About

The George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus is located in the verdant Berkley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, just three miles northwest of the Foggy Bottom Campus.

Mount Vernon provides a more traditional college campus than its Foggy Bottom counterpart while still offering students easy access to all the nation’s capital has to offer.

Mount Vernon is an integral part of the GW experience and features a variety of academic, residential and social options for students.

History of the Campus

The campus was formerly the home of the Mount Vernon Seminary and College, a private women’s high school and college. This educational institution was found in 1868 by Elizabeth J. Somers, who played an important role in promoting women's education.

In 1997, the 121-year-old Mount Vernon College announced plans to close as an independent institution and become affiliated with the George Washington University.

In 1999, the last Mount Vernon College class graduated and on June 30, 1999 the campus officially became the George Washington University at Mount Vernon College.