The George Washington University has been in the heart of the US capital for close to 200 years, transforming ideas into action. As the world changes, GW evolves to address social, economic, technological, and political issues, linking students with unparalleled resources found exclusively in the nation’s most influential city.
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. Nearly two centuries later, the main campus sits only six blocks from the White House and continues to expand both in scope and architecture. The merger with the Corcoran College of Arts and Design, part of the historic and renowned Corcoran Gallery of Art, is creating innovative avenues for cross-collaboration. The Science and Engineering Hall—a 500,000-sq. ft., 14-story research hub—opened its doors in early 2015, expanding the possibilities for students to examine, explore, and pioneer the future.
It’s a big, complex world
That’s why we offer more than 200 doctoral, master’s, and graduate certificate programs. Throughout our 10 schools and colleges and almost 100 research centers and institutes, we help students gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve their individual academic, personal, and professional goals.
All the world’s a classroom
GW’s holistic approach to developing and nurturing current and future leaders extends beyond the physical classroom. In addition to working with our distinguished faculty, students gain confidence in conducting research, developing policy, and effecting change through partnerships with organizations such as the World Bank, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, Organization of American States, and all branches of the US federal government.
Big focus, small details
The George Washington University is the largest institution in the nation’s capital, yet it delivers individualized advising and mentoring to support personalized programs of study. The University attracts more than 25,000 students, over 15,000 of whom are pursuing graduate study. At GW, students join a diverse community that enhances global knowledge and builds unparalleled networking opportunities.
Turning possibilities into reality
GW provides a variety of educational funding options, ranging from teaching/research assistantships and fellowships to internships and loans. Our commitment extends beyond the promise of a dynamic and challenging graduate program. GW’s Career Center and school-based career services provide workshops, one-on-one assistance, and employer connections to support job searches and career mobility. The Office of Alumni Relations supports and connects a lifelong network of more than 250,000 alumni throughout the world.
Begin the next phase of your life and career—where your world is shaped at our doorstep.