George Washington University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,961
2.77% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$40,308
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.39%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
43%
26,405 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
27,017
64.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
85.2%
2,051 Graduates

About

George Washington University is a higher education institution located in District of Columbia, DC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at George Washington University were International Relations & Affairs (538 degrees awarded), General Political Science & Government (311 degrees), and Registered Nursing (303 degrees).

In 2020, 10,055 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at George Washington University. 59.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,646 degrees), 4.65 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1000 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at George Washington University is $55,961, which is $27,332 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at George Washington University is $55,961, which is $27,332 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $40,308.

In 2020, 65% of undergraduate students attending George Washington University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,961
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at George Washington University was $55,961. The cost of tuition at George Washington University is $27,332 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$40,308
2020 Value
3.81%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 George Washington University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $40,308. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of George Washington University grew by 3.81%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,300
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at George Washington University was of $14,300 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 3.25% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 5.66% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
33%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

65% of undergraduate students at George Washington University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 1.52% with respect to 2019, when 66% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.39%
2018 Default Rate
69
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at George Washington University was 1.39%, which represents 69 out of the 4950 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

George Washington University received 26,405 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 2.12% annual decline. Out of those 26,405 applicants, 11,366 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 43% acceptance rate.

There were 27,017 students enrolled at George Washington University in 2020, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

George Washington University has an overall enrollment yield of 17.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

43%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
11,366
Accepted Out of 26,405

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of George Washington University was 43% (11,366 admissions from 26,405 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 40.8%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −2.12%, while admissions grew by 3.15%.

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SAT Scores

50%
Submission Percentage
992
Scores Submitted

50% of enrolled first-time students at George Washington University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

George Washington University has a total enrollment of 27,017 students. The full-time enrollment at George Washington University is 17,502 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,515. This means that 64.8% of students enrolled at George Washington University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at George Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.3% White, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Asian, 10.3% Black or African American, 3.38% Two or More Races, 0.196% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.144% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at George Washington University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.2%), followed by White Male (18.6%) and Asian Female (7.89%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.8%), followed by White Male (17.9%) and Asian Female (6.39%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

64.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at George Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 27,017 students. The full-time enrollment at George Washington University is 17,502 and the part-time enrollment is 9,515. This means that 64.8% of students enrolled at George Washington University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at George Washington University was 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), George Washington University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    12,508
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,991
  3. Asian
    2,955

The enrolled student population at George Washington University is 46.3% White, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Asian, 10.3% Black or African American, 3.38% Two or More Races, 0.196% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.144% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,461 students (5.41%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1951 more women than men received degrees from George Washington University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at George Washington University is white (4,646 degrees awarded). There were 4.65 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1000 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at George Washington University is International Relations & Affairs (538 degrees awarded), followed by General Political Science & Government (311 degrees) and Registered Nursing (303 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at George Washington University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (633 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,761 degrees), and Math & Statistics (255 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Washington University are Software developers (509,123 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (322,058 people), Other managers (307,311 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (164,595 people), and Postsecondary teachers (153,816 people).

The most specialized majors at George Washington University are Legal (633 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,761 degrees), Math & Statistics (255 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (54 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (785 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Washington University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Surgeons, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at George Washington University are Legal (633 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,761 degrees), Math & Statistics (255 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (54 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (785 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Washington University are Computer Systems Design (665,802 people), Elementary & secondary schools (381,706 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (344,432 people), Legal services (271,744 people), and Insurance carriers (192,721 people).

The most specialized majors at George Washington University are Legal (633 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,761 degrees), Math & Statistics (255 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (54 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (785 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by George Washington University.
Most Common
  1. 538 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 311 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 303 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at George Washington University was International Relations & Affairs with 538 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,052
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
6,003
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 4,052 degrees were awarded to men at George Washington University, which is 0.675 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,003).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 359 degrees were awarded to men at George Washington University in International Relations & Affairs, which is 0.684 times less than the 525 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 525 degrees were awarded to women at George Washington University in International Relations & Affairs, which is 1.46 times more than the 359 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

74%
100% Completion Time
82%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 74% of students graduating from George Washington University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 82% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 83% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at George Washington University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.8% of graduates (78 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,646 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,000 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    963 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at George Washington University is white (4,646 degrees awarded). There were 4.65 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1000 degrees).

5.98% of degree recipients (601 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,800 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,846 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    690 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at George Washington University is white female (2,800 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,846 degrees).

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Operations

George Washington University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.8B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $68.1M (3.78%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, George Washington University had a total salary expenditure of $1.74B. George Washington University employs 383 Professors, 358 Associate professors, and 218 Assistant professors. Most academics at George Washington University are Male Professors (260), Male Associate professors(184), and Female Associate professors (174).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at George Washington University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 718 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 545 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 345 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.8B
2020 Endowment
1.35%
growth from 2019

George Washington University has an endowment valued at about $1.8B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of George Washington University grew 1.35% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.5B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $181M - Federal
  2. $1.77M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, George Washington University received $181M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.77M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$848M
2020 Salaries
17.1%
growth from 2019

In 2020, George Washington University paid a median of $848M in salaries, which represents 48.6% of their overall expenditure ($1.74B) and a 17.1% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 31.1% growth from 2018 and a 3.67% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$157M
Instructional Salaries
1,123
Number of Employees

In 2020, George Washington University paid a total of $157M to 1,123 employees working as instructors, which represents 18.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
383 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
718 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at George Washington University were Professor with 383 employees; Associate professor with 358 employees; and Associate professor with 218 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at George Washington University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 718 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 545 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 345 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at George Washington University was Male Professor with 260 employees, Male Associate professor with 184 employees, and Female Associate professor with 174 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at George Washington University.

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