GW @ 200

GW @ 200



This film explores the evolution of GW across its 200 years and our march to our third century through the lenses of four enduring themes: our rise to a globally-recognized university, the unique opportunities afforded by our location, our world-class faculty, and the impressive group of leaders and changemakers we count as alumni.

A Look Inside: GW at 200 

Learn more about the themes profiled in GW’s milestone documentary.

drawing of original GW building

Cultivating Generations of Progress

With perseverance, passion and persistence GW grew from a school of just twenty students and six faculty into a world class, global institution.

U.S. Capitol Building

Providing Unparalleled Location & Access to a Global Education

GW students have been able to take great advantage of living and learning at the seat of the federal government and within arm’s reach of great scientific and cultural institutions.

Collage of diverse group of GW alumni

Educate & Elevate

The collective force of GW’s two centuries is embodied by its remarkable alumni, now numbering more than 300,000 worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of alumni have used their GW educations to make history.

Collage of diverse group of GW faculty

Providing World-Class Faculty & Staff

GW’s never-ending commitment in helping to shape a stronger future is proven through its faculty, who contribute to important moments in history. 






And as always, GW will adapt, grow, learn, and build an enduring path forward, fortified by the foundational strength of 200 years of history—that has elevated this university from an ambitious, small college on a hill to the internationally acclaimed research institution it is today - and will continue to be long into the future.