The George Washington University BY Abigail SImon

The George Washington University

Mascot: George The Colonial


George Washington University is ranked as the third best school for forensic science, which is an area I'm extremely interested in. This university is located in Washington, D.C., which appeals to me because I want an urban school, there are many connections pertaining to my desired career field, and I enjoy being involved in politics. Additionally, due to the fact that health is very important to me, and George Washington University is attractive to me because they are smoke-free, have healthy meal plans, and provide many free opportunities to exercise.

George Washington University is located in Washington, D.C., which is 418.4 miles, or around six and a half hours, away.

General Information

  • 25,613 students
  • 93% retention rate
  • Rated #56 in National Universities and #64 in Best Value Schools
  • Urban
  • Private
  • Coed
  • 13:1 student-faculty ratio


  • Most popular majors: Social Sciences, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Health Professions, and Psychology
  • Known for wide selection of programs (over 200)

My major: Chemistry

  • Most people with careers in forensics major in Chemistry due its reliance on lab tests
  • I am heavily interested in physical sciences
  • I enjoy thinking critically about real-life situations

Eligibility/Enrollment Requirements

  • Application deadline: January 1st
  • Percentage of applicants admitted: 46%
  • Student GPA: 3.8, very important
  • ACT/SAT: not required, but average ACT is a 29 and average SAT is 1370 (new)
  • Letters of recommendation: 2
  • Interview: not necessary

Housing: Potomac House

  • First year
  • Dining facility/restaurant
  • Study Lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • Private bathroom in each adjoined suite or room
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Wifi
  • Cable access in each room
Potomac House exterior, bedroom, and community kitchen

Housing: Lafayette Hall

  • First year
  • Community Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities in the building
  • Private bathroom shared by 2 double bedrooms
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Cable Access
  • Wifi
  • Short walk to Pennsylvania Avenue: street that connects White House and United States Capitol, many official parades and protests
Lafayette Hall exterior, bedroom, and bathroom

Cost of Attending

  • Application fee: $75
  • Tuition: $51,950
  • Room and board: $12,500
  • First-Year Dining Program: $1,950 per semester
  • Second-Year Dining Program: $1,250 per semester
  • Third-Year Dining Program: $1,000 per semester
  • Fourth-Year Dining Program: $500 per semester
  • Studying abroad: Ranges from $825-$7,775 (Average about $4,500)
  • Grand total: First year- $66,475

Meal Plans

  • Declining-balance account
  • On-campus dining
  • Over 90 food and grocery options: chain restaurants, local cafes, grocery stores, etc.
  • Student discounts at many locations
  • Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, kosher, Halal, and gluten-free options

Campus Involvement

  • 450+ Student organizations: art, animals, majors, sports, language, music, religion, etc.
  • Most active political student body in the country
  • Student government
  • Guest speakers, especially when related to politics
  • Community service
  • Basketball games
  • Greek life: around 20% of students involved, not a big deal, good way to make friends, "fake Greek life" (not allowed to do a lot of typical things)

Unique Facts

  • Around 18 GWU alumni have been elected as a state governors
  • 3 current and 20 former US senators graduated from GWU
  • 6 current and 86 former members of congress are GWU alumni
  • 17 GWU alumni have been on the cover of time magazine
  • Hall on Virginia Avenue (a GWU residence hall, pictured) was hotel from which Watergate was planned and executed
  • Medical center is credited with saving President Ronald Reagan's life after an assassination attempt

Personal Reflection

Overall, I am definitely considering going to George Washington University. This college is really good for the future career I want to pursue, and there are several job connections in the area. The location of George Washington University is also appealing because it is urban and heavily involved in politics. Additionally, I like GWU because of their emphasis on health and their variety of food options, especially because I have a very specific diet. Although I would likely make it into this university, it is very expensive, so there is a chance I will not go if it costs too much. George Washington University is a fit for people that have a good work ethic, are interested in politics/social sciences, and have at least a decent amount of money.

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