Undergraduate Admissions

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The world needs innovative thinkers. At the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, we mentor students to address critical social issues in creative and provocative ways. The Corcoran offers a hands-on and practical curriculum, designed to equip you with cutting-edge tools and frameworks to enhance your skills no matter your field of study. As part of the George Washington University's (GW) Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), our students pursue a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to the arts. 

With access to our beautiful exhibition spaces, world-class research facilities and well-connected faculty and alumni, you have an opportunity to present your work to a global audience. Because we are located in Washington, D.C., our students tap into the nerve center of international culture and government, where policymakers, NGO’s and cultural institutions come together. Students work and study at some of the most prestigious companies, galleries, and design firms in the world.

Dates and Deadlines

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Freshman and Transfer Applicants

There are several important dates and deadlines to consider when applying to attend GW.

Please be sure to check with the GW Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Aid for the latest dates and deadlines.

Remember these dates.

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Current GW Students

Students may not submit a request prior to their 2nd semester at GW.

  • For fall semester transfer: February 15 (for students who have completed transfer prerequisites) and May 31 (for students enrolled in transfer prerequisite courses in the current semester)
  • For spring semester transfer: October 15

Undergraduate Application Process

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Freshman Applicants

Every completed application is carefully reviewed by an admissions committee, which looks for students who have the academic preparation, personal qualities and motivation to thrive in the Corcoran's dynamic environment. 

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Transfer Applicants

We seek transfer students who demonstrated success at another college or university, and who have the motivation to thrive within the Corcoran's unique blend of classroom, campus and urban experiences.

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International Applicants

We have a community of global thinkers who express their international perspectives through art. Many languages and ideas are shared with friends and professors from all over the world. We have a long history of welcoming international students to our university.

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Current GW Students

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) students who wish to apply to one of the majors offered through the Corcoran, you can get started by downloading the Application for Corcoran Majors.

For GW students who are not in CCAS, after filling out the form above, if accepted, you also need to fill out the Internal Transfer Request Form

Corcoran Application Requirements

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Portfolio Requirements

In addition to the GW Common Application, portfolio reviews are required for applicants to Bachelor of Fine Arts majors, with the exception of the BFA in Interior Architecture, which does not require a portfolio.

The portfolio is the primary tool that the admissions committee uses to determine an applicant's skill and potential. Your portfolio should tell your story in a way that makes sense to you. We have no restrictions or requirements on what should be in your portfolio other than what you believe to be your strongest work. It is important to make sure that this is the best representation of you as an artist, and of your work up to this point the point of your application. Here are a few portfolio guidelines:

• All students are required to submit 12-20 completed works of art.

• The included work should be your best and most recent work.

• If possible, the work should be related to your area of interest.

Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom >


Audition Requirements

Auditions/interviews are not required for applicants to our Bachelor of Arts programs in Dance, Music or Theatre unless you are applying for Presidential Scholars in the Arts scholarship consideration.

Each year, an exceptional group of freshman applicants across the Corcoran are awarded a Presidential Scholars in the Arts scholarship that is renewable for up to 10 consecutive semesters with continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. The selection process for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program and scholarship is competitive, and successful candidates demonstrate excellence as talented scholars in the performing and visual arts and design.

Learn more > 



National Portfolio Days

High school students interested in studying art and/or design at the college level are encouraged to attend National Portfolio Day at the Corcoran School. In addition to hosting National Portfolio Day in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., we attend National Portfolio Day events across the country.

These educational opportunities for emerging artists bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their programs. 

Learn how it works and join us >

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Last year, more than 60 percent of GW students received grants from the university, and $166 million in institutional aid was awarded to undergraduate students. Learn about the eligibility requirements and many funding opportunities available to incoming students through GW’s financial aid services

Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Each year, an exceptional group of freshman applicants are awarded a Presidential Scholars in the Arts scholarship that is renewable for up to 10 consecutive semesters with continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

Apply to the Presidential Scholars in the Arts > 

Visit GW and the Corcoran


Discover the Arts + Design Tours

We invite prospective and admitted undergraduate students to visit the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses throughout the year, including Discover the Arts + Design Tours, highlighting Corcoran programs and spaces across campus. Registration for information sessions and tours of both campuses are available online.  Register for a tour by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions event search page and typing “Discover the Arts” in the search bar.

Schedule your visit >

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Virtual Tour

Navigate GW’s campuses and learn about the university's facilities and history through our Virtual Tour. This online tool offers interactive maps of Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, downtown D.C. and more!

Explore our campus >