About; Students in front of the clock tower in Kogan Plaza on Foggy Bottom Campus

 

 

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

this is the place to start.

 

 

 

About


 

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

Four students talking at the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background

 

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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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.”


Hands-On Experience: Preparing to Take the Reins 

More than 12,000 internship opportunities for GW students

Princeton Review named GW the top school for internships for the second year in a row in 2016
Princeton Review has named GW the top school for internships for the second year in a row in 2016

At GW we believe that a community united in purpose has the power to set great ideas in motion. Our leadership and the entire community is committed to taking on new challenges and identifying opportunities to make a lasting contribution locally and globally.

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

This is why Princeton Review named GW the top school for internships for the second year in a row in 2016.

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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