About the University

George Washington was determined to have a great national university in the nation’s capital. His hope was that students from all parts of the country would gain a first-hand knowledge of the practice as well as the theory of republican government while being instructed in the arts and sciences. He bequeathed 50 shares of The Potomac Company “towards the endowment of a University to be established within the limits of the District of Columbia, under the auspices of the General Government, if that government should incline to extend a fostering hand towards it.” Despite Washington’s intentions, The Potomac Company folded and Congress never extended a “fostering hand,” so the University did not take shape until a group of Baptist clergymen led by Reverend Luther Rice took up the cause. They raised funds for the purchase of a site and petitioned Congress for a charter. Congress insisted on giving the institution a nonsectarian charter stating “That persons of every religious denomination shall be capable of being elected Trustees; nor shall any person, either as President, Professor, Tutor, or pupil, be refused admittance into said College, or denied any of the privileges, immunities, or advantages thereof, for or on account of his sentiments in matters of religion.”

Columbian College, as it was originally named, took up residence on College Hill, a 46-acre tract between the present 14th and 15th Streets extending from Florida Avenue to Columbia Road. The name of the institution was changed in 1873 to Columbian University and in 1904 to The George Washington University.

By 1918, the University had moved to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood—between 19th and 24th Streets, south of Pennsylvania Avenue—in the heart of Washington, D.C. The more than 100 buildings are situated on 43 acres bordered by the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the State Department, and the World Bank, as well as numerous federal agencies, national galleries, and museums.

GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, initiated for graduate studies, research projects, and professional development programs, is located along the high-tech corridor on Route 7, just to the west of Route 28, in Loudoun County. In 1998, GW established The George Washington University at Mount Vernon College; the Mount Vernon Campus is on Foxhall Road in Northwest Washington.

Currently, the University’s enrollments total more than 25,000, of which 10,100 are undergraduates, about 14,600 are graduate and professional students, and some 500 are nondegree students. The students come from all 50 states and about 130 different countries.

Mission Statement

The George Washington University, an independent academic institution chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1821, dedicates itself to furthering human well-being. The University values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas.

The George Washington University, centered in the national and international crossroads of Washington, D.C., commits itself to excellence in the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge.

To promote the process of lifelong learning from both global and integrative perspectives, the University provides a stimulating intellectual environment for its diverse students and faculty. By fostering excellence in teaching, the University offers outstanding learning experiences for full-time and part-time students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Washington, D.C., the nation, and abroad. As a center for intellectual inquiry and research, the University emphasizes the linkage between basic and applied scholarship, insisting that the practical be grounded in knowledge and theory. The University acts as a catalyst for creativity in the arts, the sciences, and the professions by encouraging interaction among its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the communities it serves.

The George Washington University draws upon the rich array of resources from the National Capital Area to enhance its educational endeavors. In return, the University, through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, contributes talent and knowledge to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Accreditation  

The George Washington University is accredited by its regional accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Law School is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has had continuous approval by its accrediting body, which is currently the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, sponsored jointly by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The medical laboratory science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited the program in Physician Assistant. The physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

In the School of Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice are accredited by the Collegiate Commission on  Nursing Education.

In the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the public health programs have full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. The program in health services administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

In the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Bachelor of Science programs in civil, mechanical, electrical, biomedical, and computer engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The Bachelor of Science computer science curriculum is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is a charter member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education for its eligible master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs; the master’s programs in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling and the doctoral program in counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs; the master’s program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council for Rehabilitation Education.

The School of Business is a member of AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the Association accredits its undergraduate and graduate business administration and accountancy programs. The programs in accountancy satisfy the educational requirements for the Certified Public Accountant and the Certified Management Accountant professional examinations.

The Elliott School of International Affairs is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.

In Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the B.F.A. and M.F.A. in interior design are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The Department of Chemistry is on the approved list of the  American Chemical Society. The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and the Psy.D. program in the Center for Professional Psychology are on the approved list of the American Psychological Association. The M.A. program in speech–language pathology is accredited by the Education and Training Board of the Boards of Examiners in Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology. The M.P.A. and M.P.P. programs are on the approved list of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The University is privately endowed and is governed by a Board of Trustees of which the President of the University is an ex officio member.

Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., Chair
Ellen Zane, Vice Chair
I. Allan From, Secretary

W. Scott Amey, President and CEO, Amyx, Inc.
Richard W. Blackburn, Retired Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, Duke Energy
Christopher J. Bright, Historian
Roslyn Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors
Weston Burnett, Managing Partner, Cohen & Burnett, P.C., CEO and President, OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management
Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., President and CEO, Snowbird Capital
Mark Chickester, President, Atlas Research LLC
George A. Coelho, Managing Director, Good Energies (UK)
Terry Collins, Retired, Boeing
Lee Fensterstock, Chairman and CEO, Fensterstock Associates
Heather S. Foley
I. Allan From, Shareholder, Howard, Stallings, From, & Hutson
Diana Henriques, Contributing Writer, The New York Times
A. Michael Hoffman, Co-founder and Chairman, Palamon Capital Partners
Mark V. Hughes, Retired President, System and Network Solutions Group (SAIC)
James F. Humphreys, President, James F. Humphreys & Associates
Madeline Jacobs, Executive Director/CEO, American Chemical Society
David C. Karlgaard, Retired CEO and President, PEC Solutions
Stuart S. Kassan, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado; Chief Medical Officer, Infusion Center of Denver
Jay E. Katzen, Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmic Surgery
J. Richard Knop, Co-Founder and Co-Manager, Fed Cap Partners
Peter Kovler, Chairman of the Board, Blum–Kovler Foundation
Gerald Lazarus, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Randy L. Levine, President, New York Yankees, Counsel, Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Ann Walker Marchant, CEO, Walker Marchant Group
David A. Nadler, Nadler Advisory Services
Linda D. Rabbitt, Chairman and CEO, Rand Construction Corporation
Steven S. Ross, Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Deborah Ratner Salzberg, President, Forest City Washington
Mark R. Shenkman, President and Chief Investment Officer, Shenkman Capital Management
Grace Speights, Partner, Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice
Robert K. Tanenbaum, Principal, Lerner Enterprises, and Principal Owner, Washington Nationals
Ave Tucker, CEO and co-founder, TM Financial Forensics, LLC
Cynthia Steele Vance, Broadcast Journalist
George W. Wellde, Jr., Former Vice Chairman of the Securities Division, Goldman, Sachs
Titilola Williams-Davies, Management Consultant, UPD Consulting
Ellen M. Zane, President and CEO, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

The University

Steven Knapp, President
Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Leo M. Chalupa, Vice President for Research
Louis H. Katz, Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Michael Morsberger, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Beth Nolan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Lorraine Voles, Vice President for External Relations
Sabrina Ellis, Vice President for Human Resources
Aristide Collins, Vice President and Secretary of the University

Deans of the Schools

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences—Ben Vinson III
School of Medicine and Health Sciences—Jeffrey Scott Akman 
Law School—Gregory E. Maggs (Interim)
School of Engineering and Applied Science—David S. Dolling
Graduate School of Education and Human Development—Michael J. Feuer
School of Business—D.C. Kayes (Interim)  /  L. Livingstone (as of August 2014)
Elliott School of International Affairs—Michael E. Brown
School of Public Health and Health Services—Lynn R. Goldman
College of Professional Studies—Ali Eskandarian
School of Nursing—Jean Johnson

Degrees offered by the George Washington University

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Forensic Sciences (M.F.S.), Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), Master of Psychology (M.Psy.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.H.S.), Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Law School: Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.), and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

School of Engineering and Applied Science: Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Engineer (Engr.), Applied Scientist (App.Sc.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Graduate School of Education and Human Development: Master of Arts in Education and Human Development (M.A.Ed.&H.D.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

School of Business: Bachelor of Accountancy (B.Accy.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Accountancy (M.Accy.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Business Analytics (M.S.B.A.), Master of Science in Finance (M.S.F.), Master of Science in Government Contracts (M.S.G.C.), Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (M.S.I.S.T.), Master of Science in Project Management (M.S.P.M.), Master of Tourism Administration (M.T.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Elliott School of International Affairs: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.), and Master of International Studies (M.I.S.)

Milken Institute School of Public Health: Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.), and Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

College of Professional Studies: Associate in Professional Studies (A.P.S.), Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.), and Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

School of Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)