George Washington University
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George Washington University

University in Washington, D.C.

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By James Barham, PhD

George Washington University (GWU) was founded in 1821, under the name of Columbian College, by an act of the US Congress, signed by President James Monroe.

In 1873, the university underwent an expansion, changing its name to Columbian University. In 1904, it assumed its present name, and in 1912 it moved its campus to its present location in the Washington neighborhood of Foggy Bottom.

Today, GWU consists of 14 colleges and schools, including the:

  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (considered to be the direct descendant of the original Columbian College founded in 1821)
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank operate out of offices located on GWU’s main campus in Foggy Bottom, just blocks away from the White House and the US State Department.

With a student body topping 27,000, GWU is the largest university located in the United States’ capital city.

As might be expected, many GWU-connected students and faculty have been prominent in the public life of the United States and other countries.

For example, we may note the following well-known GWU alumni:

  • Current US Attorney General, William Barr
  • Political consultant, former US Presidential Counselor, Kellyanne Conway
  • Founding Director of the CIA, Allen Dulles
  • Former US Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles
  • Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister and Ambasador to US, Abba Eban
  • Current US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper
  • Former US Senator, J. William Fulbright
  • Current President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé
  • Current President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
  • Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó
  • Founding Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover
  • Former US Senator, Daniel Inouye
  • Former President of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak
  • Former US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, Colin Powell
  • Former US Senator, Harry Reid
  • Former President of South Korea, Syngman Rhee
  • Former President of Georgia,mMikheil Saakashvili
  • Former Prime Minister of Mongolia, Chimediin Saikhanbileg
  • Political correspondent, Director of GWU School of Media and Public Affairs, Frank Sesno
  • Lawyer, judge, university president, and special prosecutor of Bill Clinton impeachment investigation, Kenneth W. Starr
  • Current US Senator and candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren

Of special interest is GWU Law School graduate Belva Ann Bennett, who in 1879 became the first woman authorized to argue cases before the US Supreme Court. Also, sitting US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas formerly lectured at the GWU Law School.

Among GWU-connected individuals in the STEM disciplines, we may mention:

  • Biochemist, Nobel laureate, Julius Axelrod
  • Physicist, George Gamow
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Masatoshi Koshiba
  • Physiologist, Nobel laureate, Ferid Murad
  • Biochemist, Nobel laureate, Marshall Nirenberg
  • Physicist, Edward Teller
  • Biochemist, Nobel laureateVincent du Vigneaud

Other GWU-associated individuals include:

  • Actor, Karen Allen
  • Actor, Alec Baldwin
  • Sociologist, Amitai Etzioni
  • Novelist, Edward P. Jones

From Wikipedia

The George Washington University is a private research university in Washington, D.C.. It was chartered in 1821 by an official act of the United States Congress.The university is organized into 14 colleges and schools, including the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the GW School of Business, the School of Media and Public Affairs, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, the GW Law School and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. George Washington's main Foggy Bottom Campus is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank located on campus and the White House and the U.S. Department of State within blocks of campus. GW hosts numerous research centers and institutes, including the National Security Archive and the Institute for International Economic Policy. GW has two satellite campuses: the Mount Vernon Campus, located in D.C.'s Foxhall neighborhood and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Loudoun County, Virginia. George Washington is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia.

Source: Wikipedia

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

26,405

Acceptance

43%

Graduation Rate

81%

Median SAT Score

1375

Median ACT Score

31

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$54,453

Fees (in-state)

$85

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$17,614
30K-48K$17,924
48K-75K$22,287
75K-110K$29,282
110K+$46,572

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$82,400

Employed

91%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

21K

Under-Grads

12K

Graduates

9K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

1918 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20052

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

46 per 100k

Violent Crime

11 per 100k

Influential People

Who are George Washington University's Most influential alumni?

George Washington University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . George Washington University’s most academically influential people include Tom Fitton, J. William Fulbright, and David Kellermann.

Tom Fitton
Tom Fitton

American activist

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J. William Fulbright

American politician

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David Kellermann

American businessman

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George W. Romney

American business executive and politician

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Nadja West

American physician

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William C. Sullivan
William C. Sullivan

FBI official

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Alex Pacheco
Alex Pacheco

American activist

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Diana B. Henriques

American journalist

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Hilary Rosen
Hilary Rosen

American lobbyist

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Archer Blood

American diplomat

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Bob Considine
Bob Considine

American journalist

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Stanford Parris

Former U.S. Congressman from Virginia

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