Fall Orientation


Congratulations on your acceptance to GW, and welcome! We are so excited to have you join our vibrant community and to be a part of the next cohort of leaders and changemakers that are developed here at GW.

In the sections below, you will find information that will be of great utility before you arrive at GW. To learn more about the Orientation programming you will participate in, visit Your Orientation Experience.

Updates from Orientation, your academic college, and other sources will be coming via your GW email address. Be sure to routinely check your email!


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Admitted Student Portal

Upon submitting your enrollment deposit, the admitted student portal (where you located your Admissions decision) will list Next Steps, which includes creating your GW email (claiming your UserID and password) and registering for Orientation. We recommend that you bookmark the portal in your browser, as you will be using the portal frequently as you prepare to arrive at GW. 

Note: The email and password used to access your admitted student portal is your personal email and password (the one you used to create your GW college application). Even when you create your GW email, the login to your portal remains the same. Write this information down and keep it somewhere safe!


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Before You Arrive

Please review the action items on the New Student Timeline and Checklist and complete them in a timely manner. Some items have a deadline associated with them, whereas others simply need to be completed by Move-In.

As you get ready to come to GW, you will receive periodic updates and notices via our Next Stop, GW! newsletter.

Note: The first Next Stop, GW! newsletter goes to your personal email.




Cover of New Student Buff & Blue Book



The Buff & Blue Book

The Buff & Blue Book is the comprehensive guide to GW! The Book has relevant and helpful information about academics, student support services, student well-being, living on-campus, navigating GW systems, student involvement, understanding campus resources, and more!

Download the Buff & Blue Book (Accessible PDF)