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In his last will and testament, George Washington envisioned a university in the heart of the nation’s capital that would serve as an intellectual hub for the country.

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Today, through our vast network of world-class academic opportunities, access, partnerships and policy-research initiatives, GW puts its knowledge to work for immediate impact. 

  • GW uses DC as a classroom like no other institution, hosting classes in the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum, and President George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate. Plus, through a variety of partnerships, GW students have research opportunities with nearly every federal agency in America, as well as numerous multilateral groups, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Naval Research Lab, Pan-American Health Organization, Smithsonian Institution and the World Bank, just to name a few.

  • Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, William Strong, David J. Brewer, Willis Van Devanter and John Marshall Harlan were among those who served on the GW Law faculty. Moreover, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor presided over its constitutional law moot court competition in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014, respectively. Justice Alito presided for the second time in January 2016.

  • Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a seminar class exclusive to GW students entitled “Reflections of the Federal Reserve and its Place in Today’s Economy,” giving students an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the financial crisis and its aftermath.

  • GW has 95 endowed faculty positions and more than 65 current and former Fulbright scholars serving within its ranks. Plus, GW produces several Fulbright students working on various issues around the world each year. Our alumnus and the creator of the scholarships, former Senator J. William Fulbright ’34, would no doubt be proud.

  • GW makes a point of connecting academia to policy and the workplace. In fact, three current deans currently hold leadership positions in high-profile organizations in their respective disciplines: Michael Feuer of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development serves as President of the National Academy of Education, the School of Business’ Linda Livingstone serves on the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and Blake D. Morant of GW Law serves as the President of the American Association of Law Schools.

Research at GW

New dinosaur species. What happens after a star dies. Survival in the Arctic.  How to silence schizophrenia. These are just some of the discoveries that researchers at the George Washington University have recently made, but the possibilities for what is next are limitless. Home to more than 100 interdisciplinary centers and institutes, our research spans fields like science, technology, health, policy, global security, arts and humanities. With activities like our Global Women’s Institute, Cybersecurity Initiative and Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, we are working with our partners on changing the world.

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