The George Washington University
We prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse and global society
Founded in 1821 by an Act of Congress, The George Washington University (GW) offers more than 75 majors and over 2,000 courses across seven undergraduate schools. Our location in the heart of the nation’s capital gives students access to power. Whether you're focused on our amazing academic and service opportunities, learning on a global scale through our study abroad program, conducting undergraduate research, or having in-depth discussions with some of the world's most respected leaders and industry experts, GW students have endless opportunities to put their knowledge in action.
With the White House, US Capitol, and Supreme Court nearby, learning doesn’t end in the classroom. Our students can conduct and participate in research projects across the District. They grow through service to our community, with projects sponsored by the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement. And they intern with great companies and organizations, choosing from more than 12,000 opportunities, including at the White House, the World Bank, and the National Institutes of Health. We provide our students with an authentic and original student life experience, fostering a sense of community on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, which are just a short shuttle ride away from each other.
All of this combined with our need-aware approach to financial aid, an open dining plan that gives students access to over 100 food and grocery partners, a 50% solar-powered campus making major strides to become carbon neutral by 2040, a worldwide alumni network of over 290,000 Colonials, and so much more makes GW a great place to further your education and build your future.
The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) focuses its work on underrepresented undergraduate students who are racial-, ethnic- and identity-based minority students. The work overlaps with graduate students, international students and other students who develop an interest in learning around diversity and inclusion.
The MSSC staff is the lead contributor for diversity and inclusion in campus life, campus climate and student advocacy. Our programs are developed in conjunction with campus partners during orientation, welcome week, the academic year, National Heritage celebration, commencement programs and the transition to alumni status. Cultural Education and Cultural Heritage Celebrations provide exceptional opportunities for students to develop stronger cultural intelligence and intercultural competency.
Communities and Identities
• Asian and Pacific Islander
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual
• Native American
• Religious and Faith
• South Asian
“My GW experience has been marked by meeting dignitaries, having a conversation in two languages at once, and walking to the Lincoln Memorial with my best friends.”
“We engage with our community through GW’s many lenses: service, research, internship, socially, professionally, and more. The faculty at GW engage with their community and encourage their students to join them, which gives us opportunities like no other.”
“At GW, I established a community that both cares about my well-being and has given me the support I need to be successful.”