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Programs For Entering Freshmen

Freshman year is a time of discovery and change for all the George Washington University students but, for a select group, the experience is heightened by programs that are tailored to the students’ greatest intellectual passions. These programs blend or deepen study in diverse subject areas, creating a distinctive context for course work and forging an intellectual community for students with shared academic goals.

We encourage incoming freshmen with special interests to apply to a program designed to enhance and expand their academic experience.

Combined Degree Programs

GW’s combined degree programs offer exceptional students with a clear sense of direction an opportunity to accelerate their studies through compressed coursework. This reduces the number of years required to earn an advanced degree.

Women’s Leadership Program

During the Women's Leadership Program, a yearlong residential experience, participants examine issues related to women's leadership—its nature, expression and exercise—in intellectual, artistic, social, political and technological contexts.

Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences

This program offers a specialized, integrated approach to scientific research and engagement for students interested in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics or statistics.

Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare

Students in this program delve into the study and performance of Shakespeare’s works, enjoying specially tailored introductory courses, guest artists, lectures and programs—both in Washington and in London during spring break.