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Congrats on your acceptance to GW!

Get ready to transform — academically, mentally, and professionally. It's time to obtain the skills needed to push into the next echelon of your career. Prepare to learn from GSEHD's compassionate, next-generation educators, along with your diverse peers, who will encourage you to cultivate new ways of thinking. We all know learning doesn't only take place within the four walls of a classroom, so we invite you to join us in making Washington, D.C. and the world around us our classroom.

GW and GSEHD are comprised of people who really want to make a difference and are dedicated to advancing the public good. We know you're ready to leave your mark on the world, but first, we're honored to have you join our community as you prepare to become a leader in your field.

Follow the steps to confirm your commitment to attend the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.


Step 1: Accept Offer of Admission

Confirm your attendance by responding to your Offer of Admission before the listed deadline. Your admission letter is only sent electronically through the Application Portal, so be sure to print a copy for your records.

  • Login to the Application Portal.
  • Navigate to the "Acceptance Letter."
  • Indicate whether you would like to accept your admissions offer, defer to a future semester, or decline the offer.

Your offer of admission will include any prerequisite coursework and/or any conditions placed on your admission. Please review these carefully, and if you have any questions, contact your Admissions Coach.

Accept Offer


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Schedule a Financial Aid Advising Appointment

Have questions about funding your education? Admitted students are invited to schedule a virtual meeting with Director of Admissions, Rebecca Vander Schaff.

Schedule Appointment

Not available during allotted times? Register to attend an "Ask Me Anything: Financial Aid" virtual session.



Next Steps

AFTER you have accepted your offer of admission in the portal, you can begin completing the next steps to complete registration. GSEHD does not require a deposit to confirm your commitment to attend. Please complete the following steps to confirm your attendance.

Step 2: Register for Courses

  Attend Pre-Enrollment Advising Session
Before registering for courses, it is required that you meet with your faculty advisor to review your program plan, possible courses, etc. You can find your advisor's name and contact info in DegreeMAP (more information below).

  Review Your Program Plan
Your program plan of study, which is listed in the University Bulletin and on DegreeMAP, is your contract with the university. This plan outlines the coursework and any additional requirements you will need to complete in order to graduate.

Review DegreeMAP, an electronic reflection of your program plan that tracks which courses you have completed as well as those still needed. To access DegreeMAP:

  1. Login to GWeb and click on the "Student Records and Registration" link.
  2. Select the "Student Records Information Menu."
  3. Click on the "DegreeMAP" link.
  4. Click “Launch DegreeMAP” to view your degree requirements and your individual academic history.

Doctoral Students: Your program plan is a working agreement between a doctoral student and the faculty and may be modified with agreement of the faculty. If you find inconsistencies in your program plan of study, please contact

Review Program Plan in DegreeMAP >

  Check Holds
At least one week prior to your registration time each semester, and again just before, you should check to make certain that you do not have any holds on your record that will prevent registration. You can do this on GWeb by clicking “Student Records & Registration > Student Records Information > View Administrative Holds."

Login to GWeb to Check Holds >

  Register for Courses
Before registering for classes, please follow the registration sequence/guidance of your faculty advisor.

Register for classes using the online GWeb Information System (see registration instructions here). Once you have completed the registration process, please verify your course registration under “Student Detail Schedule” in the GWeb Registration Menu.

Students who register for classes late, after the online registration system has closed, or who encounter technical difficulties can register using a Registration Transaction Form.

*International students: You will not have access to register for classes until you have completed the I-20/DS-2019 form request process.

If you have any questions about registration, call 202-994-4900 or email

View Detailed Instructions & Register for Courses >

Step 3: Complete New Student Orientation

It is required that all incoming students attend New Student Orientation (NSO). Students will automatically be enrolled in an asynchronous NSO course in Blackboard. It is self-paced so you can complete the orientation on your own time. (The deadline for completion is the first day of the semester.)

NSO is a great introduction to GSEHD and GW to learn about resources and expectations. In addition to orientation, be on the lookout for announcements about other admitted student events. Even if you attended GW in the past, you will learn information specific to your program and have an opportunity to connect with your faculty and peers before classes begin.

Learn more about NSO >

International Students: Additional Checklist

  Complete the Student Visa Process
Once admitted and you accept the offer, you must follow the Student Visa Process below to gain entry into the United States. Please note, the process to obtain a student visa from a U.S. consulate abroad usually takes a minimum of 3 months.

Learn More About Student Visas >

  Register for English for Academic Purposes Course (if required)
If you did not meet the required English Language Test scores at the time of admission, then you will be required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course during your first semester at GW.

Explore EAP Course Options >

  Secure Student Health Insurance
ALL international students holding a J1 or F1 visa are required to carry student health insurance while studying at GW. These students will be automatically enrolled in the GW SHIP and must submit an opt-out waiver if they have another insurance plan that meets the required criteria. Those students not listed above, may voluntarily enroll in SHIP.

For more information on the GW SHIP or on mandatory health insurance, please email or contact the Health Insurance Coordinator, 202-994-5300, option 5.

Learn More About Student Health Insurance >

  Connect with the International Services Office (ISO)
GW is proud to host more than 4,000 students, faculty, and staff from 130+ countries. The International Services Office is the first stop for the GW international community and will help eliminate administrative challenges when studying in the US. Become familiar with the services they offer, register for upcoming events, and most importantly, connect with the team to ensure you have all of the required documentation completed to begin your graduate studies.

Visit the ISO Website >

   In conjunction with the requirements above, follow our New Student Checklist to prepare for the upcoming semester.


Admitted Student Events

We also welcome you to join us for live virtual sessions and in-person open house events on the Foggy Bottom campus.




Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact about...?

Academic Issues and Course Selection:

Please contact your faculty advisor, whose name and contact info can be found in DegreeMAP. Some programs offer a program support coordinator who can assist them with academic issues.

Administrative Issues or Additional Student Support

Please contact your Student Services Representative, whose name and contact info can be found on the website of the GSEHD Office of Student Success. The Office of Student Success is located at 2136 G St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

Each student has an assigned student services representative that is here to assist and guide you. We can guide you through the administrative aspects of your studies and help connect you with other university resources when necessary. We are also here to help you when you are feeling overwhelmed. Know that you have many options to help you succeed in your studies.

Funding Options

An overview of available funding is provided by the Office of Admissions on the Funding Your Graduate Education page.

What do I need to do if I have "conditional admission" based on official transcripts?

Official final transcripts are required from all colleges and universities where you earned a degree. An official final transcript is a transcript received directly from your previous institution that shows all grades received toward the earned degree. If you submitted an unofficial transcript for your application review and were admitted “conditionally”, you will need to submit official final transcripts by the end of the first semester of enrollment. Make sure to do so as soon as possible so that your registration is not hindered. For information on how to submit your official final transcripts, please consult the GSEHD Admissions FAQ webpage.