Before You Arrive

I've committed to GW! What's next?

New students and families will receive more communication and information about what to expect and important dates soon after making the enrollment deposit. It will be important for both new students and families to check their email regularly, as this will be our primary mode of communication. 

Students: upon deposit, the admitted student portal (where you located your Admissions decision) will list Next Steps, which includes creating your GW email (claiming netID and password) and registering for Orientation. You should locate this in your admitted student portal and complete the steps as soon as possible. Please bookmark the portal to use this throughout the onboarding period in the winter and summer.

Family members: we utilize the parent/family email provided on the student’s CommonApp to communicate over the summer.


"Next Stop GW" Graphic with Orientation Logo and Raise High Luggage Tag


New Student Orientation Communication

Students and families 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. Newsletters will be archived on our website after they have been sent.

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Orientation Registration

Orientation registration for students admitted for Spring 2022 will be available in November.

New Student Online Orientation

Incoming students should complete the online orientation module before arriving on campus and participating in Orientation. The link to the online orientation will be available in November for students admitted for Spring 2022.

Class Registration

Class registration takes place before arriving on campus. For students admitted for Spring 2022, class registration will take place in December 2021. For students admitted for Fall 2022, class registration will take place during Summer 2022.

First-Year Students

More information about registration for student admitted for next fall will be available in Spring 2022. For students admitted for Spring 2022, registration will take place on Banweb. You will receive more information and instructions on next steps from your advisors in your academic school via your GW email.

Transfer Students

Details about registering for classes, how to prepare, and how to reach an academic advisor are provided in the first section of the online orientation module. Please complete this section before making an advising appointment or signing up for an advising webinar. When ready, you can login to Banweb and register for classes.


More information about Spring 2022 move in dates and processes will be available later in the fall semester. Please visit the Campus Living and Residential Education website for more details.