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About the George Washington University

In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University (GW) was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District, and more than 130 countries.

About the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national, and global communities.

Why Choose GW Health Sciences

GW Health Sciences is a vibrant, diverse community of faculty, staff, and students across 50 academic and research programs, representing 34 fields of study. Our highly ranked academic programs and translational research initiatives are housed within four academic departments: Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Research and Leadership, Health, Human Function and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Physician Assistant Studies.

Our division is also home to the Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, the GW Biomedical Informatics Center, the GW Collaboratory for Health Research and Education, an Advanced Metrics Lab, and a HRSA-funded Health Careers Opportunity Program. We value strategic partnerships, such as our collaboration with the Alexandria City Public Schools in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School.

We offer certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs on two campuses and online.

Accreditation

GW is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Recognition

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings
    • No. 66 Best National University
    • No. 90 Best Value School
    • No. 38 Best Colleges for Veterans
    • No. 19 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
    • No. 13 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans
  • No. 78 on Forbes‘ Top Colleges 2019 list
  • No. 1 provider of Peace Corps volunteers among medium-size universities in the U.S.

Fast Facts

Chartered by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821

100+ online programs

The largest institution of higher education in D.C.

1,166 non-medical faculty and 1,197 medical faculty

290,000+ alumni in more than 130 countries worldwide

GW Mission

The mission of the George Washington University is to educate individuals in liberal arts, languages, sciences, learned professions, and other courses and subjects of study, and to conduct scholarly research and publish the findings of such research.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on February 8, 2019

SMHS Mission & Vision

The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is dedicated to improving the health of local, national, and global communities by:

  • Educating a diverse workforce of tomorrow’s leaders in medicine, science, and health sciences.
  • Healing through innovative and compassionate care.
  • Advancing biomedical, translational, and health services delivery research with an emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Promoting a culture of excellence through inclusion, service, and advocacy.

GW Health Sciences

GW Health Sciences mission is to drive innovation and quality in health and health care delivery through education, scholarship, and service. We strive to reflect our core values of diversity & inclusion, collaboration, and innovation by investing in people, living our social mission, influencing health professions education, health care policy and practice, and catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurism.

Our vision is to be a leader in transforming health and health care delivery – locally, nationally, and globally. This vision aligns with the aspirations of the university: “Framed by our nation’s capital, inspired by our namesake’s vision, we the George Washington University aspire to preeminence as a comprehensive, global, research university.”

Our History

In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University (GW) was created by an Act of Congress in 1821.

GW established its first medical department in 1840, which would grow to become the first general hospital in the nation’s capital. By implementing external clinical rotations in 1960, GW became one of the first universities to offer students access to the best career preparatory experience. GW introduced its Health Sciences programs in 1972, preparing leaders on the cutting edge of health care.

Throughout multiple name changes, relocations, and even a fire, the school has maintained a fierce dedication to the education of advanced health professionals.

Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District, and more than 130 countries.