Campus Advisories

GW classes canceled; administrative and academic offices closed on March 5

05:10am, Thursday, March 05, 2015

GW classes are canceled, administrative and academic offices are closed, and activities and events will not take place on Thursday, March 5 at all of our Washington metropolitan area campuses and locations because of inclement weather throughout the region.

When the university declares a change to its operating status, employees classified as Designated On-Site are required to report to and/or remain at work, employees classified as Essential are generally expected to telecommute, and employees classified as Non-Essential are not required to work unless directed to do so by a supervisor.

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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 standardized test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews (if applicable) and interest in the university. 

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 $166 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.