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Undergraduate Admissions

If you're interested in applying to one of our undergraduate degrees, you must follow the process administered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This applies to all first year, transfer and international applicants to our Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. 

 


DEADLINES

 

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First Year Applicants

Fall Admission:

  • Early Decision 1 - November 1
  • Early Decision 2 - January 5
  • Regular Decision - January 5
     

Spring Admission:

  • October 1

You should apply to the George Washington University as a first-year applicant if you are currently in your senior year of high school or have earned a GED or completed high school but have never enrolled in college courses.

APPLY AS A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT

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Transfer Applicants

Fall Admission:

  • April 15
     



Spring Admission:

  • October 1

The George Washington University considers anyone who has graduated from high school and completed at least one college course since high school graduation to be a transfer student.

 

Apply as a Transfer Student

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Internal Transfers

Deadlines:

  • Most CCAS students declare their major in their third full-time semester (or after completing 45 credits, whichever comes first), and no later than the registration period before the fifth full-time semester.
  • Students may not submit an Internal Transfer request prior to their second semester at GW.

APPLY AS AN INTERNAL TRANSFER STUDENT

 

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"You are immediately connected to talented artists of all ages and genders, and everyone is welcoming and helpful. In my case, my peers helped me decide which art pieces I should include in shows, and gave me helpful critiques that have improved my art significantly."


Lindsey Siff, Fine Arts

 


VISIT

We invite prospective and admitted undergraduate students to visit our campus throughout the year, including for Discover the Arts Tours, highlighting Corcoran programs and spaces across campus. You can come to explore our home in the city. Registration for tours is available online by searching for the "Discover the Arts" tours.
 

The tour begins at the Admissions & Alumni Welcome Center (800 21st Street, NW). Learn more from a GW Admissions Director about opportunities at GW and our Corcoran School of the Arts and Design programs, along with information about admissions and financial aid. Following the information session, a current Corcoran student will lead the tour of the Foggy Bottom campus presenting highlights of our studios, galleries, theater space and music rooms available to students at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. The tour will end at our historic Flagg Building (500 17th Street, NW). 
 

Discover the Arts Tours for Fall 2019 are available on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. through December 13.*

*Please note, there will be no tours offered on:
Friday, October 18 and Monday, October 21 due to GW Fall Break
Monday, November 25 and Friday, November 29 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

 

REGISTER FOR TOURS (search "Arts")

 

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ADMISSIONS EVENTS

GW Day

Fall Preview, Saturday, September 14, is designed for prospective students and families to learn more about the unique opportunities available at GW! Events include an informational session, a Discover the Arts campus tour, lunch with current students and a panel of GW community members. In the afternoon, there are opportunities to connect with faculty, students and staff from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Performing and Visual Arts Fairs and National Portfolio Days

This fall, we are traveling to locations across the country as part of NACAC's Performing and Visual Arts Fairs and National Portfolio Days.

Can't make it to an on campus event?  We hope to see you at one of these!

LEARN MORE

Inside GW Days for Admitted First-Year Students

In April, join us on campus for special Admitted Student days to experience what it's like to be a Corcoran student at GW! We hope you will join us for special two-day event that incorporates opportunities for students as part of the NEXT opening. For more details see information on Undergraduate Admitted Student Days coming in late Fall 2019.

 


PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the GW Common Application, portfolio reviews are required for our BFA programs, with the exception of the BFA in Interior Architecture.

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 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE WHEN SELECTING YOUR INTENDED MAJOR IN THE APPLICATION
It is very important that the majors match in both the CommonApp and SlideRoom. Please take care when selecting the program (ex. BA in Fine Arts vs BFA in Fine Art), and make sure you've selected the same major in both locations.

 

Submit Your Portfolio

 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

There are various opportunities available through the Corcoran School and GW that can help you fund your education. From potential assistantships to federal loans and scholarships, dedicated offices and people can help you find options. The Office of Student Financial Assistance provides information and resources.
 

Corcoran Scholars

 


CURRENT GW STUDENTS (INTERNAL TRANSFERS)

Are you a current GW student who is interested in changing your major to a Corcoran program?  Great!  The process depends on your home school and your intended Corcoran major. Please follow the steps below, based on your home school and intended major.

CHANGE OF MAJOR PROCESS FOR CORCORAN PROGRAMS WITHOUT A PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT 
BA in Art History
BA in Art History & Fine Arts
BA in Dance
BA in Fine Arts
BA in Music
BA in Theatre
BFA in Interior Architecture

If you are a Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) student and you are interested in transferring to the programs listed above, please follow the CCAS Declaration of Major process, which includes a Declaration of Major form and a meeting with a faculty advisor in the program.

If you are a GW student in another school outside of Columbian College, you must complete the Internal Transfer Process. For additional information, please visit the Registrar's Internal Transfer website.

Deadlines

  • Most CCAS students declare their major in their third full-time semester (or after completing 45 credits, whichever comes first), and no later than the registration period before the fifth full-time semester. 

  • Students may not submit an Internal Transfer request prior to their second semester at GW.


CHANGE OF MAJOR PROCESS FOR CORCORAN PROGRAMS WITH A PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT 
BFA in Fine Art
BFA in Graphic Design
BFA in Interaction Design
BFA in Photojournalism

If you are a Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) student and you are interested in transferring to the programs listed above, this is a two-step process.

1. You must successfully complete a Portfolio Review by submitting a portfolio via SlideRoom. Your portfolio will be reviewed by faculty in the program of your intended major, and the program will notify you of your portfolio status.

2. Upon successful completion of your portfolio review, please follow the CCAS Declaration of Major process, which includes a Declaration of Major form and a meeting with a faculty advisor in the program.

 

If you are a GW student in another school outside of Columbian College, interested in transferring to the BFA programs above, this is a two-process.

1. You must successfully complete a Portfolio Review by submitting a portfolio via SlideRoom. Your portfolio will be reviewed by faculty in the program of your intended major, and the program will notify you of your portfolio status.

2. Upon successful completion of your portfolio review, you must complete the Internal Transfer Process

For additional information about internally transferring, please visit the Registrar's Internal Transfer website.

Deadlines

  • For spring semester, you must submit your Portfolio via SlideRoom by October 1 and any internal transfer paperwork must be submitted by October 15.
  • For fall semester, for students who have completed transfer prerequisites, you must submit your portfolio via SlideRoom by February 1 and any internal transfer paperwork must be submitted by February 15.
  • For fall semester, for students enrolled in transfer prerequisite courses in the current semester, you must submit your portfolio via SlideRoom by April 15 and any internal transfer paperwork must be submitted by May 31.

International Applicants

We have a long history of welcoming international students to our university. We value diversity and inclusiveness and do our best so that every student feels welcome on our campus. We consider an international student to be any applicant of foreign nationality who will be entering, or has already entered, the United States with a valid visa.

Apply as an International Student