Admitted Students

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Congratulations on your admission to The George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies! 
We look forward to helping you begin and succeed in your academic career.

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Next Steps for Admitted Students

Please review the next steps checklist you need to complete before you become an official member of the GW community. We have included short videos to help you.

Step 1: Review & Accept Offer

Congratulations on your admission!

  • Review Offer: Please log into the application system to review your Offer of Admission and check whether it includes specific circumstances or missing documents. If you have any questions, please contact your program director
  • Accept Offer: After reviewing your Offer of Admission, you can accept your offer of admission using the “Reply to Offer” button that is on your offer of admission page.
    • The "Reply to Offer" button is located on the bottom right corner of the screen. 
    • You can access this link by logging into the application portal, if you haven't already.

Accept Your Offer


Step 2: Create GWeb Account, Pay Enrollment Deposit & Claim GW Identity (Video)

How to Pay Your Deposit

For instructions on creating your GWeb account and paying your admission deposit online please follow the information posted on the Graduate Admissions website.

How to Pay Your Deposit

  • Select “CPS Admissions” in the drop-down list for “Select Deposit Payment." 
  • Please wait until we acknowledge receipt of your reply and deposit payment before registering for classes.
  • Note: Registering as a non-degree student may affect your academic record.   

How to Claim Your GW Identity

After accepting your offer of admission and paying your deposit, you must establish a GW email account by claiming your GW Identity. 

Note that all university official communications will be sent to your GW email account. You should check this account regularly or set up automatic mail forwarding to another account that you check frequently.

Within 2 business days after you paid your deposit and have an active student record in Banner, you will be receiving a system generated email from with a subject line: “Welcome to the George Washington University – Action Required” that provides instructions on how to claim your GW Identity.

Claim Your GW Identity




Step 3: Finalize Financial Aid/Loans (Videos)

If you are applying for federal student loans, please visit the Financial Aid website for information on application, eligibility factors, deadlines and forms.

Before beginning your application for financial aid, please watch an overview video about the Financial Aid Process. We have two videos, one for undergraduate students and the second for graduate students.

Overview of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Process

Overview of the Graduate Financial Aid Process


Step 4: Review Program Plan

Review your program plan and contact the student engagement team or your program director with any questions.

  • Please download your program plan from this website.
  • The program plan lists required and elective courses for your academic program. 
  •  The student engagement team can answer any questions you may have about the courses you need to take, or guide you if you haven't received a program plan.
Step 5: Register for Classes (Video)

The Step 5 video will show you how to register for classes.

Using the Registration System:

  • Register for classes through the GWeb Information System using your GW Email or your GWID & PIN.
  • Registration typically opens 2-3 months prior to the beginning of class. We will notify you when registration opens.
  • Through GWeb, you can search and register for classes, view grades, print unofficial transcripts, update your personal information and check your student account.

Register in GWeb

Schedule of Classes: 

  • Before registering for classes, consult the Schedule of Classes for details on courses. 
  • The Schedule of Classes provides information on what classes are offered during the upcoming semester, where they are offered, the schedule, a course description and related information you need to complete your registration.

View Schedule of Classes

Registration Questions: 



Step 6: Settle Account - check terms
  • Once you have registered for classes, a Statement of Account will be emailed to your GW email account regarding the payment due date. 
  • Details about billing and payments are available through GW's Student Services Hub. 

Student Services Hub

Step 7: Submit Immunizations

Newly-admitted undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, or transfer students at the George Washington University (GW) are required to provide proof of immunization or they will incur a registration hold on their student account. 

Students must first be registered for their classes in order to submit their immunization records. Allow 2-3 business days after registering for classes before submitting immunization records.

Students are not required to submit their immunization records in the following circumstances: 

  • Students who are 26 years of age or older 
  • Students enrolled online 

Visit GW's Student Health Center to submit your immunization records, if required, and review requirement details, deadlines and submission instructions. 

Submit Immunization Records

Step 8: Get GW Student ID


Gworld card


The GWorld card is the official identification card of the George Washington University. All students are encouraged to get their GWorld Card after enrolling in the university.

It is required to:

  • Access many University buildings (ex. Libraries and some facilities);
  • Obtain many types of university services, including checking out library materials and requesting a transcript;
  • Other uses include services such as parking garages, printing and GW Bookstore purchases.

Students also use it to receive student discounts.

How to Receive Your GWorld Card: 

  • In-person at the main GWorld Office located in Washington, D.C.;
  • Order online and pickup at GW's Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA;
  • Distance GWorld Cards are ordered online and shipped. These are for ID purposes only for virtual students (no campus access).


Step 9: Additional Steps for International Students (Video)

Visa Request and Financial Certification

International students need to be aware that the admissions office will start processing your visa request and financial certification paperwork only after you have been accepted and have paid your deposit. 

Please visit our International Student Admissions page for more information on how to complete a visa request form, funding sources you can use while you study at GW and information about the documents required to obtain a form I-20 or DS-2019.

We have information and a video available to help you.

International Student Admissions