GW: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

George Washington University

This is the go-to guide for getting into George Washington University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to GW, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown GW statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out George Washington University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to GW, the read our transfer guide. Here’s what we’re about to cover:

What GPA do you need to get into George Washington University?

George Washington University’s average GPA is 3.85. George Washington University does require GPA. This average GPA means George Washington University is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of GW application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.85 to 4.04 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 4.04 GPA.

*BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. George Washington University may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on GW’s campus. These GW admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

What is George Washington University’s acceptance rate?

Last year George Washington University’s acceptance rate was 46.46. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

2016 2017 2018
Acceptance Rate 40.0 % 41.0 % 46.46 %

As you can see, George Washington University is a little easier to get into than last year.

Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into GW - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

Does George Washington University Require Test Scores?

George Washington University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how George Washington University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

George Washington University SAT Requirements

George Washington University’s average SAT score is 1287 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether George Washington University is getting more or less competitive.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
Math 600 700 650
Reading 580 695 637
2019 Total 1180 1395 1287
2018 Total - - -
2017 Total - - -

George Washington University’s average SAT score is 1287. To be a competitive applicant for George Washington University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 1180, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider George Washington University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1395.

George Washington University ACT Requirements

George Washington University’s average ACT score is 88. To be a competitive applicant for George Washington University your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 80, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider George Washington University a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 97.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
Math 26 31 28
Reading 27 34 30
Writing 27 32 29
2019 Total 80 97 88
2018 Total - - -
2017 Total - - -

George Washington University Requirements

Now you know where you need to be for getting into George Washington University from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

Recommendations Status
School Rank Neither required nor recommended
GPA Recommended
School Record Required

How to get into GW

Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into GW. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at GW, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

Main Academic Excellence that is in line with GW admission standards.

  1. Score at least a 1287 on the SAT or 88 on the ACT.
  2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.85.

Join Extracurriculars that Align with GW’s Values.

  1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If George Washington University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
  2. Volunteer in your hometown. Washington has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. George Washington University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Washington area in general.
  3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. GW needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

Prepare Your Application

  1. Write a stellar essay that shows George Washington University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
  2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your GW app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
  3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that GW’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

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