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
2,260 Total full time faculty
3 Campuses
196,500,000 Dollars of research expenditures (2012)
450+ Number of student organizations
270,000+ Alumni in 150 countries 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.

GW Overview

Professor's Gate

Our University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.

Our History

The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.

Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. We have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.

GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

Our Commitment

We strive to provide an environment where knowledge is created and acquired and where creative endeavors seek to enrich the experiences of the global society. With ten schools and colleges and nearly 100 research centers and institutes, our students receive hands-on experience as they explore nearly any avenue of personal interest.

The depth and breadth of our academic programs, the exceptional qualifications of our full-time faculty, the unmatched experiences of our adjunct faculty and the strengths of our research initiatives allow our students, our faculty and our staff to look at the world beyond the classroom. They allow us to prepare the next generation of leaders.