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Getting Here

Our site is about an hour’s drive from Washington, DC. Participants have the option of driving directly, or meeting our shuttle at Dulles International Airport (IAD).

A single arrival shuttle is provided from Dulles International Airport (IAD), departing from IAD at 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon before your course begins (typically Sunday). If your flight options are limited, you should plan to arrive the night before (typically Saturday) and book overnight accommodation in the Dulles-Washington, DC vicinity, so you can meet the Sunday afternoon shuttle.

Travelers will meet the shuttle driver in front of the Starbucks Coffee Shop at the International Arrivals area at Dulles International Airport (IAD). See a map of the meeting spot

If you’re arriving from outside the U.S, plan about two hours to clear customs and immigration.

At the end of the course, a single departing shuttle is provided from SMSC to IAD at 8:00 a.m. on the first morning after the course concludes.

Alternately, you can arrange a taxi from IAD to SMSC (or SMSC to IAD) for approximately $130.

Housing on Campus

For those staying on campus in our Residence Hall, bedrooms are double-occupancy (single rooms available at additional cost) and are equipped with their own restroom facilities (shower, sink, toilet).

Each bedroom is furnished with:

  • Two extra-long twin beds
  • Two dressers
  • Two desks with shelves
  • Two chairs
  • A phone that receives outside calls
  • Free wireless internet and ethernet connections

Residence hall amenities include:

  • Linens: Linens, pillows, and towels are provided, but participants must launder them as needed.
  • Laundry facilities: Four free washers and dryers are available for use.
  • Public computers: Two desktop computers and a printer are available in the multipurpose room inside the Residence Hall lobby.

See a list of what to bring

Dining Commons

The Dining Commons is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week during training programs. If you’ve purchased a meal plan, your room key card will be preloaded for all meals during your course and must be swiped at the Dining Commons cash register before each meal. Outside guests and those electing to commute to the course must pay for each meal in the Dining Commons.

Before arriving, you be sure to complete the Course Participant Information Form, providing relevant information regarding any allergies or other medical conditions. Please bring with you any relevant documentation necessary in the case of a medical emergency.