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. 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.

Orientation Registration

Virtual Spring Orientation

Register for the Spring 2021 Orientation Program


The Virtual Spring 2021 Orientation Program will be held on Webex. Webex, a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing of computer content over the web, is available to all GW students. Webex features include multi-point video conferencing and desktop share to meet for a group project, catch up with friends or make a video call home. For information about troubleshooting webex please visit the GWIT website.

The schedule will be posted in December 2020.

Complete the Online Module

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 Module

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