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The George Washington University - Historic Campus in Heart of DC!

The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, DC grew out of the desire of America's first President to establish a national institution of higher learning. When GW opened its doors in 1821 as Columbian College in the District of Columbia, it boasted three faculty members, one tutor, and 30 students. In 1904, the name of the institution was changed to The George Washington University. Today, the University's enrollment totals more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

George Washington University Community.

GW is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars that utilizes the resources of academia while drawing from and contributing to government, industry, and Washington, DC. Located in the heart of the city, the University has played host to numerous national and international dignitaries. Former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, and both former President Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have lectured and spoken at GW.

George Washington University Academics.

GW features nine colleges and schools offering engaging academic programs. The cornerstone of the University, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences houses undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in 40 departmental majors. The college combines the advantages of a small liberal arts institution with internships and professional education in a stimulating urban environment. GW's diverse curriculum in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematical and natural sciences strengthens students' capacities for communicating, reasoning, and understanding the world around them. George Washington also features the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Law School, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, School of Business and Public Management, Elliott School of International Affairs, School of Public Health and Health Services, and the College of Professional Studies.

George Washington University Historic Campus.

Since the University moved to Foggy Bottom in 1912, the mix of old and new buildings reveals its history and progress from the early 1900s to the 21st century. Ten buildings at GW are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, including the GW University Club, Alumni House, 2000 G Street, Stockton Hall, and Lenthall Houses. The first building constructed on the campus, Corcoran Hall, reflects the style of the original college on College Hill. An open space with benches, trees, and flowers, University Yard features a bronze statue of George Washington, a cast of the 18th-century marble original by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. At 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, you'll find great shops, restaurants, and offices. The structure's facade is the only stretch between the White House and Washington Circle that retains its historic character without intrusion.
George Washington University Landmarks

George Washington University Landmarks.

GW landmarks include the Mid-Campus Quad, an outdoor living area of the campus community, Lisner Auditorium, one of Washington, DC's most famous theaters, and Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, which houses the GW bookstore and Abrahms Hall, a 19,000-square-foot gathering place with a ballroom, amphitheater, and the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. The Smith Athletic Center contains the George Washington Department of Athletics, sports courts, a fitness center, a jogging track, and a pool. The new Lerner Family Health and Wellness Center houses two gymnasia with two basketball courts each, a suspended three-lane jogging track, a natatorium with a lap pool, and racquetball and fitness suites.

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