What We're Known For

What We're Known For


GW has a lot to offer inside and outside the classroom!

Our undergraduate students want to be a part of all that happens here in the heart of the most influential city in the world. Even with their wide range of individualized academic goals, GW students value and embrace the energy and excitement of our social, academic and service-oriented communities. Our students take full advantage of the fact that the world intersects our campus and is often shaped by the intellectual pursuits, innovations and public service happening here. Endless opportunities and resources in the classroom, on the campus and throughout the city help students to succeed both during their college careers and, upon graduation, as accomplished leaders and involved citizens who make a difference in the world.

Extensive Experiential Learning

At GW students have extensive access to experiential learning options, including internships and research opportunities.

  • Some 92 percent of GW students who graduate have at least one internship or career-related opportunity. It is not uncommon for students to have more than one internship during their undergraduate experience.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Fellowships and Research helps students get involved in research projects and presents opportunities for funding.
  • Many students acquire their first job as a result of their internship.
  • Research projects allow students to develop in-depth knowledge of their discipline in preparation for both graduate work and careers in their field.
  • Internships allow students to learn more about their career options, gain contacts for future jobs and develop career-related skills

A Diversity of Experiences

At GW, your classmates and neighbors will provide a different perspective.

  • Students at GW come from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia and 125 countries
  • More than 7 percent of the entering freshman class are students who live abroad
  • Among our undergraduate population, 27 percent is multicultural and 10% is international.
  • A full 25 percent of our students speak more than one language fluently.

Science and Engineering Hall

With 400,000 square feet of above grade space, this LEED certified building integrates cutting-edge research with innovative instruction at every level of study.  The Hall will house more than 100 research and teaching laboratories, group study rooms, a machine shop, student organization space, and an exhibit hall.

The instructional labs create a dynamic environment where students engage in lecture, laboratory, and group learning experiences in a flexible space.  Research and Teaching Neighborhoods on every floor facilitate the interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and students - inspiring the creation of knowledge necessary to address critical challenges facing our nation and our world.

The Science and Engineering Hall incorporates pivotal core facilities that will enhance GW's on-campus research capabilities and are attracting top scholars and researchers from around the world to GW.  These facilities include an imaging suite, a class 100/1,000 clean room, a server farm, a 3-story high bay with strong wall and strong floor, and a greenhouse.

Student Engagement

At GW, it's not only about academics, it is also about student and campus involvement. 

  • The Colonial Challenge is a yearlong Olympathon that engages students in team and class competitions.
  • Balancing fellowship, leadership and service, more than 2,100 undergraduates participate in Greek life through one of 43 fraternities or sororities.  Of this number, 12 are culturally based Greek organizations.
  • GW TRAiLs students trek into the great outdoors, participating in programs that promote endurance and physical well-being, environmental interaction, wilderness training, leadership, and just pure fun. Adventures included a retreat in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, the Annapolis Rocks sunset hike, urban backpacking, a Florida Keys spring break trip, and Potomac kayaking.
  • In the City programs engage students in events in and around Washington, D.C. They include area theater, live music, other performing arts, professional sporting events, D.C. cook-offs, 5k and 10k runs and walk-a-thons, national cultural celebrations on the National Mall, and D.C. neighborhood festivals and street markets.

Our Students Come First

At GW, students can take advantage of a range of services that assist in their transition to college, make the most of their college experience and prepare them for graduation.

  • The GW Guide to Personal Success Program matches each GW freshman with a GW administrator or faculty member who helps them adjust to college life and learn about GW resources.
  • Colonial Central brings together the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Student Accounts and the Registrar to offer students one easy location that addresses a variety of financial and registration needs. 
  • The GW Career Center offers interview training, resume critiquing, on-campus recruitment services and job listings. Each year the on-campus recruiting program brings more than 100 different employers to campus.

Study Abroad

As a leader in international education, GW offers programs around the world reflecting the academic breadth and depth of the University. Each year more than 1,600 GW students study abroad in nearly 50 countries. The Office of Study Abroad works to match each interested student with a program compatible with their academic, social and professional goals. The spectrum of options, from the GW centers to total immersion in another culture, allows students to customize their experience in a fall, spring, summer or year-long opportunity.

In addition to our four GW programs (GW Latin America, GW England, GW Madrid and GW Paris), the University is affiliated with more than 240 programs, including nearly 20 in Africa, four in Israel and nearly 50 in Europe. Through these programs, students have the opportunity to study at renowned institutions such as Sciences Po, Oxford, Universidad de Chile and Tel Aviv University.