George Washington University (GWU)

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GWU can be found in Washington, DC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. George Washington University has nearly 29,000 students enrolled yearly.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores to George Washington University. A score within the range of 1280 - 1470 on the SAT exam, or 30 - 33 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the George Washington University (GWU) average GPA (3.75 - 3.89) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. George Washington University admits around 40 percent of those that apply per year. Of those that are accepted, roughly 24 percent of students enrolled. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected George Washington University (GWU) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 38%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall George Washington University (GWU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for George Washington University was reported as 40.8% in Fall 2020 with over 27,000 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • GWU ACT Scores: 30 - 33
  • GWU Average GPA: 3.75 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into George Washington University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

George Washington University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for George Washington University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 40.2%
  • 2017-2018: 41.0%
  • 2018-2019: 41.9%
  • 2019-2020: 40.8%
  • Projected GWU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 38.2%

How Does George Washington University (GWU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for GWU is thirty-nine percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Georgetown University14.4%
American University36.1%
University of Maryland-College Park44.2%
George Mason University86.7%
University of Maryland-Baltimore County61.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to George Washington University (GWU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading630 - 720
Math650 - 750
Total Score1280 - 1470
ACT®Score Range
English31 - 35
Math27 - 31
Composite Score30 - 33
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