GUCAS graduated China's first doctoral student in science, first doctoral student in engineering, first female doctoral student and the first student with double doctoral degrees in China. On the 20th anniversary of GUCAS in 1998, Chinese President Jiang Zemin wrote this inscription for the University: "Revitalizing China through science and education, and emphasizing the cultivation and nurturing of talented people." By 2004, 50,000 graduate students had graduated from GUCAS, among whom are nearly 20,000 PhD students.
GUCAS offers programs in nine major academic fields: science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, philosophy, economics, literature, education and management science. The university is authorized to grant advanced degrees in 26 primary academic disciplines which include Masters degree conferring rights in 130 secondary disciplines, and Doctoral degree conferring rights in 114 secondary disciplines.
GUCAS faculty is composed of over 300 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and over 6000 academic supervisors. GUCAS emphasizes an international perspective and open education. GUCAS often invites leading international scientists and scholars to teach and give lectures or seminars. These cutting edge lectures and seminars, together with various specialized education programs designed to enhance students' knowledge in the fields of social sciences and humanities, art and aesthetics, widen students' vision and stimulate their academic thinking.