Getting Started


Step 1: Make Note of Your GWID

Make note of your GWID


Your GWID can be found in your admission letter and is used to log into GWeb, the university system that you will use to register for courses, view your grades, and access your student account. Your initial “PIN” is your date of birth in a MMDDYY format. If you cannot find your GWID, please visit the GWID retrieval website.


Step 2: Set Up Your NetID

Set Up Your NetID


The NetID is a user name that becomes your email address and provides access to various university systems. Please create your NetID as soon as possible. You will need your GWID, found in your admission letter, to create your NetID. All official communication from GWU will come to your GW email address. Please check this account regularly or forward it to your personal account.

Create Your NetID

Step 3: GW Email

GW Email


Email is our primary means of communicating with you. You are responsible for reading emails sent to your GWMail account from any University office, faculty, or staff member and responding by the timelines outlined in the email. Students may opt to forward their GWMail account to a personal account.

How To Forward Your GW Mail

Step 4: Update Your Contact Information in GWeb

Update Your Contact Information in GWeb


All students must update their current address and phone number upon arriving on campus via GWeb. In addition, it is strongly suggested that you provide an emergency contact that we would be able to reach out to in the case of emergencies.

GWeb

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid


Domestic graduate students generally apply for Federal Stafford Loans, Graduate PLUS loans, or private loans to fund their education. Federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans require students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

Office of Student Financial Assistance

Step 6: Under 26? Complete & Submit Your Mandatory Health Form

Complete & Submit Your Mandatory Health Form


If you are under 26 at the start of the program, submit the mandatory health form to Student Health Services at shs@gwu.edu. More information can be found at the student health services website.

Student Health Services

Step 7: Register with Disability Support Services

Register with Disability Support Services


GW is committed to providing equal access for all students. That access is often facilitated through the implementation of formal disability accommodations. Students who need accommodation must register with Disability Support Services to ensure that your accommodations are appropriately and efficiently communicated to university faculty and other necessary parties, including GW Housing, Student Health or other relevant parts of university operations.

Disability Support Services Registration

Step 8: International Students (F/J-1 Visa Holders)

International Students (F/J-1 Visa Holders)


International Students (F-1 or J-1 visa holders) must complete the mandatory in-person check-in upon arrival to GW at the International Student Services Office (ISO).  If you have any questions, please visit the ISO’s website or contact Global & Experiential Education at sbglobal@gwu.edu.

Step 9: Get Connected

Get Connected


Take a tour of Blackboard, join your program’s Facebook page, and stay informed of important academic and social events on the Get Connected page.

Networking & Social Media

Step 10: Visit the Graduate Student Landing Page

Visit the Graduate Student Landing Page


The Current Graduate Student landing page is your one-stop shop for information you will need to successfully complete your degree requirements. Students should take a moment to tour the website prior to arrival.

Visit the Graduate Student Landing Page