Before You Arrive

I've committed to GW! What's next?

In early May, deposited new students and family members will begin to receive more information about what to expect over the summer, important details, dates, and deadlines. 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. Please bookmark the portal as you will continue to use this throughout the summer.

Family members: we utilize the parent/family email provided on the student’s CommonApp to communicate over the summer. If you are unsure if you have an email listed or would like to receive information moving forward, please fill out the Family Listserve form.

Class Registration

First-year students will register for classes for the fall semester over the summer and before they get to campus in August. Next steps and how to prepare are provided in the admitted student portal beginning May 1. It is essential that deposited students check their portal in May for dates, deadlines, and details regarding class registration.

When registering for classes, students will use their GWid to log into GWeb.

For day-of class registration support and contact information, please visit the First-Year Online Class Registration web page.


Fall 2020 housing on-campus will be limited to a small number of students who have extenuating personal or academic circumstances. More information will be coming out soon about the application process followed by move-in details. Continue to monitor the university’s fall 2020 update website for information.

Orientation Registration

Registration for First-Year Student Orientation is now open in your admitted student portal. All students should register for orientation. Virtual Orientation will launch on August 1. See the Schedule page for more information.

Preparing for Virtual Orientation

During Orientation you will be utilizing various different virtual platforms to participate. Here are some helpful guides and how-to tips. Please review and familiarize yourself, so you’re prepared come August.

  • Webex events and meetings

    • As a GW student, you already have a Webex account. This will be the primary platform used for live events. 

  • GW email and calendar (powered by Google)

    • GW uses Google for email and calendar. It is good practice to utilize both to stay up-to-date and organized not just now, but during your time as a student!

  • Slack

    • We will set up #channels on different topics for you to learn more, ask questions, and discuss with both incoming and current students. Stay tuned for more information come August!

  • GW Engage 

    • This is the platform utilized for student organization management and engagement at GW. We will create events for social activities using this platform.

  • GW Mobile App (download on Google Play or the Apple App Store)

    • When prompted within the app, select the Persona called “new students and families” and be sure to enable push notifications

    • During Orientation you’ll be able to view your schedule through the app and will have access to other helpful information.

See the Schedule page for more programmatic details.

2020 Virtual Regional Connections

Virtual regional connection events provide an opportunity for incoming students and families to meet others from their region.  During these sessions you will hear from GW administrators and current students. Join us to get connected  to your new community.