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.

New Student Orientation Schedules

Complete schedules will be posted over the summer. For now, please save these dates for your move-in and orientation! Classes begin on Monday, August 26.

Population Move-In* Student Programs
First-Year Students August 21 August 21-25
Transfer Students August 22 August 23
International First-Year Students August 19

August 21-25

Informal programming will begin on August 19 followed by

a mandatory immigration session on August 20

International Transfer Students August 19 August 23

*You will be assigned a move-in timeframe that will be communicated to students prior to orientation.


Family Programming

Families of First-Year Students August 21-22
Families of Transfer Students August 23

Before You Arrive

Your student portal is the place to view your next steps checklist. We’re including these items below as a courtesy reminder of what’s ahead.

  • After you’re admitted, your next step is to make it official by submitting your declaration of intent and your enrollment deposit.

  • View your financial aid award at and submit any of your missing documents. Should you need assistance, visit

  • Admitted students will be able to register for special admitted student programming via their student portal. They can discover what it means to be a GW student at Inside GW or an Admitted Student Afternoon in April.

  • After you’ve deposited, you can claim your NetID, which is used for many online GW services, at

  • Submit your mandatory health form, found at

  • Explore GW’s housing options at You can even check out videos of first-year halls!

  • Once your current school semester ends (and after high school graduation for first-year students), please finalize your enrollment by sending your final official transcript and any AP or IB scores to [email protected] by July 1.

  • If you applied to any Special Programs, those decisions will be released in March in your student portal.

Class Registration

Please note that first-year students will register for classes for the fall semester over the summer. Transfer students can register for classes as soon as their deposit is processed. More details will follow. When registering for classes, students will use their GWid to log into GWeb at

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 You’re one step closer to creating and sharing your #OnlyAtGW moments.

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