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IPEDS ID: 131469
OPE ID: 00144400
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George Washington University
2121 I Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20052
General information:  (202) 994-1000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  25,264 (10,357 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Navy)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty1,2491,414
Research and public service6922
Total graduate assistants-491
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$42,905$44,148$45,780$47,3433.4%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,275$1,275$1,2750.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,120$10,325$10,530$11,3788.1%
Off Campus
Room and board--$10,530$11,3788.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$55,625$57,148$58,985$61,4464.2%
Off Campus$44,105$45,423$59,385$61,4463.5%
Off Campus with Family$44,105$45,423$48,455$50,0683.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,61368%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,54865%$41,621,479$26,887
Federal grants33014%$2,203,806$6,678
Pell grants28512%$1,200,608$4,213
Other federal grants30213%$1,003,198$3,322
State/local government grant or scholarships763%$79,006$1,040
Institutional grants or scholarships1,54365%$39,338,667$25,495
Student loan aid96641%$7,175,591$7,428
Federal student loans95840%$5,931,521$6,192
Other student loans522%$1,244,070$23,924
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,36662%$174,661,308$27,437
Pell grants1,38914%$5,846,459$4,209
Federal student loans4,14540%$29,954,397$7,227
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$27,793$31,443$32,018
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$14,036$17,988$19,079
$30,001 – $48,000$14,666$16,349$18,255
$48,001 – $75,000$19,306$22,034$23,292
$75,001 – $110,000$26,648$28,242$29,732
$110,001 and more$35,953$40,714$40,468
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment25,264
Undergraduate enrollment10,357
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment438
Graduate enrollment14,907
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 93%
Part-time: 7%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 45%
Female: 55%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 9%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 60%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 9%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 1%
Out-of-state: 87%
Foreign countries: 10%
Unknown: 2%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 50%
Part-time: 50%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 97%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 14%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 85%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants21,7568,89512,861
Percent admitted33%36%31%
Percent admitted who enrolled33%34%33%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading600690
SAT Math600700
SAT Writing610700
ACT Composite2731
ACT English2733
ACT Math2631
ACT Writing89
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 92%
Part-time students: 64%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 80 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 81%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 76%
6-year: 81%
8-year: 82%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 76%
6-year: 81%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 79%
Female: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 78%
Black or African American: 73%
Hispanic/Latino: 81%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 82%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 79%
Non-resident alien: 84%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Landscaping and Groundskeeping-----0
Category total-----0
Architecture and Related Services
Landscape Architecture--7--4
Category total--7--4
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies-2----
American/United States Studies/Civilization-22131--
Asian Studies/Civilization-1017---
European Studies/Civilization-111---
Latin American Studies-711--0
Near and Middle Eastern Studies-129---
Women's Studies-58---
Category total-59691-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-7845--
Evolutionary Biology--31--
Genome Sciences/Genomics--0---
Human/Medical Genetics-1----
Microbiology and Immunology--07--
Microbiology, General-----2d
Molecular Genetics---2--
Molecular Medicine--13--
Category total-809824-8d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General--375d11--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other-0-1--
Business/Commerce, General-14----
Finance, General-11171---
Human Resources Development--4511-0
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General---21-27d
International Business/Trade/Commerce-94----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-80----
Meeting and Event Planning-37----
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-----3
Organizational Behavior Studies-1436---
Project Management--54d---
Tourism and Travel Services Management--74d---
Category total-386734d44-30d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General-44----
Health Communication--24---
International and Intercultural Communication--15---
Mass Communication/Media Studies--24---
Political Communication-41----
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication-----2
Public Relations/Image Management--80d---
Category total-131168d--2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other-----1
Computer and Information Sciences, General-15----
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance--3--46
Computer Science-231463-1
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications--4---
Information Science/Studies-12118---
Category total-502713-48
Adult and Continuing Education Administration-----0
Computer Teacher Education--27d---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--353-5
Curriculum and Instruction--5d5-3
Education, Other--20---
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs--12---
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs--7---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--46d16-80
Educational/Instructional Technology-----14d
Elementary Education and Teaching--19---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--3814-1
International and Comparative Education--36---
Mathematics Teacher Education--0---
Reading Teacher Education-----1
Secondary Education and Teaching--29---
Special Education and Teaching, General--3511-16d
Special Education and Teaching, Other--22--72d
Category total--331d49-192d
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-366---
Civil Engineering, General-22160--
Computer Engineering, General-6122--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-14655-0
Engineering, General-1----
Engineering, Other-----1
Industrial Engineering-----1
Mechanical Engineering-20154-1
Systems Engineering-826834-148
Category total-10738245-151
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management--1428-2
Category total--1428-2
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-9----
English Language and Literature, General-55103--
Category total-64103--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature-9----
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-5----
French Language and Literature-3----
German Language and Literature-2----
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-4----
Japanese Language and Literature-4----
Russian Language and Literature-2----
Spanish Language and Literature-1----
Category total-30----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing--3d---
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other-17d----
Art Therapy/Therapist--28---
Athletic Training/Trainer-16---
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-1532---
Blood Bank Technology Specialist-----1d
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-2d---2d
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling-----1
Clinical Research Coordinator-15d89d--3d
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician178d---173-
Dental Clinical Sciences, General--3---
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-10--2-
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)--7d--4
Environmental Health--143-3
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--24d--10d
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other--64d2-8
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-----96
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other8d-0---
Health Services Administration--0--27d
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-8d34d--59
Hematology Technology/Technician--7d---
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management-----8
International Public Health/International Health--521-1
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor--11---
Nursing Administration--10d---
Nursing Education---1d--
Nursing Practice---23d--
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing--19d--2d
Palliative Care Nursing--02d-0
Physical Therapy/Therapist---34--
Physician Assistant--124--115
Public Health Education and Promotion--25--1
Public Health, General--78--6
Public Health, Other-320---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-67----
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor--18d--9
Category total186d175d648d226d175356d
American History (United States)---1--
History, General-72194--
Category total-72195--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science-14--0-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-41----
Criminalistics and Criminal Science--17---
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-----6
Forensic Science and Technology--53--7
Securities Services Administration/Management--82--21
Category total-55152-034
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General--33---
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law--19---
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law--24---
International Law and Legal Studies--351--
Legal Assistant/Paralegal--83d--9
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other--80---
Legal Support Services, Other--9--1d
Category total--283d599-10d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies6-----
Category total6-----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General--3---
Mathematics, General-821--
Statistics, General-6670-13
Statistics, Other-----1
Category total-14721-14
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-3---1
Museology/Museum Studies--56--12d
Science, Technology and Society-----0
Category total-356--13d
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-1417---
Category total-1417---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-2418---
Category total-2418---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies-2----
Religion/Religious Studies-80---
Category total-300---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-2024--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other-4----
Physics, General-643--
Category total-3067--
Clinical Psychology--3225--
Psychology, General-14147-6
Category total-1413632-6
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General-15----
International Policy Analysis--29--2
Public Administration--600--
Public Policy Analysis, General--7313--
Category total-1516213-2
Social Sciences
American Government and Politics (United States)--140d--12
Development Economics and International Development--35---
Economics, General-110145--
International Economics--30--0
International Relations and Affairs-530164---
National Security Policy Studies--43---
Physical and Biological Anthropology-12----
Political Science and Government, General-198106--
Category total-926483d11-12
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-116---
Art/Art Studies, General-2----
Dance, General-76---
Documentary Production-----16
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-11----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-92---
Interior Design-517---
Music, General-3----
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology--3---
Category total-4846--16
Grand total1922,4544,2101,071175900
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
Track and Field, X-Country119
Water Polo1818
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1922 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1923 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist5/2/2001 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/1/1970 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs4/11/1989 - 7/20/2008Resigned
Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs2/16/2001 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs11/8/1971 -  Accredited
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
(CPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE programs5/1/2014 -  Pre-Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration(!)7/1/1968 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/8/2006 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/16/2010 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health6/1/1990 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree(!)7/1/1942 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1979 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations91717
Liquor law violations010
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations61514
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible101210
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault043
Motor vehicle theft022
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible8106
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault012
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate1.4%1.5%1.5%
Number in default626358
Number in repayment4,2024,0223,657
Aid Programs
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