101 Things to Do at GW

There are many unique things to do at GW and in Washington, D.C. as a Colonial. Students take full advantage of living and learning in the center of Washington, D.C. -- one of the most cosmopolitan and energetic cities that also happens to be a top college town. The list of things to do at GW is wideranging, but below are 101 of the most quintessential things to do as a GW student.

How many will you experience at the George Washington University?

1. Hear a speech by the President or another world leader.

2. Participate in GW Dance Marathon

3. Take the "Last Train" back to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro.

4. Learn about the tradition of stepping at Alpha Phi Alpha's annual step show.

5. Watch the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and Menorah on The Ellipse.

6. Visit the Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle.

7. Study abroad through one of GW's many study abroad programs.

8. Attend a free performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

9. Paddle-boat around the Tidal Basin or kayak on the Potomac.

10. Donate to your Senior Class Gift Campaign.

11. Tweet with the Dean of Student Affairs @GWPeterK and @GWGeorge! #GWU

12. Go to every event during Welcome Week.

13. Go ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

14. Celebrate George Washington's birthday at the Annual Birthday Bonfire on University Yard.

15. Plant vegetables in the GroW community garden.

16. Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, located on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin.

17. Join an intramural sport and practice on the National Mall.

18. Drive to Ocean City, MD on a hot day.

19. Get funding from the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund and stay in D.C. for the summer.

20. Watch your hometown team at Tonic @ Quigley's Pharmacy.

21. Fall in love. Fall out of love. Fall in love again.

22. Play basketball or volleyball on the courts in the Lerner Health & Wellness Center.

23. See a show at the black box theatre in West Hall.

24. Grab a bite to eat at DC's famous Ben's Chili Bowl.

25. Dance with friends at the Multicultural Student Services' Block Party.

26. Pull an all-nighter.

27. Participate in Freshman Day of Service.

28. Get the lead in a play managed by the Theatre and Dance Department.

29. Cheer on the GW crew team from the Washington Harbor.

30. Lose your GWorld card. Get a new one. Find your old one.

31. Get a flu shot at Student Health Services all four years.

32. Visit Old Town Alexandria, VA.

33. Have brunch in the 14th Street neighborhood.

34. Run for a position in the Student Association.

35. Create a work of art at the University Counseling Center's "Chalk In."

36. Visit the “Exorcist” steps.

37. Get a sandwich from FoBoGro.

38. Learn the words to the "GW Fight Song" and the "Alma Mater."

39. Get a working alarm clock at the GW bookstore (your professors will appreciate that!).

40. Finish a GW Hatchet crossword puzzle or sudoku while taking lecture notes.

41. Put on your heels for the Dupont drag race.

42. Play tennis on the courts at the Mount Vernon Campus.

43. Try cuisine from around the world in Adams Morgan.

44. Observe the Supreme Court in session.

45. Volunteer/Run/Watch the Marine Corps Marathon.

46. Eat from one of the many food trucks on the Foggy Bottom campus.

47. Participate in one of GW's signature service events like Senior Prom or MLK Day of Service.

48. Go to the "all-you-can-eat" weekend brunch in Pelham Commons at West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus.

49. Sit on Einstein’s lap.

50. Catch a free t-shirt at a Colonials basketball game.

51. Tour the monuments at midnight with a date.

52. Get National Security clearance.

53. Work on a political campaign.

54. Grab a cup of Starbuck’s coffee and chat in Kogan Plaza.

55. Ooh and aah at the 4th of July Mall fireworks from the roof of 1959 E Street.

56. Get up to date university information right to your phone and download the GW App.

57. Attend an embassy reception.

58. Take a tour of the city while participating in the DC AIDS Walk.

59. Have lunch with your Senator and/or Representative.

60. Visit President Knapp during his office hours.

61. Rub the hippo’s snout for good luck before an exam.

62. Cram for finals on the sixth floor of Gelman.

63. Read the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

64. Take a class in the School of Media and Public Affairs and produce your own video.

65. Move out of the way of a Presidential Motorcade.

66. Behold the beauty of 6,000 Japanese cherry trees in full bloom.

67. Browse through antiques, art and fresh food at Eastern Market.

68. Visit Arlington Cemetery and watch the Changing of the Guard.

69. On a nice day, convince your professor to hold class in University Yard.

70. Wear buff and blue on College Colors Day.

71. Celebrate the Inauguration of the U.S. President by attending GW's very own Inaugural Ball.

72. Join a student organization…or start your own!

73. Get a library card and do research for your thesis at the Library of Congress.

74. Celebrate Apple Day with free apples all over campus.

75. Pay tribute to our country’s war heroes on Veteran’s Day.

76. Spend a sunny day at the Vern pool and walk to Jettie's for lunch.

77. Join the Colonial Army and attend every home GW basketball game all four undergraduate years (both men's and women's).

78. Invite your family to visit during Colonials Weekend.

79. Dance with dragons at the Chinese New Year Parade.

80. Go to a DC United game at RFK Stadium or a Nationals game at Nationals Park.

81. Eat nothing but free food for a day at events on campus.

82. Be a House Staff or Colonial Cabinet member.

83. Set your career in motion with the My Career Success Plan and visit the Center for Career Services for advice.

84. Take in the view from the top of the Washington Monument.

85. Take your senior portrait for the Cherry Tree Yearbook.

86. Manage the stress of college life by attending a workshop with the University Counseling Center.

87. Attend a movie premiere at DC’s largest and oldest movie theatre: the Uptown.

88. Volunteer to feed the baby animals at the National Zoo.

89. Give campus tours as a STAR.

90. Join a social, alternative, or professional fraternity or sorority.

91. Write a letter to the editor of the GW Hatchet.

92. Get free food from your faculty during fall semester finals at Midnight Breakfast in J Street.

93. Rent a bicycle from the Office of Campus Recreation at the Mount Vernon Campus and ride through Rock Creek Park.

94. Serve breakfast at Miriam’s Kitchen.

95. Study on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

96. Be moved by the Hall of Remembrance at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

97. Visit your freshman room during Grad Week.

98. Get involved with your living and learning cohort through the Center for Student Engagement.

99. Join George and the GW alumni at the annual Capital Pride Parade.

100. Go on an Alternative Winter Break or Spring Break trip with the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

101. Graduate in the city of presidents.