District Connections

District Connections links you with the cultural and intellectual diversity that Washington, D.C. has to offer. The program offers first-year undergraduate students at the George Washington University access to staff- and peer-led activities designed to connect new to each other and to this vibrant city.

All District Connections events are small group experiences led by a staff or faculty member as well as a student leader and include time prior to departure for participants to get to know one another. Events are free of cost to students and registration is required. District Connections events are open to first-year undergraduate students only, unless otherwise noted in promotions.

"It's a fun event out of the invisible walls of GW that gives us a glimpse of DC life without the college portion. It's a stress free experience and we also get to experience metro travel."

2022 District Connections Participant




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All incoming GW students are highly encouraged to participate in a District Connections excursion during Orientation Week. You will receive more information about getting involved in District Connections later on in the summer!

Upperclass Students, Staff, and Faculty: Interested in volunteering as a trip leader? Information will be added here when sign-ups are open!

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Upcoming Trips

First-Year Students Invitations to sign up for District Connections events will be sent to your GW Email! All First-Year students receive the invitations to events by default.

Engage has all of our announced upcoming trips! Make sure to sign in to see all events and details.

Events & Sign-Up

Capacity for District Connections events is limited in order to provide a more enjoyable experience that allows for participants to get to know each other in a small group of around 10-25. Please note that signing up does not guarantee your participation in the activity. 

Sign-ups will be held on Engage, you must RSVP for your spot, you will receive a confirmation from Engage confirming your attendance. All others will have the opportunity to be on the waitlist, Engage will notify you if your status changes. Please be sure to read all event details on Engage when you sign up, this will inform you where you should meet, what to bring or not bring, etc. If you have questions in the meantime, just reach out to [email protected] and we’ll get right back to you!

If you sign up for an event, we strongly recommend holding the time on your calendar if you want to attend, even if you’re put on waitlist status. We typically see anywhere from 5-10+ cancellations leading up to an event and almost always dip into the waitlist! 


Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome and encourage your feedback on the program and ideas for future events. District Connections is coordinated by GW’s Student Life team. Please contact [email protected] or 202-994-6555 with questions. 

We welcome and encourage your feedback - let us know how we’re doing!