Freshman Admission

Freshman Admission

Each year we receive more applications from exceptionally competitive and talented candidates than we have available spaces in our freshman class. Every completed application is carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which looks for students who have the academic preparation, personal qualities and motivation to thrive in GW’s dynamic environment.

Our review 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 essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews (if applicable) and test scores (if provided). 

Our Admissions Committee evaluates candidates without factoring in financial need. Initial decisions are based solely upon the merits of the applications. At the point of finalizing admissions decisions, we must balance a student's financial resources with the university's aid budget. This practice of being need-aware allows us to meet as much need of as many students as possible. In fact, over 60% of GW students received grants from the university, and last year more than $170 million of institutional aid was awarded to undergraduate students.

At GW, freshmen may choose one of three application options:

  • Early Decision I
  • Early Decision II
  • Regular Decision

During the application process, freshman applicants are encouraged to consider applying to the University Honors program, the Elizabeth Somers Women's Leadership program, the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program or an accelerated program. Most are available only to entering freshmen, and these programs add another level of challenge and breadth to the freshman academic experience. These programs span a variety of disciplines and carry both academic and co-curricular components.