Student Resources

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The information below includes resources for students in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate.

Learn more information about the resources provided through the Office of Student Services.


MyGW is a portal for all GW systems, including: GWMail, Blackboard, DegreeMap, GWeb, and other university services.

Visit MyGW to:

  • Register
  • View course schedule and grades
  • Access Blackboard
  • Access DegreeMap (advising software)
  • View the University Bulletin on official policies
  • View the academic calendar

The GWeb registration system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (not including university holidays).

First Step: Access GWeb

  • Go to MyGW.
  • Click "GWeb Info System" on the left sidebar.
  • Log in with your GWid and PIN.

Second Step: Prepare to Register

  • Select "Student Records & Registration" from the GWeb Info System
  • Select "Registration Menu" to access the registration screen
  • Select "Prepare for Registration" to check your eligibility to register, including if there are any holds impacticing registration, and information on earned credit hours.

Third Step: Access the Student Records & Registration Menu

  • To search for specific coursework in a given term, select "Register for Classes" and select the appropriate term from the dropdown menu.
  • In the newly populated screen, students can search for specific courses, identify open sections, and identify any course conflicts.
  • Upon identifying a course you would like to register into, select the "add" button to add this to your academic schedule.
  • To drop a class, select your course from the “Summary” page and select “Web Drop” from the actions dropdown menu.
  • To confirm selection, click the "Submit" button. This will lock in your course selection.

If the courses show up as "Web registered on X date," you have successfully registered. Classes usually become available in Blackboard the week before coursework begins.

Note: For more detailed instructions, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website on GWeb Registration Processes.

Adding and Dropping

Classes A student can add or drop classes without penalty until 11:59 pm EST the Sunday before classes start. Any changes to registration after this deadline will incur a penalty. If you must add or drop a class after the first day of classes, please contact your advisor for guidance.

Visit the Course Drop Refund Schedule for current semester dates and deadlines.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Textbooks and course materials are posted 4-6 weeks before the start of each semester.  Order books soon after you register to be sure you have them before classes start.

Book information is available via the Schedule of Classes, each course has a link to textbooks and course materials. You can also access this information through the GW Bookstore:

  • Go to GW Bookstore.
  • Click "Books" (blue bar at top), then “Textbooks.”
  • For “Select Your Program,” default to All Programs in drop box.
  • Select the appropriate term.
  • Select Your Department (i.e. HSCI).
  • Select the appropriate section, should be a VA section.
  • Click Submit

Be sure to use the correct ISBN if you use another vendor.

Paying for Classes

All payments must be received by the first day of class. Please use the Paying for Classes guide for detailed information on the process.

There is no automatic drop for non-payment.  All unpaid balances are subject to a 12% interest rate, beginning on the first day of class, and a $75 late payment fee if the outstanding balance is carried into a second billing cycle. A financial hold will be placed on all unpaid accounts over $500.

The Student Accounts Office is happy to answer any billing questions. Contact them by email the Student Accounts Office or call by phone (202) 994-7350 Monday through Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST or Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.

Technology Support

Division of Information Technology (DIT) provides information and support to all GW students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (202) 994-GWIT (4948) or email

DIT's Student Technology Guide provides information on accessing your student accounts, security, software, and more.

Academic Support Resources

Wellness Resources

The GW SMHS Office of Student Support offers many wellness resources for students:

Mental Health and Counseling Services


The Post-Bacc program offers free tutoring to matriculating students. Former graduates hold regular office hours, study sessions and academic enhancement for all students. More information is available in the syllabi. The Office of Student Affairs offers a Learning and Study Skills Inventory that may be useful for students who are adjusting their studying from their previous undergraduate experiences. 

Library and Database Access

As a student within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, your home library is the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.  The School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a Himmelfarb Library Online Orientation and The Himmelfarb Library tutorials will familiarize you with the many resources available for students. Additionally, you have access to the university’s main library, the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, and also the library located on GW’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus.

ALADIN gives you access to resources from off-campus including material requests from university partner libraries. Use your last name and GWid to log in to ALADIN. If you need assistance with ALADIN, contact the Gelman Library Circulation Desk at (202) 994-6840 or and identify yourself as a Health Sciences student.

Off-campus students should use the Virtual Private Network (VPN). Login with your username and password for GWMail. This will allow you to use the online library resources as if you were using an on-campus computer. View the Login From Off-Campus tutorial for step by step instructions.

Several other Research Tutorials are available to provide further information on the research process.

GW Writing Center

The GW Writing Center offers free individual tutoring for GW students. Tutors are available during any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing information efficiently and clearly, developing a strong thesis, addressing grammar and punctuation issues, providing evidence in support of an argument, and presenting the findings of an experiment or the solution to a research problem.

Tutors are available by telephone for off-campus students. Arrangements are required in advance. Email to schedule an appointment.

Office of Student Support (OSS)

The Office of Student Support offers a wide range of services ranging from time management strategies to academic tutoring. The OSS offers learning specialist assessment to students are struggling academically. These services are free to charge to GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences students. 

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Disability Support Services provides resources and support for students who request accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act.  The office works in collaboration with the PostBacc faculty to facilitate recognition and resources for accommodation of learning differences. It is recommended that students who seek accommodation, contact the DSS office at least 4 weeks in advance of each semester to initiate the request. 

Academic Calendar

The University's academic calendar includes holidays and the beginning and end dates for each semester.

University And Health Sciences Programs Policies

Academic policies for Health Science graduate and undergraduate students, including those related to admission, transfer of credit, academic standing, degree requirements, and enrollment status are provided in the following documents:

George Washington University Bulletin Health Sciences Programs Bulletin

Policies on the following topics are provided in the Schedule of Classes:

Collection of Student Current Addresses, Students called to Active Military Duty, Religious Holidays, Graduation Retention Information, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Directory Information Release of Student Information

The Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities contains the following university policies:

Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities


Plan Your Housing Accommodations

A wide variety of convenient off-campus options are available. For GW's listing of off-campus housing options, you may visit the VSTC Housing Website or utilize the Loudoun County Apartment Rental Guide developed and maintained by the Loudoun County Division of Housing and Community Development.

The Sunday edition of the Washington Post has information about rental housing in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

National Corporate Housing is GWs - Ashburn Campus Partner to support incoming students with housing and finding a roommate. For more information, you may visit this National Corporate Housing document

Transportation and Campus Parking

Parking on the Virginia Science and Technology campus is free for all students, staff, and faculty. Most of our students will commute to campus by car.

Shuttle Buses Washington Metro Area Transit System

The Post-Bac Program is located on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus and is serviced by two free shuttle buses.

Students commuting from outside of the area can take the Silver Line metro to the Wiehle-Reston Station and take the Wiehle Express bus to campus.

GW also operates an Intercampus Shuttle that will transport students between the campus in Ashburn and our downtown DC campus.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority offers a safe, convenient, and affordable way for students to travel throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.