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University Priorities

GW is highly responsive to the growing needs of its community—as well as society at large—in a wide variety of areas, and works to chart a forward-thinking course of action. The university’s priorities are designed to provide engaged leadership to some of our most pressing problems and actively work to solve them.

Career Services

Students and families who invest in a GW education deserve the confidence in knowing that they will receive not only academic offerings that enrich their intellect and foster a lifelong love of learning, but also the kind of professional development that leads to purposeful and prosperous careers.

Learn about the support you can receive from our Center for Career Services.

Diversity and Inclusion

GW has a long history of equal opportunity and a strong commitment to diversity. But there is more we can do to build on the diversity of our community and make sure we foster a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

Intercultural understanding and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds are essential to future citizens and leaders. By creating a culture of cultural empathy, we will help the members of our community see and solve problems from multiple perspectives, move deftly among cultures and navigate across their own diverse identities.

In response to a call from President Barack Obama, GW President Steven Knapp created the Task Force on Access & Success to explore and expand opportunities for low-income students to attend and succeed at GW.

Explore how our Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes diversity within and beyond the university community.


The foundation of GW’s academic success is built on the philosophy that learning does not—and should not—end at the edge of campus. As a result, GW utilizes Washington, D.C., as an extended classroom unlike any university. GW’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital affords unique opportunities to develop partnerships with some of the most consequential governmental and non-governmental organizations on earth.

Experience the George Washington University Museum, a unique affiliation with one of the world’s foremost specialized museums, The Textile Museum.


From sustainable energy advances to medical invention, GW works to match the excitement of discovery and excellence of instruction with superior research. While blazing scientific and technological trails and mastering global challenges, these advances solidify the escalating value of a GW education and confirm the university’s identity as a world-class research institution.

Explore our Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)—the largest academic building dedicated to these fields in the nation’s capital—to learn more about the core lab facilities and opportunities for students.


GW’s location is one of its greatest assets in both making history and making model citizens. For generations, the university community has not only lived in the heart of the city, it has provided DC with much of its energy, intellectual lifeblood and community-minded spirit.

Learn about service opportunities through the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, including our annual Freshman Day of Service.

Veterans’ Support

As GW is tasked with training the next generation of citizen-leaders, the university has often found its most promising individuals from within the ranks of the nation’s military. GW takes pride in its staunch advocacy and continued commitment to those with military experience, providing them with both the opportunities and the support services they need to thrive as students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

Learn about the many ways the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs supports veterans and active military.


We envision a future with resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all. In efforts to enhance our campus, our nation’s capital and the world at large, the GW community is building a greener campus, providing research and intellectual discourse on policies and pathways to sustainable systems and equipping students with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a sustainable future.

Review details about the Office of Sustainability’s latest projects and efforts.

Urban Food Task Force

The Urban Food Task Force unites faculty, students, staff and volunteers who share an interest in healthy eating, sustainable food production and food policy.  The initiative strives to identify and recommend ways to support scholarship, instruction and information on sustainable urban food policies, healthy eating and food preparation and healthy and sustainable food choices for students, faculty and staff.

Learn about the initiative’s progress under the leadership of President Knapp’s wife, Diane Robinson Knapp.