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 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.
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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:
Take the form to the Registrar, Dean of Students, Academic Advisor or designated office at your campus to have the form completed
You must complete the form for your current or most recent school/institution where you were enrolled full time.
Additional Materials for Transfer Students
If you have fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable credit, you are required to submit additional materials with your application. If you are unsure of your credit status, we advise you to submit these documents.
High School/Secondary School Transcript
Your transcript should be sent from each high school you attended if you have fewer than 30 transferrable credits. If you are unsure of your credit status, we advise you to submit this documentation.
Optional Test Scores
GW’s test-optional policy went into effect on August 1, 2015, so if you are applying for transfer admission you are not required to submit standardized test scores, except in select circumstances.
You may be committed to one specific field of study during your time at GW, but you may also choose GW because of the breadth of our curricular offerings.
For this reason, we offer you the option to select both a primary and an alternate school choice on your application.
You are required to select a primary school to apply to, but you are not required to choose an alternate school or college. If you wish to choose an alternate, include your choice on the Common Application.
When you've completed your application and submitted all of your required materials, you should submit it through the Common Application.
You will receive a confirmation from the Common Application that your application was submitted.
Once your application has been sent to GW, you will recieve an email confirmation. It will provide you with your GWID and refer you to the GW Admissions Activity Center, where you can check the status of your application.