As the largest university in Washington, D.C., it's no surprise that George Washington University attracts students interested in political science, law and international studies. Chartered by Congress in 1821, the school made good on a hope of George Washington's to open a school in the nation's capital. It is now the 14th most desirable large school on NEWSWEEK's list.
NEWSWEEK also ranks GW the 14th most diverse school in the nation, with a student body that is ten percent Asian, seven percent African-American, seven percent Hispanic and five percent from outside the United States. Fifty-six percent of George Washington students are women. Though the school has a student population of more than 25,000, less than half are undergrads.
George Washington University accepts just over a third of its applicants and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees grew by 3 percent for the 2009-2010 academic year to nearly $42,000, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
To rank colleges and universities by diversity, we took a broad view of related issues, including ethnicity, geographic origin, economic status, gender, and sexual orientation. Read more about our methodology here.