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First-Year Experience




The first-year experience within the Division for Student Affairs focuses on the holistic development and transition of the student through intentional, comprehensive, and year-long opportunities for engagement. We are committed to promoting belonging, resilience, and growth mindset throughout the first year and beyond.







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Discover Your Community

The transition to being a college student can be challenging - you're navigating new academic, personal, and extracurricular spaces. There is support for you in offices and people across campuses. New first-year students have opportunities to participate in pre-orientation experiences ranging from outdoor education to leadership workshops, to engage in Orientation programming designed to support you and your families' transition to the campus and city, and to get involved in events planned throughout the first year aimed at getting students engaged with the DC community. Take advantage of the opportunities in your first year and be patient with yourself as you begin your journey here at GW.






Get Out and Enjoy DC



"I am so happy to have been able to go, and I really enjoyed the staff and students' presence on the trip! We had so much fun, and we made a great memory! It was truly an #OnlyatGW moment!"

- District Connections Participant 



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