Parents & Families

For over 200 years, GW has welcomed students to the heart of our nation’s capital to explore the greater Washington community. Our community of scholars, artists, scientists, visionaries, and athletes come from all over the world with a set of unique experiences and identities. As an institution, we are preparing students to utilize their unique experiences with instilled competencies needed to be effective and responsible citizens in the 21st Century.

Campus Living and Residential Education assist students in building positive communities that empower them to grow and develop as they engage in unique challenges and opportunities throughout their undergraduate and graduate experience. Our residence halls are a focal point of our institution’s mission to further human well-being by offering a space of cultural and intellectual diversity that is the foundation for the exploration of new ideas.

The George Washington University has 35 residence halls, eight Greek townhouses, and six small townhouses. Our Foggy Bottom Campus is located in downtown Washington, D.C., and is in a prime location because of its proximity to the White House, State Department, Smithsonian and a variety of other institutions. Our 26-acre Mount Vernon Campus is just a short ride away from Foggy Bottom on the Vern Express, and is located in the Foxhall neighborhood of Northwest Washington

No student has a typical experience at GW, and there is not a “right way” to approach college. Our office is here to assist students and their families in making effective choices that will be meaningful to their experience at GW. We have committed a section of our website to families to ensure they remain engaged and aware of updates to housing policies, relevant resources available to students, and critical reminders of deadlines.

Release of Information (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. In compliance with federal law, the George Washington University may not disclose students’ education records without their consent unless an exception applies.

The university may disclose without a student’s consent an education record or other personally identifiable information contained within it under limited circumstances, including to protect the health or safety of the student or others, disclosure to other school officials for legitimate educational reasons, and disclosure to officials of other schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Parents or family members that wish to discuss details related to their student’s residency or education must have a consent waiver signed for them by the student. A student must submit the Release of Information Form to the Registrar's office to authorize specific individuals to access their educational and financial records.

ADA Housing Accommodations

Students who require a housing accommodation for a medical, psychological, or physical need must register with Disability Support Services (DSS) prior to the housing application process to ensure that Campus Living is able place them in a configuration of space that meets their needs. Campus Living does not accept medical documentation as all accommodation requests must be made through DSS.

Animals in Residence Hall

While we know that families often travel with their pets, animals are not allowed in the residence halls at any time (including move-in and move-out). Only students with approved assistance animals or service animals are able to have an animal in the residence halls.

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