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Making a Difference

A road in the Irkutsk region of Russia is built on thawing permafrost with logs used to stabilize frozen ground.

The Shifting Arctic Landscape

Geography’s Vera Kuklina is leading a $3 million NSF-funded exploration of how the changing climate is altering the lives of Arctic Indigenous communities.

Learning & Discovery

Samuel Goldman

Bridging the American Divide

In his new book, Political Science’s Samuel Goldman argues America works best not when we deny our nationalistic divide—but when we accept it.

Alumni Spotlight

Maggie Teliska and David Ramaker

Alumna Makes Chemistry Connections

Inspired by faculty mentors, Maggie Teliska, PhD ’04, forged a career in sustainable energy. Now she’s helping other chemistry students make their mark in STEM industries.


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!

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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

    “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
    History

  • 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
    Biophysics

  • 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

 

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