Pre-Orientation Programs

The Student Life team offers three exciting pre-orientation programs for first-year undergraduates. These programs help students connect with classmates, discover campus resources, and ease the transition to college life. Incoming students are paired with upperclass guides who mentor, share GW knowledge, and provide personal insights into life at GW and in D.C.

Pre-orientation programs will no longer occur before orientation.

All programs will continue in some form. We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments. We will continue to monitor COVID-19, and more information about these co-curricular experiences will be shared soon.


Students whitewater rafting down a river.

Adventure Bound

This unique experience offers students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities such as hiking, backpacking, kayaking, white-water rafting, and environmental service.

Students enjoying conversation at tables at the Founding Scholars welcome session

Founding Scholars

Founding Scholars welcomes incoming first-generation college students to GW through activities on-campus and around D.C. 

The cohort of Lead GW participants posing for a photo in front of Gelman Library steps


LEAD is a dynamic co-curricular program that encourages students to learn more about themselves, socially responsible leadership, and their new home.