Preparation for the Fall Semester

If you’re a newly admitted ESIA graduate student, or even a continuing ESIA graduate student, it’s important to get all of your ducks in a row so you can enjoy summer to the fullest! Who wants to scramble at the last minute to register for courses, or track down transcripts? Below are a few quick tips to help set you up for success!

For New Students:

1.) Create your GW e-mail address/claim your netID. Follow the instructions found here to complete this step. You will need your netID to log-in to Blackboard.

*Whenever emailing our office, please include your GWid on all correspondence to assist in keeping your student file accurate and complete

2.) Complete GW First Class on Blackboard. GW First Class is the online portion of new student orientation and is now available on Blackboard. *It may take up to one week after creating your netID before First Class is available through Blackboard.

  • Go to
  • Click on Blackboard on the left hand navigation bar
  • Login to Blackboard using your netID and password
  • Select GW First Class from your course list (if GW First Class does not appear and you just created your netID, please allow up to two business days for the course to appear.)

*If you plan to meet with an advisor, you are required to complete GW First Class prior to scheduling an appointment. Please see below for information on how to contact your advisor.

3.) Submit final, official transcripts for all institutions attended. You will want to have final, official transcripts sent to our office in a sealed envelope from the universities in which you have attended (yes, all of them 🙂 ). Students may also drop them off at our office, but they must be in a sealed, university envelope to be considered official. If we do not receive all official transcripts, a hold will be placed on your account that will be prevent you from registering for courses in your second semester (and no one wants that!).

4.) Check and read your gwu email frequently. If we’re sending you an email communication, it’s because we meant to! A lot of important information will be sent to you from various Elliott offices over the summer!

 5.) Attend Elliott Summer Orientation!! Be there or be square!

  •  August 23rd, 2016. ISO Orientation for International Students (mandatory)
  • August 26th, 2016. ESIA (for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students).


For New AND Continuing Students:

1.) Fall 2016 course registration is now available. You are not required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for courses. Students register for courses through the GWeb Information System (GWeb). You will want to view the Schedule of Classes, and utilize the Plan of Study for your program on the Academic Advising page, in order to create your fall class schedule.

2.) The GW registration system (GWeb) is only available from 9am – 8pm EST. Students who try to register outside of these times may receive an error message.

3.)Avoid loan and/or fellowship disbursement problems. Be sure to register for the number of credit hours on your award letter!


A Few Notes from the Advising Office:

1.) Incoming students will want to familiarize themselves with the services currently offered by the Academic Advising

2.) Academic Advising will begin responding to your questions beginning May 2nd during Online Advising, which will be available to incoming students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can also stop by the Academic Advising Office for Drop-in Hours beginning May 2nd. Please see the website for each advisor’s scheduled Drop-in hours.

3.) Beginning June 15th, students who have completed GW First Class on Blackboard can schedule an appointment with, or begin emailing, their assigned advisor.

4.)More information on getting started at the Elliott School can be found on the New Students page or our blog, 


We’re here to help you with all of your questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out! We hope everyone has a safe and happy summer, and can’t wait to see you in the Fall!