Reasons to consider CS@GW

Overall

The Computer Science (CS) department presents a unique opportunity to study an exciting and rewarding discipline in a highly-diverse, urban engineering school that combines the best features of a private university in an urban environment. The department has focused, excellent programs at all three levels (Bachelor's, Master's and PhD) and strives to balance research and teaching in its offerings to students.

Academics

  • The CS department offers the B.S and B.A. programs, as well as special tracks for Medical and Law schools.
    • The B.S. program is for students interested in a strong computer science degree covering fundamentals, and various application areas in depth. After completing most core CS courses by the junior year, B.S. students complete the year-long Senior Design project in which they design, produce and learn to present a fully-functional engineering product.
    • The B.A. program has fewer Computer Science course requirements than the B.S., covers fundamentals but offers students a more flexible liberal-arts style program that encourages students to explore other disciplines, and pursue dual-majors in fields in the Columbian School of Arts and Science and the Elliot School of International Affairs.
    These newly-designed curricula stresses practical, hands-on skills in addition to a solid theoretical foundation.
  • The CS department has multiple instructional and research labs for undergraduates.
  • Class sizes are modest, and most courses have teaching assistants who provide additional tutoring help.
  • The CS department has ties to prominent local industry. One example is the SmartHome project supported by America OnLine that explores technologies for the "smart" home of the future.

People

  • The CS department is a collegial environment with friendly, accessible faculty and outstanding staff.
  • Both the undergraduate students and graduate students are truly diverse: not only from around the nation but around the world.
  • Because class sizes are small, faculty get to know students and develop positive relationships. This has led to a strong sense of community within the department, and a number of undergraduate students work closely with faculty on various projects including the AOL SmartHome project.

Work and funding opportunities

  • CS students easily find on-campus and off-campus jobs to support educational expenses. The DC area is home to tens of thousands of information technology companies, many of whom offer internships and part-time jobs. In addition, a number of students work as research assistants with faculty.
  • Many scholarships and financial aid options are available after an offer of admission is made - talk to the GW Admissions Office (undergraduate or graduate), or talk to the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Area opportunities

  • There are 477 federally-supported labs and research facilities in the Greater Washington area.
  • The Greater Washington area is home to many of the nation's information and communication technology companies, and has been among the fastest-growing technology areas in the nation.
  • TIME magazine recently called the I-270 corridor (about 15 miles from GW) "DNA Alley", a reference to the large number of biotechnology companies in the area. A significant part of this growth is in the area of genomics, in particular, bioinformatics - a computer science-related "bio" area.
  • Culture. Washington, DC is like no other place with its unique and vast combination of museums, fine arts and entertainment, and a top-quality newspaper. Some websites to explore: Greater Washington Community Network, DCPages, DC-Bestbets, The Washington Post.
  • Things to do. Apart from DC, Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland (the Greater Washington Area), there is much to do within a few hours drive. Examples: Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay, the mountains of West Virginia.
  • Some facts about the Greater Washington area: 4th highest gross-regional-product in the nation (after NY, LA and SF), 12,300 technology companies (highest in the nation), 242,130 high-tech workers (highest in the nation), 54.7% of high-tech workers in the area are in Computing and IT, 38% of population has a Bachelor's or higher (highest among metropolitan areas). , median home price in 1999 was $176K (Compare: $365K in SF, $205K in LA, $233K in Boston).
  • Moderate climate: all the seasons, none too extreme.