The GW Experience


Graduate Student at Columbian College of Arts & Sciences


As a graduate student at Columbian College, you will be part of a thriving community of scholars. Access to leading educators and thinkers, state-of-the-art facilities and vast educational resources help our students on their journey to becoming leaders and innovators in their communities—and across the world.


Program Locations

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Nestled in the heart of the nation’s capital, GW’s main campuses include the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses. Foggy Bottom Campus is home to the university’s signature schools and blocks from world-renowned D.C. institutions. A few miles away, Mount Vernon Campus provides a retreat from the city and a more traditional college atmosphere.

Online and Virginia Academic Centers

Online & Virginia Academic Centers

Beyond GW’s main campuses, Columbian College offers graduate programs online and at Graduate Education Centers in Alexandria and Arlington. Regardless of how or where you take your courses, you have access to the full benefit of GW’s acclaimed faculty and academic excellence.


Libraries and Facilities


GW Gelman Library





Fine and Performing Arts Spaces Corcoran



Fine & Performing Arts Spaces

With smaller spaces like the student-run Gallery 102 to D.C. historic landmarks like Lisner Auditorium and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design’s Flagg Building, GW is one of the most stimulating places to learn, observe and engage in the arts. On-campus spaces are used by university and visiting artists and performers alike.





Media & Language Labs

The School of Media and Public Affairs provides a wide array of state-of-the-art production and broadcasting facilities enabling students to learn and use industry-standard equipment. Students interested in studying foreign languages can make use of the Language Center, which offers a media room with state-of-the-art computers and software and media dedicated to language studies.



SMPA Facilities Media and Language Labs



Academic Support 

 Academic Advisors

Your academic department and faculty adviser will be your first point of contact for information and support. Together with Columbian College staff and administrators, they can answer questions about academic policies and procedures, resolve any problems and direct you to specialized services.

 Academic Commons

Academic Commons serves as a one-stop resource for many academic services campus-wide such as peer tutoring, writing and research assistance, fellowship and research opportunities, language support, study skills, workshops, and more.

 Writing Center

The GW Writing Center is an inclusive space, serving the GW community. The Writing Center cultivates skilled, confident writers by facilitating conversations at all stages of the writing process. Working alongside peer mentors, writers develop strategies to write independently in academic and public settings.

 The Language Center

The Language Center supports language teaching, learning, and research at the George Washington University. We provide resources and services to ensure the highest caliber language teaching for GWU students, faculty, departments, and programs.

 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

EAP's mission is to socialize international students who speak English as a second or additional language into our academic discourse community by helping them build an academic skill set that will benefit them in their GW coursework and professional career. 


Student Support Services

 Colonial Health Center

The GW Colonial Health Center provides medical and counselling services, including mental health services.  They also provide a comprehensive student health insurance plan with optional vision and dental coverage.

 Financial Services

GW and Columbian College offer a number of funding opportunities and resources to help you pursue your advanced degree. From scholarships and fellowships to federal aid and loan assistance, we have several offices on campus ready to assist you.

 Disability Support Services

GW works collaboratively across the university to enable all of our students to participate fully in university life, derive the greatest benefit from their educational experiences and achieve maximum personal success.

 Career and Employment Services

In partnership with other university resources, the Center for Career Services offers programs and services to Columbian College graduate students that build on the objectives of the engaged liberal arts, focus on transforming knowledge into action and facilitate the pursuit of productive and engaged citizenship.

 Safety and Security

GW is committed to helping all members of our community provide for their own safety and security. From the strategic placement of blue-light emergency phones on campus to emergency medical response, transportation services and victim assistance, the GW Office of Safety & Security works to maintain and enhance the safety and security of our campuses.

 Student Services Hub

Student Financial and Registration Services is a customer service organization bringing together the offices of Student Financial Assistance, Student Accounts, and Registrar in a friendly, centralized, service-culture setting. 

 Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides programming for GW's diverse community in the areas f intramural and sport clubs, fitness and wellness instructions and informal recreational opportunities.