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ACA’s program gives you the chance to spend a memorable three weeks in the nation’s ultimate capital. Ask Hub City residents what makes their hometown great and you’re going to hear plenty, from American history to pro sports loyalty. ACA’s Washington, D.C. program is set on the picturesque campus of The George Washington University, in the trendy Foggy Bottom neighborhood, a beautiful balance of residential relaxation with easy access to one of America’s most exciting cities. You’ll get to enjoy everything that makes D.C. great – especially in the summer! Located in a safe, upscale neighborhood, GW is minutes from terrific shopping in Georgetown and Friendship Heights, and offers close access to the National Mall, White House, Embassy Row and all the other attractions that define D.C. Students ready to experience life at a top-caliber university will find ACA’s Washington, D.C. program unrivaled!
Rest easy, because ACA understands the importance of being comfortable in your home away from home. GW’s residences feature the comfort, safety and cleanliness you expect from ACA, including air conditioning! You’ll have easy access to all courses and activities, and you’ll be just steps from downtown D.C. This prime location offers easy access to the attractions, entertainment and shopping that make Washington, D.C. a world-class city. Our goal is to consistently create an environment where you’ll be able to concentrate on getting the most out of your summer – staying relaxed, refreshed and ready to excel.
Rich historical resources, internationally renowned museums, and outstanding cultural attractions abound throughout this great city, providing the perfect real-world classroom to complement a world-class university. The George Washington University offers the classroom facilities you’d expect from a top-tier institution – and ACA makes sure you have every opportunity to make the most of your stay. Learn the necessary skills to become a leader, participate in fulfilling community service opportunities or pursue an interest with an internship. After class, brace yourself for adventure-filled weekends touring the nation’s best cities and universities. ACA has the perfect opportunities to fulfill your collegiate interests!
Afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy. Polish your backhand, toss a Frisbee on the National Mall, shop ’til you drop or be the first to see one of the summer’s blockbuster flicks. The Smithsonian and the monuments are a must! See how the president lives in a tour of the White House, watch your senator in action at the U.S. Capitol, kayak the Potomac and check out the latest gear at the International Spy Museum. This world-class city offers endless unique diversions, and ACA helps you find the ones that interest you most.
Incredible Weekend Adventures
Spend your weekends exploring spectacular cultural and entertainment destinations after touring top college campuses! You’ll eat signature dishes at famous restaurants and visit can’t-miss destinations. Whatever city you’re in, each weekend brings an unforgettable adventure! Our Signature All-Inclusive Weekends Include:
• Capital City & Baltimore Weekend Adventure
• Fantastic Philly Weekend Adventure
ACA has always been committed to absolute safety for every student. We maintain a ten-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry – to ensure everyone gets the unmatched attention and unique personalized programs they deserve. Our luxury residence features a front desk staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience. As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on every student-occupied floor, accompany students on all activities and excursions, and are always equipped with cellphones. ACA takes care to use private transportation for our weekday activities and weekend adventure trips – never public transportation.
Choices, choices, choices! With ACA, you never have to worry about going hungry. From home-style meals served at breakfast and dinner to lunch options that let you enjoy favorite restaurants, no pre-college summer program gives you as many dining options!
Our ACA breakfast options feature made-to-order morning specials like omelets, pancakes and waffles alongside plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, bagels, yogurt and pastries, so you’ll be able to fuel up with no problem. If you’d rather take your breakfast on the run, don’t worry, there’s bagels and fresh fruit ready and waiting for you to grab as you go.
Thanks to ACA’s exclusive Dining-on-the-Town-Plan, you’ll have amazing lunch options each weekday. Visit favorite restaurants like Potbelly's, Five Guys, Einstein Bros. and many other local favorites.
Dinners, served up Monday through Thursday, feature a choice of kitchen-fresh entrees, a selection of side dishes, a soup-and-salad bar, beverage bar, and fresh-baked breads and pastries. Fridays, you enjoy a fun dinner at a great local restaurant. And don’t worry; we make sure everyone eats just as well during our exciting weekend adventures!
You’ll have full access to work out facilities, recreational sports and plenty of other athletic options during your stay. You can always lace up your running shoes for a cross-campus jog, or hit the gym to pump some iron or get moving on an elliptical trainer. Outdoor tennis courts, indoor squash courts and plenty of other options are sure to keep you busy. Of course, a game of touch football or a little Frisbee is always a campus classic. Just make sure to pack your workout gear!
We recommend that students fly nonstop to Washington’s Dulles International Airport. There they will be met by ACA staff members, who will escort them to comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles for the short trip to The George Washington University campus. Of course, parents are also welcome to drive students to ACA directly. Contact our office for further information on any of these travel options including group flights.
*Transportation costs are not included in tuition.