Our University Community

Community “We strive to build a community in the services of our shared purpose and effective manner.

GW’s history was jumpstarted in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, the university is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia with more than 25,000 students from across the nation and around the world studying a wide range of disciplines.

The university boasts three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA—as well as nearly 100 research centers and three centers that focus on graduate education of professionals.

The GW academic experience is firmly rooted in each of our ten undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools. Each school has a distinct identity, yet all work together to create a dynamic and interdisciplinary learning environment. They are listed below in the order of their founding:

To read more about the university’s tradition of excellence visit our history and factbook page.


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