Students live together in Somers Hall  on the Mount Vernon campus during their first year, sharing WLP classes and co-curricular experiences. Community building activities are an integral part of the program structure, with these events taking place both inside the dorm and across campus. Students develop a strong supportive peer network that lasts throughout their college experience, and often beyond. Leadership skills grow out of these shared events and the supportive WLP environment. 



A woman tabling for Girl Up at an event



Community Building

The Women’s Leadership Program is more than just a curriculum. WLP extends far beyond the classroom, and includes a plethora of student leadership groups, extracurricular events, and volunteer opportunities. Events for WLP students in the residence hall and out in the nation’s capital build community that forms bonds between the students that will last well beyond their first academic year.



Somers Hall



Suites in Somers Hall

The Women’s Leadership Program is a living and learning community. WLP students live on the Mount Vernon Campus in Somers Hall with their respective academic cohort. This housing arrangement fosters an intellectual community beyond the classroom, provides academic and social support, and creates a strong network for WLP students.



Mount Vernon Campus



The Mount Vernon Campus

If you love being close to everything the city has to offer, but also want a more traditional college campus experience, then Mount Vernon Campus will win your heart. “The Vern,” as it’s affectionately known, provides open green spaces and access to athletic facilities including a gym, tennis courts, soccer/lacrosse and softball fields, and even an outdoor pool. The campus is home to other amenities including Eckles Library, a black box theater, and classroom and laboratory spaces.



two women in a kayak on the Potomac




The WLP hosts a wide variety of events both inside the dorm and outside in the great Washington DC community, from Kennedy Center performances to picnics in the park to exploring the city with your class. These events engage the students outside the classroom and bring leadership activities into practice, creating community, identifying professional opportunities, and engaging peers in collaborative work.