Admissions Overview

Undergraduate Admissions

This is GW in D.C. We are distinguished by our commitment to shape society and drive progress by transforming academic inquiry into new doors of discovery that affect people in their daily lives.  While others talk about changing the world, our students and faculty have the real opportunities to actually do it.

Seldom will you find a medium-sized institution with such extensive academic programs, stimulating community and access to exceptional city assets. The extraordinary opportunities, resources and experiences of our university await you.

Admission to GW is highly selective. We receive applications from every state and nearly 100 countries, allowing us to enroll an unusually bright, talented and diverse student body. In addition, we actively seek students with a variety of interests, talents, goals and experiences. Every year, we welcome freshmen, transfer students and international students to our campus. 

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Graduate Admissions

At the George Washington University we offer more than 200 master's, doctoral and graduate certificate programs designed to fit the unique needs of our students. With numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you. 

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Pre-College Program

GW Pre-College provides students with an extraordinary opportunity for an enriching summer experience at a top research institution. Our ten colleges and schools, nearly 100 research centers and institutes, world-class library system, and state-of-the-art technology provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of learning opportunities. High school students benefit tremendously from GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies, and the arts. Our top-tier faculty guide, inspire, and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice.

GW Pre-College courses are intensive and exciting, allowing students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. They are academically challenging programs that integrate lectures and seminars with exploration of area organizations. Drawing on the rich resources of the university and Washington, D.C., students are engaged in programs at the center of the nation's political, intellectual, and cultural activity.

GW Pre-College also offers a transformative introduction to college life. Students develop confidence in their ability to become part of a new community, participating in recreational and social activities while making friends with peers from around the world. 

For more information, visit the GW Pre-College Program website. 

Graduate Admissions

The George Washington University offers more than 200 master's, doctoral and graduate certificate programs designed to fit the unique needs of our students. With numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you. The Office of Graduate Admissions provides information on:

Some schools and programs follow different admissions processes. Find additional information on applying to these schools:

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Explore our graduate programs to help you identify subjects of interest. Browse by academic interest areas, school, degree type, location and schedule options, or view a full list of all GW graduate and professional subjects, including:

  • Health policy, ranked #10 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Law, ranked #4 for intellectual property law by U.S. News & World Report
  • Political Science, ranked #36 by U.S. News & World Report

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In his last will and testament, George Washington envisioned a university in the heart of the nation’s capital that would serve as an intellectual hub for the country. Today, through our world-class academics, access, partnerships and policy-research initiatives, GW puts its knowledge to work.  Our students are engaged in the world around them through opportunities that make attending GW a life-changing experience.

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Our university attracts students who want to make a real difference in the world, and because of our location and connections they're able to do just that, interacting with and learning from the most influential leaders of our time. Interested potential students can find more information about undergraduate life and the application process on GW's Undergraduate Admissions website.


Across all disciplines and academic areas, GW students put their education into action. Research done at our university propels the scientific and engineering communities into the future, while our liberal arts majors help shape the cultural and political landscape. Through our network of internships, partnerships, research and service initiatives in Washington, D.C. and beyond, we study the world and work to change it.

Financial Aid

Our university works hard to make the GW experience a realistic option for every admitted student through our Fixed Tuition program, financial aid packages and admissions merit scholarships for which every applicant is automatically considered. 

International Students

Our namesake envisioned a university that would enlighten students from all over the world. Today, we encompass students and faculty members from every state and more than 120 countries. Our more than 3,500 international students mean GW ranks among the top research universities in the United States in terms of international diversity within the student body. With our academic strength and geographic location, GW provides a dynamic link between Washington, D.C., and the global community. 

Student Experience

We provide students with an education that is deeply connected to all that Washington, D.C., has to offer. We host classes in the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum, and President George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate. Through a variety of partnerships, our students have research opportunities with nearly every federal agency in America, as well as numerous multilateral groups, including the National Institutes of Health, Smithsonian Institution, World Bank, Naval Research Lab and Pan-American Health Organization, just to name a few.

Visit GW

The best way to experience GW, nestled in the heart of the nation’s capital, is to see it for yourself and discover everything that is available to our students. Reservations are required to attend our information sessions and campus tours. Can't make it to campus? Don't worry! We offer a comprehensive and award-winning Virtual Tour to help you get acquainted with our campuses and the surrounding DC area. Use our Virtual Tour to learn more about our schools, facilities and campus resources and prepare for your in-person visit.

Parents & Families

GW employs many services for families to remain connected and engaged with the university. Through mailing lists, year-round visitation events and news resources, we help both prospective student parents and current student parents obtain the information they need about GW.


Payment Options

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There are a variety of payment options available to students interested in graduate study. Please visit Colonial Central for more information, as well as for general tuition rates on and off campus.

Online Tuition Payment

The George Washington University makes life a little easier by providing online payment. 

GW Monthly Payment Plan

The GW Monthly Payment Plan covers both fall and spring semesters.

Third Party Billing

Third party sponsors pay all or part of a graduate student's tuition and fees. Third party sponsors are usually private companies, embassies or government agencies.

How to Apply for Funding and Assistance


The George Washington University has three types of graduate appointments. These positions are made by academic departments within the schools and colleges.

  • Deadlines:
    • Fall: Jan. 16
    • Spring:  Sept. 1

Fellowships and Scholarships – Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate students may apply for a variety of internal GWU awards or external awards. Please visit The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships for more information.

Fellowships and Scholarships -- Schools and Departments

The deadlines for school and department awards are in fall (Jan. 16) and spring (Sept. 1).

Research Funding

Research assistant positions and research traineeships are available to graduate students in academic departments with sponsored research grants. Deadlines are rolling, so please contact your academic department to see if it has any principal investigators with research assistant positions on sponsored projects.

Federal Work-Study

Need-based Federal Work-Study awards are available for U.S. students applying for Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and are dependent on need and fund availability. Please go to our Work Study page for more information. 


The application process differs slightly for each type of loan program.  For the 2012-2013 Academic Year, all first time borrowers at GW must complete the Federal Direct Master Promissory Note for the loan program for which they are applying (Federal Direct Stafford and/or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan).  All first time borrowers at GW must also complete the Entrance Interview.  Private alternative loans require applications with the loan company.  All loan types require that a Loan Questionnaire be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.  This document provides our office with necessary information regarding your loan application such as loan type requested,  desired loan amount, loan period, program and enrollment levels and any other aid received.  Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan applicants are required to file the FAFSA each academic year.    

For step-by-step instructions and links to documents, please visit our Web site here.