George Washington University Admissions Essay

Complete and submit the Common Application online.

Note that there are multiple decision plans at GW. We offer Early Decision I, Early Decision II, as well as Regular Decision. Early Decision plans utilize a binding agreement, meaning that you are required to attend should you be admitted to the university. The Early Decision agreement form can be found on the Common App website. Be sure to pay attention to application deadlines.

The essay portion of the application provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their English language writing skills. Applicants will choose one of five specific prompts that best allows them to share their story with the Admissions Committee. The essay will be 250 to 650 words and detailed instructions can be found in the Common Application.

In addition to the Common Application essay, the applicant must complete the 250 word Writing Supplement. The GW supplemental essay question is a chance to show their personality and make connections between your experiences and GW’s institutional values.

Please note: The application is not complete and we cannot begin the application review until we receive all required forms. The application requires a nonrefundable application fee of $75 for students. Be sure to complete the last step after Summary and Review, which finalizes payment of the fee, and be certain it is successfully submitted. The Common Application opens in early August for fall and spring admission.

Supporting documentation, including School Report, transcripts, and letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically via the Common Application, via email to, or via mail to our office:
     The George Washington University
     Office of Undergraduate Admissions
     2121 I Street NW, Suite 201
     Washington, D.C. 20052

Please note that electronic submission is the preferred method of submitting documentation to the Admissions Office and will allow us to complete your application in a timely manner.

Please allow us several weeks from the time the application is submitted to process all documents and post them in the GW Admissions Portal. During the busy application period, the portal is the best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents. You will receive a link to the portal with instructions on how to log in after your application is submitted.

On the Common Application and corresponding documentation, please ensure the applicant’s name is written as it appears on their passport or government identification. Students should use the Common Application's “preferred name” field to include a preferred name, if it differs from the name on official identification. All international applicants must provide a permanent, physical mailing address (that is not a post office box).

We are pleased that you are interested in applying to the George Washington University (GW). GW is a selective institution that receives applications from every state and more than 120 countries.

We are looking to enroll a bright, talented and diverse body of students who will take advantage of the many unique opportunities that the university and Washington, D.C., have to offer.

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Each year, we welcome freshmen, transfer, and international students to our campuses from 50 states and more than 120 countries. Each group has unique application requirements, deadlines, eligibility information, and scholarship opportunities.

Before you begin your application process, determine which type of applicant you are so you know what steps you have to take.


Affected by a Natural Disaster?

Many high school seniors and college transfer students across the world are navigating the college application process as their families recover from natural disasters. If application fees, application deadlines, or submitting test scores present an obstacle as you complete your GW application, please reach out to us at so we can have a conversation to ease some of the stress surrounding the college application process.

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