The University will for the first time allow prospective students to apply to more than one school, in addition to giving them a wider selection of essay prompts.
Officials hope the changes, which GW announced Tuesday, will make the undergraduate application more flexible for an increasingly diverse pool of applicants.
This year, students will have the option to indicate a second school of choice on their applications.
“Although some high school seniors are committed to one specific field, there is a group of extremely strong applicants who chose GW because of the breadth of our curricular offerings, not because they definitively want to study in a specific school,” Director of Admissions Karen Felton said in a release.
Applicants will now have three options for the GW essay portion of the Common Application: They can choose to write about how they will “make history,” which questions they’d ask at a dinner with George Washington and how GW fits their “interests, talents and goals.”
“We hope that these changes will give us a more well-rounded picture of the students applying to GW, as well provide applicants with more choices,” Felton said.
Students who apply to the Corcoran College of the Arts and Design must submit portfolios of 10 to 15 pieces of artwork and will not need to provide standardized test scores, which matches the requirements Corcoran students had before the school’s merger with GW. But if those students also list an alternate school, they will need to submit SAT and ACT scores.