Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University (GW) was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The Foggy Bottom campus is nestled between the White House, the K Street business corridor, and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, and the Mount Vernon campus boasts over 26 acres of rolling hills in the exclusive Foxhall neighborhood. Busts of George Washington dot both campuses, as do several other works of public art.
GW also is home to several cultural venues. The Luther W. Brady Gallery is a professional showcase for art, which features exhibits on locally and internationally known artists, and the Dimock Gallery is devoted to student art. GW's Lisner Auditorium is considered by many to be one of the premier performance venues in Washington, DC and attracts high-profile performers. The Jack Morton Auditorium plays host to CNN's On the Story, a weekly show in which journalists offer their behind-the-scenes perspective on today's hot-button issues.
GW has several libraries that specialize in law, public health, and other interests. The Melvin Gelman Library features several special collections, exhibits, special events, and programs, and is home to the National Security Archive, a group which handles declassified government documents.
The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 120 countries.