Academic Program Support

The Office for Student Success connects undergraduate students in the 5 main colleges (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW School of Business, Elliott School of International Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health) to programs, resources, and support services that empower students to raise high!  OSS provides:

  • College-readiness Programs
  • Academic Success Programs
  • Outreach & Support
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Skills Building
  • Guidance Navigating GW
  • Connection to Campus Resources

Academic Support Resources

Academic Advisors
Academic Advisors are students' primary contact for information regarding program requirements and planning, academic regulations, and preparing for graduate school. OSS partners with advisors to support referred students for additional guidance on other hurdles they encounter to identify other resources or strategies to support their studies.

Academic Commons 
Academic Commons serves as a one-stop resource for many academic services campus-wide such as peer tutoring, writing and research assistance, fellowship and research opportunities, language support, study skills, workshops, and more.

OSS offers comprehensive 360 coaching support for undergraduate students who need assistance with academic and personal planning, problem solving and connecting to university resources. The Student Success Coaching Program is designed to help students build the foundational skills for a successful semester and academic year. Through intentional and collaborative sessions, students develop learning strategies, establish healthy study habits, and cultivate self-advocacy skills.  Students can contact [email protected] to be paired with a coach.

  • Academic Success Coaching - Ad hoc coaching for specific academic matters is also offered through the following schools for students who are on academic probation.
  • International Student Coaching
  • Career Coaches
    • Our professional career coaches have extensive experience working with students in career development, employment advising, internship preparation, interview skills and document preparation. Career coaching is available for all degree-seeking GW students through either the Center for Career Services or through individual school-based career centers.

Undergraduate Research at GW offers opportunities for students to deepen their scholarship, connect with faculty, prepare for graduate school, and develop life-long critical thinking, analytic, and professional skills, through paid and unpaid research opportunities. In addition students are encouraged to showcase their research at the annual Research Showcase.

Success Workshops
Gelman Library collaborates with campus partners to offer a wide range of workshops to support academic success.

Summer & Non-Degree Programs
Enrollment in summer classes affords students an opportunity to expand academic interests,  get back on track or to get ahead. Summer session offers several hundred online and on-campus courses over the course of two 6-week sessions.  Special programs such as short term abroad, multicourse intensive institutes, and special programs for incoming and visiting international students and high school students  are also available.

Summer Academy
Summer Academy enables students to make academic progress during the summer and remain on track for graduation. During the program, students can complete a course and develop academic skills to support continued academic success in the summer and beyond. OSS will contact eligible students directly.

Find Summer Academy on Instagram at @GWSummerAcademy.

Summer EAP
Summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is designed for international students who speak English as a second or additional language to equip students with an academic skill set that will benefit both educational and professional aspirations. Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to improve their English academic writing, research and communication skills are invited to enroll in Summer EAP courses. Incoming students find this program especially helpful in supporting a successful transition into their program of study in the fall.

Applied English Studies (AES)
AES is a non-degree, intensive English summer program, that allows academically qualified students who wish to enter a Graduate Degree program but do not meet school TOEFL  requirements to upgrade their academic English skills and become socialized into the U.S. university community prior to matriculation into a graduate degree program at GW. Students are selected for this program respective school.

Learn more about summer programs for visiting non-degree students on the GW Summer website

Additional Resources 
The resources available to our students are abundant. Below are a few to note: 


Students who are part of a scholar cohort program benefit from the support of faculty and staff mentors and collaborative onboarding and academic year programming through OSS to support academic success and connection.

More information on specific scholar cohorts can be found on the Scholar Cohort webpage. 

The Office for Student Life provides the following services and resources to transfer students. Click on the links provided below for additional information.

The Office for Student Life recognizes that there are many definitions for what it means to be a First-Generation college student. The University defines First-Generation college students as those whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree.  Click on the links provided below for additional information.  

The International Services Office is the first stop for the GW international community and will help eliminate administrative challenges when studying in the US. Click on the links below for additional information.