Recommended Apps for Incoming Grad Students

The Elliott School is very well connected; whether it be by the sidewalks to the World Bank and State or through our networks of peers and professors. One way to make sure you don’t miss out on important info is, conveniently, by using the device that’s normally in your hand anyway! Check out these apps to make your transition to grad life a little bit easier.

GW Mobile


The GW mobile app lets you access campus maps, staff and faculty directory, GW news and tons more! While you can access your GW email and calendar as well, given they based off a Google platform, I’d recommend downloading the Google Calendar app and adding your GW email to your Google Mail settings. Available for download on iOS & Android devices.



Blackboard will be the primary way that professors and peers contact you, and the app lets you view your courses as well as the syllabus and sometimes even the readings! (If the professor knows how to upload a PDF). A great way to keep up to date on class when you’re not in class, available for iOS & Android devices.



If you choose to buy a Capital Bikeshare membership, this app shows you the closest bike docks, how many bikes are available and how many spots are open. In my experience, it’s always up to date! Available for download on iOS & Android devices.

Google Docs


You may not know this yet, but you are going to use Google Docs a ton at Elliott. It’s one of the easiest ways to access your work from anywhere, especially when you’re collaborating with peers on a study guide. Since GW uses the Google suite (calendar, email, drive), the Docs app is a great way to update your work on the go for the days you forget (or don’t want to carry) your laptop. Available for download on iOS and Android devices.



FREE COFFEE!!!!! Seriously. There’s a 7-11 around the corner from Elliott and on top of every 7th cup being free, once a year, for a week in October, they give away coffee FOR FREE as long as you have the app! And who doesn’t love (and quite frankly, need) free coffee? Available for download on iOS and Android devices.

If you find other apps that you think would be helpful to your peers, share them with us at Happy downloading!

Stay fly,