Oh, The Places We’ll Go-Within Reach Visits DC

First and foremost, Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of our incredible moms; we hope you had the loveliest of days!

Since our last post, we’ve been quite busy. How about a little fun with numbers?

We were in three different area codes…

marylandDC VA


We walked more than six miles through the campuses of three universities with five awesome AIS students…



Georgetown University


We met with eight of our incredible DC-area students for check-in and course planning meetings while consuming countless cups of coffee and tea inside a very chilly Starbucks…

 We gave one college talk at Grape Creek Farm in Walkersville, MD, attended by more than 20 engaged, motivated parents and students…

GCFand one very curious chicken (Photo bomb courtesy of Whitey).

We visited four unique towns and cities: Frederick, MD; Walkersville, MD; Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; and Baltimore, MD…


Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at dusk

…And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Suffice it to say, we had an extremely productive 10 days; we’re so grateful to have a diverse group of parents and students who make our jobs fun!

As we mentioned earlier in this post, we had the opportunity to tour three Washington, D.C.-area universities last week, and we would be remiss not to share a bit of information about each one.


Our first stop was The George Washington University, located in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Founded in 1821, GW seeks students who:

  • will thrive in the vibrant environment of a university located in our nation’s capital
  • have a strong academic background
  • are dedicated to their studies, passions, and purpose; and
  • will make a lasting contribution to campus.

Amy, our tour guide and former AIS student, told us that all GW undergraduate students have access to dynamic internships at places such as The White House, Bono’s RED Foundation, a soccer exchange program in Jordan, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and many other DC-area powerhouses – though she did add that it takes a highly motivated student to secure one! Spatially, GW’s campus is fully integrated into the busy, buzzing D.C. landscape, but students seem to have no trouble at all navigating among academic buildings, residence halls, and extracurricular activities. While the university offers a vast array of majors, minors, and academic concentrations, its “crown jewel” of sorts is its Elliott School of International Affairs, ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the top 10 schools in the world for the study of international affairs at the undergraduate and master’s levels.


Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University

Within Reach’s “Salient Seven” GW Fun Facts:

  1. Unlike many other institutions, The George Washington University does not offer a non-binding Early Action deadline, only a binding Early Decision one.
  2. Approximately 25% of admitted students receive some form of merit aid, ranging in dollar amount from $10,000 to $30,000 per year.
  3. GW is a member of a library consortium that includes all DC-area schools (think Georgetown, Catholic, American, etc) AND the Library of Congress, so every single book ever published is available to GW students!
  4. The Elliott School of International Affairs hosts approximately 150 guest speakers every year; past speakers include ambassadors, heads of state, and CEOs.
  5. 4-ride, a school-sponsored, secure transportation service, will drive any GW student to any location located within three blocks of campus – free of charge.
  6. To enter any of GW’s residence halls, students must use the “three tap” system: one tap of their student ID card at the exterior door, one tap at the guard desk, and one tap to get on the elevator.
  7. All GW freshmen are required to take a semester-long writing class, which is taught by professors from all disciplines.

We’ll recap Part Two of our trip next week, including information about Georgetown and American Universities, and our IECA conference in Baltimore.


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