Transfer Orientation Programs

New Student Program

Advising & Class Registration

Details about registering for classes, how to prepare, and how to reach an academic advisor are provided in the online orientation module.


Note that for spring 2021, GW is not offering housing to new incoming students. If you have extenuating circumstances, please review the information at

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 (November 12, 2020)

Orientation Registration

Register for the Spring 2021 Orientation Program

Virtual Spring Orientation

Orientation took place on Monday, January 4, 2021. Please view the recordings provided.

Available links:

New Student Orientation (Spring 2021) Online Module

New students must complete Online Orientation sections 1 & 2 prior to registering for classes and before signing up for a virtual appointment with an academic advisor. Complete the remaining sections of the module by January 3, 2021. The Module is self-paced and can be completed in parts. 

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

  • Academic advising & preparing for class registration
  • Academic resources and policies
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Student well-being
  • Student support services
  • Student involvement opportunities
  • Technology
  • Navigating D.C. and city life (in-person & virtually)

Click Here to Begin the Online Orientation Program


Family & Guests Program

Virtual Spring Orientation

Tuesday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. | Living On-Campus and in D.C.

For new students and families of new students joining us on-campus in the spring. Join the conversation with members of our Campus Living and Residential Education Team while they cover topics related to COVID and testing, policies and support, dining, and more.

CANCELLED: Friday, January 8 at 12:00 p.m. | How to (Continue) Supporting Your Student During the Virtual Learning Period

CANCELLED: Friday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. | Financial Matters: Paying for GW

CANCELLED: Friday, January 8 at 2:00 p.m. | Finding and Creating Community in the Time of COVID-19

New Student Orientation (Spring 2021) Family Online Module

The Module is self-paced and can be completed in parts. By completing this online Orientation, you will learn more about:

  • Getting Started
  • Finances
  • Student Services and Oppurtunities
  • The Academic Transition
  • Navigating D.C.

Click Here to Begin the Online Family Orientation Module

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.


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.


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.