GW Selects Class of 2023

Undergraduate applications for fall 2019 increased over last year, exceeding 27,000 for the second time in the university’s history.

March 25, 2019

Students on Kogan Plaza

GW students on Kogan Plaza. The university expects to enroll a first-year class of about 2,550 first-time students. (Sydney Elle Gray/GW Today)

The George Washington University received more than 27,000 applications for admission this year, including from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and nearly 150 countries.

Roughly 900 students were admitted through GW’s binding Early Decision plan, designed for students who designated the university as their top choice for college. GW admitted about 11,000 students total to the Class of 2023.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions expects to enroll a first-year class of about 2,550 first-time students. Even though the number of applications is up approximately 2 percent, this number is about 300 students smaller than the class that entered in the fall of 2018.

“I am continually amazed by the students we admit to GW,” said Costas Solomou, dean of admissions. “This year’s class demonstrated tremendous passion for knowledge and drive for change, which will only strengthen our GW community in the coming years.”

Admitted student programming this spring will feature 14 days of Inside GW, which allows students to meet other students and student groups, administrators and staff as well as learn more about the individual school to which they were admitted. Class of 2023 students can view available Inside GW dates and register from their applicant portal. Admitted students unable to visit campus can contact the Admissions Office with any questions they may have.

For the first time this year students also will experience a revamped New Student Orientation that more seamlessly integrates them and their families into the university community in August, just before the start of the fall semester. More information on orientation will be released as it becomes available.

The Class of 2023 will join GW at an exciting time, as the university continues its efforts to enhance the student experience.

In addition to New Student Orientation, significant improvements include campus and D.C. events specifically designed for undergraduates, including District Connections and the Presidential Distinguished Event Series. The university has made improvements to academic offerings, including a new B.S. at the Elliott School of International Affairs and tuition coverage for up to 18 credits. Enhancements have also been made to residential life, the student dining plan, financial aid services and diversity and inclusion efforts.