- Gain Lifelong Mentors
Gain Lifelong Mentors
At GW, many faculty members may become lifelong mentors. English Professor Edward P. Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who likes to think of himself as a “cheerleader” and “guide” for students, helping them to discover their inner creativity.
- SCALE-UP with Hands-On Learning
SCALE-UP with Hands-On Learning
GW believes that active, hands-on learning is an integral part of undergraduate experiences. Many classrooms use a SCALE-UP approach (Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs). Students solve problems on walls, chat with peers around the world via live video and answer polling questions digitally. Collaboration and team exercises aren't just accepted, but encouraged.
Learning at GW doesn’t end in the classroom. Conducting research as an undergraduate is an important way to build relationships with mentors, prepare for graduate studies, explore careers and translate skills into real-world applications. Faculty from all disciplines are eager to bring students into their labs and fields, and the university supports these projects through fellowships, scholarships and exhibitions.
In the next decade, GW will invest approximately $500 million in facilities and faculty to drive innovation in everything from groundbreaking cancer research and high-performance computing to arts, sustainability and cross-disciplinary initiatives. Much of this research is housed within more than 85 centers and institutes that drive policy and partner with powerful institutions, like the Smithsonian, National Institutes of Health and Library of Congress.
Whether for a week, a semester, a year — or two — more than half of all GW undergraduates complement their studies in Washington, D.C. with a study abroad experience.
Hike the Andes Mountains of Peru. Mount a camel in the deserts of Morocco. Watch London’s actors perform Shakespeare at the Globe. Whatever your style, there is a study abroad program that will fit your academic and personal goals. GW students can study in more than 350 programs in more than 60 countries.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Colin Powell and Kerry Washington: just a handful of GW alumni who have left the world a better place for the Colonials who followed after. The GW alumni community has more than 250,000 alumni in more than 150 countries worldwide. They play an active role in the life of the university, enriching student experiences, forging professional networks and giving back to the university through volunteerism and philanthropy.
GW is “Best for Internships”
Some college students head back to their beds after class, while GW students walk to work on Capitol Hill, at the Washington Post or even to the White House. Washington, D.C., is a mecca for internship opportunities — more than 12,000, in fact, are available for 10,000 GW undergraduate students. You don’t need to be a math major to know those are pretty solid odds. Don’t want to take our word for it? The Princeton Review listed GW as the number one “Best School for Internships” in 2015.