Making a difference through

The Engaged Liberal Arts.


Columbian College of Arts & Sciences


Making a Difference

Out in the Streets

From bike lanes to bus stops, the geography majors in David Rain’s capstone class travel throughout the District to understand curbside use and inform public policy decisions.

Learning & Discovery

Impacting the Earth and Sky

Astrophysics graduate student Sarah Chastain uses South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope to search space for cosmic transients and train a diverse new generation of students and scholars.

Student Spotlight

When Autism Research Hits Home

Luther Rice-winning neuroscience major Mohammed Almarkhan researches the link between autism and dementia. His findings may improve the lives of millions—including his own sister.

Third Century Scholarship Endowment Match




The largest fundraising match in GW's history, this scholarship match is a landmark opportunity to support Columbian College students. GW will match new gifts to need-based undergraduate scholarship endowments dollar-for-dollar.  

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CCAS by the Numbers


67 majors, 68 minors, 17 certificates, 51 master's degrees, 24 doctoral degrees



530 Full-Time Faculty, 5,100 undergraduate, 2,500 graduate



86,000 Columbian College Alumni living in all 50 states and 120+ countries







The Columbian College Experience

The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences is home to what it calls the engaged liberal arts, where experiential learning and research opportunities, unique access to D.C. and the world, a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary curriculum and an expansive alumni network prepare the next generation of engaged, effective and responsible citizens of the 21st century.

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"There’s a really unique type of student who ends up at GW. It’s not a conventional school choice, and there’s an even more selective group who end up in a program like . . .  political communications. Those people are just amazing, and I’ve made some really good friends over the last couple of years, and that’s what’s going to be the most important thing I take away from my college experience—the people I met.”

Jonas Poggi
BA ‘22, Political Communications