Graduate, Distance & Professional Students

The Graduate, Distance, and Professional (GDP) student experience within the Division for Student Affairs’s Office of Student Life  engages with our graduate and professional student populations, both on our physical campuses in Washington, DC and Virginia and through our distance education programs around the world. 

The GDP:

  • Provides students with information about resources at GW and in the DC metropolitan area
  • Advocates for graduate, distance, and professional students
  • Provides learning opportunities through various co-curricular initiatives
  • Facilitates community development amongst these populations

Please visit us on the 5th floor suite 505 of the Marvin Center between 9 am- 5 pm Monday-Friday.  We look forward to seeing you!

Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony

All new graduate and professional students and their families are cordially invited to attend Graduate Welcome events the week before the first day of fall classes on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The day will feature several events for new students, including a student services fair, a formal welcome ceremony featuring special speakers and university administrators, and a welcome reception where new students can mingle and network. RSVP to be provided.

Graduate Student Resource Fair and Reception

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Location: Duques Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Time: To precede Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony.

The Graduate Services Fair will feature departments and offices from across the university, as well as graduate student organizations and outside vendors. Attending the fair will allow you to learn about all of the many services and opportunities available to graduate students at The George Washington University. Light refreshments will be provided.

2020  Student Speaker Application

The Graduate Welcome ceremony is an opportunity for all new graduate students to meet each other and begin their GW journey. The program will include two current graduate student speakers to welcome new students. These speakers represent two different schools and provide insights and advice to the new class. If you are interested in being one of our next speakers, applications will be made available on Monday, June 1, 2020. Please complete the form below no later than Monday, June 22nd at 5 pm.

Application:

All candidates selected to move forward will be notified by Monday, June 29th while final decisions will be communicated by Friday, July 10th.

Keep these in mind when drafting your response:

  • Authentic / personal stories
  • What encounter / event has had the biggest impact on your experience at GW thus far?
  • How has your time at GW changed your life?
  • In what ways have you been impacted or transformed by your time at GW?
  • What piece of advice would you provide to incoming GW graduate students of all schools?
  • What has contributed to your success at GW?
  • Speeches should be between 5-7 minutes at most

 

Graduate, Distance, and Professional Student Living

Graduate, Distance, and Professional students make up a large part of the GW community. GW’s Division for Student Affairs (DSA) is committed to supporting students through cultivating a sense of belonging, connecting students to academic resources, and assisting students in building personal and professional networks. DSA’s  Graduate, Distance and Professional (GDP) Team engages with our graduate, distance, and professional student populations, both on our physical campuses in Washington, DC and Virginia and through our distance education programs around the world. Learn more about the GDP Experience.

Graduate Housing:

Living Off Campus

Learn more about graduate housing options

Have more housing questions? Visit GW Housing

Resources

The DSA works to connect graduate students with the resources they need to be successful at GW. To assist in this process, the Graduate, Distance, and Professional Student Experience has compiled the following links to helpful resources.

Graduate Students

Here at GW, we work to connect graduate students with the resources they need to be successful at GW. To assist in this process, the Graduate, Distance, and Professional Student Experience team have compiled the following links to helpful resources.

Becoming a GW Graduate Student: Welcome to DC (PowerPoint w/ notes)

Becoming a GW Graduate Student: Welcome to DC (Google Slides w/ notes, access with GW email)

  • Academic Success Resources (GWLAI)
  • Career and Professional Development Resources
  • Academic Support Services
  • Student Support Services
  • Computer Labs and Study Spaces
  • Gelman Library
  • Graduate Student Enrollment Management
  • GW Bookstore
  • GW Career Services
  • Thesis and Dissertation Resources
  • Writing Center

Distance Students

The DSA supports students enrolled in GW's diverse academic programs located outside the Washington, DC campus. Below are some helpful links for distance students.

  • GW Online Information and Support Services
  • Financial Aid and Course Registration
  • GW Colonial Health Center 
  • Library Services for Off-Campus Students
  • Graduate Student Enrollment Management
  • GW Off-Campus Programs
  • Thesis and Dissertation Resources
  • Online & Virginia Academic Centers (Arlington, Alexandria, Hampton Roads)
  • Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC)