Your Orientation Experience

Students Admitted for the Fall Semester

GW's New Student Orientation experience is comprised of three mandatory parts:

Starting May 3rd, students and their families will receive consistent communication about next steps, opportunities, and what to expect from Orientation, as well as online modules to complete. Students also will also engage online with current and other new students through small group meetings.

Halfway to GW is a two-day virtual orientation that will set the foundation for a student’s successful academic, personal, cultural, and social transition into the GW community.

After students move in, Orientation Week consists of co-curricular programs, academic sessions, campus traditions, social activities, and opportunities to explore campus and the city.

Learn more about each component of GW's Orientation Program:

2022 Orientation Theme & Common Read

As you embark on this new journey, we are excited to share this year’s orientation theme with you! Empowering Community: Reflection & Resilience offers a framework for every new student to begin their college experience with a necessary perspective to successfully transition into the GW community. While resilience can often be seen as bouncing back from challenges, we will explore the ways resilience can also offer profound personal perspective and growth.

To dive deeper into our theme, we have chosen New York Times Bestseller, The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink. This book explores how regret, our most misunderstood emotion, can be the pathway to our best life. Every new student will receive a copy of this book and are strongly encouraged to read it before move-in.

We look forward to engaging with you and our community about the ways every student will be empowered to build capacity for resilience within a safe learning environment.