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The George Washington University (GWU)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

GWU is a university based in Ashburn, VA that was founded in 1821. As of 2018 they had $1.6 billion in revenue and $4.5 billion in assets.

The George Washington University (GWU) values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas.

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Program areas at GWU

Education: our namesake envisioned a University in The nation's capital that would prepare citizen leaders brought together from all over The world. Today, we are that University with students and faculty members from every state and more than 130 countries. Taking full advantage of our setting in a global nerve center, a gw education integrates intellectual discovery, interactive learning, and unparalleled access to opportunities in every sector of society. In a city shaping The future, George Washington is a University where faculty and students not only study The world but also work to change it.

Auxiliary enterprises - students and community: gw provides a number of services that support learning, build community, and enhance The overall quality of student life. Auxiliary enterprises include facilities and residential property management, dining, bookstore, parking, student health, mail, and laundry services. Gw's marvin center houses student organization offices and meeting rooms and is utilized by students, faculty, staff, and visitors. For more info about gw's programs & accomplishments, see The 2017-2018 financial report on The finance division website at:

Research and research support: gw's research is distinguished by our commitment to transform policy that affects people in their daily lives. This unique approach to research gives special character to our teaching and enables us to offer our students learning experiences that few can match. With our location, connections and close proximity to institutions such as The national institutes of health, national science foundation, The smithsonian institution, and library of congress, gw's research helps solve national and global problems while giving our students learning opportunities inside and outside The classroom. In The 21st century, gw's faculty and students continue to open new doors of discovery.

Form 990s for GWU

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-06Jun 19, 2019990View PDF
2017-06Nov 15, 2018990View PDF
2016-06Oct 3, 2017990View PDF
2015-06Aug 9, 2016990View PDF
2014-06Jul 17, 2015990View PDF
...and four more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for GWU

Total grants, contributions, etc.$51,513,435
Program services$1,464,855,302
Investment income and dividends$15,340,267
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$2,172,465
Net rental income$18,555,217
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$52,638,538
Net income from fundraising events$-132,746
Net income from gaming activities$-1,803
Net income from sales of inventory$37,662
Miscellaneous revenues$15,291,885
Total revenues$1,620,270,222

Vendors for GWU

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Microsoft ServicesSoftware2020-09-01
█████████CRM software; Marketing software2020-08-26
██████Content management system software2020-08-26
██████Fundraising software2020-08-26
███████ ███ ████Fundraising software; Payment processing2020-08-26
██████████Marketing software; CRM software2020-08-26
██████████████████████ ███Tax accounting; Audit accounting; Accounting (including auditing)$45,3002019-12-20
███████ ████ ██████Consulting and Telefundraising$601,0502018-06-01
...and 23 more vendors

Personnel at GWU

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Sharon HeinleAssociate Vice President and Controller / Assoc Vice President and University Controller / Associate Vice President and Comptroller-Jan. 31, 2020
Alison MistrettaHead of School-Jan. 10, 2019
██████████ █ ████████Deputy Evpt-Oct. 3, 2017
██████ ██████Board Member / Provost and Executive Vice President Academic Affrs$922,955Jan. 26, 2018
███ ████████Deputy Executive Vice President and Treasurer-Aug. 9, 2016
███████ ████████Intrm Provost and Executive Vice President Acad Affrs$333,519June 30, 2016
██████ █████President$1.1 millionJune 30, 2016
█████ █ ████Executive Vice President and Treasurer$1.0 millionJune 30, 2016
████ █████Senior Vice President and General Counsel$638,155June 30, 2016
█████ ██████ ████Finance-May 9, 2013
...and two more key personnel

Peer universities

1Thomas Jefferson University (TJU)501(c)(3)$696 millionPhiladelphia, PA
2Drexel University501(c)(3)$1.3 billionPhiladelphia, PA
3Tel Aviv University501(c)(3)$729 millionIsrael,
4Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)501(c)(3)$1.5 billionPittsburgh, PA
5New York University (NYU)501(c)(3)$7.2 billionNew York, NY
6Cornell University501(c)(3)$5.0 billionIthaca, NY
7Brandeis University501(c)(3)$436 millionWaltham, MA
8Vanderbilt University501(c)(3)$1.7 billionNashville, TN
9California Institute of Technology501(c)(3)$3.5 billionPasadena, CA
10Harvard University501(c)(3)$5.7 billionCambridge, MA
11Syracuse University (SU)501(c)(3)$1.4 billionSyracuse, NY
12University of Pittsburgh501(c)(3)$2.5 billionPittsburgh, PA
13Liberty University501(c)(3)$1.1 billionLynchburg, VA
14University of Richmond (UR)501(c)(3)$449 millionRichmond, VA
15Chapman University501(c)(3)$519 millionOrange, CA
16Fordham University501(c)(3)$873 millionBronx, NY
17Baylor University (BU)501(c)(3)$1.0 billionWaco, TX
18Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)501(c)(3)$806 millionManchester, NH
19Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)501(c)(3)$729 millionRochester, NY
20Emory University501(c)(3)$4.5 billionAtlanta, GA
21The University of Chicago (UChicago)501(c)(3)$3.6 billionChicago, IL
22Wake Forest University (WFU)501(c)(3)$583 millionWinstonsalem, NC
23Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University501(c)(3)$512 millionDaytona Beach, FL
24The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)501(c)(3)$1.2 billionMilwaukee, WI
25Loyola University Chicago (LUC)501(c)(3)$819 millionChicago, IL