Matt Rist

Monumental Celebration draws modest crowd

Despite drawing fewer students and family members for the second year in a row, Union Station attracted a crowd of graduates and friends Saturday night to enjoy live music, food, drinks, and of course, dancing. The Monumental Celebration, a gala held for graduates and their families, drew only 900 students, family members and administrators, Executive […]

Class of 2014’s yield rate highest in recent history

The incoming freshman class of 2014 will boast the highest yield rate in recent memory, a University official said last week. The University’s yield rate – or the percentage of admitted students who submit deposits to attend GW – increased to 37.4 percent this year, with 2,500 of the 6,670 admitted students submitting deposits, Kathryn […]

Graduates share faith, music, prayer at Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony

Web Exclusive Families and graduates gathered Saturday morning to share faith, music and prayer at the University’s annual Interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony. The annual spiritual event drew a crowd of more than 150 and included reflections from five graduating seniors and a keynote address by John Edward Hasse, curator of American Music for the Smithsonian Institution’s […]

Thurston to house honors, engineering students

GW’s largest freshman residence hall, traditionally known for its boisterous residents, will house substance-free, honors and engineering students next year, a University official confirmed last week. Seth Weinshel, director of the GW Housing Program, said the University decided to place communities traditionally in Lafayette Hall – which will be under renovation next year – in […]

University grows Yellow Ribbon Program

GW will expand its commitment to the Yellow Ribbon Program, providing a 35 percent increase in tuition benefits for graduate student veterans through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the University announced last month. The University will now pay $5,120 per veteran graduate student per year, a 35 percent increase in support, bringing the total cost of […]

Fundraising increases despite poor economy

Annual giving to the University is up 14 percent this fiscal year and more students, parents and faculty are giving back to GW than last year, a University official said last week. Spokeswoman for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations Patricia Danver said annual giving, which includes yearly cash gifts up to $25,000, have […]

University may boost aid pool by $5 million

After receiving a record amount of financial aid appeals this year, a top University administrator will recommend an additional $5 million be added to the amount of financial aid allocated for the 2010-2011 school year. In February, the Board of Trustees approved a $10 million increase to the amount of financial aid slated for distribution […]

University ends dual degree program

Correction appended The University’s accelerated six-year Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate program stopped accepting applications this year after failing to attract enough students to fill the program, a law school administrator said Wednesday. The highly selective program offers incoming undergraduate students a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in the Columbian College of Arts […]

Democrats are out-fundraising Republicans, GW study finds

House Democrats are out-fundraising their Republican counterparts, according to a study released by the Campaign Finance Institute, a GW-affiliated political think tank. Michael Malbin, director of the Campaign Finance Institute, a bipartisan group, said the study found that fundraising by incumbent Democrats has far outpaced that of the Republicans running in the November 2010 Congressional […]

Uncovering the secrets of Scientology

In a sleepy beach town in the Bible Belt, a 22-year-old journalist found himself in the middle of what was then considered by some a cult – and is now known as the Church of Scientology. That young journalist was adjunct professor Richard Leiby, one of the first to unearth religious leaders’ clandestine activities during […]