Journey to GW
The George Washington University (GW) is located in Washington, D.C., with one campus in the heart of the city and another in a northwest residential neighborhood. We’re blocks from the White House, the National Mall, and other D.C. institutions. GW students benefit from our location, with enriched academic, social, and professional experiences for students in every major.
Start Your Journey to GW
The college search process has changed as a result of COVID-19. We're adapting to those changes just as you are. We're here to help you navigate your college search process all the same, with campus tours and visits as well as virtual programs to share more about the GW experience.
Best of luck on your journey to GW - and know that our office is here to help you along the way!
We offer a variety of options to help you learn more about the GW community, engage with our staff and students, and answer all of your burning questions. Choose what works best for you.
Learn more about GW, our location in Washington, D.C., and the admissions process from wherever you are with these on-demand videos.
Our virtual sessions provide information about GW while allowing time for your questions. Virtually, we offer general information sessions and offerings from GW's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and GW's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
Campus tours provide a taste of life at GW and time for questions for our student tour guides and professional staff. Review our safety protocols and requirements, then schedule your visit. If a tour isn't available, use our self-guided tour booklet or listen to our GW Unfiltered walking tour.
We believe in the importance of demystifying the college search experience for all high school students.
This video series was developed for students in 9th through 11th grades who are starting their journey to college and want to be set up for success, both academically and financially, prior to applying for college. We have also included a video for parents and guardians of high school students who may need a primer (or a refresher!) on various aspects of the college search process.
- Admissions 101: Finding the Right College For You
Presented by Katilin Crepps and Connor Luong
This session will help you define what is important to you as you build your list of colleges for consideration. For many students, location, campus culture, class size, and cost all play a part in forming that final list. Hear how to gather accurate information, how to interpret statistics, how to document a “campus vibe” and how to make sense of all the various data points as you research and visit the campuses that most interest you.
- Admissions 101: The College Application
Presented by Don Phillips
You’re taking great classes, and you’ve visited lots of colleges. Next stop: the actual application! Review important information about understanding which colleges use which application platforms, what it means to be test optional, the value of a good personal statement, when to ask for letters of recommendation (and whom to ask for them), and how to present your activities in a way that tells your story of leadership and community engagement.
- Financial Aid 101
Presented by Tony Sutphin, Office of Student Financial Assistance
Learn all about applying for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA), the CSS Profile, loans, and other ways to finance your education.
- Admissions 101: Financing Your College Experience
Presented by Joshua Lowe
Financing your college education can be the most daunting part of the college search process. We would like to help demystify some of the tools colleges use to determine financial need, help you accurately calculate the total cost of college attendance, research scholarships that can have a big impact on the bottom line of your expense sheet, and understand the components of a financial aid award containing both federal and institutional aid.
- Admissions 101: For Parents and Guardians
Presented by Chris Butler and Carol Conchar
This installment of Admissions 101 is just for you - parents and guardians who want to be well-informed allies for their college-bound children. We’ll be defining and explaining commonly used terms in the college search and application process, outlining important factors in creating that final list of schools for consideration, suggesting important questions to ask of the professionals in the process (counselors and admissions professionals), and offering tips about when to weigh in and when to let your student take the wheel in this important life process.
"What I really loved about GW is its presence in Foggy Bottom, with the five-by-six city block campus. I really felt that solid presence and also a sense of community among the students. Being in a city, I also wanted to go out beyond the campus boundaries and explore what it had to offer, such as some of the incredible events and also some incredible internships that I've been able to do as a GW student. At the end of the day, I didn't feel like I was going home to be isolated alone and just taking classes in a city, I felt like I was coming back to a solid community at GW.”
Class of 2022, Communication