The George Washington University (GW, GWU, or George Washington) is a private, coeducational research university located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with two other campuses including the Mount Vernon campus in the Foxhall neighborhood, as well as the Virginia Science & Technology campus in Loudoun County, Virginia. GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia.
President George Washington had indicated to Congress through various letters, as well as his last will and testament, that he wanted to establish a university within the nation's capital. Washington left fifty shares of the Potowmack Company in his estate for a national university in the District of Columbia. However, due to the company's financial status, the university never received the shares. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821, as the Columbian College in the District of Columbia. In 1904, it changed its name to the George Washington University in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
The university awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in several disciplines through all of its ten different schools. GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Elliott School of International Affairs, Milken Institute School of Public Health, College of Professional Studies, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and the School of Nursing offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Graduate School of Political Management - the only school of applied politics in the nation's capital - The School of Medicine & Health Sciences, The George Washington University Law School, and Graduate School of Education & Human Development offer graduate degrees. Its Law School, Business School, School of Nursing and School of International Affairs are consistently ranked highly by several national and international publications.
George Washington is consistently ranked by The Princeton Review in the top "Most Politically Active" Schools. Some of the university's graduates have gone on to high positions within both the United States Government and in foreign governments. Notable alumni include US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former First-Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other notable alumni of the university include actress Kerry Washington, Neil Portnow, president of the The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and CNN correspondent, Dana Bash. The school colors are buff and blue, and the sports teams and current and former students in general are called "Colonials".