GW Hosts Kickoff of New White House Initiative

This summer, GW hosted the national kickoff of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a yearlong national initiative sponsored by the White House to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding through existing community service activities sponsored by colleges and universities.

Exemplifying Public Service

This past March, the George Washington University announced a new scholarship dedicated to the late Dorothy Height, a leader in both the African American and women’s rights movements.  The Dr. Dorothy I. Height Scholarship for Public Service will be given each year to incoming first-year students with financial need and a personal commitment to public service, civil rights, academic excellence and public policy.


GW offers a variety of residential options for freshmen and continuing students. Our 40 distinctive residential options range from traditional coed halls and apartment-style residence halls with private bathrooms to small townhouses for upper classmen and independent-living high-rises. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live in university housing, and GW also provides on-campus options for students who want to take advantage of the residence hall system for their entire undergraduate career. Our commitment to provide a complete undergraduate educational experience includes residence hall programming for students in university-sponsored housing. The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) encourages the total development of our students, including attention to personal, academic, social and pre-professional stages of growth. Community-living environments and co-curricular initiatives have been designed to promote student growth and development.

In addition to a year-specific curriculum, CSE provides opportunities for residents to be actively engaged within their house community. This is made possible through Living and Learning Cohorts, the Residential Advisory Council and the F Street Corridor Commission.

CSE provides a four-year experience that has been recognized nationally by the American College Personnel Association for outstanding innovation in residence life. In partnership with other university offices, CSE meets the distinct needs of students as they evolve into mature citizens in a responsible community.

CSE ensure that residents are guided by older, more experienced students throughout all four years. Our student, professional, and academic staff members work to empower student residents in their own personal development, their experience at GW, and their role within their residential community. Because students in each house, and in each year, have specific needs, the role of CSE staff varies with every group of residents.


Alexandria Directions & Parking

GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Street Entrance: 413 John Carlyle Street
Garage Entrance: 1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314
Alexandria, VA

Directions by Car

From I-395 North/South:

  • East on Duke Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right at the light on to John Carlyle Street and go to the end of the circle.
  • Continue on John Carlyle Street and turn right on to Ballenger Avenue.

From I-495:

  • Exit 2B to Telegraph Road North.
  • Turn right onto Duke Street (Route 236 East).
  • Turn right at the light on to John Carlyle Street and go to the end of the circle.
  • Continue on John Carlyle Street and turn right on to Ballenger Avenue.

From George Washington Parkway North/South:

  • West on Duke Street approximately 1/2 mile.
  • Turn left at the light on to John Carlyle Street and go to the end of the circle.
  • Continue on John Carlyle Street and turn right on to Ballenger Avenue.

Street Entrance

GW's street entrance faces the circle. Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. To map our location enter this address into your search: 413 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

There is 2-hour metered parking until 5 pm around the circle and on adjacent streets, and a parking garage under the building. Street parking after 5 pm is free.

Parking Garage Entrance:

Continue on John Carlyle Street past the circle to Ballenger Avenue. Turn right on to Ballenger Avenue, then right at 1925 Ballenger Avenue into the garage. Follow the signs to Retail Elevator and take it up to the 2nd floor.

Parking Rates: $3 / hour; $10 / all day; $5 / evening; $125 / month.


The Center is located approximately 4 blocks from the King Street Metro Station, accessible by the Blue and Yellow lines.

Exit the metro to Diagonal Road and turn right. Walk to Duke Street and turn left (east) at the light. Turn right on to John Carlyle Street at the next light. Walk to the end of the circle. The Center entrance faces the circle. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

Volunteer Opportunities for Alumni

Whether you are looking to engage fellow alumni or help current students, we have a volunteer opportunity that meets your interests, experience and schedule.

Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you are looking to engage fellow alumni or connect with students, we have an opportunity for you.

Arlington Parking & Directions

GW Graduate Education Center, Arlington

950 N Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

Driving Directions

From Washington D.C. on U.S. 50:

Cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, proceed west on U.S. 50 (Arlington Blvd.) to 10th Street. Continue onto 10th Street North.Turn left onto N. Fairfax Drive, and then left onto N. Glebe Road. The building will be on your right.

From the West on U.S. 50:

Proceed east on U.S. 50 to Glebe Road. Turn left (north) on Glebe Road and then bear right at Quincy Street. Turn left onto N. Fairfax Drive, and then left onto N. Glebe Road. The building will be on your right.

From the West on I-66:

Take exit 71 to N. Fairfax Drive (toward VA-120/Glebe Road). Turn right onto N. Glebe Road. The building will be on your right.

From I-395 North/South:

Take exit 8A (the first Washington Blvd. exit). Go north on Washington Blvd. for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto 10th Street.Turn left onto N. Fairfax Drive, and then left onto N. Glebe Road. The building will be on your right.

Directions By Metro

Take the Orange/Silver Line one stop West of our old stop at Virginia Square. As you exit the top of the escalators at street level, turn to you right. Walk three blocks on Fairfax Drive to the building on the opposite side of North Glebe Road.


The Building Garage

The Building's garage is open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week. A special GW rate $4 after 3pm Monday - Friday and all day on Saturday.

Ballston Public Parking Garage

Located at 665 N. Glebe Road and4238 Wilson Boulevard, the Ballston Public Parking Garage is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cost is $1 after 6 p.m., on weekends or under three hours.

Metered Street Parking

Short-term metered parking is $1 per hour for a four hour maximum time limit from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Sataturday. Parking is after 6 p.m., on Sundays and on holidays.

University Priorities

GW is highly responsive to the growing needs of its community—as well as society at large—in a wide variety of areas, and works to chart a forward-thinking course of action. The university’s priorities are designed to provide engaged leadership to some of our most pressing problems and actively work to solve them.

Career Services

Students and families who invest in a GW education deserve the confidence in knowing that they will receive not only academic offerings that enrich their intellect and foster a lifelong love of learning, but also the kind of professional development that leads to purposeful and prosperous careers.

Learn about the support you can receive from our Center for Career Services.

Diversity and Inclusion

GW has a long history of equal opportunity and a strong commitment to diversity. But there is more we can do to build on the diversity of our community and make sure we foster a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

Intercultural understanding and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds are essential to future citizens and leaders. By creating a culture of cultural empathy, we will help the members of our community see and solve problems from multiple perspectives, move deftly among cultures and navigate across their own diverse identities.

Explore how our Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes diversity within and beyond the university community.


The foundation of GW’s academic success is built on the philosophy that learning does not—and should not—end at the edge of campus. As a result, GW utilizes Washington, D.C., as an extended classroom unlike any university. GW’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital affords unique opportunities to develop partnerships with some of the most consequential governmental and non-governmental organizations on earth.

Experience the George Washington University Museum, a unique affiliation with one of the world’s foremost specialized museums, The Textile Museum.


From sustainable energy advances to medical invention, GW works to match the excitement of discovery and excellence of instruction with superior research. While blazing scientific and technological trails and mastering global challenges, these advances solidify the escalating value of a GW education and confirm the university’s identity as a world-class research institution.

Explore our Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)—the largest academic building dedicated to these fields in the nation’s capital—to learn more about the core lab facilities and opportunities for students.


GW’s location is one of its greatest assets in both making history and making model citizens. For generations, the university community has not only lived in the heart of the city, it has provided DC with much of its energy, intellectual lifeblood and community-minded spirit.

Learn about service opportunities through the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, including our annual Freshman Day of Service.

Veterans’ Support

As GW is tasked with training the next generation of citizen-leaders, the university has often found its most promising individuals from within the ranks of the nation’s military. GW takes pride in its staunch advocacy and continued commitment to those with military experience, providing them with both the opportunities and the support services they need to thrive as students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

Learn about the many ways the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs supports veterans and active military.


We envision a future with resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all. In efforts to enhance our campus, our nation’s capital and the world at large, the GW community is building a greener campus, providing research and intellectual discourse on policies and pathways to sustainable systems and equipping students with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a sustainable future.

Review details about the Office of Sustainability’s latest projects and efforts.

Urban Food Task Force

The Urban Food Task Force unites faculty, students, staff and volunteers who share an interest in healthy eating, sustainable food production and food policy.  The initiative strives to identify and recommend ways to support scholarship, instruction and information on sustainable urban food policies, healthy eating and food preparation and healthy and sustainable food choices for students, faculty and staff.

Learn about the initiative’s progress under the leadership of President Knapp’s wife, Diane Robinson Knapp.

Our Three Campuses

The GW University boasts three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus, the Mount Vernon Campus and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Each has a distinct feel with integrated services and unparalleled amenities.