Frequently Asked Questions

Will LEAD GW interfere with New Student Orientation?
No, LEAD GW is a pre-orientation program that is meant to further enhance the start of your GW experience. We will end our program on Tuesday night so that participants are free on Wednesday, August 20th to welcome their roommates and hallmates during first-year student move-in, as well as have time to continue getting settled before jumping into the New Student Orientation kick-off on Wednesday evening. 

Do my parents, guardians, or guests have to wait until August 21st for the Family Programming?
No, LEAD GW families can attend Family Programming on Monday, August 19 from approximately 9 am to 2 pm. The material covered will be similar to that presented on August 21st. Family Programming registration (for 8/19 and 8/21) is available here. Families, prior to your arrival be sure to check out the Family Resource Module to learn about your student's academic journey and requirements, as well as find answers to other questions you have about life at GW such as how to pay your tuition, how the dining plan works, student support resources, FERPA, financial/student account information, and much more. To access the module visit: https://blackboard.gwu.edu. (Username: gwfamilies; Password: raisehigh). Additional resources for families planning their summer are available from Student Support and Family Engagement.
 
Will I move into my room for the fall semester? When do I move in? 
Yes, you will move into your assigned residence hall room on Sunday, August 18th. Move-in information will be sent to your student email account. You will need to complete the online check-in at least 24 hours before your arrival to ensure your GWorld is active when you arrive.
 
When will I receive more information about housing?
Students will be notified of their housing assignment in June. You will receive an email from GW Housing to your GW email account. Closer to move-in you will receive an additional email from GW Housing with your move-in date. Please make sure this date matches the date of your program. Any issues should be addressed with housing immediately.
 
Will I receive more information about the program?
Yes, you will receive an email in late-July with additional program information including check-in time and location, a schedule overview, and fall workshop details. We will also request additional information from you regarding your goals for the program, dietary restrictions, and other accommodations. 
 
How will I be contacted / updated throughout the summer?
You will be contact through your GW email account. Please check this account periodically. Not only will we email you, but additional information for your upcoming year will be sent to you throughout the summer. 
 
When do I pay the registration fee?
Fees will be charged to your student bill.  
 
What is included in the fee?
Meals provided included: Dinner on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as well as lunch on Thursday and Friday. A SmarTrip (DC metro) card will be provided with $8 pre-loaded for traveling to our DC activity location. All activities provided as part of LEAD GW program are included in the fee.
 
What if I change my mind? What if I want to change trips or programs?   
If you want to cancel your registration please contact Natalie Hershberger at [email protected] at your earliest convenience. A refund cannot be given after July 12th.
 
What if I have dietary restrictions? What if I have other accommodation needs?
We will email you closer to the program date to collect more information from you.  If you have concerns or have additional accommodation needs in order to make your participation more successful, please email [email protected]
 
Updated 7/2/2019. For any additional questions, please email [email protected]