Mount Vernon Campus


The George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus is located in the verdant Foxhall neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, just three miles northwest of the Foggy Bottom Campus.

Mount Vernon provides a more traditional college campus than its Foggy Bottom counterpart while still offering students easy access to all the nation’s capital has to offer.

Mount Vernon is an integral part of the GW experience and features a variety of academic, residential and social options for students.

The 25-acre campus features:

  • 24-hour transportation to and from the Foggy Bottom Campus on the Vern Express
  • Six residence halls
    • 687 students living on campus
  • Campus dining and student gathering places
    • Pelham Commons in West Hall
  • Athletic facilities
    • Lloyd Gymnasium
    • NCAA regulation soccer/lacrosse field
    • Softball field
    • Mount Vernon Tennis Complex
    • Six-lane outdoor swimming pool
  • Campus Facilities
  • Active Alumnae

Foggy Bottom Campus


Since 1912, GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus has been a part of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, only blocks from the White House, State Department, World Bank and world-class museums.

The university capitalizes on its location to deliver an unprecedented educational experience, bringing nearby international, government and cultural resources into the classroom, drawing adjunct faculty from the top ranks of public and international institutions and facilitating exceptional internship and job opportunities for its students.

The campus is truly a part of Washington, D.C., and its range of architecture reflects that relationship. More than 100 campus buildings house classrooms, libraries, residence halls, fitness centers and the medical center. Landscaped outdoor spaces include pocket parks, the University Yard, a flourishing rose garden, the classical Tempietto and outdoor sculptures.

Foggy Bottom Campus amenities include:

  • 42 acres in the heart of the city
  • Proximity to shops, restaurants, clubs and galleries
  • 26 residence halls
  • Sports facilities: Health and Wellness Center, Charles E. Smith Center
  • Campus Dining Locations: J Street, Ivory Tower, 1959 E Street, Potomac House

The campus also boasts historic landmarks, including the F Street House, a residence built in 1849 that served for decades as a club for presidents, vice presidents, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and other elite.


Foggy Bottom Campus

The Foggy Bottom Campus sits in the heart of the nation’s capital, in a vibrant neighborhood bordered by the Potomac River, the Watergate complex, the White House and the State Department. Its location is key to the University’s mission and critical to its success. The campus is home to the majority of GW’s schools and administrative offices, as well as classrooms, libraries, residence halls and the University’s medical center.

Mount Vernon Campus

The Mount Vernon Campus is found in Washington, D.C.’s, wooded Foxhall neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College, a women’s institution with a long heritage of its own. Institutional and commercial venues, as well as homes, embassies and diplomatic residences, surround the Mount Vernon Campus. Yet, it is close enough to downtown, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown to offer access to everything Washington, D.C., has to offer.

Virginia Science & Technology Campus

The Virginia Science & Technology Campus was established in 1991 as GW’s flagship research and technology center. It houses centers of excellence in transportation safety and security, public health and homeland security, professional and executive education and information technology and telecommunications. The campus in Ashburn, Va., is strategically positioned in the Northern Virginia technology corridor.

Academic Centers in Virginia

The Academic Centers in Virginia provide graduate educational opportunities to working professionals near their homes and workplaces. These graduate programs provide the full benefit of GW’s internationally recognized academic excellence, adhering to the same high standards as all the University’s programs. 

Other Locations

In addition to its three campuses, GW maintains facilities in other locations across the region that serve as education centers for its graduate professional studies programs.


GW recognizes the importance of maintaining accreditation by appropriate academic and professional agencies and organizations. We believe that ongoing accreditation of the University, its schools, departments, and programs enhances our reputation as a center of academic excellence and as a trusted provider of educational and professional preparation. This is important to prospective and current students, as well as to our alumni.
The George Washington University is:

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency
  • On the approved list of the American Association of University Women
  • Member of the College Board

For specific program accreditation details, please visit the appropriate College or School site.

University Facts

GW by the Numbers

1821 Year the University was founded
4 Blocks from campus to White House
25,000 Approximate number of total students enrolled at all locations
10,000 Approximate number of total undergraduate students enrolled at all locations
14,000 Approximate number of total graduate students enrolled at all locations
1,000 Approximate number of total non-degree students
2,000,000+ Number of volumes in GW’s library system
2,260 Total full time faculty
3 Campuses
196,500,000 Dollars of research expenditures (2012)
450+ Number of student organizations
270,000+ Alumni in 150 countries worldwide

Notable Alumni and Former Students

  • Arnold “Red” Auerbach, former president and coach of the Boston Celtics
  • Alec Baldwin, actor
  • Dana Bash, CNN senior congressional correspondent
  • Frederick L. Brown, visiting professor to the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health and Former Chairman of the American Hospital Association
  • Warren Brown, Food Network host and owner of Cake Love
  • Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for Veterans Affairs
  • John Foster Dulles, former U.S. secretary of state
  • Michael Enzi, U.S. senator from Wyoming
  • J. William Fulbright, former U.S. senator and creator of the Fulbright scholarships
  • Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council for United Arab Emirates
  • Ina Garten, chef, author and Food Network host
  • J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady
  • Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state
  • Harry Reid, U.S. senator from Nevada and Senate majority leader
  • Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission
  • Chuck Todd, NBC and MSNBC political analyst
  • Mark Warner, U.S. senator from Virginia
  • Kerry Washington, actress
  • Rachel Zoe, fashion stylist

For more notable alumni, visit the Prominent Alumni list, maintained by the Office of Alumni Relations.

GW Overview

Professor's Gate

Our University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.

Our History

The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.

Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. We have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.

GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

Our Commitment

We strive to provide an environment where knowledge is created and acquired and where creative endeavors seek to enrich the experiences of the global society. With ten schools and colleges and nearly 100 research centers and institutes, our students receive hands-on experience as they explore nearly any avenue of personal interest.

The depth and breadth of our academic programs, the exceptional qualifications of our full-time faculty, the unmatched experiences of our adjunct faculty and the strengths of our research initiatives allow our students, our faculty and our staff to look at the world beyond the classroom. They allow us to prepare the next generation of leaders.