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Spring 2021



Based on GW's foremost priority of health and safety, the current spread of the virus and uncertainty about its trajectory, and feedback from the university community, GW announced that we will continue virtual instruction in the spring, with limited exceptions for courses that require in-person instruction or research. Recently, the university provided more information on Commencement and the spring academic calendar and housing.

More information on the spring is available in recent messages, recordings of virtual forums, and on the frequently asked questions page.



Latest Updates

Update on 2021 Commencement Celebrations

While we continue to plan virtual university-wide Commencement and school celebrations, we also are exploring all options for any in-person component we may safely host.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Requirement

Getting your seasonal flu shot this year is more important than ever. We do not know very much about how the virus that causes COVID-19 and the seasonal influenza virus interact, but we do know that both have the potential to cause serious illness or death, and that anyone with influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic may need to be quarantined since the symptoms can be very similar.

Updated Travel Guidance for GW Community Members Returning to D.C.

The university's Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST) has further developed specific travel guidance for GW community members and steps to follow when returning to the District from locations other than Maryland and Virginia.

All University Updates



GW COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

The George Washington University’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard provides comprehensive and up-to-date data on coronavirus testing and results for the university’s on-campus community members. In compliance with privacy laws, the university does not disclose individual identifying information.

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Testing and Tracing

Symptom monitoring and regular testing for on-campus students, faculty and staff will play a key role in ensuring a safe environment for members of the GW community who live and work on campus. Members of the on-campus cohort must schedule regular testing appointments through the medical portal and are expected to monitor their symptoms daily.


Testing and Tracing Information


Campus Access

Access to GW’s campuses this fall is limited to only students, faculty and staff who have been granted special permission to enter university buildings. Those granted access include faculty who applied to teach or conduct research on campus this fall and staff who need access to campus to perform essential functions of their job. Individuals who have been approved for campus access have been notified, all others should continue to telework and engage with the university remotely during the fall semester.


Campus Access Information


All Access GW

This new series from GW Today shows how the university has prepared to provide a high-quality academic experience.


All Access GW


GW All Access; Michelle Carlson

Michele Carlson, associate professor in the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, sees virtual learning as an opportunity to make the art of printmaking more accessible.

GW All Access; Pablo Frank-Bolton

Pablo Frank-Bolton from the School of Engineering and Applied Science looks for new ways to connect with his computer science students virtually.

GW All Access; Tamara Henry

Tamara Henry, an associate teaching professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, makes social justice a core component of her courses.