Incoming Students

Welcome to the School of Engineering and Applied Science! You are about to embark on an exciting journey that will prepare you for a career in engineering or computer science.

In order to help prepare students to be academically successful and to support their transition to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) we have outlined the guidelines for internal, external, and new student orientation below. The process varies based on how you were admitted to SEAS, but our goal is the same: to create a seamless transition for you. Therefore, after reviewing the information below, please email [email protected] with any questions.

First-Year Students

All prospective first-time, full-time students interested in attending The George Washington University and the School of Engineering and Applied Science must apply through the GW Undergraduate Admissions First-Year process. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

As part of the New Student Orientation program at GW, all incoming SEAS students who are attending college for the first-time and admitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) must complete a variety of steps including but not limited to the following:

Things to Do in May/June:

  • Complete GW 101 - Part 1 through the Blackboard portal
  • Sign-up and attend your virtual First Year Group Advising session through GW 101 via Blackboard portal ( Note: You must complete GW 101 – Part 1 before you can register)
  • Complete your Academic Advising Survey (sent to your GW email address)
  • Complete initial math placement test
  • Start your chemistry preparatory course
  • Send all official AP/IB scores and/or transcripts of course credits to GW Admissions
  • Upload unofficial AP/IB scores and/or transcripts of course credits through GW 101 via Blackboard portal

Things to Do in July/August:

Internal Transfer Students

Students are admitted to a home school at the time of their admission to the university. Those who wish to change their home school must submit a Request for Internal Transfer form to the University Registrar. A university-wide graduation requirement is that students must be registered in the college/school in which their primary major is housed. Some schools may require that certain prerequisite courses have been taken and that minimum grades have been earned before the transfer is processed.

 

GW students are eligible to transfer within the University if they meet certain requirements. These internal transfer requirements and process are outlined on the Office of the Registrar’s website. 

In addition, to remain on track, students should follow the curriculum for their chosen major, outlined in the University Bulletin, as closely as possible when selecting classes and meeting the transfer requirements.  The outline of a student's first year below fits into a four year plan to graduation. Students who do not take the courses listed below could extend their time to graduation. Also, since certain courses are restricted until the student is eligible to transfer to SEAS, it is important to plan ahead as well as allow for a longer timeline to graduation if your internal eligibility and/or decision is not made until later in your academic career.

First Year students outside of SEAS, who are not sure of their intended major within SEAS, should follow the curriculum below as closely as possible in order to limit the number of courses that may need to be completed at a later time.

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

MATH 1231

3

MATH 1232

3

CHEM 1111

4

PHYS 1021**

4

UW 1020

3

University General Education Humanities***

3

University General Education Social Science***

3

University General Education Social Science***

3

Exploratory Course for Parallel Major*

3

Exploratory Course for Parallel Major*

3

Total

16

Total

16

AP/IB Credit or Dual-enrollment credit

Students who have AP/IB Credit or Dual-enrollment credit for a listed course can continue following the non-SEAS course sequencing outlined in the bulletin for the specific major they are interested in pursuing.

Exploratory Course for Parallel Majors*

Exploratory Course for Parallel Majors refers to developing a plan which will give you alternate options while pursuing a transfer to SEAS. These courses may not apply to the SEAS degree requirements but would offer you additional pathways to graduation if the transfer is not approved.

PHYS 1011 or PHYS 1012**

Students interested in pursuing any of our BS degree options should not take PHYS 1011 or PHYS 1012 as they will not count towards your degree.

Major-Specific Transfers

Internal transfer students who plan to transfer at the end of their first year and know which major they plan to pursue, should have completed between 30-35 credits of coursework equivalent to the most updated curriculum for the major outlined in the GW Bulletin.

Humanities and Social Science Course Selections***

Any internal transfer students should review the SEAS Humanities and Social Science Requirement, which varies by major. In general, choosing courses that fulfill the University General Education Requirement for Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences or Critical Analysis in the Humanities will give the student the greatest flexibility when transferring. However, depending on the major, specific courses may be required, so reviewing this information before registering is important.

Meeting with SEAS Professional Advisor

Students interested in a transfer to SEAS should meet with a SEAS professional advisor during Express Advising Hours as well as their home school academic advisor to review their plans and parallel program options, as transferring may extend the time it takes to graduate.

As a current GW student, once you are approved for an internal transfer to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), you will receive an email about the next steps from the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising. The email will include important information pertaining to major selection, advisor assignment, and registering for your first semester as a SEAS student.

Student To Do List

External Transfer Students

Students outside of GW interested in transferring to the School of Engineering and Applied Science must apply through the GW Undergraduate Admissions Transfer process.

When external transfer students select classes at their current institution, they should follow the curriculum outlined in the GW University Bulletin as closely as possible in order to remain on track. A grade of C- or better must be earned in order for a course to transfer to GW. Also, all students must complete a minimum of 60 credits towards their degree at GW in order to receive their degree. If a student does not complete all of the courses listed per major below, it will likely extend time to graduation.

Students who apply to SEAS after one year of undergraduate study outside of GW and want to select a major in SEAS: External transfer students who plan to transfer at the end of their first year, should have completed between 30-40 credits of coursework equivalent to the first two semesters outlined in the University Bulletin for that specific major.

Students who apply to SEAS after two years of undergraduate study outside of GW and want to select a major in SEAS: External transfer students applying to SEAS after two years of undergraduate coursework should have completed between 60-70 credits of coursework equivalent to the first four semesters outlined in the University Bulletin for that specific major.

Humanities and Social Science Requirement

External transfer students should review the SEAS Humanities and Social Science Requirement before registering for classes as the requirements vary by major. In general, choosing courses that fulfill the University General Education Requirement for Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences or Critical Analysis in the Humanities will definitely give the student the greatest flexibility when transferring.

Determining Transfer Equivalents

At this time, pre-approval of transfer courses for external transfers is not available. However, upon admission, students will receive a transfer credit evaluation outline of approved equivalents. If you have any questions about the evaluation please reach out to [email protected].

External transfer students can refer to the University Bulletin for specific courses descriptions in order to consult with their current university about likely course equivalents. If needed, students can request a copy of a course syllabus from the respective GW department or course instructor.

Time to Graduation

Finally, transferring to GW and SEAS may affect your timeline to graduate depending on your major, courses that are approved to transfer, and when you are officially admitted to GW/SEAS. If you have any questions once admitted and you have received your transfer credit evaluation, please email [email protected].

Once you have received your acceptance from the GW Office of Undergraduate Admissions and have officially paid your deposit, you will receive additional communication from the Office of Student Support and Family Engagement regarding your orientation. Additionally, the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising will reach out to you requesting some additional information and asking you to review an online presentation and complete a questionnaire. This questionnaire will help us know your intended major and work with the respective department to assign you a faculty advisor. Note: you should register for classes as soon as possible and not wait to do so until you attend New Student Orientation.

Student To Do List

Two Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I do with non-articulated transfer credits (1099) on your Transfer Credit Evaluation?
Periodically, courses from other institutions will be transferred as a department 1099 course (e.g., ECE 1099). This means that the course does not currently have a designated course equivalent at GW. However, you are able to have this course reviewed by the department if you believe you have found a potential course equivalent at GW. In order to facilitate this review, you should compile the following information about the course: both course descriptions (external and GW course), a copy of the course syllabus for the external course, a copy of your transcript (including final grades) from the external institution, and a completed Transfer Credit Approval Form. The information will need to be approved by the department in which the course equivalent is taught and authorized by your home school (SEAS) via a Transfer Credit Approval Form.

What if I took writing previously but did not receive UW 1020 credit?
If you are transferring in a writing course that you think would satisfy the university writing requirement but it was not accepted, you can petition to have the course reviewed in order to count. For more information about the transfer policy and exceptions for the University Writing Requirement (UW1020), visit: http://writingprogram.gwu.edu/uw1020-exemptions.