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Learning Experience at GW

What You Can Expect?

Today’s undergraduates come to GW expecting a high level of intellectual challenge. To meet these expectations, GW offers a wide range of undergraduate academic offerings in addition to research opportunities, special lecture series, experiential learning, and workshops that directly involve students in the intellectual life of the institution. In the classroom, expectations run high. Professors demand a lot from their students, and GW students demand equal rigor from their coursework and professors.  You’ll also find a high level of student-faculty interaction, through a  mix of large lectures and small classes, seminars and service-learning initiatives. And you can expect top-tier academic facilities, including many high-tech classrooms, an extensive library collection, cutting-edge technology resources and business and service operations to support excellence in the academic enterprise.

Each year, about 9,500 full-time undergraduates are enrolled in classes on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C.  GW offers more than 70 majors across the spectrum of business, engineering, international affairs, communications and media, sciences and math, social sciences, arts, languages and the humanities. As early as your freshman year, you can study with professors who are recognized for achievement within their fields and who will bring the world to you.

In addition, the University Honors Program is available to students—in all undergraduate schools of the university—who are inspired by academic rigor, challenging questions and the desire to make a difference in the world. For those who wish to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in an accelerated timeframe, GW offers combined degree programs in fields ranging from the humanities to law to engineering.

Benefits of Being in D.C.

Our students quickly realize and value a very important aspect of their GW experience: They study in the nation’s capital. As a result, classroom subjects, symposia and research projects are often debated, arbitrated, analyzed and reported as part of the greater national discussion between elected leaders and the nation’s citizenry or the global community. Washington, D.C., is also the hub for a number of scientific institutes and agencies engaged in cutting-edge research. The net result? Academic discourse and the exchange of ideas in the classroom at GW have real-world relevance.

International Study

In addition to our intellectual assets, we also have a strong commitment to presenting multicultural and international points of view across our curriculum. In 2008, almost 1,400 students participated in GW’s study-abroad programs spanning 50 countries. More information on overseas study and other international opportunities is available at the International Programs tab on this site; please see the related content link below.

Services and Technology

Freshman residence halls have individual student Internet access, email and cable TV. Students have access to wireless technology on campus and can easily access classroom notes through Blackboard. An increasing number of classes can be reviewed online through podcasts.  Students can also register for classes and review financial aid information online. And they can customize their GW experience through the University portal, which offers a calendar of student activities, class schedules, daily news and other relevant information.

Libraries and Facilities

GW has five librariesGelman, the university's flagship library with over 2 million titles, Burns Law Library and Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library serve the main GW campus in Foggy Bottom.  On the Mount Vernon Campus, Eckles Library holds a print collection of over 64,000 titles with special strengths in political science, women's history and contemporary issues and interior design. The library at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus is especially equipped to research needs of programs located on this high-tech campus. In addition, GW is a member of the elite Washington Research Library Consortium, which combines the libraries of eight area universities and offers more than 7.5 million volumes to its student community.

The university continues to expand its academic facilities, which include a multifunctional center for the study of international affairs located within blocks of the State Department; the Acheson Science Center on the Mount Vernon Campus, with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities; and GW's newest academic building, Duquès Hall, home to the School of Business. GW Hospital is the newest hospital in Washington, D.C., and provides teaching and research resources for medical students.