Undergraduate Admissions

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The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design inspires students to create art with the potential to shape and influence the arts community and the world. Students put knowledge into action through internships, research and service in Washington, D.C.'s many world-class museums, art galleries, design studios and international cultural institutions.

As part of the George Washington University's (GW) Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), Corcoran students can pursue all of their interests in a multifaceted approach to the arts. The diversity of degree offerings means that each program is looking for somewhat different and unique qualities in applicants. Prospective students can refer to each program for further information and contact the program director with specific questions. 

For general details on how to apply to GW, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website. 

Current GW Students:
If you are already a CCAS student and wish to apply to one of the majors offered through the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, you can get started by downloading the Application for Corcoran Majors (PDF).

If you are currently a GW student but not in CCAS, you will need to complete both the Application for Corcoran Majors (PDF) and, if accepted, the Internal Transfer Request Form (PDF). All students accepted into a Corcoran major must have their home school as the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

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 School’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 School’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. 

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Dates & Deadlines

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.

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Portfolio Requirements

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.

Here are a few portfolio guidelines:

  • All students are required to submit a portfolio of 10-15 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.
National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day

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, DC, 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. 

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Financial Aid

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. 

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International Services Office

GW is proud to host over 3,300 students, faculty, and staff from over 130 countries. The International Services Office (ISO) is the first stop for the GW international community and helps eliminate administrative challenges when studying in the U.S. ISO advisors host a variety of special events that highlight our diverse international student population. At GW, we are finding new ways to build an inclusive culture!

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Parent Resources

When parents have questions concerning student life at GW, the Office of Parent Services provides the necessary answers and resources. Families play an important role in spring visits, Colonial Inauguration and Colonials Weekend, but sometimes parents need more. Through one-on-one service with staff members, parents can better communicate with the university and take an active role in campus activities.