New Student Orientation

We are so excited to welcome you to gw!

New Student Orientation aims to aid new undergraduate students and their families in the academic, personal, social, and cultural transition 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 both on-campus and around the city. We hope you take advantage of all that GW has to offer and that you utilize the people around you for support and guidance as you begin your journey.

New students: make sure you are checking your student portal (the one where you saw your Admissions decision!) This is where we will post information about completing Next Steps, 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.

Students admitted for Fall 2020: New Student Orientation will be held in August 2020 - the week prior to you starting classes on August 31, 2020. More information about exacts dates will be provided in 2020. 

Families of admitted students for Fall 2020: Over the summer (May - August 2020), the Orientation team, along with academic advising units and other offices, will send email communication to both new students and families with helpful information about the transition. We will utilize the email your student listed under family information on the CommonApp. You can also sign-up through the GW Family Listserv. We will also continue to communicate with you throughout the year via the form of an electronic newsletter designed to keep you informed of what is happening on campus.


Interested in becoming an Orientation Leader for summer 2020? Join us at an information session to learn more about the position! Application opens on February 3 in EngageGW

Check out the job description (PDF) if you can't make it to an information session.

Still have questions? No problem! You can follow StudentLifeatGW on Instagram for more insight into the GW student experience and life on campus. Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns about the New Student Orientation process.