Next Stop GW #1 - Welcome!

May 14, 2020

Congratulations to the newest members of our community! We are excited to welcome you to campus soon. We know you are probably feeling a range of emotions - excitement and nervousness for heading off to college and learning how to navigate a new normal with COVID-19. While we may not have all the answers nor can we predict what the next year will look like, we can assure you that we are here to guide and support you through this transition!

This email newsletter will come to your email inbox from now until the start of the fall semester and serves as a primary resource for communication from GW to you. The newsletters will provide timely and relevant information, dates, and deadlines required to complete over the summer, before, and upon arrival to GW. In addition, this frequent summer communication provides an introduction to important campus resources, campus living and learning, and overall student life.

Here's what is included in this edition:

  • Overview of summer to-dos and communication
  • A welcome message from the Dean of Students
  • Preview to first-year housing - the application opens on May 14!

Summer 2020 Preview

As the summer progresses, we will utilize email and our website to provide updates regarding upcoming events, such as move-in and Orientation. This will be in alignment with any university updates shared as we all plan for the fall semester. We've already outlined a timeline of next steps for new students. We are in this together and we're looking forward to engaging with you this summer leading up to the fall semester.

It's easy to stay connected with us! Continue to check the Orientation website for the most up-to-date information, and join us later this month for Tuesday Talks, a weekly webinar series. Engage with us on social media for a glimpse of life at GW, to hear from current students and for fun giveaways!

Welcome from the Vice President & Dean of Students

Hello GW Class of 2024!

I am excited to be among the first to welcome you to our community as an official GW student! With high school coming to a close, we look forward to the next part of your academic journey. The Division for Student Affairs is a team of professionals who you will get to know this summer and during your time on campus. They will guide you through the various phases of your GW journey like on-campus housing, student organizations, and your health and well-being. We can't wait to get to know you!

As your Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, I'd like to offer a few tips for success. First, be your authentic self. Demonstrate in word and deed who you are and who you aspire to be. Live with integrity. Second, reach out to others to make friends and you'll find your community. Your fellow first-year students are going through the same experience you are, with similar feelings. Share with each other and you'll discover similarities and differences, likes and dislikes. Third, embrace diversity. You'll meet all sorts of interesting people at GW from all walks of life. Our diversity is our strength. Break out of your comfort zone to meet new friends. Learn from our sophomores, juniors, and seniors. After all, they were once in your shoes and will be excellent guides to resources on campus. They have insider knowledge on GW to share, so don't hesitate to ask questions to discover how to navigate college life. All of this will help you find your place and will also help you understand what makes GW special. We will be here to support you in this work virtually over the summer and will expand upon it in person during the fall semester.

I can't wait to meet all of you. When we do connect, you will find I am always in "learning mode," asking lots of questions to find out more about your GW experience. This summer, I encourage you to be in learning mode, too. Through our continued outreach we will introduce you and invite you to discover the many offices and people here at GW who are eager to support you during your first year. We encourage you to become familiar with the services that our campus offers. That way by the time you arrive on campus, some of that nervousness will be behind you. Remember too, if at any point during the academic year you are missing your furry friend back home and are in need of a pick-me-up, my dog Jazz often visits campus. He loves meeting new students just as much as I do.

Our student experience is built upon a foundation that is inclusive, welcoming, informative, and fun. The orientation experience may look and feel a little different in the coming months as we navigate these unprecedented times together. Remember: we are here to support each other as a GW community. I encourage you to get engaged with our campus community through our various social media channels. Follow our Student Affairs on Twitter at @StudentLifeatGW and check out my feed @cissypetty.

I look forward to seeing you all soon! Until then...

Raise High,

Dean Petty

Home at GW

We want to give you a glimpse into your future home away from home. We have several residence halls that house first-year students offering unique experiences and opportunities. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Foggy Bottom campus first-year residence halls consist of:

  • Guthridge
  • Mitchell
  • Madison
  • Lafayette
  • Fulbright
  • Potomac House

On the Mount Vernon campus, the first-year residence halls consist of:

  • West Hall
  • Somers
  • Hillsides: Clark, Cole, Hensley, and Merriweather

Students in living-learning communities will be assigned a residence hall based on that community. All of our residence halls sport different types of lounges and will be a place where you make life-long bonds. Keep an eye out for Next Stop GW #2 for more details and information about living on-campus and housing!

We also encourage you to start making your packing list for move-in. Keep in mind there are items you should bring and others you should leave at home. Later on this summer you will receive a complete Move-In Guide.

Explore from Home

Take a video tour of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. Before they departed campus in March, our tour guides covered the highlights so you can see what life is like at GW.

Explore our virtual tour. This interactive map will show you our Foggy Bottom campus in downtown D.C. and our Mount Vernon campus in northwest D.C.

Don't forget to continue to check the university's COVID-19 website for relevant and timely updates.