Academic Residential Communities

For the 2018-2019 academic year, there are several first-year and upperclass Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) that allow students to bring critical thinking and reflection into the residential experience.  These programs combine academically robust conversation, both inside and outside of the classroom, with other engaging and fun activities.  Working alongside faculty and staff, students within these programs will immerse themselves into subjects on a deeper level and will develop their passion.

First-Year Academic Residential Communities

Politics and Values Community** – Somers Hall

In the Politics & Values community, a select group of students will explore societal politics while living and studying together in an intensive year-long course.

Elizabeth Somers Women’s Leadership Program**– Somers Hall

The Women's Leadership Program (WLP) is a selective, year-long, living and learning program for first-year women of any school at the George Washington University. Offered exclusively at the Mount Vernon Campus, WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the Program. The dynamic curriculum emphasizes exploration and development of women's leadership through academic courses and weekly symposia. WLP symposia offer special lectures, workshops and experiences that draw on the unique resources of Washington, DC, to bring students together with women of achievement and leadership from many professional fields. Students live together in Somers Hall with a graduate teaching assistant who serves as a mentor and academic resource.

Civic House** - Clark Hall

The Civic House Academic Residential Community (ARC) is a highly-selective first-year program for students interested in becoming active citizens engaged in their communities.  The three core values of Civic House are live, learn, and serve.  The program challenges students to learn about the unique culture, strengths, and needs of communities in Washington, D.C. and to build collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and community-based organizations to meet those needs through service.

University Honors Program** – West Hall

Engineering & Science Community - Thurston Hall

Fine Arts Community - Mitchell Hall

First-Generation College Students Residential Community - Thurston Hall

While not tied to specific coursework, the first-year Engineering & Science community and Fine Arts communities provide students interested in either of these areas the opportunity to live with their peers.  These Academic Residential Communities work closely with faculty to bring the classroom experience into the residential setting and encourage a supportive environment for students in which to live and study.

**To be eligible for these programs, students apply and are admitted to the program by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Upperclass Academic Residential Communities

These academic residential communities work closely with faculty to bring the classroom experience into the residential setting and encourage a supportive environment for students in which to live and study.

University Honors Program - District House

Students who are members of the University Honors Program and are interested in living in this ARC or would like more information should contact Mary Rothemich at [email protected]. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the University Honors Program community will be located in studio, 2-person units in District House.

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS) - District House

Rising second- and third-year students who are in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and are interested in living in this ARC must apply during the iHousing special housing application period from March 1-5, 2018. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the SEAS community will be located in studio, 2-person units in District House.

Global Connections Residential Community (GCRC) - District House

Are you still thinking about your on-campus housing options for next year? Are you interested in learning about different cultures? Do you want to live in a community of students from all over the world? The Global Connections Residential Community may be the place for you!

Located in District House, the GW Global Connections Residential Community (GCRC) is an academic residential community (ARC) that promotes international awareness and cross-cultural competencies by creating a space for international students, domestic students, and exchange students to live and learn together. Members of the community are sophomore and junior residents who seek to further their understanding of international topics, engage in cultural activities, and improve their fluency in foreign languages.

Any rising second- or third-year student who is interested in being immersed in a multicultural community is encouraged to apply to be a member of GW Global Connections Residential Community.
New community members are selected by a committee of students, staff, and faculty. Accepted members will be assigned a specific room in the GCRC and will apply for housing March 1-5, 2018 during the Affinity Housing application window. Contact the Center for Student Engagement at [email protected] for more information.

George Washington Williams House

The George Washington Williams house is managed by both the Center for Student Engagement and MSSC. Students interested in living in this small townhouse should contact Fraternity & Sorority Life at [email protected] or the building’s House Manager, Sara Smith at [email protected].