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Welcome, New Students

We are so excited to welcome you to GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)! As you get ready to join us on campus, start your planning here.

Sign up for an orientation session, check out the student groups that could lead to new best friends, browse hundreds of class options and familiarize yourself with campus. We hope you’ll take advantage of everything that GW — and CCAS — has to offer.

 


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Undergraduate Students

3 female students of different ethnicity and a male student examining a book in a chemistry undergraduate class

 

We recommend first-year undergraduate students meet with their CCAS advisors to discuss how to successfully navigate GW and their academic trajectory. Drop-in advising hours are available as part of Columbian College’s welcome events.

Additional university-wide programming for first-year students and families will take place during the week before classes begin.

We especially hope to see you at the CCAS Dean’s Welcome Event on Aug. 23!

 

CCAS Welcome Event

  • Friday, August 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Dean’s Welcome Event (Lisner Auditorium)

CCAS Advising and Information Sessions

  • Thursday, August 22
    • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.: Pre-Health Information Session (Funger Hall 207)
    • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.: Pre-Law Information Session (Funger Hall 208)
    • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: First-Year Drop-In Advising (Phillips Hall 107)
    • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: First-Year Drop-In Advising (Phillips Hall 107)
    • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.: Pre-Health Information Session (Funger Hall 207)
    • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.: Pre-Law Information Session (Funger Hall 208)
  • Friday, August 23
    • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: First-Year Drop-In Advising (Phillips Hall 107)
    • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.: Pre-Health Information Session (Funger Hall 207)
    • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.: Pre-Law Information Session (Funger Hall 208)

 


Graduate Students

CCAS Graduate Students discussing a map in Dr. Mann's geography class

 

Whether you’re new to GW, Columbian College or graduate study in general, we’re excited to welcome you into our community! We hope to see you at the 2019 GW Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony and at one of our many graduate student orientations.

Incoming students should plan on meeting with their program’s Director of Graduate Studies before registering for classes in order to develop a program of study and determine any possible transfer credit earned at other institutions.

 

Welcome Events

  • Thursday, August 22, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Graduate Student Resource Fair and Reception (Duques Hall, First Floor)
  • Thursday, August 22, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.: Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony (Lisner Auditorium)

Orientation Sessions

  • Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 p.m.: Fall 2019 CCAS Graduate Student Orientation (In-Person)
  • Thursday, August 1, 5:30 p.m.: Fall 2019 CCAS Graduate Student Orientation (Online)
  • Wednesday, August 14, 5:30 p.m.: Fall 2019 CCAS Graduate Student Orientation (In-Person)
  • Tuesday, August 20, 10:00 a.m.: GW International Student Orientation (In-Person)

 


Corcoran and TSPPPA Students

Columbian College's Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration each host a separate new student orientation. If you are a Corcoran or Trachtenberg student, check out your school's orientation schedule to begin the first steps of your GW journey.

Corcoran Student Amina Javed arranging her photographic work in sequence

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design

Orientation for undergraduate first-year and transfer students will be hosted on Friday, August 23 from 1:30 – 4:45 p.m. Graduate students will attend orientation on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. Both orientations will be located at the Flagg Gallery, 500 17th St., NW, Washington D.C.  

a lecture hall full of new students attending Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration's new student orientation

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

Orientation to the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration begins Wednesday, August 21 and ends Sunday, August 25. Check out the TSPPPA orientation schedule for specific event details and reading requirements prior to arriving at orientation.

 


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