GW Chooses Class of 2022

Thousands of admitted students visit through re-envisioned and expanded Inside GW visit days.

April 30, 2018

The George Washington University received 26,590 applications for admission this year, hailing from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and 150 countries.

Almost 900 students were admitted through GW’s binding Early Decision plan, designed for students who designated the university as their top choice for college. About 11,100 students were admitted in total for the Class of 2022 for an admit rate of 41.8 percent. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions expects to enroll a first-year class of between 2,500 and 2,600 students.

“One of the many aspects of this class that I find extraordinary is that they are extremely solution-oriented and unintimidated by the complexities of the problems they have inherited,” said Costas Solomou, dean of admissions. “Some of their passion projects have included expediting the treatment of disease through translational medicine and developing high-efficiency irrigation systems to deliver water to impoverished and drought-ravaged communities throughout the world. 

“They will absolutely enrich our campus and bring our ambitions for world change to a new level with their energy and optimism,” he said.

The deadline for incoming student deposits is May 1, but many students have already committed to enrolling at GW—including one from as far away as Rwanda. 

Over the past month, more than 2,000 admitted students plus their families participated in Inside GW, a daily preview program that included student performances, panels from partners across campus and one-on-one consultations with academic and financial aid advisors. This is up 14 percent from the number of admitted students who were able to participate in last year’s Inside GW programming.

“The new format of Inside GW, including moving from five dates to 21, allowed many more admitted students to experience GW for themselves and to have a much more personalized experience than in the past,” said Laurie Koehler, vice provost for enrollment management and retention. “This simply wouldn’t have been possible without the extraordinary commitment of time and energy from hundreds of faculty, staff, alumni, parents and current students who partnered with the Office of Admissions to make each Inside GW day happen.”