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College profile: The George Washington University

Locations: Foggy Bottom Campus (Washington, DC), Virginia Campus (Ashburn, VA), Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Hampton Roads Education Center, Alexandria Education Center, and Arlington Education Center.

Foggy Bottom Campus
The Foggy Bottom Campus sits in the heart of the nation’s capital, in a vibrant neighborhood bordered by the Potomac River, the Watergate complex, the White House and the State Department. Its location is key to the University’s mission and critical to its success. The campus is home to the majority of GW’s schools and administrative offices, as well as classrooms, libraries, residence halls and the University’s medical center.

Mount Vernon Campus
The Mount Vernon Campus is found in Washington, D.C.’s, wooded Foxhall neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College, a women’s institution with a long heritage of its own. Institutional and commercial venues, as well as homes, embassies and diplomatic residences, surround the Mount Vernon Campus. Yet, it is close enough to downtown, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown to offer access to everything Washington, D.C., has to offer.

Virginia Campus
The Virginia Campus was established in 1991 as GW’s flagship research and technology center. It houses centers of excellence in transportation safety and security, public health and homeland security, professional and executive education and information technology and telecommunications. The campus in Ashburn, Va., is strategically positioned in the Northern Virginia technology corridor. 

Other Locations
In addition to its three campuses, GW maintains facilities across the region that serve as education centers for its graduate professional studies programs.

The George Washington University offers graduate programs at other selected locations.

  • Through partnerships with educational systems, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, students pursue graduate study at sites in Maryland, including the Board of Jewish Education in Rockville, the Children’s Guild in Chillum, the NASA Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt, the Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

  • Programs in educational leadership and administration, designed for working professionals in the K-12 arena, are provided at the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach and in Mechanicsville, Va.

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    GW meets the needs of professionals throughout the United States via on-site contract programs with multinational corporations such as SAIC and Lockheed-Martin.

  • Internationally, GW offers graduate programs in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Student /faculty ratio: 13:1 in 2009

Degrees offered:

Undergraduate degrees: http://www.gwu.edu/~bulletin/ugrad/degrees.html

Graduate degrees: http://www.gwu.edu/~bulletin/grad/degrees.html

Percent of applicants admitted: 37% in 2009

Number of undergrads (2009): 10,224

Gender breakdown (2009): 55.5% men; 45.5% women

SAT/ACT scores (2009): SAT: reading – 650; math – 650; writing: 640, ACT: 28

Tuition and Fees (2009-2010): $42,860* fixed tuition.

Is service accepted as credit toward a degree?
This depends on the student standing, school, department, and course that the individual is taking.  More information on transfer credits is contained in the GW Bulletin: http://www.gwu.edu/~bulletin/

Why does the school like military students?
George Washington University (GW) has a rich tradition of educating our nation’s veterans. GW is named after our country’s most famous veteran. In addition, the first recipient of the GI Bill of 1944 was a GW student and military veteran named Don A. Balfour. Throughout GW’s history we have educated noted military leaders. Honorable Colin Powell (M.B.A., ‘71), General Peter Pace (M.B.A., ‘72), Daniel Inouye (J.D., ‘52), John Shalikashvili (M.S., ‘70), Thad Allen (M.P.A., ‘86), and Tammy Duckworth (M.A., ‘92) are also among GW’s notable veteran alumni.

GW's student veterans add so much value to the educational discourse. For example, courses on Middle East Studies are certainly enhanced when student veterans who have served in the Middle East can relate their experiences working in those nations to the class. In addition, we have terrific student veteran leaders like Brian Hawthorne who have contributed so much to the quality of life at GW for all students by hosting "Ask a Veteran" panels and planning that terrific Veterans' Day event last fall featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Alma Powell. Events like these add to the outside of the classroom experiences of all GW students. These are just a few of the many examples of how student veterans are valuable members of the GW community. I'm also excited that more student veterans are coming to GW to take advantage of the terrific Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, which places GW as one of the leading private research universities in the country in this regard and enhances GW affordability for those who have given so much to our country.

What GI Bill/Tuition Assistance benefits are offered/available?
GW is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and certifies individuals with military experience for the full slate of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits. More information on the Yellow Ribbon Program and other educational benefits is posted on GW’s Veteran Services website: http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu/Registrar/VeteranServices/

Do you offer online degrees/distance learning programs?
Yes. More information on these programs is contained in the GW Bulletin: http://www.gwu.edu/~bulletin/

What programs/services are available specifically to military students?
GW offers a wide range of student and academic support services, programs, and resources for individuals with military experience, including benefits and certification information, through GW’s Office of Veteran Services, an office conveniently located in GW’s student center in a “one-stop” service center called Colonial Central as well as the office’s website: http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu/Registrar/VeteranServices/ . GW has a very active, award-winning student organization, GW Student Vets, that builds community among individuals with military experience. In addition, there are dedicated information and orientation sessions for individuals with military experience each semester as well as an annual Veterans Day celebration. GW also has an alumni veteran group to enable individuals with military experience to network and build community.

What is your policy on involuntary activation for military service?
Any student who is a member of a military reserve unit or the National Guard and is activated or called to active duty early in a semester or summer session automatically will be entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees that he or she has paid toward the expenses of that academic term.

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