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.

In response to a call from President Barack Obama, GW President Steven Knapp created the Task Force on Access & Success to explore and expand opportunities for low-income students to attend and succeed at GW.

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

Partnerships

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.

Research

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.

Service

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.

Sustainability

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.
 

Contact Us

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

Phone: 202-994-7129

E-mail: use@gwu.edu

If you have questions about commencement, please email commencement@gwu.edu.

VA Science & Technology Campus Directions & Parking

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus is in Loudoun County, inside the University Center complex in Ashburn, Virginia. The Campus is conveniently located off Route 7, one mile west of Route 28, five miles north of Dulles International Airport, 12 miles west of Tysons Corner, and eight miles east of historic Leesburg. The campus is linked to Washington, D.C. via a highway network system that includes Route 7, I-495, Route 28, the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267), and I-66. Parking is free.

Driving Directions

New Traffic Patterns

Use Loudoun County Parkway (Rt. 607), North. This is now the only way to access the Campus from Route 7 due to new traffic patterns in and around University Center. The two traffic lights near the Campus were removed in conjunction with the opening of the Route 7/607 interchange. All traffic to Campus uses the new Loudoun County Parkway (Rt. 607) interchange.

Please Note: Directions created using MapQuest and related programs and GPS devices are not accurate as the new interchange opened recently. The turn from Rt. 7 onto Presidential Drive no longer exists.

From the East: D.C., Eastern Maryland (Rt. 7, Tysons Corner; this route includes tolls)

  • I-66 West
  • Exit 67 toward Dulles Airport (right lane exit, just past the Sycamore Street/Falls Church Exit)
  • Follow signs for Route 267, To All Local Exits Keep right, following signs to 267 Toll West. (Do NOT veer left onto the No Toll Dulles Access Road – it is an express road to the airport)
  • Toll booth to the Dulles Toll Road
  • Continue approximately 11 miles to Exit 9B, Route 28 North—Sully Road
  • Exit toll booth onto Route 28, Sully Road
  • Drive approximately 5 miles, following signs to Rt. 7 West to Leesburg. There is a left lane entrance lane to Route 7; Merge with Route 7 traffic
  • Exit Route 7 on right ramp for Loudoun County Parkway (607). Stay right on the ramp for 607 North and continue straight/slight right. Turn right at the stop sign onto George Washington Boulevard (when see signs for Springhill Suites and Lakeview).

Continue straight on George Washington Boulevard and follow directions below for different buildings.

Alternate Route From D.C./Reagan National Airport area (This route includes tolls)

  • Merge onto GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL PKWY N (Passing through DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, then crossing into VIRGINIA).
  • Take the I-495 S exit on the LEFT toward VIRGINIA.
  • Merge onto I-495 S/CAPITAL BELTWAY/I-495 OUTERLOOP toward ALEXANDRIA/RICHMOND.
  • Merge onto VA-267 W via EXIT 45A toward DULLES AIRPORT (Portions toll).
  • Stay on VA-267 W to Exit 9B, Route 28 North—Sully Road
  • Exit toll booth onto Route 28, Sully Road
  • Drive approximately 5 miles, following signs to Route 7 West to Leesburg. There is a left lane entrance lane to Route 7; Merge with Route 7 traffic
  • Exit Route 7 on right ramp for Loudoun County Parkway (607). Stay right on the ramp for 607 North and continue straight/slight right. Turn right at the stop sign onto George Washington Boulevard (when see signs for Springhill Suites and Lakeview).
  • Continue straight on GW Boulevard and follow directions below for different campus buildings.

From West: Leesburg, Purcellville, & Points West

  • Take Route 7 East toward Tysons Corner
  • After passing Ashburn Village on your right look for a sign for Loudoun County Parkway exit. ***Please note this is a new traffic pattern. Presidential Drive no longer exists.

Building Addresses & Directions from GW Boulevard

Exploration Hall (formerly called Research 1)
20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, VA 20147

Exploration Hall will be the first building on your left. Turn left into Academic Way, and left into the parking lot. Exploration Hall is a four-story brick building set against the hillside.

Enterprise Hall (formerly called Building 2)
44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA 20147

Take the second right onto Bridgefield Way (first right is into a retail/office complex), turn right onto Knoll Square, and left into the parking lot. The building entrance is on the lower level near the parking lot. Enterprise Hall is a large, rectangular brick building.

Innovation Hall (formerly called Research 2)
45085 University Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147

Continue straight on GW Boulevard. Innovation Hall will be the second building on your left. Turn left onto University Drive, left into the parking area.

Research Place
45155 Research Place, Ashburn, VA 20147

From GW Boulevard, make a left onto Research Place. The building will be on your right after the intersection of Research Place and River Ridge Terrace. Access to this building is restricted via GWorld card to occupants only. The Finance Division and the Division of Operations Finance are located in this building. 

Bus Transportation

Buses are provided  at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station and on the GW Campus for public transportation to and from the Virginia Science and Technology. For additional information, visit GW's Transportation & Parking Services.

Mount Vernon Campus Directions & Parking

Driving Directions

Approaching the Mount Vernon Campus from the North (Maryland):

  • Follow I-495 (Capital Beltway) to the Connecticut Avenue NW / MD-185 exit. (Whether this is 495-W or 495-E will depend upon from which direction you’re coming.)
  • Take Connecticut Ave NW / MD-185 south.
  • Pass through Chevy Chase Circle, continuing to follow Connecticut Ave NW / MD-185 south.
  • Turn right on Nebraska Avenue NW, following it south.
  • Pass through Tenley Circle, continuing to follow Nebraska Ave NW south.
  • Pass through Ward Circle, continuing to follow Nebraska Ave NW south.
  • Take a left at Foxhall Road NW, following it south. (This will be a three-way intersection. If you’re on Nebraska Avenue and come to Chain Bridge Road, Indian Lane, University Terrace, or Arizona Avenue, you’ve gone too far.
  • Follow Foxhall Road NW south to Whitehaven Parkway.
  • Turn right on Whitehaven Parkway, following it west.
  • After just a few moments, you’ll see the entrance to campus on your right side. Park in the Parking Garage on your left.

Approaching the Mount Vernon Campus from the South

  • Follow I-495 (Capital Beltway) to either I-66-E or I-395-N
  • If taking I-66-E:
    • Follow I-66-E to exit 73. Exit onto US-29-N.
    • Turn left at N Lynn Street (still US-29-N).
    • N Lynn Street will turn into the Key Bridge.
  • If taking I-395-N:
    • Follow I-395-N to exit 8B. Exit onto Washington Boulevard / VA-27.
    • Follow VA-27 north
    • Take the exit for Jefferson Davis Highway / VA-110. Follow VA-110 north.
    • Take the exit for I-66-W. Follow I-66-W to exit 73. Exit onto US-29-N.
    • Turn right at N Lynn Street (still US-29-N).
    • N Lynn Street will turn into the Key Bridge.
  • Follow the Key Bridge north.
  • Take a left on M Street NW, following it west.
  • M Street NW turns into Canal Road NW. Continue to follow Canal Road NW.
  • Bear right at the first intersection, onto Foxhall Road NW. Follow Foxhall Road NW north.
  • Take a left at Whitehaven Parkway, following it west.
  • After just a few moments, you’ll see the entrance to campus on your right side. Park in the Parking Garage on your left.

Approaching the Mount Vernon Campus from within Washington, D.C. (from the Foggy Bottom Campus)

  • Take either M Street NW or the Whitehurst Freeway NW to the west.
    • If taking the Whitehurst Fwy, turn left at its termination, onto M Street.
  • Follow M Street west.
  • M Street NW turns into Canal Road NW. Continue to follow Canal Road NW.
  • Bear right at the first intersection, onto Foxhall Road NW. Follow Foxhall Road NW north.
  • Take a left at Whitehaven Parkway, following it west.
  • After just a few moments, you’ll see the entrance to campus on your right side. Park in the Parking Garage on your left.

Parking on Campus

For those who wish to drive to the Mount Vernon Campus, note that ALL parking MUST occur within the campus boundaries in either the Parking Garage inside the Whitehaven Parkway entrance.

Note: Parking by visitors to the Mount Vernon Campus is not allowed on the streets adjacent to the campus; those who do so are subject to fines, towing, and/or University enforcement action.

For more information, visit Transportation & Parking Services.

Bus Transportation

The Vern Express

For information on The Vern Express, the free shuttle service connecting the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, visit The Vern Express website or call 202-242-6673.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The Mount Vernon Campus is accessible by Metrobus, along the D6 bus line. Learn more from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Residence Halls

View room diagrams and amenities of Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campus residence halls now.

Potomac House

The Center for Student Engagement

The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) was created in the summer of 2011 with a purpose of fostering affinity, engaging and building communities, connecting to every student individually, enriching the academic experience, and helping each student find their home here at GW.
 

The Center for Student Engagement

The Center for Student Engagement

The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) was created in the summer of 2011 with a purpose of fostering affinity, engaging and building communities, connecting to every student individually, enriching the academic experience, and helping each student find their home here at GW.

Housing & Dining

Campus living is a big change for most students. Becoming a member of a new community of peers while taking on the responsibilities and challenges that independence brings is an exciting and an essential part of our University experience. GW works hard to make that experience not only positive, but one that contributes to each student’s academic success and personal growth.

GW’s 48 distinctive residence options range from traditional coed halls and apartment-style halls with private bathrooms, to Scholars' Village townhouses for upperclassmen and independent-living high-rises.

The University offers on-campus housing to all undergraduate students who want to live within the residence hall system. Freshmen and sophomore students are required to live in University housing. GW’s commitment to providing a complete, fulfilling undergraduate educational experience includes residence-hall programming for students in University-sponsored housing. Alternatively, the “interest-based” house system allows student-residents to bring together living and learning cohorts that best serve their extracurricular interests.

Residential Living Highlights

  • Undergraduates who live on campus: 75 percent
  • Number of undergraduates living at Foggy Bottom: about 6,650
  • Number of graduates living at Foggy Bottom: about 300
  • Number of undergraduates living at Mount Vernon: 706
  • Freshmen who live on campus: 100 percent
  • Number of unique student residential properties: 50
  • Number of residence halls: 35
  • Number of Greek townhouses: eight
  • Number of Scholars Village townhouses: six
  • Residence hall amenities include:
    • Cable television
    • Data connections for each student
    • Voice connections for each room
    • Microwaves and refrigerators in each room (Many residence halls have kitchens.)

Mount Vernon Living Highlights

The Mount Vernon Campus features:

  • 23 wooded acres
  • An upscale residential neighborhood
  • Six residence halls
  • Campus Dining Location: Pelham Commons (located in West Hall)

Campus Security

Campus security is an important concern of students and parents alike. The GW Police Department (GWPD) is a large, experienced force; our campuses are also served by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department and federal police agencies. Campus security:

  • Operates 24 hours a day
  • Uses 100 uniformed officers
  • Features additional security services, including emergency blue light phones, a campus shuttle, bicycle registration, the 4-RIDE campus ride service and Alert DC text messaging service
  • Includes residence halls fitted with card readers, accessible only to those with a student ID access card

Residential Accessibility

GW’s residence halls are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and the special needs of our students. The university’s Disability Support Services (DSS) works to ensure that students with disabilities participate fully in life at GW, derive the greatest benefit from their educational experience and achieve maximum personal success. DSS serves more than 700 GW students with a wide variety of disabilities, including those temporarily disabled by injury or illness.