The George Washington University: Most Expensive “Second-Generation Rich University” in the USA

by elbbj on May 25, 2013

Translator’s Note: This article has been translated based on information that appears in the original text on NetEase. As with all articles on Ed News China, the translator makes no claim regarding and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information presented within the original article.


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Chinese student: Hi!
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A school of average rank that happens to be among the most expensive. With its reputation still on the rise, The George Washington University (GW) has been attracting attention.

In recent years, increasing numbers of students from rich and¬†privileged¬†families have gone to study at GW. They live in luxurious accommodations, drive race cars, carry expensive bags, and for this reason, the school has jokingly been named the “playground of the second-generation rich.”

GW isn’t really a first-tier top US school, but it’s still among the most expensive. It’s a gathering place for rich kids.


(Most text in the NetEase article after this point is essentially summary of this Washington Post article. Ironically, the NetEase article mistakenly states that the article appeared in the New York Times.)


Half of international students at GW are from China

Reporters learned through phone interviews that 10% of students at GW are international students, and that Chinese students make up half of the international student population. In the admissions process, the school prioritizes the applications of students from the United States. That is to say, among GW students, the academic records of international students are mostly stronger than those of the US students.

A managing teacher at a well-known Chinese study abroad organization told reporters that the Chinese students who get into the school have good grades, and that they come from relatively wealthy families. The school’s undergraduate programs only provide need-based financial aid to students from the US. Those Chinese students who want scholarship money can only apply for “achievement based” awards.

MAC. a Chinese student who is preparing to study computer science at GW this year, said, “Ostentatious displays by undergraduates at the school is a pretty serious problem. It doesn’t seem like there’s such a problem with the graduate students.”


(Remaining text unrelated to Chinese students)


Original publication date: 5/22/13


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