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 over the summer, as well as information provided on this website. We are looking forward to partnering with you during your student’s time at GW!

Sign-up for the GW Family Listserv to receive timely communication throughout the school year. You will receive regular emails designed to keep you informed of what is happening on campus.

Orientation Communication

Students and families 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 at GW. Be on the lookout for these newsletters prior to the start of the semester.

 

Sample Next Stop, GW #1  (May 15, 2020)

 


Virtual Spring Orientation 2021

The Virtual Spring 2021 Orientation Program will be held on Webex. Webex, a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing of computer content over the web, is available to all GW students. Webex features include multi-point video conferencing and desktop share to meet for a group project, catch up with friends or make a video call home. For information about troubleshooting webex please visit the GWIT website.

The schedule will be posted in December 2020.

New Student Orientation (Spring 2021) Family Online Module

The Module is self-paced and can be completed in parts. By completing this online Orientation, you will learn more about:

  • Getting Started
  • Finances
  • Student Services and Oppurtunities
  • The Academic Transition
  • Navigating D.C.

Click Here to Begin the Online Family Orientation Module

 


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.