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.


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 archinved on our website up to 48 after they have been sent.

Here's what else you can expect for email communication between May and August:

  • Introduction to academic schools and undergraduate advising teams
  • Preliminary invoices issued by Student Accounts (emailed to Student GW email)
  • First-year group advising webinars and class registration
  • Move-in and Orientation information 
  • Reminders about immunization forms, Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and more!


First-Year NSGW Archives     


Orientation Registration

Orientation registration is available in your admitted student portal (where you located your Admissions decision). Be sure to register!

Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation for first-year students takes place the week before classes begin, August 22nd-29th and will be a mix of in-person and online activities. Classes are scheduled to start on Monday, August 30.

Complete the Online Module

New Student Orientation (Fall 2021) Online Module

New students will complete the Online Orientation Module throughout the summer. The Module is is self-paced, can and should be completed in parts. 

New Student Orientation (Fall 2021) Online Module

Class Registration

First-year, first-time students will register for classes online in early August. After registering for New Student Orientation, you will see the option to sign-up for a class registration window. Then, in August, on your selected and confirmed registration date & time, you will login to Banweb and register.


Move-in for first-year students is August 20th-22nd. You will select a move-in date and 3-hour time slot later this summer. We encourage you to wait to book your flight/train until after you have a confirmed date & time. Information will come from Campus Living and Residential Education.