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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some departments are better than others. Political Science, History, International Affairs are all very good.

5 College Junior

Academics: Academic program is very good.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It really is nothing special. I was expecting great professors for the price I'm paying, but they don't care much about the students. The TAs do all the work, sometimes it's a large workload, but that depends on the class.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a lot of homework for the international affairs major; however, being in DC to study in this field is wonderful. There are so many great opportunities to find internships here and make connections to hopefully land a job after graduation.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging. Most profs great…others not so much


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 141st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 301st
    Best Course Variety
  • 692nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 739th
    Smartest Professors
  • 772nd
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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Although introductory lecture classes are often dull and cover basic topics, most students say they benefit from their upper-level classes. GW requires freshmen to take a significant number of general curriculum requirements (GCRs), so history majors may have to suffer through “Baby Bio,” and pre-med students may be forced to plow through art history. But, a talented professor can make any class interesting. Most intro classes are taught by a professor twice a week, lecture-style, and a teaching assistant leads a discussion or lab once a week. Because they are graduate students, some TAs seem too consumed with their own research to care much about students, while others are more helpful than the professors. Most undergrads agree that as they move into more specialized classes, professors are more engaged in the subject matter and more experienced in their fields.

And this goes for the higher-profile professors, as well—the University’s location in the heart of Washington allows for top experts in every field to teach a course or two at GW. Well-known professors in every school and many departments may have students trying to get into their classes for years on end without success. Students’ crusades to get into certain classes prove that a professor has a great deal of influence on the enjoyment and academic worth of a class.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 57%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 32%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Media and Public Affairs
  • School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • School of Public Health and Health Services
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 4%
  • Law: 3%
  • Systems Engineering: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Duques Hall classrooms after hours
  • Eckels Library on the Mount Vernon campus
  • Gelman Library 4th, 5th, and 6th floors
  • Kogan Plaza
  • The monuments
  • Starbucks in Gelman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't give yourself the excuse that just because in DC that you can go see the sites anytime; unless you're proactive about getting out to see them, before you know it the year has passed and you haven't seen anything.
  • Figure out whether attending lectures or doing the readings is more important for each class. It will help you prioritize your time.
  • Get an internship.
  • Get involved in student organizations. That's where you'll meet the most people, make the most connections, and learn the most useful life skills.
  • Keep updated on campus news by reading the Hatchet. You can't complain about GW policies and procedures if you're not informed.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Spend some time at the Gelman Library.
  • Stay active-the Health and Wellness Center is great; there are some fun one-credit exercise classes. Intramural and club sports are also a great way to get involved.
  • Stay for a summer at GW-you will have a lot of fun, plus there are great job opportunities available.
  • Work hard, but above all, enjoy yourself. This is the only time in your life when you'll be away from home, taking classes, and living with people your own age, unless you go to grad school. Going away to college is a unique opportunity, so make the most of it.
Did You Know?
  • Freshmen at GW are required to take a freshman writing course, University Writing 20, more commonly referred to as simply UW20. Composed of 20 or fewer students, it focuses on improving students' writing and researching skills.
  • Don't think GW's library resources stack up to Georgetown's? GW students have access to the nearby University's collection, as well as to four other DC-area schools' resources. The six universities are part of the Washington Research Library Consortium, which allows member institutions' students to borrow materials from any of the libraries and have them delivered to their campus free of charge.
  • If you want to explore the city while getting academic credit, apply for an internship at a law firm, television network, or other organization. Most majors allow students to receive up to six credits for interning at a company or institution related to their field of study.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 18% General Colin Powell - former secretary of state
  • 14% Harry Reid - U.S. senator (Nevada)
  • 9% John Snow (JD) - former secretary of the treasury
  • 9% Mark Warner - U.S. senator (D-VA)
  • 9% Scott Wolf - actor
  • 5% Abe Pollin - chairman, Washington Wizards and Capitals
  • 5% Abby Joseph Cohen (MA) - economist, financial analyst
  • 5% Kent Conrad (MBA) - U.S. senator (North Dakota)
  • 5% Daniel Inouye (JD) - U.S. senator (Hawaii)
  • 5% Arnold "Red" Auerbach - former NBA coach
  • 5% Michael Enzi - U.S. senator (Wyoming)
  • 5% Kerry Washington
  • 5% Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
  • 5% J. Edgar Hoover
  • 0% Edward Liddy (MBA) - board of directors member, 3M

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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