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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. 




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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


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Transfer Applicants

Fall Admission:

  • April 15

Spring Admission:

  • October 1


Lindsay Siff; hands sorting through drawing tools



"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



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).

Our Summer 2019 tours are available on these dates:
The tours are offered on Fridays (12:00pm-2:00pm) from June 14 to August 16.  Please note, there will be no tour offered on Friday, July 5.


REGISTER FOR TOURS (search "Arts")


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GW Day

Fall Preview, held each September, 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.

Inside GW Day

This 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 on April 25 - 26 for a 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.



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.


Submit Your Portfolio


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



If you are a Columbian College of Arts and Sciences student and want to apply to a major offered through the Corcoran, you can get started by downloading the Application for Corcoran Majors (PDF).

If you are a GW student in another school, you must first complete the Application for Corcoran Majors (PDF). If accepted, you also need to fill out the Internal Transfer Request Form (PDF).

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


  • For fall semester internal transfers: 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 transfers: October 15

For additional information, please visit the Registrar's website.