WELCOME CLASS OF 2026!
GET READY FOR THE MOST MEMORABLE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE.
College is a time for academic, social, and self-development. At GW Hillel, we aim to give you the tools and support you need to make the most out of your time at GW and grow as an individual.
Looking for a way to ease the transition into college? Want to be connected with other incoming Jewish first year students? GW Hillel’s LaunchPad offers incoming first year students a unique opportunity to 'find your people' and arrive to campus welcomed with open arms by Hillel student leaders and staff.
LaunchPad runs Monday 8/22 -Tuesday 8/23. Students who register for Launchpad before June 15th will be able to select 8/20 or 8/21 as their move-in date. Any student who registers after June 15th is not guaranteed a move-in date before LaunchPad begins. We will do our best to accommodate any students who wish to join the program!
What can I expect by participating in LaunchPad?
LaunchPad helps students feel a sense of belonging from the very start of their first year on-campus. GW Hillel works to create an experience that cultivates relationships and helps students see the city with Jewish values in mind. Each year, we curate a unique experience but past LaunchPad groups did some of the following:
- Met with US Congress Representatives & Senators, Supreme Court Justices, and staffers to hear about the intersection of Jewish Life and Politics
- Took a Private Tour of Nationals Stadium
- Met with Small Groups for icebreakers and other social gatherings
- Q&A Sessions with upperclassmen about EVERYTHING you need to know to take advantage of your time at GW.
- Challah Baking Class with the Founders of RxChicken: an up-and-coming DC based company.
- Met with Founder of SHOUK: an incredibly delicious vegan Israeli restaurant in DC
- and more!
Participation in LaunchPad costs $165 and will cover programming, transportation, and food costs throughout the program.
(Please Note: No student will be turned away due to financial need. For information on scholarships, email Adena.)
With questions about the program please email Sara.
Please note, registration for LaunchPad is currently open only to incoming first year students.