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University Updates


GW will provide updates to the community as decisions about university operations are made. 

Changes to D.C.'s Gathering Limits and Vaccine Distribution

May 05, 2021
Starting Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5 p.m., the university will require that outdoor student social gatherings on- or off-campus be limited to 50 people or less based on the size of the location. Indoor social gatherings are still limited to 10 people or less.

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Test Centers Operating Hours

May 04, 2021
The GW COVID-19 testing centers at the Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology Campuses will be open throughout the summer.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for International Students

May 03, 2021
This communication describes how we are addressing the needs of our international student community while supporting the health and safety of our community.

Important COVID-19 Vaccine Update

April 19, 2021
We will require students, faculty, and staff who are in person this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to being on campus.

Positive Steps Forward

March 30, 2021
Given the recent promising developments around global health and our positive momentum toward an in-person fall, we have many reasons to be optimistic about the coming months.

Reflecting on the Past Year

March 12, 2021
While we all hoped our home offices and classrooms would be temporary, we now find ourselves a full year since the pandemic dramatically altered our university community, and communities around the world.

Shenkman Hall Testing Center Moving to Lerner Health and Wellness

March 12, 2021
The GW COVID-19 off-campus student and symptomatic testing center currently located at Shenkman Hall will move to the Lerner Health and Wellness Center.

Update on Planning for Fall 2021

March 12, 2021
We remain confident that we will be in person to the fullest extent possible this fall and expect to share more information about fall housing in early April and about fall course registration in mid-April.

2021 Commencement Celebrations

March 11, 2021
When it is safe to do so, the university will host in-person celebrations on the National Mall to honor the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, with each class enjoying its own, curated celebration.

Spring Break Public Health Reminders

March 08, 2021
The university’s spring break begins next week, March 15-20, and other school systems throughout the D.C. area will host their spring breaks in the upcoming weeks.

Summer 2021 Update

March 01, 2021
Although we have determined that the Summer 2021 term will continue with a mainly virtual operating status, the success of our efforts to contain the spread of the virus on campus has enabled us to begin initiating phased reopening of on-campus activity in preparation for the fall, when we will be back in person to the fullest extent possible.

Update on Additional Coronavirus Relief Funding

March 01, 2021
The federal government has allocated GW and other universities additional funding to address the ongoing financial impact of the pandemic. Leadership provided information about the funding and its uses.

Updated Mask-Wearing Guidance

February 22, 2021
Research is increasingly highlighting the importance of the effective use of masks, as well as social distancing. In response, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for more effective uses of masks.

Important Public Health Reminders

February 05, 2021
As the pandemic continues, we encourage you to remain vigilant and follow public health guidance, including wearing masks in public settings and anywhere you may be around others.

Update on 2021 Commencement Celebrations

February 04, 2021
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.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine and Information on Virginia’s Phase 1c

January 29, 2021
As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to become available through the District, Maryland and Virginia, its availability to most of us is still extremely limited according to the priorities set generally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more specifically, by states and counties.

COVID-19 Testing for Students Without Campus Access

January 25, 2021
GW students living in the D.C. region are eligible to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing program.

Continued Suspension of Study Abroad and Non-Essential Student Travel in Summer 2021

January 13, 2021
In light of the vaccination rollout likely continuing through the summer, we are announcing that study abroad programs and other non-essential student travel will remain suspended for summer 2021.

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Test Centers Operating Hours

December 21, 2020
The GW COVID-19 testing centers at the Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology Campuses will reopen the week of January 4, 2021.

Important Update about COVID-19 Vaccines

December 21, 2020
With the good news of emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, we have reason to be optimistic about 2021.