Diversity in Admissions

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences believes a diverse and inclusive community of students enhances the educational experience and advances our mission of creating physicians able to improve the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. The Committee on Admissions also seeks a diversity of varied attributes such as the rich breadth of human experiences, talents and unique traits in our class each year, as well as gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.


We promote diversity by recruiting students who appreciate and learn from each other’s differences and broad range of experiences and backgrounds. GW actively seeks, through its recruitment efforts, applicants who self-identify as "underrepresented" in the medical profession. For more details, visit the SMHS Policy on Diversity and Inclusion.


The Office of Admissions has partnered with Delaware State University and Morgan State University, two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to encourage interest in medicine and the health sciences, through formal and informal recruiting events, advising support, and ongoing communication between leaders at both institutions.   

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves DC high school students through both the DC HAPP and Upward Bound programs.

Additional partnershps serving local high school students include: Camp Cardiac, Camp Neuro, and Team KiPOW.


Early Selection program agreements with Chaminade University, a Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institution designated by the U.S. Department of Education, and with Morgan State University, an HBCU, allow select undergraduate sophomores to explore other areas of interest and experiences during their undergraduate academic careers.

The METEOR Program matches select matriculating underrepresented students with mentors who specialize in clinical or translational research. This is a research fellowship opportunity with a stipend to allow students to engage in research for two summers at GW, as well as complete the Clinical and Translational Research Scholarly Concentration requirements.

The Summer Prematriculation Program for select matriculating students who identify as underrepresented-in-medicine, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or as first-generation college students, provides exposure to preclinical content to ease the transition to the M.D. Program curriculum.


SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion