George Washington University (GWU) was founded in 1821 as a fulfillment of George Washington’s educational vision. Today, it is the largest postsecondary school in Washington D.C. and has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students. Since it was established, GWU expanded to include three campuses: two in Washington D.C. and one in Virginia.
GWU is well-known throughout the United States. U.S. News and World Report cites GWU as a top-rated university. For instance, it ranks GWU as No. 5 among all International Business Schools, No. 50 on its Best National Universities list, No. 20 of all law schools, and No. 4 for its Physician Assistant program; and there are many more programs and categories in which GWU is recognized.
GWU also presents its students with the option to earn any of one associate, three bachelor’s, or 13 master’s online degrees. On-campus education isn’t the only reason GWU is so highly ranked on U.S. News and World Report, though. Its online bachelor’s, graduate business, and graduate education programs, as well as its online business, education, and nursing honor roll programs, are also highly ranked.
Fully-online degrees aren’t all of the distance learning opportunities GWU presents to students. It also offers individual online courses and one bachelor’s, four master’s, and one doctoral blended degree programs. A blended degree is one in which students spend some of their time on campus and some of it off campus, attending class and completing assignments online.
Online GWU students typically take synchronous courses, as the majority of GWU online courses are in this format. Synchronous courses are those in which students must log in to GWU at specific times on specific days to attend online lectures and participate in class discussions. This enables students to not only self-learn, but learn through face-to-face interaction with their classmates and instructors.