New Student Timeline & Checklist


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First and Foremost

Review and update your personal information in GWeb ( by choosing "My Profile" under the Personal Information menu. Here you can add or update your Chosen name (which will be your display name across university systems, including class rosters), pronouns and gender identity, and contact information. To update your legal name or sex, please use the Registrar's Biographical Update form.

Health and Safety

GW Guardian is a smartphone app that provides an additional layer of safety to the university's emergency mass notification services. The app enables users on an off-campus to: 

  • Receive targeted advisories and alerts from GW Division of Safety and Facilities
  • Connect directly with GW Police and EMeRG
  • Access a directory of key phone numbers and websites
  • Set a Safety Timer and assign a virtual Guardian to monitor the user's safety late at night or while traveling

Learn more about the Guardian App!

Getting Ready for Classes

Students register for courses in Banweb

Students starting at GW in the Fall: Course registration takes place in August. Review the Pre-Orientation Online Module and sign up for ONE class registration session in your admitted student portal.



GW uses a variety of sources to determine financial aid awards. Please review the application information from the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information. 

Joining the GW Community

Before arriving at GW, review the Student Code of Conduct to gain an understanding on what is and is not allowed at GW.

Arriving at GW

For all of your textbook and GW merch needs, the GW Campus Store is the official one-stop shop for everything you’ll need. After registering for classes, you just need to enter your GWid on their website, and it will pull up all of the textbooks and materials you’ll need, making it quick and easy to be ready for classes. Browse the Campus Store either online or on-campus and find what merch you want to rep your GW Pride!