First Year Development Program

First Year Development Program (FYDP) is a required two-semester course sequence for all first-year students in The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB).  FYDP provides students information on resources at GW and GWSB to help them transition into the University and succeed both in and out of the classroom.  Students develop career-based knowledge, begin preparation for business careers, and learn about the importance of civility and integrity in business discourse.  Finally, students perform service within the District of Columbia in order to apply the business concepts and entrepreneurship.  Students earn one academic credit for each course.

Meet the FYDP Mentors

Course Information

Common Readings

Each semester there is a book assigned to all of the sections which is then discussed in class as well as assignments.


Several times throughout the semester where all of the students get together to hear a speaker discussing an important aspect of business

The Richard Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity

The Richard Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity invites a keynote speaker each year to speak on themes related to the importance of civility in business discourse and integrity in business conduct.

Service Learning: Lemonade Day-DC

Prepared 4 Life’s core asset-based, experiential initiative, Lemonade Day, provides children with the opportunity to learn how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace and create the foundation for future success in the global economy. The foremost objective is to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow.