2010 Mount Vernon Campus Plan

Mount Vernon Campus University Field View

Campus Planning History

The first master plan for the Campus was developed in 1967 when it operated as Mount Vernon College. The plan was updated in 1986 and, after merging with GW in 1999, the university and its neighbors adopted a new campus plan which included expansion of residential, academic and athletic facilities as well as measures to mitigate light, noise and parking impacts.

Background on GW's Mount Vernon Campus

The George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus is located in Northwest DC adjacent to the Foxhall and Palisades neighborhoods. It consists of approximately 23 acres bounded by W Street (north) and Whitehaven Parkway (south), Foxhall Road (east) and Berkeley Terrace (west).

The Campus was originally home to the Mount Vernon Seminary and later Mount Vernon College, which merged with GW in 1999. The Campus is now a fully integrated co-educational campus that complements GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus. The Mount Vernon Campus offers a unique living and learning community providing the benefits of a smaller “campus feel,” yet easily accessible to DC’s downtown environment and all that DC has to offer.

The Campus is home to undergraduate students -- largely freshmen and sophomores -- and offers a wide variety of academic and student life opportunities. The Women’s Leadership Program for first-year women students is based on the Mount Vernon Campus as a signature legacy of the Mount Vernon Seminary and College's commitment to women's education. 

Strategic Campus and Facilities Master Plan

Throughout the spring 2020 semester and early summer, the George Washington University led a collaborative process to develop its first-ever Strategic Campus and Facilities Master Plan.  While COVID-19 has required that most of our GW community members stay home to ensure our safety and well-being during this challenging time, the future of our campuses remains a university priority and we will continue to work on this initiative virtually.

The Strategic Campus and Facilities Master Plan will achieve two main goals:

  • It will articulate the vision and guiding principles for GW’s physical development planning, including design, architecture, space use, landscape, transportation, walkways and facilities.  It will establish standards for a unified campus identity that creates a sense of place and belonging on GW campuses and captures the university’s values.
  • Importantly, the plan will complement, and not replace, the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan and the 2010 Mount Vernon Campus Plan.

For more information please visit ourmasterplan.gwu.edu

Current Campus Plan Project

Mount Vernon Entrance Improvements

The Mount Vernon Campus entry improvements are the result of discussions that occurred during the community-based planning process, which led to the 2010 Mount Vernon Campus Plan.