Pre-Semester Programs

The George Washington University pre-semester programs are sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement (CSE), the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service (CCEPS), and GW Hillel. These programs generally run the week prior to the start of school.

Students in SEAS, and those participating in the Women's Leadership Program, are not eligible to attend a pre-semester program, as the dates conflict with each other.

Please note: GW's Hillel is offered through the local chapter of the National Hillel student organization and SEAS New Student Getaway is offered through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

For additional information or to register visit the program website listed below.

  • Community Building Community (CBC) fosters a collaborative and fun atmosphere of sustained community service within GW by connecting 200 incoming freshmen to service opportunities in the District.  For two and a half days every summer, a CBC Guide will facilitate service with you and a team of 8-10 fellow freshmen.  To learn more, visit the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service website and the Community Building Community website. Program registration is available in the same portal you signed up for CI and Housing and is open on 4/23. 
     
  • Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) GW is a dynamic program for incoming first-year students that is designed to help you explore your passions, grow as a leader, and start your GW leadership journey.  LEAD GW is first-come, first-serve.  To learn more about how to get involved, visit the website. Program registration is available in the same portal you signed up for CI and Housing and is open on 4/23. 
     
  • The GW Bound outdoor experience is called Adventure Bound.  Challenge yourself with an experience like no other!  Enjoy outdoor activities that are sure to build lasting memories.  Choose from six different outdoor adventure programs - designed to fit all levels of outdoor skills from beginners to experts.  For more information please visit the Adventure Bound website or contact the Center for Student Engagement at [email protected] or 202-994-6555. Program registration is available in the same portal you signed up for CI and Housing and is open on 4/23. 
     
  • Jump into freshmen year with GW HIllel's LaunchPad, a unique way to start your experience with Jewish Life at GW.  Explore DC with upperclassmen while connecting to your new community.  Learn more about all GW Hillel has to offer at www.gwhillel.org.  GW Hillel's LaunchPad is offered through GW Hillel, a chapter of the national Hillel student organization, and is not a GW or Colonial Inauguration sponsored event. The program runs August 23-24 and students move-in on August 22. To sign-up, click here. The fee ($295.00) is all inclusive (covers cost of meals, overnight stay, activities, transportation, etc.).
     
  • SEAS New Student Getaway.  Please contact the School of Engineering at (202) 994-6080 or visit the SEAS New Student Getaway website for more information.