GW Online High School

Non-degree study at GW provides opportunities for qualified students within GWUOHS to take classes at GW and earn university-level academic credits.

If you're interested in taking a class, speak to your Associate Head of School at GWUOHS to start the application process. The application process takes place each semester (fall, spring and summer). 

Submit an Application
Submit an application to apply for non-degree status. You will first be prompted to create a username, confirm your email address, then create a password. Once these steps are completed, you will be able to log in and start a new application. On the first page of the application, choose the following in order to apply as a non-degree student (each field must be selected before these fields options will populate):

  • What type of program are you applying to? Non-Degree

  • School: Summer & Non-Degree Programs

  • Field of Study: General Study

  • Degree: Non-Degree

  • Concentration: Not Applicable

  • Term: Semester that you wish to apply for

The application will then guide you through the rest of the parts until your application is complete. Please review your application before submitting to make sure the information you've given us is complete and accurate.

Create a GW NetID and GW Email Account
Once your confirmation email arrives, use the GW student ID (or GWID) provided to create your GW netID and GW email account. The NetID is required to access GW systems, and the GW email will be the address to which GW sends all official communications, including course announcements and your student e-bill.

Register for Courses
Online registration instructions can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Please confirm all course selections with your GWUOHS counselor. Certain courses may require instructor approval or have prerequisites that you must meet through an online placement exam or by verifying prerequisites directly with the department or professor. Visit myGW to contact a department of professor by name. 

Search for a Course
The Office of the Registrar and the University Bulletin present information about courses, including location, day, time and course-related feeds. Search for a course in our course catalog that meets this criteria:

  • Open for registration (courses listed as “closed” in the schedule are full)

  • Has a course number in the 1000s, which indicates introductory level undergraduate material

  • Not restricted to specific degree candidates

  • Does not have prerequisites that you have not taken

  • Not in the following fields: Exercise Science, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Sport and Physical Activity, Music

Be sure to check that the course day and time does not conflict with your personal or school schedule.

Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campus
Classes are taught on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. Courses taught on Mount Vernon will be denoted in the schedule with the section number “MV” and will be listed under “Mount Vernon Campus” on the main scheduling page.

Dropping a Course
Students who would like to add or drop courses after the first day of classes, should first speak to the GWUOHS counselor who will contact GW regarding the change.

Required Paperwork

Mandatory Health Form
If you have not previously taken courses at GW, submit your Mandatory Health Form to the Student Health Service office prior to the start of classes. Failure to do so will result in a hold on your record that will not allow you to register for courses or obtain your grades.

Tuition & Fees
The Office of Students Accounts manages your bill. Follow the instructions to review and pay your bill.

In addition, we encourage you to set up your parent or guardian as an authorized user for your online bill, so that they can log in to your account, check your balance and make payments. Note: This does not grant access to grades, transcripts or other academic information.