George Washington University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Washington, DC

$58,640

Avg tuition

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About George Washington University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

George Washington University (GWU) is a large private university located on an urban campus in Washington, D.C. GWU was originally founded in 1821 and is the largest university in the District of Columbia. It has a total enrollment of 27,814, and admissions are very selective, with an acceptance rate of 41%. GWU has a strong focus on research and hosts numerous political events each year, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings. George Washington University has a highly active student body with a strong Greek culture and over 450 other student organizations and clubs. The university offers 98 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 82%, and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Tuition and fees for students are $56,935.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

43% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

88% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

Students graduate from this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This is typically an indication of a school's quality and means most students finish their degree in a timely manner.

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85% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Recommended

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Required

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 30-33

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1270-1450

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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27k

Students enrolled

25%

Online student enrollment

13:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

46%

Non-U.S. Citizen

12%

Hispanic

11%

Asian

11%

Black

10%

Unknown

5%

Two or more races

3%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

62%

Socio-economic diversity

14% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

33

Total Online Enrollment

6,868

Student Location Breakout

25% 75%

Percent of Programs Online

94% On-campus

6% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates Check Bold 25% online

Associate Check Bold 13% online

Bachelor's Check Bold 4% online

Graduate Certificate Check Bold 9% online

Master's Check Bold 6% online

Doctorate Check Bold 5% online

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

26%

State Grant Aid

2%

Institution Grant Aid

71%

Pell Grant

14%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,152
State Grant Aid $1,972
Institution Grant Aid $32,301
Pell Grant Aid $4,641

Financial Outlook

$22k

Average student debt after graduation

$59k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.