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. Registration for all programs will open in late July and remain open for two weeks. More information will be posted here and on the individual program pages. 

Pre-orientation programs will no longer occur before orientation.

All pre-orientation programs have been reconfigured as co-curricular programs that will take place at the beginning and throughout the first semester. Please refer to the programs below to explore the changes based on COVID-19 guidelines.


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, kayaking, biking, and paddleboarding. 

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.


of students would recommend their pre-orientation program to another incoming student


of students felt prepared to start college after their pre-orientation program


of students agreed they feel connected to their fellow incoming students after their pre-orientation program