2021 Mount Vernon Campus Plan

MVC Outdoor campus sign

On behalf of the George Washington University leadership and staff, we want to thank community members for taking time from their busy schedules over the past year to engage in focused conversations on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus planning efforts. From the start, this collaborative group worked to achieve a plan that meets the needs of both the university and the community. 

GW has officially filed the campus plan with the DC Office of Zoning, Monday, December 20th. The complete draft of the 2021 Mount Vernon Campus Plan is now available.

Explore the various Campus Plan resources on this page and check back frequently for new information.


Mount Vernon Clock Tower overlooking GW Tennis Court

Community Partnership

The GW/Mount Vernon Community Partnership was established with the goal of collaboration between the GW and Mount Vernon neighbors that promotes focused conversations on campus planning efforts.

Map of Mount Vernon Campus Facilities

2021 Documents

Campus Plan Meetings and Supporting Information. 

Documents, Information, and Meeting Notes.

Mount Vernon Campus Courtyard and Fountain


Frequently asked questions about the 2021 Campus Plan process.

MVC Courtyard in Fall

Community Feedback

Use the form to provide the university  with feedback, comments, questions, or concerns regarding the Mount Vernon 2021 Campus Plan.


GWs current Campus Plan was scheduled to expire at the end of December 2020, but the District automatically extended all zoning orders scheduled to expire before December 31, 2020, by 6 months, moving the expiration date to June 30, 2021. GW is recieved an additional 6-month administrative extension because of delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, further extending the expiration date to December 31, 2021.

The proposed 2021 Campus Plan will outline student-focused activities and creating additional opportunities to enhance on-campus student life, including repurposing existing and developing new space to accommodate integrated student wellness programs, including those focused on supporting students’ mental health.

GW's Mount Vernon Campus Plan History

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 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.

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. 


2010 Mount Vernon Campus Plan Archives