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.


As we monitor the evolving situation around COVID-19 we will be making adjustments to the summer and fall schedule, which includes the move-in date(s). When we have more information about dates we will communicate via email and post these updates to our website. 

For more information and to learn more about living on-campus at GW, please visit the Campus Living & Residential Education website. Questions about housing and move-in can be directed via email to [email protected].

Orientation Registration

Registration for First-Year Student Orientation is now open in your admitted student portal. All students should register for orientation. As we monitor COVID-19, please know the orientation dates are likely to change. Please do not book travel or other accommodations until an update about the fall 2020 semester has been provided by the University.

Orientation Program

Our goal is to provide new students with opportunities to connect with other new students, learn more about their new community, get involved, and become equipped with resources.  We look forward to welcoming you to our community this fall, whether that is in-person or online, as expected or a little different. As plans develop, more information and details about programmatic experiences will be shared. We are in this together, and we are excited to engage with you over the summer as we prepare for the fall!