New Student Experience

Each academic year, the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Advising team and the SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN) mentors assist first year students with their transition to GW/SEAS through a series of orientation events called the New Student Experience (NSE). This includes a day trip commonly referred to as The Getaway.

Fall 2022 Program Dates

August 1 - 19 

Ready, Set, Success!

A series of virtual events to help get you ready for your first year in SEAS
by meeting your classmates and mentors.

Monday, August 22  

Explore DC/SEAS

Discover both DC and SEAS through in-person activities and
interactive workshops alongside your fellow classmates and mentors.

Tuesday, August 23  

The Getaway

A fun getaway with your new friends, mentors, faculty, and staff!

Thursday, August 25  

The Future is Yours

A small group in-person meeting with your advisor to discuss
resources to support your plans for your first year.

For more information about the virtual events, in-person activities, The Getaway, and the success workshop, see our New Student Experience webpage linked below:

New Student Experience

The Getaway

The New Student Getaway will take place on Tuesday, August 23.

Program Cost and Registration

There is no cost to SEAS first year students participating in The Getaway, but students are required to register in advance to participate in our trip to River Riders. You will receive an email in early July to register for this event - please check your GW email regularly!

What to Bring

In order to help you be ready for the New Student Getaway we have prepared this checklist (pdf). If you have any questions about what to bring do not hesitate to reach out to your individual mentor and/or SEASSPAN at [email protected].


Check out our FAQs below or email the SEAS Undergraduate Advising team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who organizes and leads the New Student Experience?

The SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising and the SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN) coordinate all activities associated with the New Student Experience.


How will I be contacted / updated throughout the summer?

The SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising and the SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN) will be reaching out to you via email through the summer.


Is the SEAS New Student Experience mandatory?

As an incoming student in SEAS, you should plan to participate in the SEAS New Student Experience including The Getaway. All events including The Getaway will allow you to get to know your classmates, mentors, faculty and staff before you begin classes in the fall as well as get important insights about GW, SEAS, and DC!

All virtual and in-person events will have registration dates to ensure that we can track and prepare appropriately for the event. This holds especially true for earlier housing check-in, Explore DC/SEAS, and The Getaway on Tuesday, August 23 which requires advanced registration. To participate in the SEAS pre-orientation program, please complete your registration by Sunday, July 10, 2022. Registration information will be sent directly to your GW email. 

If you have any concerns or are unable to attend, please contact us at [email protected] by or before the registration deadline.


When can I check into my housing assignment?

All SEAS first year students registered for the SEAS New Student Experience and The Getaway will need to register for check-in times on either Saturday, August 20 or Sunday, August 21, 2022. If you have questions or concerns about your housing, please email: [email protected]


What are the COVID-19 Guidelines for New Student Experience?

Our COVID-19 policies will align with the university’s guidelines. Everyone participating in the pre-orientation must be in compliance at least 2 weeks before they move in in August, aligned with the university vaccination policy. Additionally, increased handwashing, masks and hand sanitizing will be aligned with current university guidelines including our outfitter which has established COVID-19 policies.