Co-Curricular Programs

The Office of Student Life is currently seeking Peer Guides for LEAD GW and Founding Scholars!

Student Life Co-Curricular Programs provide meaningful connections through immersive cohort-based experiences and allow students to explore and discover more about themselves, their new peers, and their new home in Washington, DC. Peer Guides are passionate and welcoming students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applicants should be interested in mentoring and supporting a diverse group of incoming first-year students as they transition to life at GW. Guides are volunteers who are responsible for leading a small group and creating a fun and supportive environment for GW’s newest community members. Learn more about the role on the Peer Guide website.  Applications open April 16-22, 2021.

Student Life Co-Curricular Programs for New Students

The Student Life team offers three exciting co-curricular programs for first-year undergraduates. These programs help students connect with classmates, discover campus resources, and ease the transition to college life. Incoming students are paired with upperclass guides who mentor, share GW knowledge, and provide personal insights into life at GW and in D.C. More information about the 2021 programs will be available in May 2021.

Students whitewater rafting down a river.

Adventure Bound

This unique experience offers students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking, and paddleboarding. 

Students enjoying conversation at tables at the Founding Scholars welcome session

Founding Scholars

Founding Scholars welcomes incoming first-generation college students to GW through activities on-campus and around D.C. 

The cohort of Lead GW participants posing for a photo in front of Gelman Library steps


LEAD is a dynamic co-curricular program that encourages students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home.


of students would recommend their pre-orientation program to another incoming student


of students felt prepared to start college after their pre-orientation program


of students agreed they feel connected to their fellow incoming students after their pre-orientation program