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George Washington University

Washington, DCwww.gwu.edu
Located in the nation's political hub, the nearly 200-year-old George Washington University is the largest college in the District of Columbia, with more than 26,000 students, about 11,000 of them undergrads. The student body is diverse, with students coming from all 50 states, as well as about 130 countries. It's no surprise that international affairs, political science, and business programs are popular, and ambitious students pursue all that D.C. has to offer in terms of internships and networking opportunities. Alumni include actress Courteney Cox, celebrity chef Ina Garten, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. With a campus situated in the heart of the city, nightlife, shops, restaurants, and sightseeing are easy distractions from schoolwork. The White House is just four blocks away. The school has over 475 student groups as well as some two dozen Division I sports teams. Next time you're at a GW game, make sure you don buff and blue -- the colors President George Washington once wore.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,500
% of students who get any grants
65%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$40,200
Average price for low-income students
$14,930
admissions
Acceptance rate
41%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1360/31
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
11,718
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
87%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$19,846
student success
Graduation rate
81%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,000
Average salary within 3 years
$59,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
42%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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