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.

Area Attractions

Whatever the reason for your visit to GW, and no matter how long you stay, you’ll never run out of things to do. At the edges of our Foggy Bottom Campus, you’ll find the White House, the Department of State, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and a number of other cultural, government and entertainment venues. Washington’s most popular attractions are just a walk or a Metro ride away from the campus.


Smithsonian Institution museums and galleries line the nearby National Mall. They include the Museums of American History and Natural History, the Air and Space Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries.The National Gallery of Art,  the National Archives and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are also in the same area.

Government Buildings, Monuments and Memorials

Along with the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, you can easily visit the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and the Vietnam, Korean War and World War II memorials. Many U.S. government agencies and departments offer tours for visitors.

Washington, D.C., Neighborhoods

You can spend time exploring our historic Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon/Foxhall neighborhoods. From both, Downtown, Penn Quarter, Capitol Hill and Georgetown shops and services can be reached on foot, Metro subway, Taxi, or by bus. The Adams Morgan and U Street/Shaw neighborhoods are a melting pot of cultures and home to popular entertainment, clubs and restaurants. The National Zoo, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park are among the city’s many green spaces.

Performing Arts

Washington hosts professional symphonic, opera, theater and ballet companies, including Arena Stage, the Folger Shakespeare Theatreand the Kennedy Center. The city is filled with clubs offering a wide range of popular music. GW’s own Lisner Auditorium is one of D.C.’s busiest and best-known venue for the performing arts.

George Washington

You can explore the Virginia haunts of GW’s namesake by visiting Olde Towne Alexandria, roaming Washington’s Mount Vernon home and traveling to his birthplace at Ferry Farm, near Fredericksburg.

D.C. Sports

Washington is a great sports city. Depending on the season, you can take in baseball with the Washington Nationals, football with the Redskins, basketball with the Wizards, hockey with the Capitals and soccer with D.C. United. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during basketball season, you can’t miss GW’s own Colonials!

Great Side Trips

If you’re traveling to and from GW by car and have the time to wander beyond the city, a number of outstanding attractions are just a day-trip away. They include Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the historic port of Annapolis, Md., beautiful Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park and beaches in Maryland and Delaware.

GW Bookstore

Plan on your visit to campus to include shopping at the GW Bookstore for an assortment of spirited apparel and gifts. Located on the ground floor of the Marvin Center, you will also find residence hall and school supplies, computer-related products, magazines and best sellers, greeting cards, and textbooks and course materials.  It is the destination for all things Colonials!

Listen to the GW Fight Song

GW's Pep Band performs the GW Fight Song at every home basketball game. Click on the link above to sing along with one of their performances.


Explore Athletics

Lodging & Dining

You will find a wide range of accommodations within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom campus. Mention GW when making reservations.

Official GW Hotels

The George Washington University Inn
824 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

One Washington Circle Hotel
One Washington Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Additional Lodging

(located within 15 blocks of the Foggy Bottom Campus)

Best Western Georgetown Hotel & Suites
1121 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Capital Hilton
1001 16th St., NW
Washington D.C. 20036

Carlyle Suites
1731 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Club Quarters
839 17th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(GW Password: Colonials)

Courtyard Washington DC/ Foggy Bottom
515 20th Street NW
WashingtonDistrict Of Columbia 20052
(Promo Code: GWU)



Residence Inn DC/Foggy Bottom
801 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
20% hotel discount
Promo Code: GWU

Embassy Suites Hotel
1250 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

The Fairmont
2401 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Hampton Inn
1729 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area
2201 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Book with GW Discount

Hotel Lombardy
2019 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Hotel Monticello of Georgetown
1075 Thomas Jefferson St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Hotel Palomar
2121 P St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

The Latham Hotel
3000 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

The Madison Hotel
1177 15th St., NW
Washington D.C. 20005

The Melrose Hotel
2430 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Park Hyatt
1201 24th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC
1150 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

River Inn
924 25th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Washington Marriott Georgetown 
1221 22nd St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(Promo Code: GWU)

Washington Suites Georgetown
2500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Westin Grand Washington
2350 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(Note- For GW discount rates, Under Special Rate & Rewards---  Enter (3) Letter Corporate/ Promotional Code- GWU)




There are many dining choices on and near our campuses, from fine dining to grab-and-go food. Convenient and popular choices for visitors to the Foggy Bottom campus include J Street dining options in the Marvin Center and restaurants in the nearby 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue shopping mall. You'll also find plenty of other neighborhood restaurants and student favorites around both campuses.

Restaurants On or Near GW's Foggy Bottom Campus

Au Bon Pain
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Baja Fresh
1990 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Bread and Chocolate
2301 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Circa at Foggy Bottom
2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Circle Bistro
1 Washington Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Devon & Blakely
2200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

2140 F St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
* owned by Kris Hart, GWSB BBA '11

Founding Farmers*
1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
*owned by Dan Simons, GWSB BBA '92

Froggy Bottom Pub
2021 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Johnny Rockets
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Lindy’s Red Lion
2040 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Melting Pot
1220 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 857-0777

1120 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Notti Bianche
824 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Penn Grill
825 20th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Perfect Pita
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20002

Primi Piatti
2013 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2275 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
*co-owned by Mitchell Herman, GWSB MBA '76

Roof Top Terrace at the John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

TGI Friday’s
2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Tonic At Quigleys Pharmacy ‎
2036 G St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052



Restaurant Near GW's Mount Vernon Campus

Bambu Asian Café
5101 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
4883 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Chen’s Asian Gourmet Chinese Carryout
5117 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
 1-202- 364-8313

Et Voila Restaurant & Catering
5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
1-202- 237 2300

1609 Foxhall Rd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant
4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

L’Appetito Family Restaurant
5105 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Listrani’s Restaurant
5100 MacArthur Blvd.,NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Little China Café
4830 MacArthur Blvd., NW, #1
Washington, D.C. 20007

Palisades Pizza
4885 MacArthur Blvd., NW, #2
Washington, D.C. 20007


Restaurants in Nearby Georgetown

(the neighborhood between both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses)

Bangkok Joe’s
3000 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3205 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Clyde’s of Georgetown
3236 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

J. Paul’s
3222 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Morton’s The Steakhouse
3251 Prospect St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Papa Razzi
1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Paper Moon
1069 31 St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place
3000 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007


D.C. Transportation

Regardless of how you travel, once in the city you’ll find it easy to get around on foot or by using the Metro system of buses and underground rail. 

By Air

The Washington region is served by three major airports:

Reagan Washington National Airport in suburban Virginia is closest and most convenient to the University. From the airport, you can hop on a Metrorail train or take a taxi directly to the Foggy Bottom Campus.

Dulles International Airport is more distant in the Virginia suburbs. You may want to rent a car, take a taxi or use the Washington Flyer shuttles to get into the city. There is not yet direct rail transport from Dulles to Washington, D.C.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), in Maryland, is the most distant area airport from the campus. From BWI, you can rent a car or take the Super Shuttle or Amtrak train into Washington, D.C.

By Rail

The Washington region is served by Amtrak. If traveling by rail, you will arrive at Union Station, not far from the Capitol.  MARC trains (Maryland Transit Administration) and VRE trains (Virginia Railway Express) serve commuters from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. They share the Union Station hub with Amtrak. Inside Union Station, you can board Metrorail for a short subway ride to the heart of the Foggy Bottom Campus. 

By Metro (Subway)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides an efficient subway system for navigating the city. Extensive Metrobus routes complement it. An extensive network of underground and aboveground trains (Metrorail) serves most of the city and Maryland and Virginia suburbs, as well as Reagan Washington National Airport. Planned future extensions include service to Dulles International Airport.

The Foggy Bottom GWU Metro stop, located on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, is on our Foggy Bottom Campus at 21st and I Streets, NW.

By Car

Washington D.C., is located inside the famous Capital Beltway (I-495), accessible from north and south on Interstate 95, and from the west on I-66. Traveling by car around the Washington area can be challenging, particularly for first-time visitors.

By Taxi

A fleet of thousands of licensed, metered taxis serves Washington, D.C., close-in suburbs and the airports.

By Zip Car

Need a car on occasion? Sign up for ZipCar, a convenient, by-the-hour, self-service car rental program. ZipCars are found on campus and throughout the district. All GW students over the age of 18 can join Zipcar at a discounted rate. Fuel, insurance and Zipcar-only parking are included in the rental rates.

By Bike

Washington, D.C., is on the leading edge of bike travel. More than 700 bike racks have been installed around the city since 2000. Countless miles of bike paths go along the Potomac River, through historic neighborhoods, past Civil War sites, around town and into Virginia and Maryland. You can even take your bike on the Metro.

The District of Columbia also has a self-service, public bike-rental program. Capital Bikeshare is an alternative transportation network designed to enhance the city's public transportation system. Capital Bikeshare are parked at designated points throughout the city. Like ZipCar, you can register online and unlock the key to your temporary wheels.

University Offices & Staff

The George Washington University is the largest institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. More than 6,000 faculty members, administrators and support personnel keep the University’s wheels turning.

An essential part of the GW community, they handle student admissions and financial aid, ensure the best possible housing and dining experiences, manage GW’s facilities and resources, are responsible for the health and safety of the University community and strive to create an environment that supports top-quality education.

Department Chairs

The chair of a department serves as the communications channel for all regular business between the faculty of the department and the university’s administration. Department chairs are appointed by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, acting on nominations from the department that are recommended by the dean of the school.

Exceptions are appointments for chairs in departments of the School of Medicine and Health Services and Milken Institute School of Public Health, which are forwarded to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, acting on nominations from the school’s dean following a national search.

The chair represents the department in matters that are referred to the dean for decision or approval. Increased emphasis on academic planning within the University has added significantly to the chairs’ responsibilities, which include:

  • Responsible for overall quality of the department’s instructional program and research activities
  • Responsible for the administration of department resources
  • Ensure that classes are met and conducted responsibly
  • Ensure that departmental advising is accurately and effectively performed
  • Plays a key role in the preparation and administration of annual budgets
  • Understanding and implementing – effectively, consistently and equitably – all personnel policies, in association with faculty colleagues
  • Facilitates the ongoing professional development of faculty colleagues


The dean of each school serves as its chief administrative officer and is responsible to the president through the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Deans serve at the pleasure of the president, provided they retain the confidence of their faculty.

The deans meet regularly as the Council of Deans under the leadership of the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The council plays a major role in the formulation and implementation of the university’s academic goals and educational policies.

Deans have specific roles and responsibilities for their academic units:

  • Responsible for the supervision and development of all resources of the school, including instructional and research programs, faculty and teaching staff, physical facilities and financial resources
  • Presides at faculty meetings of the school
  • With the faculty, develops school policies following university guidelines
  • Recommends appointments, promotions and tenure, based on recommendations of the school’s departments or faculty
  • Prepares annual and long-term budgets with assistance of the faculty
  • Controls expenditures of the school in consultation with the vice president for academic affairs
  • May request and defend the need for further allocations of funds
  • Responsible for leadership in attracting external funds to the school for development of facilities, programs and staff

Linda Livingstone, dean, GW School of Business
Ben Vinson III, dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Michael E. Brown, dean, Elliott School of International Affairs
David S. Dolling, dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Ali Eskandarian, dean, College of Professional Studies
Michael J. Feuer, dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Pamela Jeffries, dean, GW School of Nursing
Blake D. Morant, dean, GW Law School
Lynn R. Goldman, dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Jeffrey Akman, vice president for health affairs and dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences