New Student Orientation

The Office of Graduate Studies is here to assist you with the transition to your graduate program and support you along the way until you graduate.  We are busy preparing a number of events and guides in various formats so that you can pick and choose those that best serve your needs. To prepare we suggest you start with the Next Steps Checklist - this checklist provides you with the next steps you need to complete in order to create your student account and make sure you are prepared for your arrival at GW.

How to Videos

We have prepared some short how to videos on various topics to help you prepare for your first semester.  



How to Register for Class

Step by step instructions on registering for class through GWeb.



Academic Resources

An overview of resources to help navigate all GW and CCAS academic policies.



Using DegreeMAP

DegreeMAP is GW's online advising tool. Watch this video to learn how to access it and how to navigate it.



Official Transcript Requirements

What exactly is an official transcript?  How is that different from a final transcript? How do I submit an official transcript? 



How to Transfer Credits

Step by step instructions on how to tranfer credits to your graduate GW program.






Upcoming Virtual Events

All virtual events are scheduled for Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Online Orientation

The Office of Graduate Studies will host online orientation sessions throughout the summer.  Please see the schedule below. Registration will not be necessary, all new students will receive email notifications on how to join orientation.  You will only need to attend one orientation session.  

PhD Students

  • Tuesday August 18, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

PsyD, Masters and Graduate Certificate Students

  • Wednesday August 19, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Program Orientation

Most programs will offer an additional program specific orientation closer to the start of semester.  Expect more details to be sent via email in August.


Other Orientation Events

F-1 International Student Orientation

This is currently scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 starting 10:00 am (EDT).  You can also view the International Students Office pre arrival videos here.

New International Student Orientation

The ISO New International Student Orientation will be held virtually this Summer and Fall through a series of pre-recorded videos. Students will receive an email from the ISO with prompts to complete the Online Orientation E-Form through ISOGateWay. This platform allows us to "check students in" after they complete orientation by watching all videos and completing a questionnaire. 

If  you have any questions regarding ISO Fall Orientation, email their office directly at [email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some FAQs that were asked at the first orientation in June.

Access will be granted by the Careers office in mid July.  You must be registered in at least one class to get access.

No parking is available at the Corcoran building however parking is available nearby.  More information can be found on the GW Parking website.

Student accounts will release Fall 2020 bills in mid July.  Payment is due before the start of the semester (August 31).

Yes.  Student accounts offers a monthly payment plan.  More information can be found on the Student Accounts website.

All consortium classes are billed by the home school and will be charged per the home school rates.  Therefore as a GW student you will be billed by GW at the GW credit hour rate.

All students, regardless of their program, have a time limit to complete degree requirements.  All Master's programs have 4 years.  More information on time limits can be access on our Time to Degree website

No, CCAS does not require an enrollment deposit.

A list of academic advisors or DGS's can be viewed on our contact us website.

Shuttles will continue to operate.The university will ensure social distancing on shuttles between the university’s campuses by reducing the number of riders permitted on each shuttle and ensuring protection of shuttle drivers via provision of appropriate PPE and social distancing. Shuttles will be restricted for use to GWorld card holders only. The university will also follow applicable CDC guidelines for vehicle cleaning.

Any student can participate in the GW health plan. To enroll visit the Colonial Health website and enroll when the 20-21 plan becomes available in mid July.

All students have access to DegreeMap once you have created a NetID. Please visit the CCAS Orientation website to view a video for steps on how to access your DegreeMap.

Courses dropped prior to the first day of the semester will result in a 100% refund. Courses dropped on or after the first day are subject to the refund schedule. The schedule details the way in which the tuition and fees will be prorated should a student drop courses or withdraw completely. Drop penalties are non-refundable.

CCAS faculty are working to make as many courses as possible available online. Most courses will be held online and in person simultaneously and you should be able to take the online version if you wish. Please check with your department to check if the courses you are required to take in the fall are being offered synchronously so that you can choose the online option. Please view the back to campus plan.

We have no specific date as to when the GWorld office will be open to get ID cards. Please visit the GWorld website for updates as more information is available.