About the George Washington University
Located just steps from the U.S. Capital, the George Washington University is uniquely positioned at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. GW students and faculty benefit from an unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline. Whether on campus or as a student in one of our online programs, you too can take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.
Our mission is to provide an environment where knowledge is created and acquired and where creative endeavors seek to enrich the experiences of the global society. The depth and breadth of our academic programs, the exceptional qualifications of our full-time faculty, the unmatched experiences of our adjunct faculty and the strengths of our research initiatives allow our students, our faculty and our staff to look at the world beyond the classroom. They allow us to prepare the next generation of leaders.
The College of Professional Studies
The College of Professional Studies (CPS) is recognized as a catalyst for academic innovation, constructing credentials for the workforce that uphold the University’s standards of academic excellence and respond to the needs of today’s professionals. The College’s innovative programs are developed by GW subject experts with direction and ongoing feedback from our valued industry partners, including government agencies, professional associations, consulting organizations, and business and industry leaders. CPS online programs attract some of the best faculty and students nationwide. The delivery model and flexible format provide ambitious working professionals the same rigorous academic opportunities and accredited degrees afforded by GW’s on-campus programs, with the added advantage of unique educational tools and peer networking not available in the traditional classroom.
Whether you work locally, nationally or internationally, GSPM’s online graduate programs can prepare you to succeed at the highest level.
The George Washington University (GW) is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1821 as The Columbian College on land provided by former President George Washington, the University has since developed into a leading educational and research institution. The 43-acre campus, located in the city’s historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, is situated a few blocks from the White House and the National Mall.
In addition to 4,500 staff members, The George Washington University enrolls an even balance of undergraduate and graduate students; approximately 11,000 of the former and 12,500 of the latter.
The George Washington University, which celebrated its 185th anniversary in 2006, grew out of the desire of our Nation’s first President to establish a national institution of higher learning. When GW opened its doors in 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia, it boasted three faculty members, one tutor, and 30 students.
In 1904, the name of the institution was changed to The George Washington University. Today, the University’s enrollment totals more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in nine schools. With its location in the Nation’s Capital, the University has played host to numerous national and international dignitaries. In recent years, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, and both former President Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have lectured or spoken at GW.
The debt of the University to George Washington is intangible, but clear. Both as president and private citizen, Washington believed the fledgling country urgently needed a national university where “youth from all parts of the United States” might go to be educated in the arts and sciences, and to study “the principles of politics and good government.” Washington believed the capital city, which at the time was centrally located, was the logical site for such an institution. To help cover its cost, Washington left a bequest of 50 shares of stock in the Potomac Company, a canal building enterprise. Unfortunately, the Potomac Company passed out of existence before the bequest could be realized. The effort was carried forward, however, by the Reverend Luther Rice and three friends. A tireless individual, Rice traveled from Tennessee to New England soliciting support for his idea. President James Monroe himself contributed to the cause, along with 32 members of Congress.
On February 9, 1821, President Monroe signed the Act of Congress creating Columbian College, a non-sectarian institution. In 1904, the institution was given its current name, and in 1912, it began the move to its present location in Foggy Bottom, the area George Washington had envisioned for his national university.
The George Washington University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education as one of the six regional accrediting bodies for private schools, colleges, and universities. The MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.
The Commission has been a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) since its origin in 1919. In March of 2013, the Commission formally incorporated within the state of Pennsylvania as the Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education and maintains an ongoing relationship with the MSA.
More information about the Commission can be accessed on their website: http://www.msche.org/