The wait was over Tuesday evening for thousands of high school seniors in the United States and around the world hoping to join the George Washington University Class of 2020.
After months of preparation, the university sent out regular decision notifications to notify 10,101 students of their acceptance to GW.
Accepted students hail from 50 states, D.C. and 99 countries including the United States. More than 15 percent of students admitted to the class of 2020 are international students, and 35 percent are multicultural students.
The university received 25,541 applications—up from 19,833 applications in 2015.
This year marks the first class of students to apply under the new test-optional policy, which went into effect Aug. 1. Under the new policy, most students are no longer required to submit SAT or ACT scores—17 percent of admitted students chose not to submit test scores.
GW will welcome accepted students to campus for “Inside GW” days held April 8, 11, 15, 18 and 22. The program helps admitted students decide whether GW is the best fit for them by providing opportunities to interact closely with other admitted students, current GW students, faculty members and staff. Those who can’t make one of the Inside GW days may attend a “Final Look”session, a series of enhanced information sessions designed specifically for newly-admitted students. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during April.
Check out the Storify to see how new Colonials celebrated their admission to GW: