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Congratulations on your student choosing GW! We are thrilled to extend our warmest welcome to you and your student as you embark on this exciting journey. Join us in the Fall for our free New Family Orientation and beyond to get essential resources, insights, and connections to support you and your student.

Partner with Us: Orientation & Beyond






The Division for Student Affairs has many opportunities to keep families informed throughout the year. While there are a number of places you can go to for additional information and resources, here are a few ways you can stay up to date.

Email [email protected] to get in touch!


Family Connections

GW Family Connections is your one-stop shop for important campus news and deadlines, personalized newsletters on your schedule, announcements via email and text message, sharing of updates with friends and family, and so much more! Log-in to get started, or sign up for your account today!


GW Today

Through original journalism and communications from the GW administration, GW Today offers a range of stories and information about university operations, campus events, higher education trends and articles that showcase members of the GW community. You can subscribe to this online newsletter.


GW Alerts

While families cannot sign up for GW Alert text message or email alerts independently, your student can add up to three mobile devices and two email addresses to their user profile. This can be done through the GW Alert portal. Families and students can also check the Campus Advisories website for additional updates.




Two small plush hippos surrounded by "GW Families" and "GW Parent" stickers and buttons


Our team strives to create and share opportunities for parents, families, and supporters to stay informed and engaged with their student and the GW community throughout the year.

Download the 2023-2024 GW Families Calendar (PDF)


Families Weekend

We're so excited to welcome alumni, families, guests and loved ones to campus for our annual Alumni & Families Weekend. Be sure to save the dates for October 18-20, 2024we'll see you then!



Congratulations! Your student is graduating from GW! Commencement Week is full of exciting events to celebrate your student's accomplishments, including one of the best #OnlyAtGW moments: Commencement on the National Mall.


GW Events Calendar

From concerts and plays to lecture, films and exhibitions, the GW Events Calendar showcases the breadth of events and activities at GW on any given day.


Chat with the Dean: Family Edition

Chat with the Dean: Family Edition is an exclusive event with Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Colette Coleman. Tailored for families, parents, and supporters of George Washington University students, gain firsthand insights into campus life, resources, and academic programs. Connect with Dean Coleman, network with other families, and become part of the GW community!

Watch the Recordings!

Chat with the Dean: Family Edition


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Whether you're taking your first steps to explore GW, a parent of a first-year student or even one about to graduate, the Division for Student Affairs is here to connect you to the staff and support services that you need.


Visiting Campus

While our Admissions staff can answer your questions in a one-on-one or group setting, here are answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked by prospective GW students.



The college experience can often be challenging, and asking for help can be difficult. The CARE Team reaches out to our students to offer support so that they can be as successful as possible. If you have a concern regarding your student, please submit a CARE Referral.


Support for Families

You have questions and we have the answers! Review our Frequently Asked Questions page for information regarding your student's GW experience, or browse our directory of resources with information, contacts, and quick links tailored specifically for families. 




Family Philanthropy

Family philanthropy plays a crucial role in building and shaping an exemplary educational experience for GW students. Families support students through internships and career opportunities and through financial contributions that impact all areas of student life. An important aspect of family support at GW is the Family Leadership Circle, a group of parents and families who contribute philanthropic gifts and engage with our greater GW community.

Learn More: Giving to GW