Counselor Resources

Welcome

Welcome to GW! Our transfer advisors, high school and CBO counselors are among the most important partners we have in the ever-changing landscape of college admissions. No one knows your students better than you do, so you are in a unique position to assist them in finding the best fit college or university to call home.

We hope this page provides you with the resources to most effectively counsel your students as it relates to their interest in the George Washington University. Please connect with us. We can help with case studies, college prep workshops, mock admissions interviews and essay writing workshops. 

We appreciate the guidance, wisdom, and support you provide and are excited to work with you in supporting your students as they decide upon their next step.

Find your GW representative.

Email counselors@gwu.edu

Counselor Programs

Pathway To GW

Pathway To GW

Designed for academic and transfer advisors working at community colleges, this event will provide you with the opportunity to engage closely with offices across campus in learning how to support your students as they navigate admissions, transfer credit, financial aid, and veterans benefits. Join us on October 13, 2017! 

GW Next Door

GW Next Door

GW Next Door invites our local counselors and community-based counselors for a full day of professional development in the month of January. Featuring application case studies, round-table discussions and guest speakers, GW Next Door seeks to engage our counselor neighbors with insights and updates on the landscape of higher education at large.

Counselor Connection

Counselor Connection Fly-in

GW’s signature counselor fly-in program, Counselor Connection provides high school counselors with programming highlighting GW’s unique qualities and opportunities. For two-and-a-half days counselors will engage closely with admissions, retention, financial aid, and enrollment management staff to garner a stronger understanding of GW’s place in the higher education landscape and what type of student is a good fit for the Colonial community. Our next Counselor Connection is scheduled for May 2018.

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Visit Options

Group Visit

Group Visit

Groups from high schools and community organizations are welcome to experience GW! For groups of 8 or more, we offer an hour-long tour of the Foggy Bottom Campus.

Request a Group Visit
Individual Counselor Visit

Individual Counselor Visit

Are you a school counselor, independent counselor, or CBO rep visiting D.C.? We would love to meet with you! We can personalize your campus visit based on your needs or you may attend an information session and tour with prospective families.

Schedule a Visit

GW Book Award

  • George Washington's Leadership Lessons
    George Washington's Leadership Lessons

    George Washington's Leadership Lessons

    The GW Book Award recognizes high school juniors who embody the GW drive and spirit. We encourage school counselors to nominate one qualified high school junior each year. Nominees will receive George Washington’s Leadership Lessons, their application fee will be waived, and if admitted, become eligible for the GW Book Award Scholarship.

    Learn More


Working With Community College Students

Transfer Basics

  • There is no minimum number of credits to be considered a transfer student. If a student has earned any college-level credits post high school they are considered a transfer student
  • SAT/ACT is not required
  • We will transfer in up to 60 credits
  • Technically, all students are required to live on campus for three years, including transfers. Non-traditional students, students  within commuting distance or have other extenuating circumstances can talk to housing about getting a waiver.

School Specific Transfer Requirements

School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Calculus, Physics and Chemistry are required for admission to any major in SEAS

Milken Institute of Public Health

  • Admission to Public Health is not automatic.
  • Students can apply to a pre-health program in Milken for admission purposes.
  • Traditional freshman apply to Milken for their junior year
  • Transfer students must be at GW for at least one semester before applying to Public Health major
  • Students can also be in Columbian College of Arts and Sciences before applying to Public Health

Elliott School of International Affairs

  • Foreign Language is required to graduate, so we recommend students complete as much of their foreign language requirement before transferring as possible

Transfer Application

CommonApp

Applicants are asked to designate a primary school and have the option of designating a secondary school. We highly encourage students to select both a primary and secondary.

Required Documents

  • High School Transcript
    • 0-29 completed college credits post high school = High School transcript required
    • 30+ complete college credits post high school = No high school transcript required
  • College Report
    • Can be found on the recommenders page in the CommonApp
  • Official College Transcript from EVERY college attended post high school (doesn’t matter how long ago it was)
  • One Recommendation
    • Can be academic or professional

Not Required

  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • Mid-Year Report

International Transfer Applicants

  • Any applicant who identifies a language other than English as their first language must submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score with their application.
    • Minimum TOEFL score: 90 (iBT)
    • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 (overall)
  • Foreign Language Placement waiver is granted if:
    • College Composition 1 AND College Composition 2 are completed with a C or better OR
      • New SAT Evidence Based Reading of 650+
      • ACT English score 29+

Miscellaneous

  • Nursing is NOT a major in traditional undergrad. That program goes through the Health Sciences office in Ashburn
  • Admission is competitive; and school admission is competitive mainly based on the size of the individual school (See QuickFacts)
  • IT falls into our School of Business
  • Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) also has undergraduate programs that are a different application process from undergrad admissions

Questions?

If you, a colleague or a student have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Slavko Bradic  

Associate Director
202-994-1905
slavko@gwu.edu

Lindsay Skeens

Assistant Director
202-994-1529
lkskeens@gwu.edu

Pre-College Summer Programs


Partnerships

Chicago Scholars

Chicago Scholars

Chicago Scholars is the largest college access and success program in Chicago, serving over a thousand scholars each year. It provides seven years of mentoring and career support as students explore and actualize their college and life dreams. The organization works to develop deep collaborations with community based organizations and has a national network of over 100 colleges and universities. As a partner school, GW:

  • Attends the July and October sponsored Chicago Scholars events
  • Provide travel assistance to students admitted into the Your GW program
  • Collaborates with Chicago Scholars in supporting students through the application cycle
Visit the Chicago Scholars website
National Hispanic institute

National Hispanic Institute

Through programs such as Great Debate (9th grade), Lorenzo De Zavala (10th/11th) and Collegiate World Series (11th), NHI creates experiences that engage achieving high school youth in community leadership roles that advance our quality of life. As a College Register member, GW is committed to attending the college fairs offered as part of the Lorenzo De Zavala programs. We also annually attend one of the Collegiate World Series events.

Visit the NHI website
The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation

Posse partner colleges and universities are helping transform the landscape of leadership in the United States by committing critical resources to diversifying their campuses, making their climates more welcoming to all students and ensuring that Posse Scholars graduate with the finest education in the country. GW became a Posse school in 2015, pledging its support for the Atlanta cohort. As a Posse partner, we:

  • Work together with The Posse Foundation to select 10 students from the Atlanta area each year, providing a minimum of a full-tuition grant to each selected student
  • Designate and appoint a senior administrative officer to serve as a liaison to the Posse program
  • Identify a campus mentor for the incoming “posse”
  • Host an annual Posse Plus Retreat
Visit the Posse website
Say Yes

Say Yes

Say Yes believes that when a community comes together, it has the capacity to effectively and sustainably redefine expectations and to build pathways to postsecondary education and careers. In joining the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, GW ensures that students from Say Yes communities whose annual family income is at or below $75,000, and who are accepted through the institution’s regular admission process, are eligible, at a minimum, to attend tuition-free.

Visit the Say Yes website
Strive for College / I'm First

Strive for College / I'm First

To expand college opportunity to low income and first generation students, GW partnered with Strive for College and I’m First. As a partner school, GW attends virtual events, participates in live chats with I’m First prospective high school participants, and connects admitted first generation students with current first generation students on our campus.

Visit the I'm First website
Yes Prep

Yes Prep (IMPACT)

YES Prep has established partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide to enroll students in “cohorts.”  These cohorts, or clusters, of students are designed to serve as mutually supportive communities within the larger college campus.  As a partner school GW commits to:

  • Attending both the district-wide YES Prep College Fair and IMPACT Scholar programs
  • Provide travel assistance to students admitted into the Your GW program.
  • Dedicating 3-5 total spaces for YES Prep students  each year from the incoming freshman class and designate them as a GW IMPACT Scholar
  • Offer a campus visit to admitted students designated GW IMPACT Scholars
  • Meeting the demonstrated financial need of admitted of GW IMPACT Scholars
Visit the Yes Prep website

Plan Your Visit and Find Your Way Around Campus

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Parking & Public Transportation

Regardless of where you are coming from, there are a variety of ways to get to GW. We're close to three airports (Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore Washington International), have a Metro stop right on campus and provide several visitor parking garages.

Get directions and find out where to park
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Hotels Near GW

GW is in the center of the action in D.C. and is close to many hotels, both in the city and in surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia. Special rates are available at locations near campus through the GW Hotels program.

Review our hotel options
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Campus Map

Members of the Admissions team and the GW community will help you find your way around our campuses, but you can also use our detailed map of Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon to get you where you need to be.

Download the map (PDF)