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Admissions Requirements

We are pleased that you will be applying to the George Washington University. Seldom will you find a medium-sized institution with such extensive academic programs, stimulating community and access to exceptional city assets. The extraordinary opportunities, resources and experiences of our university await you.

Admission to GW is selective. We receive applications from every state and nearly 100 countries, allowing us to enroll a bright, talented and diverse student body. In addition, we actively seek students with a variety of interests, talents, goals and experiences.

Every year, we welcome freshmen, transfer students and international students to our campus. Each of these student groups has specific application requirements. Please consult the information that pertains to your application status to determine your requirements, deadlines and scholarship opportunities.

Application Deadlines


Early Decision I Deadline   November 1
Seven-Year B.A./M.D.  December 1
Early Decision II  January 1
Regular Decision  January 1
Spring Admission  October 1


Fall Admission  March 1
Spring Admission      October 1



Fall Admission  March 15
Spring Admission          October 15


For more information visit the university's Dates & Deadlines page.

How to Apply

GW accepts the Common Application which must be submitted electronically through the Common Application website. Once you have applied, you will be able to check the status of your application by creating an account on the GW Admissions Activity Center.

Advice for Submitting Your Application

  • Many high schools send application materials electronically. However, for documents sent through the mail, please put your name and date of birth on each page. This information facilitates accurate placement of these credentials in your admissions file.
  • Make sure to use your legal (official) name and check that your name is the same on all documents that you submit.
  • Proofread before submitting your application and supporting documents.
  • If you send credentials through the mail, try to send them altogether when possible. Submitting all of your supporting documents, including your high school transcript and recommendations, in one package reduces the chances that documents will get misplaced or separated during processing.
  • Make sure your supporting documents can be scanned. All application materials at GW are scanned into a computer system, and applications are read online. Therefore, please do not staple documents together. Supplemental materials such as slides, CDs and DVDs cannot be scanned and, therefore, will not be considered.
  • Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.


Forms & Required Materials

GW accepts the Common Application for both freshman and transfer admission. The Common Application must be submitted online by the stated deadlines.

In addition, freshman applicants are required to submit the Counselor Recommendation/School Report form, the Teacher Recommendation form, the Early Decision Agreement form (if applying under one of GW's Early Decision programs), and the Mid-Year Report form, all of which are available through the Common Application website. Students applying for admission to a program in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will need to submit a portfolio of 10 to 15 completed works of art as part of the application process.

Transfer applicants are required to submit the Teacher Recommendation form and the Transfer College Report, which can also be found on the Common Application website.

GW also offers prospective students the option of selecting both a primary and an alternate school choice on the application.

Additional Forms


Presidential Scholars in the Arts Forms - Fall 2016

Students interested in the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program must submit the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Audition Form and audition during the Presidential Scholars in the Arts audition days in the early spring of 2016. The audition dates and the online audition form will be posted to the website in late October. Please check back for more information.

Essay Questions

Writing Supplement Essay Questions

The essay gives you the opportunity to show your personality and share your voice beyond the numbers. As part of GW's freshman application process, you will select one writing supplement essay questions on the Common Application and respond in 250 words or fewer.

Question 1: Research shows that an ability to learn from experiences outside the classroom correlates with success in college. What was your greatest learning experience over the past 4 years that took place outside of the traditional classroom?

Question 2: Historians write that Martha Washington was George Washington’s sounding board and closest confidant. Reflect on a significant challenge you have encountered during your high school career. Tell us about the person (mentor, family member, friend, coach, teacher, etc.) who provides support, advice, and wisdom to you in times of difficulty.

Question 3: We imagine you have spent a great deal of time researching different colleges and universities. Describe how GW offers a strong fit with your interests, talents, and goals.

Primary/Alternate Choice

Selecting a GW School on the Common Application

Although we know some students are committed to one specific field of study in college, we also know that many other students choose GW because of the breadth of our curricular offerings. For this reason, GW offers prospective students the option of selecting both a primary and an alternate school choice on the application.

All early decision, regular decision, and transfer applicants are required to select a primary GW school or college. If you have another area of interest, you may also indicate an alternate choice on the Common Application. Applications that include a primary and alternate school will be considered sequentially, first by the primary and then by the alternate choice. Students are not required to choose an alternate school or college.

Please note:

  • Applicants will receive only one decision from GW. For this reason, we encourage you to review the courses offered and major requirements in each school/college to better understand if an alternate school option would serve your academic interests.
  • Students selecting an alternate choice must fulfill all requirements for both schools if they are different. For example, students who apply to the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and also list an alternate GW school choice on the application will be required to submit both a portfolio for the Corcoran and standardized test scores for the alternate choice school.
  • Students are expected to enroll in the school to which they have been admitted. Those wishing to transfer schools within the university may apply to do so during their second semester at GW, effective the following term.

Test-Optional Policy

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