GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #26 out of more than 144 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Virtual Orientation

Welcome Students!

This orientation will highlight some of the important resources you’ll need to be a successful online student at GWU.

  1. Activate Your GW Email Address and NetID

Your NetID (the first part of your GW email address) is used for many online services including logging into email, Blackboard and technology services. Once you activate your GW email address, be sure to check your account frequently for university messages.

Please follow the steps below to activate your technology accounts.

Step 1

GWid is your student identity number given to you at the time you applied. If you know your GWid, you can proceed to step 2

  • Click here to open the GWid site
  • Click on "Retrieve your GWid now!"
  • Agree to the Terms of Use
  • Follow the retrieval instructions for "SSN + Date of Birth"
  • Your GWid will appear on the page
  • Once you have retrieved your GWid, write it down and keep it in a safe place.

Step 2

If you submitted your deposit online, you have already changed your PIN and you can proceed to Step 3.

  • Click here to log into the GWeb Information System
  • Enter your GWid in the "User ID" field
  • Enter your default PIN (MMDDYY of your birthday) and log in
  • Change your PIN by going to the Personal Information Menu
  • You will use your GWid and PIN to register for classes

Step 3

  • Create your NetID and GW e-mail address
  • Visit the Account Creation page and click Claim an Account.
  • Create your NetID - you will need your GWid and PIN to create your NetID
  • Once you have created your account, make sure to remember your NetID and password .

You can now access the following  online services

2. Explore and bookmark your myGW portal

3. Register for Classes

4. Review academic readiness and netiquette guidelines:

5. Blackboard & Computer Technology

6. Many online courses include real-time webinar sessions using Blackboard's Collaborate tool. Review the document below to make sure your computer system is properly configured and you have the skills you need to participate effectively in these sessions. As an online learner, you will need a high-speed internet connection and computer equipped with a microphone, speakers and webcam. 

7.  Review Academic Policies

8. Resources for Academic Support





Graduate School Bootcamp

This series of online learning modules that provide a refresher for graduate coursework.

Learning in a New Language

Options Galore

Explore options for learning and communicating with technology.