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.

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

  • Thursday June 25,  9:00 - 10:00 A.M. (EDT)
  • Tuesday August 18, 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. (EDT)

PsyD, Masters and Graduate Certificate Students

  • Tuesday June 23,  9:00 - 10:00 A.M. (EDT)
  • Tuesday July 28,  5:30 - 6:30 P.M. (EDT)
  • Wednesday August 19, 5:30 - 6:30 P.M. (EDT) 

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.