Transfer Orientation Programs

Advising & Class Registration

More information about spring 2021 class registration will be provided at a later date. For schedule specific questions, please reach out to your academic advisor within your school.


Continue to monitor the university’s fall 2020 update website for information.

Transfer Orientation Communication

Students will receive communication from GW via our Next Stop GW email newsletter. Next Stop GW is a comprehensive electronic newsletter providing timely and relevant information, and serves as an introduction to student life and living at GW.

Sample Next Stop GW #1 (June 8, 2020)

Orientation Registration

More information about registration for spring 2021 Orientation will be available in December.


Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise


District Connections connects incoming students with the cultural and intellectual diversity of the nation’s capital. This semester be sure to check your email for our newsletter about ongoing oppurtunities to connect with D.C. as well as the District Connections website.

Fall Orientation 2020 Highlights

The Fall 2020 Orientation Program has concluded

Check back later this year for information about Spring 2021

Student Program

Online Orientation Module or GW 101, Part 2

New students completed GW 101, Part 1 in Blackboard, which focused on preparing for class registration. The next step was to complete Part 2 on Comevo, which is engaging and easy to use. It is 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. 

Click Here to Begin the Online Orientation Module

Orientation Schedule- Virtual Live Events

The other component of the Fall Orientation experience was virtual live events with campus partners across the university, Orientation student staff, and current student leaders. 

By viewing Virtual Live Events, you will learn more about:

  • 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

Click Here to Access the Recorded Events

Family Program

Family Online Orientation Module

The Online Module serves as an additional resource and source of information. To participate please enter the module as a guest.

Click Here to Begin the Family Online Orientation Module


Family Orientation Schedule - Virtual Live Events

For fall 2020, new families had opportunities to register for virtual live events on the following topics scheduled throughout the month of August:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the academic and residential experience at GW
  • Finding and creating community during COVID-19
  • Dining in the time of COVID-19
  • Academic advising and the role of the family
  • First Generation Families Panel
  • Black Families Panel

Click Here to Access the Recorded Events


Sign-up for the GW Family Listserv to receive timely communication throughout the school year. You will receive regular emails designed to keep you informed of what is happening on campus.

Student Privacy & Permissions

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Once enrolled at GW, students have the right to inspect and review their own education records, as well as designate who has access to their student records outside of GW. 

We encourage you to have conversations with your student about FERPA prior to arriving in August.

You can access the Student Consent for Release of Information to Parents/Third Parties form online at 

If someone other than the student will be making payments to the university, the student should add them as an authorized user on the account. The student is the only one with the ability to grant access to the eBill system.

Please note: Completing a FERPA form (PDF) does not give online access to the eBill; the student grants access through the eBill system.