George Washington University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the school is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by return on investment. Most often cast as a die-hard sports school first, George Washington University students study hard as they cheer on the Colonials. English is one of the most popular majors at George Washington University, and the student ranks boast SAT and ACT test scores that sit well above the national average. The figures in this rundown were provided by GW alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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  • Updated: 8 Jun 2019
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About This School

2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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GW alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the education industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the health care industry. The consulting industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. GW graduates see an average starting salary of $73K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $64K where the average male graduate hauls home approximately $87K.


Management Consultants and Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid GW alumni, making an average $83K every year. Other big breadwinners are Project Managers ($67K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $45K.


New York, N.Y. is filled with GW grads. The top-paying city popular with GW alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $85K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by GW alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average around $66K. Arlington, Va. and Boston, Mass. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

GW students with a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) can expect to make the most money (about $120K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A B.A. in Political Science (PolySci) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $45K.


A little less than one-fifth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Strategic Planning translates into above-average pay for former Colonials — they earn 36 percent more than their fellow graduates. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in four survey participants, respectively). Most former students participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of survey participants, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of former students as well. Alumni of George Washington University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Median pay for Georgetown University grads is $74K, making their salaries most similar to those of GW grads. Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University are also similar to GW.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1790 2080
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for George Washington University (GWU)


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