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GW's Fall 2020 Plan



Throughout this pandemic, we have been grateful for the GW community’s flexibility, patience, and resilience, as together we have navigated the uncertainty of these challenging times while supporting our foremost priority—our community’s health and safety.

Based on these considerations, we made the difficult decision to hold all undergraduate courses online for the fall semester, with limited exceptions. Housing will be provided on campus only for a limited number of students who have extenuating personal or academic circumstances. Residential students will attend courses online and will be expected to comply with public health and safety measures including social distancing, mask wearing and regular testing for COVID-19. Additionally, most graduate programs will be conducted online, with certain programs holding discipline-specific in-person classes.

We have learned from the spring and summer and used our experiences and additional time to further enhance our teaching, learning, and community engagement at a distance. We directed considerable resources into virtual instructional technology, and our staff and faculty have been actively collaborating to develop innovative ways to continue to provide a rigorous and high-quality academic experience for all students. Similarly, our Student Affairs teams have developed more ways to help students continue to engage virtually with one another and with the broader university community.

GW is proud of the robust resources and services it has provided, and will continue to provide, to students online. We recognize, however, that many undergraduate students will not have access to certain in-person resources they would have had as residential students. And we further recognize that the pandemic has caused unprecedented financial dislocation for many members of our community. We have accordingly decided that we will provide a 10 percent tuition reduction to Foggy Bottom undergraduate students who do not live on campus. This includes students assigned to live on the Mount Vernon campus.

It will be hard to still not be together on campus come fall. As we continue to manage these and future challenges, we remain committed to delivering the world-class GW experience that our students and all members of our community expect and deserve.


Latest Update

D.C. Approves GW's Plan for Fall 2020

GW’s Plan for Fall 2020 was approved by the DC Office of Planning and DC Health. The plan details how the university will minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the GW community by reducing the on-campus population and transitioning all undergraduate courses online, with few exceptions. The plan also details social distancing guidelines, testing protocols and mask requirements for students, facutly and stuff who must be on campus.


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