Academic Residential Communities

For the 2019-2020 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


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.


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.


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.

Global Connections - Hensley and Cole Hall

This community consists of students who are passionate about exploring other cultures and sharing their own. In the fall, faculty will lead a special Global Connections seminar that will explore how cultures intersect in the global community. In the spring semester, students may choose to pursue independent, faculty-directed research on an appropriate global topic. 


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.

Sustainability Community - Merriweather

Bringing together first-year students and faculty who are passionate about conserving and wisely utilizing the earth’s resources. Together, they will explore major issues in sustainability in a special seminar in the fall semester. In spring, students may choose to pursue independent, faculty-directed research on a sustainability-related topic. 


University Honors Program** – West Hall

 

**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.


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].


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.

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.