The George Washington University 111 (GW, GWU, or George Washington) is a 111 private, coeducational research university 111 located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington 111, 11 D.C. with two other 11 campuses including the Mount Vernon campus11 in the Foxhall neighborhood 11, as well as the Virginia 11 Science & Technology campus in Loudoun County 11, Virginia. GW is the 11 largest institution of higher education in 11 the District of Columbia.
President George Washington 11 had indicated to Congress through 111 various letters, as well as 11 his last will and testament, that he 111 wanted to establish a university 111 within the nation's capital. Washington 111 left fifty shares of the Potowmack 111 Company in his estate for a national 11 university in the District of Columbia11. However, due to 11 the company's financial status 11, the university 11 never received the shares.The university was chartered 11 by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821, as the Columbian 11 College in the District of Columbia. In 1904, 11 it changed its name to the George 11 Washington University in honor of 11 George Washington, 11 the first President of the United States.
The university awards 11 undergraduate and graduate degrees 11 in several disciplines through all of its ten different schools 11. 11 GWU's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 11, School of Business 11, Elliott School of International Affairs 11, Milken Institute School of Public Health 11, School of Engineering and Applied Science 11, and the School of Nursing offer undergraduate 111 and graduate degrees. The 11 university also has specialized schools 44 within colleges such as the School of Media 55 and Public Affairs and the Corcoran 11 School of the Arts and Design.
George Washington is 77 consistently ranked by The Princeton Review in 88 the top "Most Politically Active" Schools. Many of the university's graduates 55 have gone on to high positions 99 within both the United States Government and in foreign governments 55 . Notable alumni 88 include US Senate Minority 22 Leader Harry Reid, former Secretary of State 44 Colin Powell, former First-Lady Jacqueline 44 Kennedy, and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover 66. There are 11 currently four George Washington University alumni 11 serving in the United States Senate, 55 nine serving in the United States House of Representatives 66, and ten serving 66 as United States ambassadors.