Online Orientation Module or GW 101, Part 2

You’ve completed GW 101, Part 1 in Blackboard to prepare for class registration. The next step will be to complete Part 2 by August 14. Part 2 will be completed on Comevo, which will be engaging and easy to use. It will be self-paced and can be completed in parts. 

By completing this online Orientation, you will learn more about:

  • Navigating D.C. and city life
  • Academic resources and policies
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Student well-being
  • Student support services
  • Student involvement opportunities
  • Technology, and more. 

The link to the online Orientation will be available in early August. You will receive an email reminder when the program has launched. The deadline to complete the online Orientation program is August 14. 

Orientation Schedule - Virtual Live Events

The other component of your Orientation experience will include live virtual events with campus partners across the university, Orientation student staff, and current student leaders. You should expect to engage with other GW staff and students on the following:

  • Academic learning and virtual classrooms
  • Navigating identity on-campus
  • Conflict resolution and management
  • Free speech 
  • Activism and social change
  • Living & dining in the time of COVID
  • Space for virtual discussions on affinity groups, involvement, majors / academic interests
  • Virtual social activities such as game and movie nights
  • Late night monument tours...and more!


There are four student tracks based on the move-in schedule. Once you select and confirm your move-in date and time, locate your schedule below.

Move-In Dates Orientation Schedule to Follow*
August 19 & August 20 Buff & Blue
August 21 & August 22 1821
August 23 & August 24 George
August 25 & online, commuter, and non-residential students Cherry Tree

Understanding Your Schedule

You should do your very best to attend the events listed on your particular schedule. We have built these schedules intentionally because the topics are important. We want you to be successful and prepared to start the semester, and we believe you will be by participating in the opportunities offered this month. Schedules are listed in chronological order by week. The final schedules will have additional details as we get closer to August and will be communicated to you via email and through Orientation Leaders. 

Schedule Frequently Asked Questions

We would rather you digest and process the information being provided to you over time and help you get into the mindset of college life slowly. Besides, we don’t want you sitting in front of a screen for 8 hours a day. We hope you will indulge us and make the most of this month-long onboarding experience!

We understand things come up, so let your Orientation Leader know that you can't make that date & time. They will provide you with the other options available. We will also record all live events and have them available afterward. 

There will be a post-event survey to track attendance. We'll also provide post-event resources and materials.

Events in these categories do not require you to sign-up or register to attend. At the date and time of the event, simply click on the link to join. Look for the link under "Event Details" and add the information to your calendar, so you don't forget!

These events are only offered 1-2 times in the schedule, so you get to choose which one works best for your schedule. Look for the registration link under, "Event Details" and be sure to sign-up, so you don't miss it! Links will be available in late July.

This also applies to events with academic advising and schools, such as faculty webinars, pre-health information sessions, and program- or population-specific events. Details for the majority of these events will be communicated directly to your GW email from your program contact, so continue to monitor your email for updates.

As an incoming first-year student you will be connected with an Orientation Leader and grouped in what is called a, "small group". This small group is a group of about 25 new incoming students created to offer support and to provide a space for discussion. In your Orientation Schedule you will notice that you meet virtually with this Orientation small group weekly in August. This is an oppurtunity for you to ask questions and get to know some of your fellow peers.

*As we work to finalize the details of the events, linked are the draft schedules for your planning purposes. Refer to these schedules as you plan the rest of your summer.