Admitted Students Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to the George Washington University! Now that you've received your admissions offer, it's time to look at the next steps you must take to enroll as a graduate student at the School of Engineering & Applied Science:

  • Your academic department should have sent you an email concerning your admit status, including any prerequisites or conditions of admissions.
  • If you have any questions regarding your admissions letter, please contact[email protected]NOT the department.
  • U.S. citizens: If you have accepted your offer of admission, please pay your enrollment deposit.
  • International students: If you have been offered admissibility pending financial certification, you must first complete the intent to enroll form and indicate whether you would like to accept your admissions offer, defer to a future semester, or decline your offer.
    • ​You will not be formally admitted until the receipt of all financial documents required for the processing of I-20 or DS-2019 forms have been received by our office. See our Visa Request Information.

    • You will receive an email from us once your enrollment form has been processed which will allow you to proceed with the following steps.

  • Visit the GW Student Portal and select the "GWeb InfoSystem" link from the top left menu of the page.
  • To log in, you will need to enter your GWid and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your GWid can be found on your admissions offer letter. By default, your PIN is your date of birth in one of the following formats: MMDDYY or MMYY99.
  • The system will list the personal information we have for you, such as billing address and contact information.

International Students: You will not have access to your "GWeb Information System" until you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 form in the mail.

  • After accepting your offer of admission, you can create a GW email account through the Virtual Help Desk's Account Center. Visit this website to claim your email address for detailed instructions and online assistance.
  • NOTE: Once your GW email account has been set up, all official correspondence from the university will be sent here. If this is not an email account you expect to check frequently, please set up mail forwarding to have your emails sent to an account that you check frequently. The university is not responsible for you missing out on information sent to your GW email account.
  • Academic policies, course descriptions, degree requirements, fee information and financial regulations are provided in the University Bulletin.
  • Core Courses guidelines can be found on your respective department's website.
  • The official schedule of classes for the upcoming semester is also provided through the GW Student Portal. You will need to log in using your Net ID or GW e-mail login combination.

Fall 2020 Semester Online Instruction Update: For Fall 2020, the majority of courses are being offered as online courses unless otherwise stated on the schedule of classes. Any on-campus courses that are being taught completely online will be designated as "REMOTE INSTR" in the location of the course on the Schedule of Classes. Any courses that have an on-campus location will be a hybrid course with both online and in-person options.

  • DegreeMAP is used to track your courses and credit hours for degree completion. Although incoming students will work primarily with their graduate professional advisors on DegreeMAP, students should still familiarize themselves with it. 
  • For incoming students, access will be provided the month prior to the first semester of classes.
  • The District of Columbia Immunization Law requires that all students under the age of 26 provide proof of certain immunizations prior to registering for classes at GW. Students who are participating in the Flex-Start program and not residing in Washington, DC will receive instructions on submitting the immunization form once they have confirmed their participation in the program and have registered for courses.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Colonial Health Center.
  • Domestic students: All students with U.S. citizenship may voluntary enroll in the university's health insurance plan through Aetna Student Health. Visit the Colonial Health Center office for more information.
  • International Students: The university automatically enrolls all F-1 and J-1 visa holding international students in GW's Aetna Student Health Plan. This will be charged to your student account, along with your tuition fees. Read more about the student health insurance policy at GW.

Students participating in the Flex-Start program and taking courses online for the Fall 2020 semester and not located in the Washington, DC area, may defer their insurance reporting obligation until the Spring 2021 semester. Students must complete the Fall 2020 Waiver Form. Failure to complete the waiver will result in a student being enrolled and responsible for paying the Student Health Insurance Fee.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to make a virtual appointment with their Graduate Professional Advisor prior to registering for classes.
  • Consult the Schedule of Classes for course details. You will need to use your NetID to log in. Flex-Start students can register for any graduate level SEAS course listed on the Spring 2021 schedule of classes.
  • Spring 2021 Semester Online Instruction Update: For Spring 2021, the majority of courses are being offered as online courses unless otherwise stated on the schedule of classes. Any on-campus courses that are being taught completely online will be designated as "REMOTE INSTR" in the location of the course on the Schedule of Classes. Any courses that have an on campus location will be a hybrid course with both online and in-person options.
  • NOTE: Penalty fees apply if you register for any class during the first week of classes OR drop classes after the first week of classes. See the Registrar's Office for more details.
  • If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the SEAS Graduate Advising team at [email protected].
  • Once you have registered for classes, a Statement of Account will be emailed to your GW email account regarding the payment due date. Review the materials carefully.
  • NOTE: Payment is typically due before the first day of the semester or summer session, or by the first day of class for courses offered in a timeline other than the traditional semester or summer session.
  • If you would like pay your account in person or have questions, please visit Colonial Central for the Student Accounts office.
  • The GWorld card is the official identification card for George Washington University students, staff, and faculty. Your GWorld card is used to access the library, the Science & Engineering Hall, and other important campus facilities. It may also be used to pay for copy and printing services, as well as food at restaurants on and off campus.
  • To obtain a GWorld card, you must go to the GWorld Card Office no earlier than one month prior to the first day of classes. You must have present your GWid number, passport/government-issued ID, AND  be registered for at least one course at GW.
  • As a reminder, there is no on-campus housing for graduate students. Incoming students must seek housing in one of the neighborhoods surrounding GW.
  • Familiarize yourself with the neighborhoods surrounding campus where students often live. You can also visit the Off Campus Housing website.
  • Students may also join the Facebook group for SEAS graduate students and alumni to inquire about housing and roommate availability.
  • Need a student or alumni's perspective on courses, professors, and housing? Request to join the Facebook group just for past, current, and incoming SEAS graduate students.
  • Check out our upcoming Virtual Welcome Events!