Admissions FAQ's

Admissions FAQ's

What is the size of the entering class?

What percentage of the freshman class at GW is international?

Does GW require an interview as part of the application process?

What factors go into the admission decision making process?

Is GW need-blind or need-aware in the admissions process?

What is GW’s Fixed-Tuition Program?

How much financial aid does GW award?

Which forms are required to apply for need-based financial aid?

Is all financial aid at GW guaranteed?

What percentage of students are employed or in graduate school upon graduation?

What is the average SAT/ACT score for admitted students?

Does GW superscore the SAT or ACT? 

Do you have Early Decision or Early Action?

How does need aware affect my Early Decision application?

Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?

Is the TOEFL required for admission for international students?

Are international students eligible for financial or merit aid?

Do I need to take the SAT subject exams for admission to GW?

Are there minimum SAT/ACT or GPA requirements for admission to GW?

How do I check the status of my application?

Is there an appeals process to be reconsidered for admission or a merit scholarship?

 

 

What is the size of the entering class?

The freshman class size is approximately 2,350 students.

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What percentage of the freshman class at GW is international?

Approximately 10 percent of the class is international.

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Does GW require an interview as part of the application process?

An interview is not required for admission to GW; however, if you choose to participate in an interview, it will be considered in the admissions process.  We offer a variety of interview options, both on and off campus, including interview weekends in many locations throughout the world, interviews with local alumni and on-campus interviews. Interviews are offered to high school seniors through mid-January of the senior year. 

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What factors go into the admission decision making process?

The review of an application is holistic and includes an evaluation of the applicant’s academic background, the rigor of the high school program, and grades earned. In addition, the committee takes into consideration standardized test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews (if applicable) and interest in the university.

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Is GW need-blind or need-aware in the admissions process?

Like hundreds of other colleges and universities, GW practices need-aware admissions, which allows us to meet as much of the financial need of as many students as possible. The admissions committee begins the evaluation process by reading each applicant’s file based solely upon the merits of the application.  As we finalize decisions, we may have to examine the level of need for a small number of students in order to ensure that we stay within our financial aid budget. Being need aware enables us to offer more generous financial aid packages because we know we have the financial resources to provide assistance to the students we admit. It helps to ensure that students with less financial means are able to attend and thrive at GW.

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What is GW’s Fixed-Tuition Program?

Through GW’s Fixed-Tuition Program, the tuition an entering student pays remains fixed for the entire undergraduate program as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and is registered for a minimum of 12 semester hours of study per semester. Students can take advantage of the fixed tuition program for up to 10 semesters of study, should a fifth year be required to achieve their academic goals.  The Fixed-Tuition Program allows families to know the cost of a GW education, not just for the first year, but through the conclusion of a degree program.

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How much financial aid does GW award?

Last year, GW awarded more than $160 million in financial aid. In fact, more than 60 percent of this year’s incoming class of full-time degree-seeking undergraduates received grants from the university. Under President Knapp’s strong leadership, over the past five years GW has increased the amount of aid awarded to students by one-third.

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Which forms are required to apply for need-based financial aid?

In order to be considered for need-based financial assistance, students must submit the CSS Profile and the FAFSA forms by the stated deadlines. Additional documents, including tax forms and W-2 forms, are also required.  Visit the Apply for Assistance Forms page for more information.

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Is all financial aid at GW guaranteed?

All of the financial aid is not guaranteed; however, a portion of it is.  GW's financial aid packages are made up of three parts:  GW guaranteed funding, GW non-guaranteed funding, and federal funding.  Generally, the largest portion of the financial aid package is made up of GW guaranteed funding.  GW guaranteed funding, in the form of grants or scholarships, will never decrease regardless of any change to a student's financial circumstances as long as he or she is enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at GW and makes satisfactory academic progress, for up to 10 semesters.  The amount of GW non-guaranteed funding and federal funding can vary depending on a student's demonstrated financial need and requires yearly reapplication.

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What percentage of students are employed or in graduate school upon graduation?

At GW, students have invaluable experiences that open doors for full-time employment or advanced professional studies.  Six months after graduation, 63 percent of 2012 graduates who participated in the graduation survey were employed and 20 percent were admitted to graduate school. 

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What is the average SAT/ACT score for admitted students?

The SAT mid-range for admitted students for fall 2013 is 1840-2060.  The ACT mid-range for admitted students is 27-31.

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Does GW superscore the SAT or ACT? 

GW superscores the SAT examination results, adding together the best reading, writing and math results if a student takes the SAT more than once.  GW will take the best ACT composite score if a student takes the ACT more than once.

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Do you have Early Decision or Early Action?

GW offers the options of Early Decision I or Early Decision II.

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How does need aware affect my Early Decision application?

In our Early Decision process, we evaluate applications from a need-aware approach in the same way that we do in our regular decision process.

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Are international students required to take the SAT or ACT?

Yes, all freshman applicants, including international students, are required to take either the SAT or ACT examination.  Results of national examinations, such as the A Level exams, cannot be used as substitutes for these examinations. The SAT or ACT requirement may be waived only if there is no SAT or ACT testing offered anywhere in the student’s country of residence (as is the case for students in mainland China). However, the most competitive applicants in the admissions process do provide SAT or ACT results, even if they are coming from countries like China.

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Is the TOEFL required for admission for international students?

If English is not your first language you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), regardless of citizenship, country of residence or language of instruction in school. The minimum required score is 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL. Strong applicants to GW score much higher than the minimum required score on the TOEFL. In lieu of the TOEFL, applicants may submit results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

The TOEFL requirement is waived only for applicants who score 550 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT.

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Are international students eligible for financial or merit aid?

International students are not eligible for need-based financial assistance. In order to receive the required paperwork from GW to apply for a student visa, applicants must submit a bank statement and Financial Certificate Form as part of their application process. International students pay the same tuition as U.S. citizens.

GW does consider international students with outstanding academic achievements for merit-based scholarships. Automatic consideration for these scholarships is given to eligible candidates upon receipt of the application and all supporting credentials.

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Do I need to take the SAT subject exams for admission to GW?

We do not require SAT subject exams for general admission. The Seven-Year BA/MD Program requires two SAT Subject examinations in science and mathematics. The University Honors Program recommends two SAT Subject examinations.

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Are there minimum SAT/ACT or GPA requirements for admission to GW?

Because we take a comprehensive approach to the application review process, we have no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirements for admission. However, admission to GW is competitive and admitted students are typically strong students in their high school graduating class.

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How do I check the status of my application?

Your application status can be checked through the GW Admissions Activity Center. To gain access to the GW Admissions Activity Center, you will need your GWID, a unique identification number provided via e-mail by the Office of Admissions once your application is submitted.

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Is there an appeals process to be reconsidered for admission or a merit scholarship?

There is no appeals process, as each application has already received a careful review by the Admissions Committee. All decisions are final. Regrettably we cannot accomodate all of the strong applicants who are interested in attending GW, and we must work within a finite budget which limits the number of merit scholarships we can offer.

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