Next Steps for Transfer Students

May 26, 2021

Transfer Student Checklist

You did it, you committed to GW! Here is what you need to do next - upon deposit and over the summer months before arriving for move-in and Orientation.

After you make your deposit:

  • Bookmark your student portal and login to review and complete the following tasks located in Next Steps:
    • Claim your netID and password (create your GW email), and get in the habit of checking that email throughout the summer
      • All official communication will be sent to students' GW email often
    • Register for Transfer Fall Orientation


  • Apply for First-Year Housing (application opens June 10). Details will be sent to your GW email in June.
  • Complete Section 1: Academic Advising & Class Registration of the New Student Orientation (Fall 2021) online module in June prior to signing up and attending an advising webinar, appointment, or drop-in hours. Please complete these two tasks before registering for classes. We will remind you via email to complete other sections throughout the summer.
  • If you are a student with a documented disability, register with Disability Support Services at It is best to provide documentation as soon as possible to avoid delays in the implementation of accommodations. Accommodations are not retroactive. Submit documentation and schedule a meeting with a DSS representative early to complete the registration process.


  • Submit a photo for your GWorld card (GW student ID). An email will be sent to you from the GWorld Card Office over the summer with instructions on how to upload a photo. You will pick up your GWorld card at move-in.
  • Continue completing sections of the online module.


  • Submit mandatory health immunization form to the Colonial Health Center patient portal ( by August 1.
  • Review Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and decide to enroll or waive participation. The waiver period is August 1 - September 12.
  • Create a profile and log into GW Engage ( to browse 500+ student organizations and to find upcoming events.
  • Complete online modules & trainings. All new students are required to complete AlcoholEdu for College Students, Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Workshops - Title IX, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Online Educational Module. More details can be found in the Buff & Blue Book and will be shared via email over the summer.
  • Complete the online module prior to the start of Orientation.