GW enrolls record number of students in fall 2017

GW enrolled nearly 28,000 students in fall 2017, the most in the University’s history, according to University statistics released last week.

Undergraduate enrollment jumped by about 4 percent between 2016 and 2017, totaling more than 11,700 undergraduates. Graduate student enrollment also increased by about 4 percent, but law school enrollment dropped and the medical school saw only a slight increase.

The University was less than 50 percent white for the second year in a row, with white students comprising about 48 percent of the overall population. Undergraduates were still slightly majority-white at 52 percent.

Black, Asian and Hispanic enrollment also increased slightly, continuing a trend of increased minority enrollment since at least 2008.

Officials said last year’s freshman class was the most diverse in University history, but black and Hispanic students have long been underrepresented at GW and many of its peer schools.

While GW also enrolled about 30 more international students than last year, the group made up a smaller proportion of GW’s student population in 2017 than it did in 2016, a blow to officials’ goals to boost international student enrollment to 15 percent and 30 percent of the undergraduate and graduate student populations by 2022.

The number of students living off campus grew between 2016 and 2017 for at least the ninth year in a row.

The number of students taking classes on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus also jumped by more than 50 percent, bringing the campus’ total to about 660 students, a number VSTC has not seen since 2012. The campus enrolled about 400 students annually between 2013 and 2016.

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