The George Washington University: Narrative Description

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Washington, DC 20052
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Independent, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1821. Setting: 36-acre urban campus. Endowment: $621.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,320 per student. Total enrollment: 23,092. Faculty: 1,922 (807 full-time, 1,115 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 20,159 applied, 38% were admitted. 58% from top 10% of their high school class, 92% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 36 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 9,797 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,170 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 55 states and territories, 101 other countries, 98% from out-of-district, 0.4% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 6% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 3% 25 or older, 62% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 12/1 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $44,240 includes full-time tuition ($34,000), mandatory fees ($30), and college room and board ($10,210). College room only: $7210. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $964 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $1 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 208 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Program Board, Student Association, Residence Hall Association, College Democrats, College Republicans. Major annual events: homecoming, Welcome Week, Colonial Inauguration. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,200 college housing spaces available; 6,172 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Gelman Library plus 2 others with 2 million books, 2.6 million microform titles, 15,365 serials, 171,397 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 550 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See American University.

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