Getting Started

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.


GW ID Retrieval

Set Up Your NetID

The NetID is a username 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

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

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.


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

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 [email protected]. More information can be found at the student health services website.

Student Health 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

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 [email protected].

International Services Office

Print Form I-94

Review the Technology Requirements

To ensure the best possible experience in our program, we strongly recommend you bring a laptop running Windows 10 (64 bit version) with Office 2016 (64 bit version) for Windows installed. MS Office 2016 can be downloaded from 365

For MS in Business Analytics

We recommend the following minimum hardware specifications:

  • Quad Core Intel i7 processor or above
  • 32 GB of RAM or higher
  • 512 GB (1 TB recommended) hard disk space total

For All Other Graduate Programs:

We recommend the following minimum hardware specifications:

  • Quad Core Intel i5 processor or higher
  • 16 GB of RAM or higher
  • 256 GB (512 GB recommended) hard disk space total

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

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