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Sociology’s Antwan Jones (left) and Gregory Squires are tying inclusionary zoning policies to more affordable housing and lower rates of heart disease.

Good for the Heart: Linking Housing, Health

Sociology’s Antwan Jones (left) and Gregory Squires are tying inclusionary zoning policies to more affordable housing and lower rates of heart disease.

Learning & Discovery

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As Newspapers Fold, Will Civics Follow?

With newspapers disappearing, Americans are less engaged with local governments. Political Science’s Danny Hayes argues the trends are linked—and dangerous to democracy.

Faculty Spotlight

Ana María del Río-González

HIV Help for Latina Transgender Women

Funded by a $1 million CDC grant, Psychology’s Ana María del Río-González is launching a first-of-its-kind peer coaching study for an understudied community.

Graduate Virtual Open House, October 18-28, 2021, Registration Is Open!


COVID-19 Updates

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Onward GW: Return to Campus and the Classroom

Learn more about the steps GW and Columbian College are taking this fall to ensure the health and safety of our community, including protocols for vaccinations, masking and building and classroom access.

Learn More about GW's Fall Plans

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Celebrating Our Bicentennial!

Our Moment, Our Momentum: The GW Centuries Celebration Weekend

The entire GW community is invited to gather in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 1-3, 2021, for GW Centuries Celebration Weekend. Register by August 31!

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From our first building on "College Hill" to an internationally recognized research center, browse our timeline of Columbian College highlights since 1821.

200 Years and Counting: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences seal

Read about the college's remarkable history of learning, research and discovery, the landmark achievements of our alumni and our vision for the future.



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  • Alexandria Cannon, BA '20 History a young black woman with curly hair in a black shirt

    Alexandria Cannon

    “Most history classes, you are in a discussion room talking about it, but with George Washington and his World, we get to take the class on his estate and relive through what he did.”

    Alexandria Cannon 
    BA '20

  • George Sangiolo BS '18 a young man wearing a gray t-shirt

    George Sangiolo

    "The student body comes from very different backgrounds , and you can always find someone studying something you know nothing about.“

    George Sangiolo 
    BS '18

  • Sarah Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, a women with shoulder length hair wearing a tan jacket

    Sarah Wagner

    "As anthropologists, we go into communities and spend time trying to understand lived experiences. We tell people's stories. And we have an obligation to do it right"

    Sarah Wagner
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Zachary Brown PhD 2027 a white man wearing a black t-shirt

    Zachary Brown

    "I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research."

    Zachary Brown
    PhD '27
    American Studies 

  • Debbie Wheeler, MS '84, a blonde women in a white button down shirt with a black sweater

    Debbie Wheeler

    "That degree has helped me in my entire career and I am still working with the same people I went to college with many years ago. I recommend this college to anyone"

    Debbie Wheeler
    MS '84
    Telecommunications Operations


67 majors, 68 minors | 17 graduate certificates, 52 master's degrees, 24 doctoral degrees


500+ full-time faculty. 5,100 undergraduate students. 2,500 graduate students


82,176 Columbian College alumni living in all 50 states and 120+ countries





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