George Washington University

In the heart of our nation’s capital, George Washington University is located in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington D.C.  With the White House and State Department as neighbors, students take full advantage of living in the center of the city—it’s an integral part of life at GW. The urban campus is centered around the Marvin Center, mid-campus quad and Kogan Plaza where students congregate on nice days.


Stay: Hotel Lombardy |  Breakfast: Astro Doughnuts

Lunch: Founding Farmers  | Dinner: Clyde's

Visitor Information: Tour GW

Stay: Offering convenience and great service, the boutique style Hotel Lombardy is a 4-minute walk to campus. The Courtyard Marriott is a great option too. The Ritz, Four Seasons, or the Rosewood are all located in nearby Georgetown. After a huge renovation, the infamous Watergate Hotel features beautiful views and a nice rooftop bar. The Jefferson is a luxury boutique hotel located near the White House.

Coffee: Conveniently situated underneath Gelman Library, Starbucks is good for a quick coffee before your tour. If you are based in Georgetown, Baked and Wired brews coffees from Stumptown, Intelligentsia, PT’s and Elixr served with unbeatable pastries.

Breakfast: A GW graduate opened Founding Farmers, a restaurant serving fresh and organic food (good for lunch as well.) Get a PB&J doughnut at Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. For a quick breakfast among GW students and professors alike, head to Whole Foods on campus.

Lunch: Right on campus is Tonic Bar & Restaurant. Be sure to order that tater tots! Started by 3 Georgetown students, Sweetgreen is a farm-to-table salad chain with a devoted following.  Named "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation, Jose Andres new concept restaurant, Beefsteak, gives vegetables center stage.



Casual: The burgers at Bertucci, The Tombs and Clyde's will satisfy any carnivore. The Little Serow does not accept reservations, and there is almost always a line, but it's well worth the wait! Go early for killer Thai food that is authentic and delicious. A 15-minute car ride away is The Red Hen offering homemade pasta and an amazing Chicken Fra Diavolo dish, which you can't miss!


A Step Up: Founding Farmers is also good for dinner, serving farm-to-table fare and craft cocktails. On the waterfront is Fiola Mare offering fresh seafood with an Italian influence. Have some sangria and tapas at Jose Andres' Jaleo.  Book a table at La Diplomate for French cuisine that does not disappoint.

Late Night Snacks: A ten minute drive away, find inventive flavors that are inspired by international travels and decadent cocktails at Ice Cream Jubilee - the Banana Bourbon Caramel is a favorite.

Local Attractions: There is so much to do in D.C.! Some of the must-see monuments include The Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The WWII Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, which is especially beautiful at sunset. For those looking to get active, there is a path along the Potomac River starting at the Georgetown Waterfront that will lead you straight to the Lincoln Memorial. The Rothko Room at the Phillips Collection is also worth a visit.

— Quotes From Campus —

GW has a highly urbanized campus that is in reality very separate from the rest of Foggy Bottom, with 15 adjacent square blocks with only university buildings. Much more campus oriented than it seems at first.
— Celina
I love living in DC and being able to walk to the monuments and hang out on the National Mall. You have incredible opportunities—for internships, networking and to hear incredible speakers!
— Brad
We love that we can study Government and Political Science in the Nation’s capital!
— Stephen
Be sure to visit the new $280 million Engineering Hall, Duques Hall, and the School of Public Health building, all of which are top-tier facilities.
— Trey





George Washington

School Colors

Blue & Buff

Acceptance Rate

39.5% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2








Admissions Office

2121 I Street NW, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20052

(p) (202) 994-6040
(f) (202) 994-0325

Costas Solomou, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Colin Powell
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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