Families & Guests


Partner With Us

Your student has made a choice to attend GW - a choice we enthusiastically applaud! Your role as success coach may look different from the role you played in your student’s high school career, but whether you are near or far, you will be your student’s most treasured source of advice. One of the ways we hope to serve you in that mission is to provide resources that will set you all up for success. Please utilize the information you and your student receive between the deposit deadline and the start of the semester, as well as information provided on this website. We are looking forward to partnering with you during your student’s time at GW!


We are excited to welcome you and your student to the GW community. Your student will complete many important steps before starting classes. These initial next steps are included in your student’s admitted student portal where they located their Admission’s decision. Over the next couple of months, leading up to the start of the semester, your student will review the Student Buff & Blue Book, complete the New Student Online Orientation modules, and register for classes. We encourage you to check in with your student and discuss communication you both receive via email. Soon, we’ll be welcoming you for move-in and New Student Orientation, until then, explore the options we offer new families to get you acquainted to GW and campus resources.

Students and families will receive communication from GW via our Next Stop, GW! email newsletter. Next Stop, GW! is a comprehensive electronic newsletter providing timely and relevant information, and serves as an introduction to student life and living at GW. Newsletters will be posted here for future reference. 

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Buff & Blue Family Book

Kogan Plaza Tempietto with Buff and Blue overlay. "Buff & Blue Book Family Edition"


The Fall 2021 Buff & Blue Book is the new families’ 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 Family Book (PDF)


Tuesday Talks Webinar Series


Tuesday Talks Webinar Series

Tuesday Talks, a summer webinar series for new students and family members focused on acclimating you to GW resources, processes, and requirements in a live virtual environment. Campus partners will cover topics such as how to read and pay your e-bill, how dining at GW and in D.C. works, details about the Student Health Insurance Plan, and more. Recordings of webinars offered throughout Summer 2021 are available for viewing below.

Join members of the Student Life team review tasks your student will need to complete this summer, what you can expect in terms of communication (student and family), and how to support your student during this transition.

Hear from Jennifer Vaden, Director, Student Financial and Registration Services share an overview of her office, how to review financial aid packages, navigate the e-Bill system, and more. 

Hear from campus partners in the Office for Student Success, Libraries and Academic Innovation, and Disability Support Services share about resources and tools available for new students as they navigate the transition to college.

Learn more about the residential and dining experience on-campus and in D.C., support available, and what to expect over the next few years.

During your student's time at GW, they may experience obstacles that may negatively impact their overall well-being. Know that you and they are not alone. Learn how GW can help. We will review services we provide and offer tips to connect your student with campus resources.


Join members of GW's Campus Living and Residential Education team discuss the move-in process, when to expect more details via email, and tips for a successful move - near or far.

Join members of Student Life, Multicultural Student Services Center, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, Career Services, and Study Abroad share about the student experience, from internships and involvement opportunities, to making a plan to get the most out of the GW experience.

A link to this session is not available, but you can contact the offices below for additional questions.

Offices are experiencing a high volume of emails at this time, so your patience is appreciated. Your student will have the chance to explore involvement opportunities during Orientation Week too!


Student Privacy & Permissions

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Once enrolled at GW, students have the right to inspect and review their own education records, as well as designate who has access to their student records outside of GW. 

We encourage you to have conversations with your student about FERPA prior to arriving in August.

You can access the Student Consent for Release of Information to Parents/Third Parties form online. 

If someone other than the student will be making payments to the university, the student should add them as an authorized user on the account. The student is the only one with the ability to grant access to the eBill system.

Please note: Completing a FERPA form (PDF) does not give online access to the eBill; the student grants access through the eBill system.