GW First Class

GW First Class will be available beginning May 30. You are required to complete GW First Class before coming to Colonial Inauguration. 

GW First Class is our online course registration tutorial which will prepare you to register for your first semester of classes. GW First Class includes information on general curriculum requirements, placement exams in mathematics and languages, and contact information for advisors.

Once you have obtained your GW email account, signed up for the date that you will register for classes (selected during CI registration), and familiarized yourself with the GW Bulletin and Schedule of Classes, you are ready for GW First Class.

After you have familiarized yourself with the specific requirements of your GW college by completing GW First Class online via Blackboard, you should be able to prepare a reasonable schedule of classes.  Work at developing a schedule that seems appropriate for you and that you can discuss in-person with  your advisor at CI.  After attending CI, you will have selected a preliminary list of courses for your first semester as a GW student.  With this information, you are now ready to register for classes. On your assigned registration date, follow the instructions provided to you in GW First Class.

GW First Class Format

GW First Class is found on the university's Blackboard Learning System.  You will become quite familiar with Blackboard as a GW student because it is through this system that professors post course syllabi and course assignments and communicate with their students.

GW First Class Logistics

  • The course will take approximately one hour to complete and may take longer depending on whether you need to take placement exams or on how easily you can make decisions about your course selection.
  • You may enter the GW First Class site as many times as you like and complete the tutorial over time.  Remember-- you must complete GW First Class before coming to CI.
  • GW First Class contains a tutorial on how to register for classes using GWeb, GW's course registration system.  Feel free to review the tutorial as many times as you would like, and drop in for a practice session at CI, so you understand the process to register for classes in July.
  • If you are a student in the University Honors Program (UHP) or the Women's Leadership Program (WLP), please complete your UHP or WLP module before completing your school module.

GW First Class Support 

  • The GW First Class Call Center is open June 1-8 (Monday - Friday) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm (EST), and July 5-16 (Monday-Friday) from 10:00am to 6:00pm (EST) along with all class registration periods on July 12, 13 and 14.  GW First Class can be reached by phone (202-994-1200), e-mail (gwfc@gwu.edu), or GChat at screen name GWFirstClass.  Colonial Inauguration staff who are trained as peer advisors are available on the Call Center to answer questions or to direct you to the appropriate person or department.
  • Contact your college or school's academic advising office.  Advising offices are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST) Monday through Friday.  Contact information for your college or school can be found on the Colonial Inauguration web site's Contact Information page.
  • Continue to visit your school's module on Blackboard and check the main page for other support opportunities.  In addition, be sure to check your GW email account frequently as all updates will be sent to you there.   

Please note, international students must complete GW First Class and register for classes prior to attending Fall CI in August.  Freshmen international students will select a July registration date when registering for CI.  If you have questions about course selection prior to registration and would like to speak with an advisor in your school, please visit the CI website and view "Class Registration" under the academics page.