SEAS Undergraduate Orientation

The purpose of SEAS Undergraduate Orientation is to help prepare students to be academically successful and to support their transition to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The process varies based on how you were admitted to SEAS, but our goal is to create a seamless transition for you. Therefore, after reviewing the information below, please email [email protected] with any questions.

Internal Transfer Orientation

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.

External Transfer Orientation

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 to sign up for a Colonial Inauguration (orientation) session. 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 Colonial Inauguration.

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.

New Student Orientation

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 GW 101, sign-up for a virtual First Year Group Advising session, and attend the New Student Getaway. Please review the table below for important items to keep in mind over the throughout the summer:

  • 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 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
  • Register and attend a New Student Getaway Information Session
  • Complete and upload all necessary forms for the New Student Getaway (NSG) session through GW 101 via Blackboard portal
  • Complete and upload the SEAS Course Registration Packet to GW 101 via Blackboard portal
  • Complete GW 101 - Part 2 through the Blackboard portal
  • Attend your virtual First Year Group Advising session
  • Complete initial and/or retake math placement test
  • Complete 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
  • Complete and  upload all necessary forms for the New Student Getaway (NSG) session through GW 101 via Blackboard portal