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Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of giants or forge a new path,

this is the place to start.






More than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students



Students from all 50 states, Washington, DC and 130 countries



450+ student organizations



Chartered by an act of Congress on February 9, 1821



An Education Unlike Any Other

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Since our capital city’s first days, people have traveled here for many reasons. They come to explore the past and to chart new futures. They come to ask questions and to seek expert answers. They come to start discourse and to remember in silence. They come to demand change and to be that change. They come to grow. They come to learn. They come to make history and join the ranks alongside many prominent GW alumni.

Our students come to GW for many of these same reasons. They come for passionate faculty, for diverse student groups, for Division I athletics, for once in a lifetime internships and for inspiring service opportunities. GW, like many universities, provides all of this. But our students come for something else, as well.

They don't just want to do a community service project. They want to meet, and then exceed, a service challenge from the First Lady of the United States.

They don't just want to view slides of art. They want to debate masterpieces in the galleries of world-class museums or dance on the stages of the Kennedy Center.

And they don’t just want to take an engineering course. They want to conduct research in a stunning new core lab facility with faculty who are quite literally shaping the world of tomorrow.

Housed in a city unlike any other, our students gain an education unlike any other. The whole city is our classroom, and our students emerge not just with a diploma, but with experiences that could only happen at GW.




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GW’s Strategic Plan: Path to Preeminence

The university is undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a plan that will provide the detailed direction for GW’s transformation over the next five years, focusing on quality within four pillars that drive excellence in higher education:

• World-Class Faculty
• High-Quality Undergraduate Education
• Distinguished and Distinctive Graduate Education
• High-Impact Research 

All members of the university community are encouraged to participate in the process and share their ideas for moving GW forward.

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Strategic Initiatives

The continued progress of the university’s five strategic initiatives provides the strong foundation from which GW is building its new strategic plan.

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Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan

Class of 2018
Major: Dance

GW seems like a relatively small community, but the great thing about being in D.C. is that there's a little bit of everything. You're going to find so many people who are gung-ho on interning at the State Department and into politics, but you are just as likely to find people who are doing that one day and then the next day they're in an acapella group or getting into music, art or sculpture.”



GW Students at the International Monetary Fund

A Global GW

GW’s location in the heart of Washington, D.C., provides for unparalleled access to leading international institutions, multinational corporations, global media outlets, and the governments of 177 countries via their resident embassies. This is a singular advantage—no other university has as much potential for international engagement within footsteps of its doors.


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Hands-On Experience: Preparing to Take the Reins

More than 12,000 internship opportunities for GW students


Our connections to the world’s most influential organizations and institutions, many of which are in walking distance from our Foggy Bottom Campus, mean your education is not limited to the classroom.

Undergraduate students and graduate students have internships or other hands-on learning experience before they graduate. With more than 12,000 internship opportunities available, you can get your feet wet at a variety of organizations, including:

  • the White House
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Discovery Communications
  • PwC
  • National Institutes of Health
  • World Bank

We also offer numerous funding opportunities to support unpaid internships to ensure that you can choose the best GW experience without worrying about financial considerations.


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