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George Washington University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 760 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 10 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

56% Women
44% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Atlantic 10 Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $185,160)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $69,588)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 15 17 Yes Yes
Golf 9 - - -
Gymnastics - 14 - -
Lacrosse - 27 Yes -
Rowing 48 47 - -
Soccer 28 30 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 Yes Yes
Squash 13 13 - -
Swimming 18 21 - -
Tennis 10 10 Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country 11 9 Yes -
Volleyball - 17 Yes Yes
Water Polo 13 16 Yes -
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 8.9%
Hispanic 5.3%
Non-resident alien 9.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 14.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 52.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Navy ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 9
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 10
Property Crime 75

Notable Alumni

  • Abby Joseph Cohen (MA '76), Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs and Co.
  • Abe Pollin (BA '45), Chairman, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals
  • Edward Liddy (MBA '72), Chairman, CEO and President, Allstate Corp.
  • General Colin Powell (MBA '71), Secretary of State
  • Harry Reid (JD '64), U.S. Senator (Nevada)
  • John Snow (JD '67), Secretary of the Treasury
  • Kent Conrad (MBA '75), U.S. Senator (North Dakota)
  • Mark Warner (BA '77), Governor of Virginia
  • Scott Wolf (BBA '88), Actor
  • Arnold "Red" Auerbach (BS '40, MA '41, DPS '93), President and former coach, Boston Celtics
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Meredith from Marlton, NJ
  • 4
  • The first book I read about colleges described the dorms at George Washington as palaces. It was dead on. But, it really depends on what hall you live…

  • Mar-21-2012 Read More
  • Patrick from Newark, NJ
  • 5
  • GW has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by the Princeton Review for Dorm Like Palaces Many of the top dorm names on both campuses include South Hall (Seniors…

  • Jun-16-2014 Read More
  • Leslie from Silver Spring, MD
  • 4
  • The dorm rooms can be a little crowded but they are larger than at other colleges and the housekeeping service and available private bathrooms are a plus. Also students can…

  • Apr-07-2015 Read More
  • Washington, DC
  • 3
  • The dorms are better than your average university dorm but they are way overpriced. GW also just added a rule for incoming freshmen- you can't live off campus until senior…

  • Dec-01-2015 Read More
  • Meg
  • 4
  • The older students have, in general, very nice houses. Many upperclassmen choose to live off campus, but many also live on campus. All underclassmen live on campus in dorms that…

  • Mar-03-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 2
  • Emma
  • Jun-07-2017 I am a current student here

    GW doesn't have a dining hall, instead we have our gworld cards that has both dining cash and colonial cash. Dining cash is used like a debit card and you can use it at food places such as Starbucks, dunkin' donuts or any other food venues around. Colonial cash is more like for laundry or printing. Don't get confused!!! colonial cash is not given to from the school they are funds you or your family put on your card. I suggest if you know you aren't a wise spender you need to become one because once you run out you run out.

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  • 4
  • lindsey from las vegas, nv
  • May-22-2016 I am a current student here

    Because there is no dining hall, food can be expensive. We can use a Gworld card at most restaurants on campus, but because of the way the university has the cards set up, restaurants inflate the prices of food to make Gworld profitable.

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  • 5
  • student
  • Apr-01-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    appears to have a lot of options. the students are able to use their gw card at places all over dc.

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  • 3
  • Prospective Student
  • Feb-08-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Appears to have lots of options, with every CVS in DC included on the plan(heard that from a current student directly).

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  • 2
  • Washington, DC
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    There is no actual dining hall. But the meal plan goes towards regular restaurants and grocery stores in the area so you can make what you want of it.

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  • 5
  • Leslie from Silver Spring, MD
  • Apr-07-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food is really good and the service is great. The students can also use a meal card and eat at select restaurants in the area.

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  • 4
  • Emma
  • Apr-05-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Good food because of the urban setting

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  • 2
  • E
  • Mar-16-2015 I am a current student here

    J Street is not great and gets really old really quick. Surrounding restaurants are mostly fast food-type places, and are too expensive for freshman budgets. Upperclassmen get kitchens in dorms, and can cook their own food, which isn't quite as expensive.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Marquita from Washington, DC
  • May-16-2017 I am a past student here

    I was/am a member of Chi Sigma Iota (the honors society for professional counseling). There was also a presence of Greek Life, but again as a grad student I didn't spend a lot of time on campus unless I was in class

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  • 0
  • lindsey from las vegas, nv
  • May-22-2016 I am a current student here

    About a quarter of students are in Greek life. The sororities are very strict and don't allow hazing but the fraternities do.

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  • 0
  • Washington, DC
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    Is really big. There are dozens of sororities/fraternities to choose from, social or professional.

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  • 0
  • E
  • Mar-16-2015 I am a current student here

    Really big here; one of the only ways to be social, which is unfortunate if you're not interested in going Greek.

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  • 0
  • Patrick from Newark, NJ
  • Jun-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge at GW. I, myself, am Greek. However, I am part of the Multicultural Greek Council, which is under the supervision of the Multicultural Student Services Center. As a result, we are not represented hugely on my campus, which means we are to an extent, marginalized. Within the MGC are several Greek letter organizations that are multiculturally distinct in origin, practices, and membership. My own fraternity (Phi Beta Sigma) does not have a house on campus, despite the fact that our chapter was chartered on campus. However, we try to make our presence felt as much as we can. In terms of commenting on the Caucasian frats and sororities on campus, I couldn't comment on their programs, structure, and practices much because of our lack of integration with most of them. I do, however, know that they do hold most of the townhouses devoted to Greek organizations. The way they garner membership as well is through a process known as rushing in which they host a variety of events publicly (like a large cookout) and promote their organization, while providing paper and pen for interested students. Then for several weeks, they have their prospective members engage in several activities openly to become members. Among my favorite Greek-letter organizations beside my own include Tau Kappa Epsilon, Chi Omega, Pi Detla Psi, Sigma Psi Zeta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Zeta Phi Beta, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, etc. Greek life is a great way to engage in campus life, make connections, and provide services to the community.

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  • 0
  • Freshman
  • Dec-07-2013 I am a current student here

    I am personally not interested in Greek life, but from what I have observed they are welcoming people and the people on my floor are enjoying their experiences. Some of the sororities welcomed their new members by decorating their doors.

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  • 0
  • GW Student
  • Sep-03-2013 I am a current student here

    It's there if you want it, but you don't need to be involved.

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  • 0
  • M
  • Jul-11-2013 I am a current student here

    25% of the school - I would strongly recommend thinking about rushing.

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