George Washington University (GW) is a private research university located in Washington, D.C., United States. Founded in 1821 as Columbian College, it is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university is known for its programs in international affairs, law, medicine, public health, and business.
GW offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs through its 10 schools and colleges, including the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The university is ranked among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
The university has a diverse student body of more than 27,000 students from all 50 states and over 130 countries. GW has over 450 student organizations, including Greek life, student government, and cultural clubs. The university also boasts impressive athletic programs, with 27 varsity sports teams competing in the NCAA Division I.
GW is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., with its main campus situated just blocks away from the White House and the National Mall. The university also has two other campuses in the D.C. area, including the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn and the Mount Vernon Campus in the Foxhall neighborhood of D.C.
GW counts many notable figures among its alumni, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and former DC Mayor Marion Barry. Other notable alumni include actresses Kerry Washington and Jaimie Alexander, and journalist Bob Woodward. The university has also produced dozens of members of Congress, diplomats, and scholars.