New Student Orientation

Welcome to GW!

2023 Theme:

Empowering Community: GW Strong

Orientation, Class Year & Families Programs Land Acknowledgement

After applying for admission and confirming your enrollment, Orientation serves as your next step toward beginning a successful career as a GW student.




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Resources for New Students

There are lots of services and resources available to students - check out this page for all that GW and Washington, D.C. have to offer.


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About Our Office

Learn more about GW's Orientation Team, our Mission and Values, and the aims we seek to accomplish during Orientation.


"I feel so grateful I am here. Orientation has helped me look around campus and understand it all better."

"Everything was great! So excited to move in and get started."

"I was a little nervous, but Orientation helped me a lot in getting adjusted!"

"My Orientation Leader was extremely helpful in getting me ready for the Fall semester over the summer!"

First-Year Students, Class of 2027