SDI: About The George Washington University

Located four blocks from The White House, The George Washington University is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. Founded in 1821, the school has developed into a research institution known especially for its social sciences, international affairs, medical and law programs. GW is also a leading source of experts in areas including politics, international affairs, communications, economics, education, engineering, environment, health care, space, sports management and law.

Below, you’ll find descriptions and links to some of the University’s colleges and schools that may be of the most interest to you.

Complete Listing of GW Schools and Colleges

School of Business
For 100 years, GW has been training students to be effective business managers. The multidisciplinary makeup of our departments gives the school the opportunity to provide unique insight by combining disciplinary lenses to perform research on pressing topics in the field of business. US News and World Report again ranked George Washington University's Graduate program in International Business in the top 25 for 2008.

The Elliott School of International Affairs
The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University is one of the most dynamic professional schools of international affairs in the world. The study of international affairs at GW dates back to 1898, and the Elliott School continues this century-long tradition.

Below are some of the institutes of the Elliott School:

The George Washington University Law School
Established in 1865, the GW Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious law schools in the country, with a total student population of about 1,700 students. Please note the Summer Doctoral Institute is open to candidates who want to work with GW Law faculty members. But, due to the nature of research in the field of law, many Law School faculty may be unavailable during the summer. Further, Law School faculty members may be otherwise committed to their own research and supervisory obligations as to their own students and thus not in a position to supervise a candidate in the Summer Doctoral Institute.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Since its founding in 1821, Columbian College, the original college of liberal arts and sciences of The George Washington University, has been the cornerstone of the campus community. The college is home to some of the most respected departments in their fields. The Department of Political Science is a nationally recognized program with emphases in American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. The Department ranks among the top 20 in the country and is recognized by both the National Research Council and U.S. News as one of the most rapidly improving doctoral programs in the country. The Tratchenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration is a focal point for public affairs education, research, and public service.  Ranked tenth nationwide, GW has again been named by US News as having one of the nation’s leading schools of public policy, public administration, and public affairs. 

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The year 2004 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. According to US News & World Report, the school’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program is ranked 6th nationwide and the Education Policy Program is ranked 19th.

School of Public Health and Health Services
The School of Public Health and Health Services is the only school of public health in the nation's capital and the first school in the nation to formally combine public health and health services. The school, which conducts nearly $20 million in sponsored research each year, encompasses the departments of environmental-occupational health, epidemiology-biostatistics, and health services management and policy, as well as the Center for International Health, the Center for Risk Science and Public Health, and the Center for Prevention Research.