Students interested in applying for the Women's Leadership Program (WLP) must apply for admission to George Washington University using the Common Application. Learn More
Current and former WLP students have many opportunities for scholarships and fellowships. Learn More


Welcome to the WLP
at George Washington University

The Women's Leadership Program (WLP) is a selective, year-long, living and learning program for freshmen women of any school at the George Washington University. Offered exclusively at the Mount Vernon Campus, WLP commemorates and preserves the vision of the founder of Mount Vernon College and Seminary, Elizabeth J. Somers. WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the Program.

The dynamic curriculum emphasizes exploration and development of women's leadership through academic courses and weekly symposia. WLP symposia offer special lectures, workshops and experiences that draw on the unique resources of Washington, DC, to bring students together with women of achievement and leadership from many professional fields.

Students live together in Somers Hall with a graduate teaching assistant who serves as a mentor and academic resource.

Application may be made through Part II of the GW online application form. Information is also available by email at:


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Suzette Gaynor, 2012 GEB Alumna

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