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Academics

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I came to school for the school. I had an incredible academic experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: GW is a good school, so naturally the workload is tough. But you get a good education here and we have some top programs like the Elliot School.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Unless you are an international affairs major, the academics honestly just aren't that good.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: If you're not an international affairs major, you're screwed. All programs but IA and engineering are underfunded and inadequate.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my international affairs curriculum. TAs can be a little weird though. I haven't gotten the best, but it all depends on a lot of things.

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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
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,004
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,190
Total FT Faculty
1,174
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$114,142
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
27%
Graduation Rate
80%
Programs/Majors Offered
187
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 100 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 57 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 56 responses

  • 21% This was my dream school.
  • 64% This was one of my top choices.
  • 14% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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