Counselor Resources


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 invite you to connect with us. Join our counselor mailing list to receive our counselor newsletter and relevant updates throughout the year. We can help with case studies, college prep workshops, mock admissions interviews, and essay writing workshops - just email [email protected]. Please send college fair invites to [email protected].

Find your GW representative.

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Meet Us On The Road

In addition to our events around the country for your students, we also host various counselor events each fall, including joint events with colleagues from other universities. While events are posted each fall, you can always reach out to us at [email protected]. If we are coming to an area near you, we hope to meet you on the road!

Counselor Advisory Board

The GW Counselor Advisory Board (CAB) consists of high school counselors (domestic and international), community-based organization counselors, and community college professionals, representing the voices of the various student populations we welcome at GW. Representatives are asked to serve a two-year term. To nominate a future member or for more information, please email [email protected].

Working With Community College Students

  • 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 of Engineering and Applied Science

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

School of Public Health

  • Students can apply to a pre-health program in Milken for admissions purposes

Elliott School of International Affairs

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


Transfer applicants are asked to designate a primary school of study.

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

  • 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+

  • Admission to GW is competitive; admission to a specific school within GW is also competitive, mainly based on the size of the individual school.
  • IT falls into our School of Business.
  • Nursing is NOT a major in traditional undergrad. That program has a separate admissions process through GW's School of Nursing.
  • GW's College of Professional Studies (CPS) also offers undergraduate and certificate programs; they use a separate admissions process.

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

Slavko Bradic  

Associate Director
[email protected]

Lindsay Skeens

Assistant Director
[email protected]

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Pre-College Summer Programs

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 about the GW Book Award


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
Chicago Scholars; view of Chicago River

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.

National Hispanic institute; group of GW graduates tossing graduation caps up in the sky with Washington Monument in background

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
The Posse Foundation; view of Atlanta streetscape

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.

Say Yes to Education; view of Tempietto in Kogan Plaza in fall with students walking through campus

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.

Strive for College / I'm First; Foggy Bottom streetscape with GW banners on flagpoles

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 first-year class and designate them as GW IMPACT Scholars
  • Offer a campus visit to admitted students designated GW IMPACT Scholars
  • Meeting the demonstrated financial need of admitted of GW IMPACT Scholars
Yes Prep; urban streetscape at night

On-Campus Counselor Programs

Aerial view of University Yard with students gathering

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.

students walking on National Mall at Vietnam Memorial towards Washington Monument

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.

Group of students talking and studying under the Tempietto in Kogan Placa

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 GW community.