PhD Visit Day

Admitted Phd Student Visit Day
Friday, March 1, 2024


Welcome to GW Engineering! We are thrilled that you will be joining us for our Admitted PhD Student Visit Day next week. You are one of a select few PhD students who will be visiting our main campus in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC. During this visit you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, speak with current students, and tour our labs and facilities. 

The agenda for the visit day is listed below. A staff member from the Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services will follow up with you via email to arrange your transportation to and from Washington, DC. We also have included hotel information and important arrival information below. We will provide you with a printed itinerary upon arrival and if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office any time at [email protected]

We look forward to meeting you on Friday, March 1 and welcoming you to the GW Engineering community!


Brittany G Wright

Executive Director, Graduate Enrollment Management & Advising



Thursday, February 29, 2024

Afternoon/evening: Check In at the ARC Hotel (824 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC)

Please use your free time on this day to go out and explore DC! Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby or use Metro to check out different parts of the city. GW is just under a mile away from the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall directly down 23rd Street NW or Virginia Avenue NW and the White House is located about 3 blocks east of campus.


Friday, March 1, 2024


Guests in ARC Hotel meet GW staff in Lobby to walk to the Science & Engineering Hall




Breakfast with Dean Lach
Location: Science & Engineering Hall Conference Room 2000 




Next Steps for Admitted Students Presentation from Office of Graduate Admissions Staff (OGA)
Location: Science & Engineering Hall Conference Room 2000




Current Graduate Student Tour of the Science & Engineering Hall 




Campus Tour starting at the Science & Engineering Hall 




Admitted PhD Student Luncheon with Faculty Advisors
Location: RIS (2275 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037)




Meetings & Lab Tours with Faculty Advisors 




Optional Happy Hour with Current Graduate Students & OGA Staff  
Stop by to grab a bite to eat and get any last-minute questions answered!
Location: CIRCA at Foggy Bottom (2221 I St NW, Washington, DC 20037)


Free evening to explore DC!


824 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 337-6620

Checking In:

All students staying at the ARC Hotel will have reservations for two nights starting Thursday, February 29, 2024 and concluding on Saturday, March 2, 2024. 

Checking Out: 

All students will need to check out of the hotel by 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. If you are departing on Friday evening, you may leave any personal belongings in your hotel room until you are ready to depart Friday evening and check out at that time. If you need to store any personal belongings on Friday afternoon, you may store them in the Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services office, but all items must be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m.

Science & Engineering Hall (SEH)
800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

The Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services is located on the 2nd floor of the SEH. Please note that access to the SEH is restricted to GW Students, Staff, and Faculty. If you need help entering the building at any point, please follow the signs to the entrances that are open to the public or call a member of our staff. Space will be available in our office if you need to store any items during the tours or during lunch, but you may keep items in your hotel room until ready to depart, even if you are departing Friday evening.



Arrival on Thursday, February 29: 

VIA AIR: For those students flying into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), both airports are served by the DC Metro. From DCA, take the Blue Line toward Downtown Largo or New Carrollton to Foggy Bottom-GWU. From IAD, take the Silver Line toward Downtown Largo to Foggy Bottom-GWU. The hotel is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom metro station. The metro ride should be approximately 15-20 minutes from DCA or 45-50 minutes from IAD. Ride share is also available from both airports.

VIA TRAIN: For those students arriving by train at Union Station, take the Red Line from Union Station toward Shady Grove and transfer to a westbound Orange, Blue, or Silver line (toward Vienna, Franconia-Springfield, Huntington, or Ashburn respectively) at Metro Center and exit at Foggy Bottom-GWU. Ride-share is also available from Union Station.

SmarTrip® cards are available for purchase in all metro stations.



For the visit day on Friday, the dress is business casual. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes seeing as how there will be some walking involved during the tours and to the restaurant where the luncheon will take place. Please also take note of the weather in Washington, DC and plan on bringing a jacket seeing as how temperatures this time of year can be cold!



Transportation to Airport or Train Station

TO DCA: Take the Blue Line toward Huntington or Franconia-Springfield from Foggy Bottom to Ronald Reagan Washing-ton National Airport.

TO IAD: Take the Silver Line toward Ashburn from Foggy Bot-tom to Dulles International Airport.

TO UNION STATION: Take an eastbound train (any line) from Foggy Bottom to Metro Center and transfer to a Red Line train toward Glenmont.



Erin Vogt
Associate Director, Graduate Recruitment & Admissions 
Email: [email protected]

Austin Reading
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Email: [email protected] 


If you have any issues with your flights or trains, please contact the Travel Leaders phone number listed on your ticket confirmation for assistance and alert Erin or Austin. You will receive their cell phone number in a follow up email after your transportation has been booked.


Brittany Wright 
Executive Director, Graduate Enrollment Management & Advising  
Email: [email protected]