We understand this may be your first time taking classes online, and we’re here to help. As members of the GW community, online students have access to a variety of university services and resources.
Learning online requires use of a computer (desktop or laptop), an internet connection and basic software.
Some courses may provide access to specialty software through a virtual computer lab.
The Division of Information Technology recommends current operating systems. Your computer should handle these recommended software applications and the following general requirements, which most computers fulfill:
Blackboard, GW’s learning management system, is the platform most programs use. From this virtual classroom, you will receive assignments, interact with instructors and classmates, use message boards and more.
Blackboard support is available 24/7. Students can contact the Division of Information Technology Support Center Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 10:00pm.
The Division of IT provides a broad range of services. Support is available Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 10:00pm from the IT Support Center.
Division of Information Technology
In order to access many university systems and resources that are otherwise protected from off-campus access, you will need to use the GW VPN, which creates an encrypted channel from your location to the GW network.
You can use WebEx to meet for a group project, consult with a tutor, or even attend class. WebEx is collaborative web conferencing tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing of computer content over the internet.
The GW Libraries support the GW community in teaching, learning, and research.
As an off-campus student, the full suite of services provided by GW Libraries are available to you. You can schedule research consultations, search online journals and papers, and have books sent to your home.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services recognizes disability in the context of diversity. The team works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff across the campus to foster a climate of universal academic excellence, while also promoting disability culture and GW’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Center for Career Services
The Center for Career Services offers comprehensive career resources for GW degree-seeking students, alumni and international exchange students, ranging from a job-search portal, online résumé and cover letter critique, online interview practice, and identifying strengths and interests.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center provides assistance to the GW community seeking to strengthen their abilities as writers and to become stronger editors of their own work.
You can purchase textbooks, GW apparel, and technology. Textbooks are also available for rent through the bookstore. Some technology is available at educational discounts.
The Student Association is GW’s primary governing and advocacy body for all students at GW. They are a group of committed, passionate Colonials united by the mission to contribute to an even better GW.
As a member of the GW community, online students are entitled to a GWorld card, which identifies them as a GW student and allows them to take advantage of student discounts.
To receive a GWorld card in the mail, online students should submit their photograph through the GWorld portal. The photograph must meet the following criteria:
Cards will be mailed to the students’ current address on file with the university. Online students should ensure their address is up-to-date in the GWeb Info System. Online students can expect to receive their GWorld card within one month of submitting their photograph.
On-Campus GWorld Card
The GWorld card for online students does not provide access to buildings that are limited to members of the GW community, such as the libraries. Online students visiting campus may want a GWorld card that provides building access. They should obtain a new card by visiting the GWorld Card Office, located on the ground floor of the Marvin Center, Suite G05.
The following is required:
Students must be registered for the semester that coincides with their visit to the GWorld office. The new card will reflect the expected graduation date.
The Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities contains detailed procedures for sexual harassment, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX complaints, along with the procedures about how to file a complaint on the basis of protected class. Each school within the university establishes procedures to address matters of unfair academic evaluation or arbitrary and capricious grading. Information about these procedures is available from the department chair and/or associate dean of the school in which the course is offered.
If you are unable to resolve your issue through the above process or by speaking with your instructor, you can contact the higher education regulatory agency in the District of Columbia or the state in which you reside.
Whether you work locally, nationally or internationally, GSPM’s online graduate programs can prepare you to succeed at the highest level.
The George Washington University (GW) is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1821 as The Columbian College on land provided by former President George Washington, the University has since developed into a leading educational and research institution. The 43-acre campus, located in the city’s historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, is situated a few blocks from the White House and the National Mall.
In addition to 4,500 staff members, The George Washington University enrolls an even balance of undergraduate and graduate students; approximately 11,000 of the former and 12,500 of the latter.
The George Washington University, which celebrated its 185th anniversary in 2006, grew out of the desire of our Nation’s first President to establish a national institution of higher learning. When GW opened its doors in 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia, it boasted three faculty members, one tutor, and 30 students.
In 1904, the name of the institution was changed to The George Washington University. Today, the University’s enrollment totals more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in nine schools. With its location in the Nation’s Capital, the University has played host to numerous national and international dignitaries. In recent years, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, and both former President Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have lectured or spoken at GW.
The debt of the University to George Washington is intangible, but clear. Both as president and private citizen, Washington believed the fledgling country urgently needed a national university where “youth from all parts of the United States” might go to be educated in the arts and sciences, and to study “the principles of politics and good government.” Washington believed the capital city, which at the time was centrally located, was the logical site for such an institution. To help cover its cost, Washington left a bequest of 50 shares of stock in the Potomac Company, a canal building enterprise. Unfortunately, the Potomac Company passed out of existence before the bequest could be realized. The effort was carried forward, however, by the Reverend Luther Rice and three friends. A tireless individual, Rice traveled from Tennessee to New England soliciting support for his idea. President James Monroe himself contributed to the cause, along with 32 members of Congress.
On February 9, 1821, President Monroe signed the Act of Congress creating Columbian College, a non-sectarian institution. In 1904, the institution was given its current name, and in 1912, it began the move to its present location in Foggy Bottom, the area George Washington had envisioned for his national university.
The George Washington University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education as one of the six regional accrediting bodies for private schools, colleges, and universities. The MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.
The Commission has been a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) since its origin in 1919. In March of 2013, the Commission formally incorporated within the state of Pennsylvania as the Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education and maintains an ongoing relationship with the MSA.
More information about the Commission can be accessed on their website: http://www.msche.org/