New Student Orientation

Welcome to GW!

2023 Theme:

Empowering Community: GW Strong

After applying for admission and confirming your enrollment, Orientation serves as your next step toward beginning a successful career as a GW student. Fall 2023 New Student Orientation will take place August 20 - 23, 2023. New Families Orientation will take place August 20, 2023. 




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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 had a great experience. Thank you everyone for all of your hard work!"

"All of the orientation leaders were so energetic and enthusiastic - it was great!"

"I really appreciated all the different activities to get to know fellow GW students!"

"I had a very fun time and only wish for the next incoming class to have an even better [Orientation]!"

First-Year Students, Class of 2026