New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome to GW!

We are so excited to welcome you to the George Washington University! New Student Orientation aims to aid in the academic, personal, social, and cultural transition of new undergraduate students and their families to the GW and D.C. communities. The programming you participate in is designed to introduce you to the academic culture and class registration process, community expectations and resources, and involvement opportunities on-campus and in the city. We hope you take advantage of all that GW has to offer and utilize the people around you for support and guidance as you begin your journey.

Students: make sure you complete the Next Steps listed in your student portal, like setting up your GW email and submitting health forms. Also review Orientation details, which will be displayed in your portal once you register for the event.

Move In

International first-year and transfer students can move-in as early as Monday, August 19, after 10 a.m. Check-in and pre-arrival information will be communicated through your GW email prior to Orientation.

Domestic first-year students will be assigned a move-in time frame for Wednesday, August 21. Check-in and pre-arrival information will be communicated through your GW email prior to Orientation.

Domestic transfer students can move-in on Thursday, August 22, after 10 a.m. Check-in and pre-arrival information will be communicated through your GW email prior to Orientation.

Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-orientation programs are co-curricular opportunities prior to the start of New Student Orientation. Programs and activities range from outdoor adventure to leadership development. Below is a list of offerings - visit the websites to learn more!

Please note: if you are participating in a pre-orientation co-curricular program, you will move in prior to the first-year move-in date. Dates vary by program - see below for more details.

  • GW Hillel's LaunchPad DC
    • LaunchPad DC offers incoming first-year students a unique opportunity to start one’s experience with Jewish life at GW. Move-in is available on August 19 with the full program running August 20-21. Learn more and register at gwhillel.org/student-life/firstyear.

  • Adventure Bound

    • Adventure Bound allows new students to meet their peers, learn more about life at GW, and build lasting memories in the great outdoors. There are four options: Backpacking, Whitewater, Ocean, or DC Exploration & Service. Move-in is available on August 17 with the program running August 17-20. Learn more at go.gwu.edu/adventurebound.

  • LEAD GW

    • Ready to jumpstart your GW leadership journey? LEAD GW (Leadership Exploration and Development at GW) empowers incoming students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home. Move-in is available on August 18 with the program running August 18-20. Learn more at go.gwu.edu/leadgw.

  • Founding Scholars

    • Founding Scholars welcomes incoming first-generation college students to life at GW. Students will build community with other first-gen students, connect with faculty and staff, and learn about valuable academic and campus resources. Move-in is available on August 18 with the program running from August 18-20. Learn more at go.gwu.edu/foundingscholars.

  • SEAS New Student Getaway

    • New Student Getaway is a three-day trip that all SEAS first-year students are required to participate in before Orientation and the start of classes in the fall. At the New Student Getaway, students begin forming friendships, learn more about their academic programs and university life, and participate in activities from whitewater rafting to volleyball, hiking, and zip-lining. Move-in is available on August 18 with the program running August 19-21. All forms will be available in GW 101 and must be submitted by Sunday, July 7, 2019. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

  • Women's Leadership Program

    • The incoming cohort will participate in pre-orientation programming centered around learning more about the four different cohorts, WLP administration, and one another. Move-in is available on August 18 with the program running August 19-20. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].  

New Student Orientation - Programming & Schedules

Students and families will be provided schedules electronically prior to arriving on campus. Below is a snapshot of what can be expected during the week.

STUDENT PROGRAMMING

International first-year and transfer students will participate in the International Services Office (ISO) mandatory Immigration Session scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 20, in the morning. Additional information and other details will come directly from ISO. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

First Year Students (Domestic and International) - August 21-25

  • Wednesday - Kick-Off and Welcome followed by evening social programming
  • Thursday - programming begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes around 11:00 p.m. (with optional social programming)
  • Friday - programming begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes around 11:00 p.m. (with optional social programming)
  • Saturday - Convocation Ceremony and Welcome Day of Service (11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by First Night event)

  • Sunday - optional programming, mandatory Title IX workshops (sign-up information goes to GW email)

Transfer Students (Domestic and International) - August 22-23

  • Thursday - Kick Off and Welcome followed by evening social programming
  • Friday - programming begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes around 6:00 p.m. followed by optional social programming

FAMILY PROGRAMMING

Families, prior to your arrival be sure to check out the Family Resource Module to learn about your student's academic journey and requirements, as well as find answers to other questions you have about life at GW such as how to pay your tuition, how the dining plan works, student support resources, FERPA, financial/student account information, and much more. To access the module visit: https://blackboard.gwu.edu. (Username: gwfamilies; Password: raisehigh)

First Year Families (Domestic and International) - August 21-22

  • Wednesday - Kick-Off and Welcome followed by optional evening programming
  • Thursday - programming begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes around 6:00 p.m.

Transfer Families (Domestic and International) - August 22-23

  • Thursday - Kick-Off and Welcome followed by evening social programming
  • Friday - programming begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes around 6:00 p.m.

Additional resources for families planning their summer are available from Student Support and Family Engagement.

Class Registration

Please note that first-year students will register for classes for the fall semester over the summer. Next steps and how to prepare are provided in the student portal beginning May 1. It is essential that deposited students check their portal in May for dates, deadlines, and details regarding class registration.

Transfer students can register for classes as soon as their deposit is processed. Students should check their portal and Blackboard for next steps in preparation for class registration.

When registering for classes, students will use their GWid to log into GWeb at banweb.gwu.edu.

Orientation Staff

Kendra Scott - Director, New Student OrientationKendra Scott

Director, New Student Orientation

Hometown: Alexandria, VA; currently resides in Arlington, VA

Alma Mater: James Madison University (BA, 2010, M.S. Ed, 2012)

Favorite time of year in D.C.: Cherry Blossom season and Foggy Bottom Farmers Market

#OnlyAtGW moment: I rode a SoulCycle class with Michelle Obama!

Student Coordinators

Lars - Student Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lars L.

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Academic Year and School: Junior - Class of 2020

Melody - Student Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melody A.

Hometown: Robinsville, NJ

Academic Year and School: Junior - Class of 2020

Orientation Peer Advisors

Njeri - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

Njeri A.

Hometown:  Charlotte, NC

Academic Year and School: Junior - Class of 2020, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Fun GW Snippet: My friends and I have movie nights in SMPA and Duques lecture halls.

Asher - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

Asher P.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Academic Year and School: Sophomore - Class of 2021, Milken Institute of Public Health

Fun GW Snippet: Hot take: a sausage, egg, and cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel is the best GW Deli sandwich.

Alexa - Orientation Peer Advisor

Alexa V.

Hometown: Levittown, NY

Academic Year and School: Sophomore - Class of 2021, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Fun GW Snippet: I was able to visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through one of my student organizations.

Jeremy - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy P.

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Academic Year and School: Junior - Class of 2020, Elliott School of International Affairs

Fun GW Snippet: For my acting class, I got the chance to attend the Helen Hayes awards, the DC version of the Tony's!

Talia - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talia H.

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA

Academic Year and School: Sophomore - Class of 2021, Elliott School of International Affairs

Fun GW Snippet: I got excused from classes for a week to work the final days of a gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.

Jackson - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson M.

Hometown: Lewisboro, NY

Academic Year and School: Sophomore - Class of 2021, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Fun GW Snippet: For my Dean's Seminar, I went to the TSA Testing Facility behind Reagan Airport.

Jan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan N.

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Academic Year and School: Junior - Class of 2020, Elliott School of International Affairs

Fun GW Snippet: I play club ultimate frisbee on the national mall!

Hannah - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah S.

Hometown: Smyrna, DE

Academic Year and School: Sophomore - Class of 2021, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Fun GW Snippet: I got to see Hillary Clinton speak at the Kennedy Center freshman year for an event honoring women who have shaken up expectations in their countries!

Danny - Orientation Peer Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny D.

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Academic Year and School: Sophomore - Class of 2021, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Fun GW Snippet: I’m sometimes the mascot!

Campus Contacts

Want to do dig a little deeper? Visit these campus offices to discover resources available to you!

Connect With Us

Share your #GW2023 pride and connect with your fellow classmates and GW at go.gwu.edu/gwsocial. You’re one step closer to creating and sharing your #OnlyAtGW moments.

For more information on the student experience, follow [email protected] on Instagram.

Students and families will receive communication from GW over the summer through our Next Stop GW email newsletter.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected].