About this university
George Washington University (GW) is the largest provider of higher education in the United States capital city, Washington, DC. With a history dating back to 1821, the university is internationally recognized and ranked among the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).
George Washington University is ranked 63rd among the top 100 universities in the United States, according to the News & World Report National University Rankings 2022. Other areas in which the university has ranked well include Best Value Schools in the ranked 113 and Best Co-op/Internships ranked 18.
GW focuses on experiential learning, and has previously been ranked number one in the United States for “Best Internship Opportunities” by Princeton Review. It offers an impressive 12,000 internships each year at several famous organizations, including the White House, the World Bank, and the National Institutes of Health.
As a result, students can feel confident knowing that GW will effectively prepare them for the world of work. In fact, nine out of ten graduates from the Class of 2017 were employed or in further study within six months of completing their degrees.
Home to more than 27,000 students from more than 130 countries, GW is proud to offer a diverse university community. With more than 450 student organizations, students have plenty to do outside of class. GW offers 27 collegiate sports teams, and the student-athletes representing these teams compete at the highest level of collegiate sports in the United States.
GW graduates have access to a massive network of 290,000 alumni residing in more than 130 countries worldwide. Students can be inspired to know that they attend the same institution that influential people such as Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Warren, and Yvonne Orji attended, as well as Dr. Ralph Alpher, the Physicist who published details of the Big Bang Theory in his dissertation in 1948.
The pandemic has presented new challenges for educational institutions around the world. GW academic faculty have addressed these challenges by defining a clear plan to minimize the effects of Covid-19 on their students’ learning experience.
Many courses have transformed into hybrid learning structures, with elements of the curriculum delivered online. There are clear safety guidelines and preventative measures are always taken on the university campus. The most up-to-date information is shared through the Onward GW Website .
GW Today, the university’s news and information hub, has launched a new online content series called GW All Access. This exciting and engaging new channel demonstrates GW’s adaptability and commitment to delivering the most comprehensive and accessible learning experience possible. Students are kept up to date on adjustments being made due to Covid-19 by faculty representatives from different departments within the university.
US News & World Report has released a new college ranking list, and GW has seen a steady rise in its position since last year’s report. GW ranked 63rd out of 381 national universities, representing a 3-point overall improvement from 2020. The university also scored well in the Student Debt category, highlighting GW’s continued commitment to improving student financial aid , especially in light of current challenges.