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University Facts

GW by the Numbers

1821 Year the University was founded
4 Blocks from campus to White House
25,000 Approximate number of total students enrolled at all locations
10,000 Approximate number of total undergraduate students enrolled at all locations
14,000 Approximate number of total graduate students enrolled at all locations
1,000 Approximate number of total non-degree students
2,000,000+ Number of volumes in GW’s library system
1,174 Total full time faculty
3 Campuses
196,500,000 Dollars of research expenditures (2012)
450+ Number of student organizations
250,000+ Alumni worldwide

Notable Alumni and Former Students

  • Arnold “Red” Auerbach, former president and coach of the Boston Celtics
  • Alec Baldwin, actor
  • Dana Bash, CNN senior congressional correspondent
  • Frederick L. Brown, visiting professor to the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health and Former Chairman of the American Hospital Association
  • Warren Brown, Food Network host and owner of Cake Love
  • Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for Veterans Affairs
  • John Foster Dulles, former U.S. secretary of state
  • Michael Enzi, U.S. senator from Wyoming
  • J. William Fulbright, former U.S. senator and creator of the Fulbright scholarships
  • Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council for United Arab Emirates
  • Ina Garten, chef, author and Food Network host
  • J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady
  • Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state
  • Harry Reid, U.S. senator from Nevada and Senate majority leader
  • Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission
  • Chuck Todd, NBC and MSNBC political analyst
  • Mark Warner, U.S. senator from Virginia
  • Kerry Washington, actress
  • Rachel Zoe, fashion stylist

For more notable alumni, visit the Prominent Alumni list, maintained by the Office of Alumni Relations.