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Transfer Application Process

The George Washington University (GW) considers anyone who has graduated from high school and completed at least one college course since high school graduation to be a transfer student. Each year we welcome nearly 350 new transfer students from more than 300 different colleges and universities. We seek transfer students who have succeeded academically at another college or university and have the motivation to thrive at GW.

Our review of your application package includes an evaluation of your academic background at each institution of higher education previously attended. We also take into consideration your high school record and standardized test scores (if applicable), essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and interest in the university.

All prospective transfer students will apply to GW by submitting the Transfer Common Application. Please note that while you can submit certain materials, including your transcript, recommendations, and essay, through the Common Application, GW will also accept documents that are sent via mail and email.

Transfer credit evaluations are only completed for admitted students. Students wishing to transfer from Northern Virginia Community College can view an equivalency chart for an idea of what courses may transfer over to GW. Note: equivalencies are not guaranteed to transfer and should only be used as a guide. (A clarification of the chart: GW credit for UW 1020 may only be awarded if a student has completed more than 30 credits, including both ENG 111 and ENG 112; otherwise, GW credit may be given for UW 1099)

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Transfer Application Steps

Complete and submit the Transfer Common Application online.

This application was built specifically for transfer students. You will complete your personal information, academic history, and supporting information before selecting the program to which you wish to apply (e.g., The George Washington University, Fall 2019). GW's essay is under the Questions tab; applicants must select from one of the two prompts given.

Please note: The application is not complete and we cannot begin the application review until we receive all required forms. Be sure to complete all sections of your application. The application requires a nonrefundable application fee of $80 for students. The Common Application opens in early August for fall and spring admission.

Supporting documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, can be submitted electronically via the Common Application, via email to [email protected], or via mail to our office:
     The George Washington University
     Office of Undergraduate Admissions
     800 21st St NW Suite 214
     Washington, D.C. 20052

Please note that electronic submission is preferred and will allow us to complete your application in a timely manner.

Please allow us several weeks from the time the application is submitted to process all documents and post them in the GW Admissions Portal. During the busy application period, the portal is the best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents. You will receive a link to the portal with instructions on how to log in after your application is submitted.

On the Common Application and corresponding documentation, please ensure the applicant’s name is written as it appears on their passport or government identification. Students should use the Common Application's “preferred name” field to include a nickname, if it differs from the name on official identification. All international applicants must provide a permanent, physical mailing address (that is not a post office box).

Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university you previously attended. If you have less than 30 college credits, you will need to submit high school transcripts. These credentials are required (whether or not credit was earned or is desired) and should be sent directly from the registrar's office to GW's Office of Admissions. Email transcripts must be sent directly from the sender's school email address in order to be considered official.

For international applicants, if your original transcripts are not in English, please submit both the original documents as well as certified English translations.

GW is test-optional, meaning students applying for freshman or transfer admission are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), except in the following select circumstances:

  • Applicants applying to the accelerated Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program
  • Applicants who are homeschooled
  • Applicants who attend secondary schools that provide only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale
  • Recruited NCAA Division I athletes

Because we take a holistic approach to the application review process, we have no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirements for admission. However, admission to GW is competitive and admitted students are typically strong academic students in their high school graduating class.

Once an applicant has indicated their test option on the Transfer Common Application and submitted their application, that option cannot be changed. If an applicant has previously submitted test scores to our office but indicates on the application that they would not like their scores considered, test scores will not be viewed during application review. Please note that following the release of our admissions decisions, we will ask admitted students to submit test scores for research purposes.

Should you submit SAT or ACT scores, please be mindful of GW’s test score codes:

     SAT Code: 5246
     ACT Code: 0664

Note, we consider only the critical reading and math sections of the SAT for admission.

GW requires one academic recommendation through the Recommendations tab on the Transfer Common Application. To request the recommendation:

  1. From the Recommendations tab, select "Add Recommendation."
  2. Select "Academic" for Recommendation Type.
  3. Complete the Recommender's Information, Waiver, and Permission questions.
  4. Click "Save This Recommendation Request."

Your recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to submit their letter of recommendation for you to GW.

You must submit the College Report (formerly called the Registrar’s Report or College Official’s Report) form from your current or most recent college where you were enrolled full time. This form should be completed by the registrar or appropriate dean or college official who can verify your enrollment and academic/disciplinary standing.

To access the College Report form, navigate to the George Washington University program page on your Transfer Common App then follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the "Questions" tab
  2. Click the "College Report" link in the fourth question.
  3. Print the "College Report" form.
  4. Take the form to the Registrar, Dean of Students, Academic Advisor, or designated office at your campus to have the form completed.
  5. GW must receive the form for your current or most recent school/institution where you were enrolled full time.

After submitting your application, please allow 7-10 business days for GW to receive it. Upon receipt, we’ll send you an acknowledgement email with instructions about how to log in to your GW Admissions Portal where you can track application materials and view your admission decision.

Please allow several weeks from the date you submit your application to process your documents and post them in your GW Portal. During the busy application period, your GW Portal is your best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents.

If you have any questions about the application process, visit our contact us page.