As my colleague Sherry and I toured The George Washington University Foggy Bottom campus, it became clear why students who want to study in the capital city of Washington DC are drawn to this lively campus. GW is integrated into the vibrant, urban neighborhood.
The George Washington University boasts two unique campuses. The main campus is located in Foggy Bottom, and a smaller suburban campus, that houses the honors program, living and learning communities, and athletic fields, is located in Mount Vernon. There is a free campus shuttle that connects the two campuses
GW is a large university with diverse offerings. Students enroll in one of the seven schools and colleges; many double major and take classes across disciplines. Public health, business, and international affairs are very popular areas of study.
GW’s new “Knowledge in Action” program encourages students to engage in research, internships, service, and study abroad. Most students have two or more internship experiences, and students from all disciplines participate in research. More than half of the students study abroad and many participate in internships or research projects during their abroad experiences. Giving back to the local and global community is part of the GW culture. Service is an integral part of 45 academic courses.
There is lots of construction happening on campus. A new engineering building recently opened, and new sophomore housing is nearing completion near the library at Hogan’s Plaza.
Our tour guide was a freshman political science major from Colorado who is deeply involved on campus. Besides being a tour guide, she is part of the honors program and a member of the university choir. Being actively engaged on campus seems to be the norm here. There are many clubs and activities on campus. Not surprising, politically based clubs and organizations are plentiful. Colonial athletics takes place on the Mount Vernon campus. Greek life is strong, with approximately 30-percent of students joining fraternities and sororities. Students also take advantage of the city’s museums, art galleries, and concert venues.
Overall, the students I saw were dressed a bit more sophisticated than average college students. Few students wore sweats and sneakers. Instead, girls wore jeans or skirts with fashion boots and boys wore jeans with sweaters or button downs.
All dining options require GW “dining dollars.” Students can use dining dollars at on-campus eateries or off campus at local restaurants. Food trucks on J Street are popular and offer everything from traditional American fast food to more ethnic, exotic options.
GW takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications. On and off campus interviews are highly recommended. All applicants are automatically reviewed for merit aid. GW guarantees a fixed tuition program up to five years for all students. GW’s family grant program offers a discount to those families who have two or more students currently enrolled at GW.
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