About CI

Preparing students to engage and the change the world!

Colonial Inauguration, a tradition at GW now in its 25th year, is an orientation program like no other! CI is an award-winning program designed to prepare you for academic rigor at GW, to welcome you to the GW family, and to acquaint you with our campus resources. We have assembled our best people--students, faculty, and administrators alike--to introduce you to life at GW. CI is an experience the whole family can enjoy, with distinct sessions tailored for students, parents, and siblings.

During CI, parents and students will choose from various educational sessions and social activities focused on preparing to be a successful student, taking care of business, building social networks, and learning about life at GW. Younger siblings attending summer CI can join the Siblings Program and spend time getting to know GW, exploring DC, and creating friendships with other GW siblings.

You will meet faculty members, academic advisors, administrators, and our 2014 Colonial Cabinet, a group of talented GW students who will guide you through your CI experience and who can serve as a peer mentor to you during your time at GW.