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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

GW reclaims title of nation’s “most politically active” college

Students cheer in front of the White House on election night after President Barack Obama secured a second term in November. Hatchet File Photo

GW topped the Princeton Review’s coveted list of “most politically active students” in the nation Tuesday, pulling ahead of its D.C. rivals after slipping to third place last year.

Georgetown and American universities locked down the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively, after both beat out GW on last year’s list. GW was also first in the country in 2011 and 2009.

In the last year – when GW was ranked third – hundreds of students flocked to White House to celebrate President Barack Obama’s reelection, and then staked out the National Mall for inauguration ceremonies.

The University also earned a spot on the “Most Popular Study Abroad Program” and “Best College Dorms” lists – the only D.C. colleges to make it. GW’s study abroad captured the No. 4 spot, and it bumped up three slots from last year to No. 10 for best dorms.

The company ranked GW the third-best college city for the second year in a row, while Georgetown trailed behind at No.9. Two New York City-based schools, New York University and Eugene Lang College, surpassed GW’s score.

The company complied 62 separate rankings based on 126,000 student surveys. The latest edition of its best colleges book will go on sale Wednesday.

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