Task Force on Access & Success

After President Barack Obama called for expansion of opportunities in higher education for low-income students, GW President Steven Knapp formed the Task Force on Access and Success. Comprised of members from across the university community, the task force examines GW's current procedures and looks for new opportunities to bring students of diverse backgrounds to campus and succeed during their time here. This includes finding means to encourage attendance and do everything possible to ensure academic success.

Admissions

A key role undertaken by the task force is ensuring that students from all financial backgrounds have opportunities to apply to GW and succeed for the duration of their program of study.

  • Test-Optional Policy: Effective August 2015, GW no longer requires freshman or transfer applicants to submit standardized test scores with their application, except in certain situations defined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The decision to submit will be that of the student. If students feel their score is reflective of their academic abilities, they are welcome to submit. If they do not, they will not be viewed negatively.
  • College Application Week Workshops: Every year, members of the GW admissions staff participate in College Application Week activities with students in D.C. public schools. Activities include application workshops, talking about financial aid opportunities and answering general questions, as they did during 2014 College Application Week.
  • Visiting: GW partners with community-based organizations to provide campus visits, mentoring and funded summer opportunities to low-income students.

Financial Aid

Through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, GW administers various financial programs to help students and their families afford the cost of attendance and aims to provide the best aid package available. In fact, more than 60% of GW students receive some form of financial aid.

  • Fixed Tuition: GW’s fixed tuition plan gives families the ability to know and plan for the full cost of a four year education. While housing costs may change, tuition will remain the same for an entire undergraduate program, provided the student follows requirements.
  • Pell Grants: The number of GW students receiving Pell Grants has steadily increased from 9 percent in 2008-09 to 14 percent in 2013-14.

Scholarships

There are many scholarships that GW students can apply for to help fund their education.

  • Power & Promise Fund: GW’s Power & Promise fund ensures that qualified students can take advantage of a GW education, no matter their financial resources. The fund has raised more than $100 million for scholarships in the past five years.
  • SJT Scholars: Each year, GW awards some incoming freshmen from D.C. a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board, books and fees. Students apply with their application for admission and they must also meet requirements and participate in campus activities to maintain the scholarship.
  • Native American Political Leadership Program (INSPIRE): The program offers a full scholarship, pre-college program to Native American, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian high school students. Recipients spend three weeks at GW in the summer and complete a full undergraduate course.
  • Gil and Jacki Cisneros Institute: The institute helps qualified students attain academic success, build leadership skills, and engage in a long-term commitment to making a difference within the Hispanic community. Students who have demonstrated commitments to leadership, community service and giving back to the Hispanic community, will be considered for Cisneros Scholarships, a  four year scholarship that includes mentorship and support. The Cisneros institute also offers a full scholarship pre-college summer program for high school juniors committed to leadership and service in the Hispanic community.
  • GW District Scholars AwardLaunched to help ensure high school students from D.C. can attend GW regardless of their families’ financial circumstances, the program guarantees students who meet specific criteria will receive funding equivalent to what they would receive if they were to enroll at a public university outside of the District.

Partnerships

GW also engages in various partnerships to reach students from diverse backgrounds and help them find means to attend GW.

  • Say Yes to Education: This organization and GW have partnered to provide scholarships for public high school students meeting certain criteria in Syracuse and Buffalo N.Y., and Guilford County, N.C. This partnership is part of a larger initiative to make college accessible for first generation students.
  • Posse Foundation: GW announced in 2015 that it would partner with the Posse Foundation, which finds extraordinary students who may have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes and instead helps them prepare for it. Each year beginning in 2016, 10 Posse scholars will join GW. After four years, there will be a total of 40 on campus. Posse scholars generally achieve a 90 percent graduation rate.
  • Siemens Corporation & Hearst Foundation: This partnership with GW funds opportunities for underrepresented D.C. public and charter school students to participate in pre-college programs in the STEM and Arts fields in 2016.
  • STEM Pipeline Partnership: GW and the Northern Virginia Community College have partnered to provide a path for STEM students who complete their associate’s degree to earn a bachelor’s degree through GW’s College of Professional Studies.
  • Dual Enrollment DCPS Partnership: GW partners with the District of Columbia Public Schools to provide full tuition dual enrollment opportunities through the GW Early College Program (GWECP). Students complete their last two years of high school while earning an Associates of Arts degree from GW.   GW also funds tuition for high school students who enroll in GW courses through the Exposure and High School/College Internship Programs.
  • Upward Bound at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides free supplemental education, extracurricular resources and opportunities for low income, potential first generation college students to facilitate their matriculation into a post secondary institution.

Airport & Public Transportation

The George Washington University is easily accessible by taxi or subway (Metro) from Reagan National Airport and Amtrak (Union Station).

From Dulles International Airport, you may take the Washington Flyer bus service to many downtown hotels. People arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport may take the Super Shuttle or Amtrak directly into Washington, D.C.

Metro (Subway)

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station is located on campus. It offers access to Metro’s Blue, Orange and Silver lines. For more information on metro, visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Driving Directions

From North:

  • Interstate 95 South to Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia
  • Take Exit 33, heading south on Connecticut Avenue for about 9 miles
  • Turn right onto Florida Avenue (just past the Washington Hilton) and then turn left immediately onto 21st Street
  • The visitor entrance to the G Street Garage is on the left between G and F Streets

From Northwest:

  • Interstate 270 to Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) toward Silver Spring
  • Take Exit 33, heading south on Connecticut Avenue for about 9 miles
  • Follow directions as shown above in “From North”

From West:

  • Interstate 66 and Route 50 both connect with the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
  • Cross the bridge and exit left at E Street, then again at Virginia Avenue
  • Bear left, following signs for 23rd Street
  • Turn right on 23rd Street and continue a few blocks to campus
  • Turn right on H Street
  • The visitor entrance to the University Parking Garage is on the left between 23rd and 22nd Streets

From South:

  • Interstate 95 to Interstate 395, Arlington Memorial Bridge Exit
  • Cross the bridge and bear left at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Turn left onto 23rd Street, NW, and follow directions as shown above in “From West”

Visitor Parking

Visitors, patients and guests of the Foggy Bottom Campus will be accommodated at the following campus locations:

University Parking Garage

Access from H Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets, located under the Science and Engineering Hall
Hours: Open 24/7
Self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment.
Rates:

  • 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours $16
  • Daily Maximum: $22
  • Weekend Daily Maximum: $12
  • Evening Maximum Rate (after 5 p.m. until midnight): $10

G Street Garage

Access from both 20th Street and 21st Street between F and G Streets
Hours: Open 24/7
Self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment.
Rates: See University Parking Garage

Marvin Center Garage

Access on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets
Hours: Open Monday - Friday 7am to Midnight. Closed on weekends and holidays.
Rates: See University Parking Garage 

Elliott School Garage

Entrance located on 19th Street near E Street, NW
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Closed on holidays and weekends. 
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours: $17
  • Daily Maximum: $26
  • Evening Maximum Rate (5 p.m.-11 p.m.): $14

Ambulatory Care Center Garage

Patients and visitors of the George Washington University Hospital and of the Ambulatory Care Center are welcome to park at the Ambulatory Care Center Garage.  In the event that this garage is full, patients may park at the other university visitor parking locations.

For more information, visit GW'S Transportation website

GW Steps Challenge

GW Steps Challenge


From October 1st through the 29th, GW faculty, staff, and students will be facing off in a steps challenge. Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health, and studies show that walking not only boosts your energy, but it also relieves stress. So we are challenging you to #StepItUpGW and participate in the GW Steps Challenge.
 

Getting Started is Easy
 

  1. Sign-Up at go.gwu.edu/stepitupgw

  2. Connect Your Device

  3. Join a Team

  4. Start Walking

 

Your Device

Connect your Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Misfit, Apple Watch or Withings. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Download the Moves or Fitbit App to your smartphone.
 

Team Challenge - Win a Beefsteak Lunch!

Across the university, all departments will be competing against each other in the team challenge for a free lunch from Beefsteak. The team with the highest cumulative step average wins. So, the more steps you have each day, the more you can help boost your team’s average. One catch - you must participate in the contest to be eligible to win.
 

Head-to-Head Challenge - Win an Apple Watch!

Not only will the teams be competing against each other, but each day of the challenge, participants will be randomly paired with a colleague or student in a head-to-head challenge. The thing to remember is that the individual with the highest head-to head win record will be awarded an Apple Watch. In the event of a tie, the Apple Watch will go to the individual with the highest daily step average.
 

Matchup Dashboard

If you have an iPhone with iOS 8 installed, you can download the Matchup App. If you do not have an iPhone, no worries, use the mobile-friendly gwu.matchup.io url on your mobile or desktop browser to access your Matchup profile.

On your Matchboard dashboard, you can follow the scoreboard, chat with your teammates, and keep up with your daily head-to-head challenge. Not only can you see who your head-to-head challenger is, you can also keep up with his or her step count throughout the day and chat with your challenger.

The competition starts Oct. 1, 2015, so make sure to register by Sept. 30, 2015, at midnight. Winners will be announced at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom..

Help your team win. Walk at work. Walk at home. Walk with your friends. Walk all the time! #StepItUpGW and start walking. Follow us @GWTweets and on Facebook.

The GW Steps Challenge is part of the GW 2015 Celebration of Excellence: The Wellness Equation, taking place October 28-30 and is supported by Healthy GW.

Read the full GW Steps Challenge Rules.

FAQ & Support
 

  • Criteria for Winning - You must have a Matchup account and participate in the challenge to be eligible for either of the prizes.

  • Tracking Device Account - Make sure to create an account for your tracking device in addition to the Matchup account. You will need your tracking device account information to create a Matchup account.

  • Only One Tracking Device per Participant - You can only have one tracking device connected to a Matchup account at a time.

  • Only One Matchup Account per Participant - You can only have one Matchup account with the same device or else it will cause sync errors.

  • Switching Accounts - Switching If you need to switch the device to another account, please contact the Matchup support team for assistance.

  • Joining the Challenge Late - If you join the GW Steps Challenge after the start date and time, your steps will still be accounted for as long as you have been syncing and capturing steps on your device.

  • Other Questions - Have an issue with your device or Matchup account? Check out the Help Center or contact support by clicking on the question mark [?] on the bottom right side of your Matchup dashboard.

Lodging

There are many hotels that are convenient to the George Washington University’s (GW) campuses and education centers. Accommodations for some of these local options can be reviewed on this page. A small percentage of the proceeds from reservations made here will be returned to GW to support university programs and initiatives.

Additionally, many of these hotels, as well as others, provide discounted university rates through GW’s Procurement and Travel Services Department. All members of the GW community, including visitors and guests, may inquire about reduced pricing directly with the hotels participating in GW's hotel discount program.

The George Washington University Inn logo

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.4 mi

One Washington Circle Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.3 mi

The Courtyard Marriott logo

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.3 mi

The River Inn logo

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

The Park Hyatt logo

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.6 mi

Residence Inn Marriott logo

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.4 mi

The Watergate Hotel

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.4 mi

The Jefferson Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
White House

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.9 mi

The Hampton Inn

Neighborhood:
White House

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.4 mi

Residence Inn Marriott logo

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.7 mi

The Hotel Madera logo

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

The Renaissance Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.4 mi

The Hotel Palomar logo

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.7 mi

The Embassy Row Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.8 mi

Hotel Tabard Inn logo

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 1.0 mi

Embassy Circle Guest House

Neighborhood:
Dupont Circle

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 1.0 mi

The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Mayflower

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.7 mi

The Melrose Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

The Westin Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

The Fairmont Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.6 mi

The Marriott Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

Avenue Suites

Neighborhood:
Foggy Bottom

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

The Hilton Garden Inn logo

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.5 mi

The Hilton Hotel logo

Neighborhood:
Crystal City

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 4.6 mi

Best Western

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.4 mi

The Georgetown Inn

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 1.2 mi

Georgetown Suites

Neighborhood:
Georgetown

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 0.9 mi

Woodley Park Guest House

Neighborhood:
Woodley Park

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 1.9 mi

The Residence Inn Marriott logo

Neighborhood:
Arlington Courthouse

Distance to:
Marvin Center: 3.5 mi

Springhill Suites Marriott logo

Neighborhood:
Ashburn, VA

Distance to:
Virginia Campus: 0.5 mi

 

Dining Near GW

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
1-202-887-9215

Baja Fresh
1990 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-293-0100

Bertucci’s
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-296-2600‎

Bread and Chocolate
2301 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-833-8360

Circa at Foggy Bottom
2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-506-5589

Circle Bistro
1 Washington Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-293-5390

Devon & Blakely
2200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-659-9070

FoBoGro*
2140 F St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-296-0125
* owned by Kris Hart, GWSB BBA '11

Founding Farmers*
1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-822-8783
*owned by Dan Simons, GWSB BBA '92

Froggy Bottom Pub
2142 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-338-3000

Johnny Rockets
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-822-1260

Lindy’s Red Lion
2040 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-466-6000

Meiwah
1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
1-202-833-2888

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

Nooshi
1120 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
1-202-293-3138

Notti Bianche
824 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-298-8085

Panda Cafe
2138 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-337-3366

Penn Grill
825 20th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-296-0620

Perfect Pita
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20002
1-202-293-7482

Primi Piatti
2013 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
1-202-223-3600

RIS*
2275 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-730-2500
*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
1-202-416-8555

Roti
2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-499-2095

Sweetgreen
2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-507-8357

TGI Friday’s
2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
1-202-872-4344

Tonic At Quigleys Pharmacy ‎
2036 G St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
1-202-296-0211

 

Restaurant Near GW's Mount Vernon Campus

Bambu Asian Café
5101 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
1-202-364-3088

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
4883 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-342-9101

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

Jetties
1609 Foxhall Rd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-965-3663

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant
4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-625-9080

L’Appetito Family Restaurant
5105 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
1-202-686-5337

Listrani’s Restaurant
5100 MacArthur Blvd.,NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
1-202-363-0620

Little China Café
4830 MacArthur Blvd., NW, #1
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-338-2392

Palisades Pizza
4885 MacArthur Blvd., NW, #2
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-338-2010

   

Restaurants in Nearby Georgetown

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

Chadwicks
3205 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-333-2565

Clyde’s of Georgetown
3236 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-333-9180

Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-338-8800

J. Paul’s
3222 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-333-3450

Morton’s The Steakhouse
3251 Prospect St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-342-6258

Paper Moon
1069 31 St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-965-6666

Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place
3000 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
1-202-944-4545

Zed’s Ethiopian Restaurant
1201 28th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-4710

 

 

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