Undergraduate Orientation


Programming Details:

Welcome, Class of 2026! We are thrilled that you've chosen to join us this fall and we cannot wait to welcome you to the Corcoran at GW. Our program areas are planning orientation sessions in conjunction with GW’s New Student Orientation to help welcome you to the Corcoran. 

On Thursday, August 25, we will host a meet & greet to welcome new undergraduate students to the Corcoran. Join us at 9am in the Corcoran Flagg Building for donuts and to pick up your Corcoran swag. All Corcoran majors and minors are strongly encouraged to attend. After a welcome from our Director, Dr. Lauren Onkey, students will break out by program areas. Please see the sections below for program-specific information.

Art History

Following the Corcoran Meet & Greet in the Flagg Building, Art History students will have a program overview and tour of the Art History spaces in Smith Hall of Art.

Studio Arts, Photography & Photojournalism, Graphic Design, Interaction Design

Important campus/studio updates. Introduction of program heads, advisors, staff. Foundations chat. Q&A.

Prof. Dean Kessmann, Program Head, Fine Arts and Photojournalism Prof. Siobhan Rigg, Program Head, Design


10:15 am -11:00am:
Break out intro program-specific groups with advisors for Flagg/Smith tours and Q&A 

  • Prof. Matt Eich, Advisor, Photojournalism
  • Prof. Kevin Patton, Advisor, Interaction Design
  • Prof. Allyson Vieira, Advisor, Fine Arts, Foundations Coordinator
  • Kaitlin Jencso, Studio Manager
Interior Architecture

The Interior Architecture program will meet with the students in the Flagg Atrium and host a tour of the building focusing on the Interior Architecture spaces and studios. The tour will conclude in Flagg Room 212 for a brief presentation about courses, planning, etc. and have time for questions.


Meet with faculty members and current music students who will answer any questions you have. There will be a tour of our spaces, overview on lesson registration, course scheduling, and ensemble auditions. This orientation will give you a good idea of what to expect in your first semester at GW as well as help you envision and plan for the next four years.

Theatre & Dance

The Theatre and Dance Program faculty and staff will leave from the Flagg Building for a walking tour of our various studio, performance, and teaching spaces on the Foggy Bottom campus. The tour will culminate in a program Q&A session in the Betts Theatre, our primary performance space. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

The tour will include:

Start: Flagg Building (Corcoran School administration, non-performance studios and laboratories)
Building XX (black box studio, program administration, faculty office)
Samson Hall (costume fabrication lab, design studio)
Building J (dance studios, under renovation walk by)
Finish: University Student Center (scenic fabrication lab, dance and acting studios, Betts Theatre)