Columbian College Celebration 2017

Prominent Alumni

Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor, BA '85

Eric Cantor, BA '85, served as the representative for Virginia's 7th Congressional District from 2001 to 2014, and as House Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses.

Alumnae Trio Design Success

A day in the busy Brooklyn-based event design shop Tinsel & Twine is anything but typical, says Communications Director Erica Taylor, BA ’06, and Production Director Liz Castelli, BS ’05. Read more.

Mark Warner, BA '77

Mark Warner, BA '77, was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008. He served as Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006 after spending 20 years as a business leader. Warner serves on the Senate's Banking, Budget, Commerce and Rules Committees.

Jackie Onassis

Jacqueline Onassis, BA '51

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, BA '51, received worldwide attention as First Lady alongside President John F. Kennedy. While in the White House, she focused on historic preservation and promoting the arts. Later, she enjoyed a successful career in publishing.

Genesis of the Big Bang

Dr. Ralph A. Alpher, BA '43

Ralph Asher Alpher, BA '43, helped publish the Big Bang theory after studying physics at the Columbian College for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He worked closely with famed GW professor George Gamow.

Kerry Washington, BA '98

Kerry Washington, BA '98, has starred in films such as The Last King of Scotland and Ray, and plays the leading role in the hit TV series ScandalShe was GW's commencement speaker in 2013 and is an ardent political activist.

More Alumni Success Stories

See a list of additional notable alumni, like CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, BA '93, or read the George Washington University alumni blog for up-to-date news on recent accomplishments. 


Undergraduate Studies

"There is no other university that combines location, work, play and education so seamlessly." - Carly Abenstein, '16 Political Communication, The GW Hatchet

56 Majors 61 Minors at CCAS      33 Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees   70 percent of undergraduate students at GW have held an internship or co-op

Welcome to GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, where outside-the-box and interdisciplinary learning is cherished, and where academic rigor and achievement go hand-in-hand with a spirit of exploration and adventure. 

Studying in one of the 56 majors offered by the College provides more than a great education. It also offers transformative experiences and connections to some of the most influential institutions in the world. Whether seeking a degree from the world’s first political communication program or pursuing a passion for theoretical physics, the Columbian College has the resources for success.

Recent Undergraduate Studies News

Senior math major Isabelle Berger is a board member for the GW Association for Women in Mathematics

Making Women + Math = Opportunities

Despite advances in STEM fields, a gender gap still persists in mathematics. CCAS students and faculty are searching for formulas to solve the women and math equation.

Chemistry Student Helps Unlock TB Clues

Once thought to be all but eradicated, tuberculosis has made a tragic come back. Luther Rice Fellow Abby Pepin is working with Chemistry's Cynthia Dowd in an important effort to turn back the TB tide.

Meet Associate Dean Elizabeth Chacko

Renowned as a dynamic figure in the field and in the classroom, Elizabeth Chacko brings her skills as an educator, leader and scientific trailblazer to her role as associate dean for undergraduate studies.


GW students are the “Most Politically Active” in the nation for the fourth consecutive year.

Within 6 months of graduation, over 80% of students found full-time employment, entered grad school, or engaged in military or philanthropic service, among other activities.

Almost 1,200 graduates have served in the Peace Corps. GW is also a top source for Teach for America.

10 GW alumni currently serve in the 114th US Congress, including Columbian College graduates Senator Mark Warner, BA '77, and Congressman Steve Israel, BA '81.

GW Arts & Sciences offers Dean's Seminars, Presidential Scholars in the Arts and research partnerships.