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Our classrooms have more than four walls;

they have gallery halls, Capitol domes, low tides and high bays.




The George Washington University’s academic life is defined by not only its faculty and students’ unique abilities for turning knowledge into action, but also for taking full advantage of GW’s vast access to world-class partnerships, policy-research initiatives and one-of-a-kind learning opportunities.

As a leading research university, GW promotes the advancement of human knowledge across disciplines and throughout its 10 schools, 100 research centers, and expansive system of libraries—and, as a result, frequently produces invaluable contributions to policymaking that affects millions of lives worldwide. Moreover, all directly benefit from the firsthand knowledge of GW’s renowned faculty, which includes a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, former White House staff members, diplomats, and other leading experts in business, media, law, science, arts and the humanities.

As a result, GW’s unmatched combination of accomplished faculty, deep network of collaboration and unique location unlocks countless opportunities for students to engage in the critical thinking and professional grounding they need to become innovative leaders who can solve the world’s most important problems.



Jordan Dale

Jordan Dale

Class of 2018
Major:  Journalism and Mass Communication

"A lot of my journalism classes are not about learning, but about practicing. I'm not learning how to write; I'm practicing the style of writing. It shows me I can do what journalists are doing, go all the places they've gone, see what they've seen and write what they write."


  • Connecting Theory with Practice

    Gaby Desir, class of 2015, describes her path from an American presidency class to working on President Obama’s 2016 budget at the White House.

    Gaby Desir
  • Learning Across Borders

    There are countless opportunities at GW for hands-on learning experiences. Take Ben Sanders, for example, who accompanied GW Theater and Dance chair Dana Tai Soon Burgess to Suriname. Ben canoed down the Amazon to teach children how to communicate through art, making a difference thousands of miles away from Foggy Bottom.

    GW Theater and Dance chair Dana Tai Soon Burgess



Jonathan Bissell

Jonathan Bissell

Master of International Policy and Practice, 2015

"Some of my greatest experiences were talking to former ambassadors and academics who are well-published and then listening to them both talk candidly with each other. These are things you can’t get out of a textbook or read in The Economist. Having peers from different walks of life who bring different perspectives also adds to this advantage."



GW has 6 libraries



More than 65 current and former Fulbright Scholars went to GW



There are 95 endowed faculty positions at GW



Take Your Passions Wherever You Go 

Nada Mohamed-Aly on a camel ride in Jordan while studying abroad

Nada Mohamed-Aly, studied in Jordan

Class of 2018
Majors: Political Science & International Affairs, Middle East concentration

"I took Arabic and international relations courses, but it never really clicked until I was speaking with local Jordanians who lived through the historical events I was studying in class. Studying abroad places you outside your comfort zone and challenges you in new ways."


Explore an Area of Study that Interests You

Students in GW summer programs taking a selfie with the Capitol in the background

Spend Your Summer in the City

A summer at GW filled with learning and activities in the city might be exactly what you need to prepare for your future. We offer individual courses and multi-week programs for high school students, undergraduates, graduates and working professionals. Flexible schedules, smaller classes and the chance to explore D.C. make summer at GW a great way to kick off your year.

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Corcoran Continuing Education student working on pottery

Experience GW as a Non-Degree Student

From sculpture and interior design to biology and computer science, taking a course as a non-degree student will allow you to learn the basics, develop further expertise or explore something brand new. As a non-degree student, you do not receive a certificate or degree from GW, but you can earn grades and credits, and receive an official academic record.

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Make Your Mark Through an Online Program

Spending time on our campuses is exciting, but with more than 100 online programs, you don’t have to be in D.C. to join in.

With programs in more than 12 areas of focus from nursing to engineering, you’ll get the same quality GW education and benefit from our access to the nation’s leaders and most powerful institutions.

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GW has more than 100 online programs

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