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All student organizations are run through the Student Association (SA). The SA is fashioned after the federal government with an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. Some SA presidents have been successful after college, such as former SA president and Sigma Chi Fraternity brother Edward "Skip" Gnehm, who was the Ambassador to Kuwait during the Gulf War and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards.

There are many student groups on campus including Music and Culture of DC. During an event for the GW College Democrats in 2004, Howard Dean formally endorsed John Kerry for President on campus at a GW College Democrats-sponsored event. The GW College Republicans has been visited by politicians like John Ashcroft and President George W. Bush. The GW Mock Trial team is ranked #1 in the nation out of more than three hundred competing colleges and universities. The International Affairs Society (IAS) runs the university's award winning Model United Nation's team, in addition to hosting yearly high school and middle school Model UN conferences on campus. GW's Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) is one of the most active chapters in the country[citation needed] due to the high amount of AIDS cases in Washington, D.C. The GW Chapter of STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, or GW STAND, was formed in 2003 and works with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on information about genocide in Darfur. The Global Language Group, or Global Languages, is a non-profit organization that offers over 150 free classes in 50 languages.

There are chapters of many varied academic groups at the university. The local chapter of the Society of Physics Students was at one time under the auspices of world-renowned scientists like George Gamow, Ralph Asher Alpher, Mario Schoenberg and Edward Teller, who have all taught at the university. The Enosinian Society, founded in 1822, is one of the university's oldest student organizations. Invited speakers included Daniel Webster.

There are three student run news sources on campus: the twice-weekly newspaper The GW Hatchet, founded in 1904, The GW Patriot , A conservative and libertarian journal of campus culture, and The Daily Colonial, an online daily founded in 2004. There is also an online only student-run radio station, WRGW, that is in its 79th year.

See the List of Student Organizations page for a complete list of all student organizations.

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