You have been admitted to the School of Engineering & Applied Science at GW but what comes next? Please explore the links below to help with your transition to becoming a student at GW SEAS. Please click the dropdowns below for important updates and other information.
GW is continuing to monitor the ongoing public health situation. We do plan on reopening our campuses for the Fall 2021 semester to the fullest extent possible within the DC public health guidelines. We are committed to delivering the highest-quality GW experience for all of our students as we continue to follow up-to-date practices and local regulations to best ensure our community's health and well-being. Our goal is to create a safe and healthy campus environment, and our reopening plans will continue to include strategies to protect the GW community and encourage individual responsibility.
GW has decided to require staff, faculty, and students who are in-person this Fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to being on campus. Students who are taking classes online only will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
All graduate students who plan on taking classes in-person this Fall 2021 semester must be fully immunized two weeks prior to the first day of classes, August 30, 2021. As an admitted and/or incoming graduate student, the COVID-19 vaccine will be included as part of GW’s immunization requirements that are due by the beginning of the fall semester. The District of Columbia Immunization Law requires that all students under the age of 26 enrolled at the University, provide proof of certain immunizations prior to registration. All graduate students, regardless of age, will be required to submit COVID-19 immunization documentation.
Attention international students residing outside of the US
Attention international students residing outside of the US
GW will accept any vaccine authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The current FDA-authorized vaccines are available online. Authorized-WHO vaccines are listed here (under “Finalized”). As of May 3, the WHO and/or FDA have authorized Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and the Serum Institute of India vaccines.
GW will work closely with students who received vaccines that have not been authorized (or approved) by the U.S. FDA or the WHO. Once you arrive in the U.S., you will be individually evaluated by the Colonial Health Center, which may include antibody testing to assess your immune status. Further care and individual recommendations will be based upon this evaluation.
GW will work with any students who are experiencing barriers to obtaining a vaccine or proof of vaccination from another country or obtaining a vaccine in the US. We recommend that international students register for a U.S. FDA- or WHO- authorized vaccine. When in the U.S., you should use your D.C.-area on-campus or off-campus address. Information on how to register to receive the vaccine in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia is available here. The vaccine is available to individuals based on residency and not on citizenship status, and is provided at no charge. Please be assured that we will work with each student to ensure that GW SEAS will be able to accommodate your needs for the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
If you have any questions regarding this vaccination requirement, please visit the "International Students" section of the vaccination FAQ webpage or email [email protected] or call +1 (202)-994-5300 and select option #4.
SEAS is looking forward to welcoming faculty, students and staff back to campus for a primarily in-person semester. Given the university’s plans and vaccine requirement, the expectation is that all SEAS on-campus graduate courses will be taught primarily in-person. Exceptions to this include courses that have always been taught fully online and those courses developed for our Flex Start program that supports new graduate students who are unable to relocate to the DC area due to visa issues or travel restrictions.
Technology in classrooms:
All classrooms will be equipped with web conferencing capabilities (including Zoom, WebEx and Blackboard Collaborate) and recording capabilities (including Echo360 lecture capture) to accommodate those who may need to be away from campus due to illness or as a part of your instructional continuity plans.
Physical distancing in classrooms:
Given the vaccine requirement, we currently anticipate beginning the fall semester with no physical distancing in classrooms and labs. As part of fall planning, there is a contingency for moving to 3-foot physical distancing if that should become necessary to maintain continuity of in-person instruction. In many classrooms, 3-foot physical distancing is within the regular capacity of the classroom.
Deadline for Enrollment
The deadline for non-visa seeking graduate students admitted to an on-campus graduate degree program for the Fall 2021 semester is August 1, 2021. Admitted students who need additional time in order to finalize their decision are encouraged to email [email protected] to ask for an extension to this deadline.
If you are an F-1 visa seeking student currently outside of the U.S. or a continuing GW student on an F-1 visa who graduated in May 2021, the deadline to enroll is June 28, 2021. If you are an F-1 visa holder currently in the U.S., the deadline to enroll is August 1, 2021.
The deadline for all admitted graduate students to defer your admission or enroll in Flex-Start if you are unable to relocate to the Washington, DC area is August 1, 2021.
1-on-1 Information Sessions
Interested in asking us your questions in a 1-on-1 information session? Please email us at [email protected] and we will set something up that works for your schedule!
Please read more about our program and the updates we have made!
GW SEAS offers admitted masters degree students the ability to start their MS degree program online through the Flex-Start program.
The Flex-Start program is ideal for admitted students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays. Students who participate in the Flex-Start program will have the ability to take two or three courses online during their first semester and then continue their studies in-person in Washington, DC starting the following semester (assuming they complete their courses in good academic standing and receive a valid F-1 visa prior to the start of the semester).