George Washington University Online

Founded in 1821, George Washington University is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia with more than 20,000 students. With a campus that is only four blocks from the White House, it’s not surprising that notable alumni include Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady; and J. William Fulbright, former U.S. senator and Fulbright scholarship creator. In 2009, the U.S. News & World Report ranked GW as the 53rd among national universities and recognized its Law School, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and School of Public Health and Health Services. Among other things, it is known for its offerings in online education in areas like nursing, health care, and management. In fact, GW’s Department of Nursing Education was awarded the silver award for excellence in distance learning for its National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative by the United States Distance Learning Association.

Programs Offered

GW’s online programs include one associate, three bachelor’s, and 13 master’s degrees, and one doctorate degree. Within these programs, students can choose from 28 fields of study in areas, like nursing, management, administration, and health care. In addition, GW offers 15 graduate, post-baccalaureate, and post-master’s certificates in education, arts, nursing, and clinical research. Online degree and certificate programs are available from the following colleges and schools the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Business, and College of Professional Studies. Online students and working professionals can also take individual courses from GW for transfer or enrichment.


GW has regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Some of GW’s programs have specialized accreditations from organizations such as the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Education for Public Health, Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


GW has a selective admissions process and semester-based enrollment. Undergraduate admissions require prospective freshman to submit an application, high school transcript, standardized test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation. Transfer students must submit the GW online application or common application, official transcript from all previously attended universities, essays, a faculty recommendation, and the College Official’s Report Form for all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants with fewer than 30 hours of transferrable credit must submit official high school transcripts and standardized test scores and those who submit the Common Application will also have to complete the Supplement to the Common Application. For all applicants, factors such as academic achievement, class rank, grades, extracurricular activities, and interest in the university are strongly considered. Graduate admissions require all applicants to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Specific admission requirements vary by school and program.

Admissions Contact

George Washington Online
Undergraduate Office of Admissions
The George Washington University
2121 I Street, N.W., Suite 201
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-6040

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