University Services

The George Washington University is a multifaceted institution serving a diverse community of students, faculty and staff, as well as parents and alumni. GW has an array of offices and departments responsible for services that enable members of our community to focus on their academic pursuits.

Service Excellence Advisory Council

Service Excellence is a well-established feature of the mission of the George Washington University. GW employees participate in a community of learning dedicated to communication, respect, service and teamwork. GW supports the pursuit of creative solutions that reinforce a culture of service to each other in a sustained quest for service excellence.

Registration & Financial Services

GW offers a one-stop locations on campus and online for the most frequently requested services including registration, financial aid and tuition.

Health Services

Student health and well-being is a GW priority. Most medical problems are evaluated and treated through outpatient clinical services provided by physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In these friendly, comfortable and professional settings, students can be seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Additionally, health education and outreach programs are provided throughout the year.

Career Services

Career services are a valuable part of the GW experience. Both through individual schools and the GW Career Center, students are given the support they need to determine the academic preparation and career options awaiting them. Students can take part in experiential learning activities, develop new skills and put classroom lessons into real world practice.

Technology Services

The Division of Information Technology (IT) works with students, faculty, staff, and departments across the university to provide advanced technology. From wireless on campus, Internet and phone connections in offices and residence halls, to software that supports admissions, online registration, and other aspects of day-to-day business, the Division of IT keeps GW connected.

Academic Technologies (AT) identifies, develops, implements, and supports a variety of innovative technology for the enrichment of the academic experience at GW. Through specialized services such as Blackboard, the GW Mobile app, ColonialCast Lecture Capture, and classroom technology support, AT strives to advance GW’s enterprise goals for the university community.

Cultural Services

GW fosters a climate of cultural, racial, religious, ethnic, social and intellectual diversity that is marked by cross-cultural understanding. The centers for Multicultural Student Services and International Services sit at the forefront of this rich cultural community, supporting co-curricular academic initiatives and programming, traditional student-life services and community building.

Human Resources & Careers at GW

Joining GW gives you the benefits you want, the opportunities to grow, professional development to turn a job into a career, and the unique experiences associated with our locations and culture.

Arts & Culture

GW sits in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities. The university is proud of the visual and performing arts that are prominent in our academic programs and in campus life.

Students are encouraged to explore their academic and creative interests in the arts. They can use university studios and practice spaces; work one-on-one with innovative and distinguished faculty members, many of whom are artists themselves; and join in D.C.’s artistic life. Washington is home to many of our nation’s most important museums, stages, libraries, centers for performing arts and arts organizations. Each year, the departments of fine arts, music, and theater and dance award scholarships to deserving entering freshmen. The Presidential Scholars in the Arts Program identifies students with promise in fine arts, music, acting, technical theater, dance and choreography.

The GW community is alive with art and culture. The Department of Theatre & Dance present six theater and dance main-stage productions each year, and campus is abuzz with numerous other university-sponsored music performances. Student-run groups and local professional ensembles offer additional outlets for artistic expression on and around campus.

GW’s Lisner Auditorium on the Foggy Bottom campus is the second largest performance venue in the city, with acts and appearances ranging from Betty White to Salmon Rushdie, and Flamenco Festivals to Al Gore. GW students are fortunate to have the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art just blocks from campus. The National Gallery of Art and other major museums and galleries are nearby.

On-Campus Performance Venues

GW Art Galleries

Voice Ensembles

Improv and Theater Groups

Dance Groups

Instrumental Ensembles

Commencement Contact

Please contact the Office of University Events for information regarding Commencement events.

Phone: 202-994-7129


Service & Engagement

Freshman Day of Service

GW has a strong history of commitment to public service, volunteering and making a positive impact on the lives of others at a local, national and international level.

The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service provides students with a central place to become involved in community service, find resources for funding their projects and becoming a life-long volunteer.  From getting involved in D.C. schools to Alternative Breaks in to volunteer abroad, the center is your source for service.

Annual volunteering events include:

  • Freshman Day of Service
  • Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Earth Day
  • Celebration of Service

Additionally, GW students are some of the most engaged in career service as well.  Since 2008, the university has ranked first among medium-sized universities graduating Peace Corps Volunteers.

Seeing Symbols of the University’s Heritage & Prestige

The Seal, Mace and Coat of Arms are symbols of the University that you can see at GW cornerstone events including Freshman Convocation and Commencement.

Greek Life

Greek Life has been part of GW for over 150 years and it remains one of our most enduring traditions. The men and women of GW’s fraternities and sororities are committed to succeeding at academics, volunteering in the community, developing and strengthening their leadership skills, and forming networks that reach far beyond the campus boundaries.

Greek Life is part of a balanced undergraduate experience. It is a great way to create a sense of home within the boundaries of GW and Washington, D.C. The friendship, leadership, scholarship, community service, philanthropy, and brotherhood/sisterhood that characterize Greek life complement your classroom experience. It’s about being part of a special community of nearly 2,300 undergraduate Greek-affiliated students on campus. It’s about engaging the GW and Washington communities through service and social functions. It’s about traditions and forging lifelong friendships.

Fraternity and sorority members at GW are involved in virtually every student organization. They perform thousands of hours of community service. They write for campus newspapers. They serve in leadership positions with the Student Association and Program Board, on University Hearing Boards, and as CI Cabinet members. They are varsity athletes, they have internships, they spend semesters overseas, and much more. Their chapter membership allows them to share those experiences with a closely knit group. Fraternity or sorority memberships can enhance the GW experience and connect students deeply to a community.
Fast facts about GW Greek Life:

  • There are 42 national fraternities and sororities. Of this number, 15 are culturally based Greek organizations
  • They have about 2,300 members (approximately 25 percent of undergraduates)
  • They raised more than $225,000 for charity in 2010/2011
  • Seven chapters were recognized as being among the top chapters in their national organizations in 2010
  • They establish lifelong friendships and networks
  • They provide opportunities for community service
  • They foster rich social experiences and activities

Clubs & Organizations

GW Students Performing

Regardless of whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, there are many ways you can get involved outside the classroom.

There are more than 400 student-launched and student-run organizations at the George Washington University. With oversight provided by the Center for Student Engagement, these organizations span a spectrum: from academic to cultural, spiritual to recreational, and political to performing arts. The student groups behind them are diverse. The activities they sponsor bridge a number of interests and issues. These organizations provide our students with leadership opportunities and extracurricular and co-curricular experiences. The university community benefits from the creative programming that emerges from GW’s student organizations.

In in 2012 were:

  • 41 fraternities and sororities
  • 40 political groups
  • 73 ethnic/cultural groups
  • 76 academic interest organizations
  • 30 religious groups and organizations
  • 57 sports/recreational/hobby organizations
  • 36 performing arts organizations
  • 90 service organizations
  • 60 graduate/professional organizations
  • 12 honorary groups
  • 16 publications/communications groups
  • 112 special interest groups

GW makes it easy for students to form new student groups as social issues arise or additional opportunities and interests take hold. It has become common to see GW’s student organizations addressing many of the same issues that we face as a nation and society, including sustainability, social change and economic stability.

Student Involvement

GW Students Working in a Garden

GW is more than a center of academic excellence – it is a university actively engaging Washington and the world. We attract students who have been involved in a range of extracurricular activities through their high school years, and who wish to continue to engage in important and enriching “real world” experiences during their time at GW.

The GW Center for Student Engagement, Multicultural Student Services Center, Hallmark Programs, Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, and many academic departments facilitate a range of activities sponsored by student-run groups.

Every day there are dozens of on-campus events for students, such as concerts, athletics events, speakers, debates, and social activities. They include comedy nights – which have included performances by Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, and Robin Williams – and well-known musical acts like Girl Talk, Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow and Train.

Some of the most popular annual events includes:

  • Welcome Week
  • Fall Fest
  • Latino Heritage Celebration
  • Colonials Weekend
  • Spirit Week
  • Colonials Invasion
  • Midnight Breakfast
  • Battle of the A Cappella Groups
  • Alternative Break Programs
  • Bhangra Blowout
  • Raas Chaos
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service
  • Excellence in Student Life Awards
  • Arts Fest/Chalk-in
  • Hawaii Club Luau
  • Grad Week


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