-2014 3,739 2,914

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