School Without Walls Students

The School Without Walls Exposure Program provides opportunities for qualified students within School Without Walls to take classes at GW and earn university-level academic credits. 

If you're interested in taking a class, speak to a School Without Walls Guidance Counselor to start the application process. The application process takes place each semester (fall, spring and summer). 

Admitted Students

Apply & Register for Courses

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 the following 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

By the due date indicated in your acceptance email, submit a signed Policy Form (PDF) as well as a Registration Request Form (PDF) to the Office of Non-Degree Students at We will complete your registration and confirm your course details by email.

Choose a Course

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 that meets the following 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. Due to the time it takes to travel between campuses, we recommend that you choose courses held on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Dropping a Course

Students who would like to add or drop courses after the first day of classes, should first speak to the School Without Walls Guidance Counselor who will contact GW regarding the change.

Enrollees who drop a course after the first week of classes will not be eligible to apply for a new course for a full academic year.

Pay Outstanding Fees & Submit Required Paperwork

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.

Policy & Registration Request Forms

Prior to the start of classes turn in a signed Policy Form (PDF) as well as a Registration Request Form (PDF) to the Office of Non-Degree Students at We will complete your registration and confirm your course details by email.

Pay Outstanding Fees

The Exposure Program covers tuition only and students are responsible for associated fees and materials.

The Office of Students Accounts manages your bill. Follow the instructions to review and pay your bill if you have outstanding fees.

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.