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Office of Admissions records

Identifier: RG0053

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include application information, statistics, and promotional brochures. They range in date from 1904 to 2000, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Director of the Admissions Office.


  • Creation: 1904-2000


Restrictions on Access

Access to student records is governed by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records. Student records in Series 2 are closed for 100 years from date of record creation.

Series 3 is closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The Board of Trustees determines admissions requirements at The George Washington University, and the Admissions Office oversees applications to the University. Admission to GW is selective and highly competitive. In considering applicants, the review includes a comprehensive analysis of the applicant's academic background, including essays, letters of recommendations, test scores, and extracurricular activities.

Before 1929 the Registrar's Office was also responsible for admissions, and it was not until the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 that African-Americans were freely admitted. Undergraduate admissions are under the Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services. Graduate admissions are under the control if the individuals schools. The Admissions Office publishes a variety of promotional materials yearly (including videotapes).

N.B. This history note was written in 2005


9.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Collection includes application information, statistics, and promotional brochures.

Collection Organization

Organized into four series: Office files, Student enrollment and applications, Research and statistics, and Promotional literature.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from Office of Admissions.

Guide to the Office of Admissions records, 1904-2000
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America