Living Learning Communities

GW is a community of scholars, and  Living Learning Communities (LLCs) allow students to have shared experiences that bring critical thinking and reflection beyond the classroom and into their residential experience.  LLCs bring students together under an interest or academic program, and provide the opportunity for students to immerse themselves into subjects on a deeper level through intentionally built opportunities for involved learning.  Research shows that students who participate in LLCs have a smoother transition to college, both academically and socially, greater engagement with their campus community, and higher levels of academic self-confidence and persistence.  Working closely with faculty and staff, our programs marry passion areas with living, resulting in an even greater sense of purpose for our students.   


First-Year Living Learning Communities


Civic House** - Clark Hall

The Civic House Community 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.


Corcoran Arts + Design Community - Mitchell Hall

The Arts + Design Community gives first-year Corcoran students the option to participate in a creative, intellectual living environment that raises awareness of the power of the arts and design in our daily lives, the impact it has on our community, and inspires students to action. Priority placement will be given to Corcoran Scholars students, however, the LLC is composed of students from across Corcoran programs, so we strongly encourage majors and minors to apply.


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.


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 Living Learning Communities


George Washington Williams House

The George Washington Williams house is managed by both the Division for Student Affairs 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].


University Honors Program - Amsterdam

Students who are members of the University Honors Program and are interested in living in this community or would like more information should contact Ben Faulkner at [email protected].