Freshmen to gain tap access to all first-year residence halls

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Freshmen will have tap access to all first-year residence halls including Thurston Hall, which houses more than 1,100 freshmen.

Freshmen will soon have tap access to every first-year residence hall.

The University announced a pilot program Tuesday that will grant freshmen access to the 12 first-year residential buildings and common rooms on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses next semester. The program will give students tap access through their GWorld cards to building entrances, hallways, study rooms and other common spaces.

Freshmen will gain access to the additional spaces when residence halls open at the start of the spring semester on Jan. 12.

Officials will evaluate the trial run throughout the spring semester and consider expanding the program to all residents by next academic year, according to an email sent to first-year students.

Officials said in the email that the program will ensure freshmen can participate in events hosted in every first-year residence hall.

“Our goal with this initiative is to enhance our residential communities and your experience here at GW,” the email states. “We want you to have the opportunity to connect with your peers who live in other halls and to participate in events happening across first-year communities.”

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