George Washington University students perform welcoming songs as incoming freshmen and their parents arrive at the school's \

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George Washington University students perform welcoming songs as incoming freshmen and their parents arrive at the school's "Colonial Inauguration," an orientation program before classes begin in the fall.

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An incoming freshman arrives at an orientation event at the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University. Signs, as well as maps, help new students find their way.

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An incoming freshman arrives at an orientation event at the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University. Signs, as well as maps, help new students find their way.

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A tour of the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University helps new students get their bearings.

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A tour of the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University helps new students get their bearings.

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George Washington students perform songs and skits for incoming freshmen. Although the older students are hoping to make the new students feel welcome, they are also trying to familiarize them with issues that they will probably face.

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George Washington students perform songs and skits for incoming freshmen. Although the older students are hoping to make the new students feel welcome, they are also trying to familiarize them with issues that they will probably face.

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Incoming freshman Meghan Pensyl and her mom, Jan Pensyl, from Mount Bethel, Pa., check the orientation schedule at George Washington University.

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Incoming freshman Meghan Pensyl and her mom, Jan Pensyl, from Mount Bethel, Pa., check the orientation schedule at George Washington University.

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Current George Washington students answer questions for incoming freshmen and their parents during orientation.

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Current George Washington students answer questions for incoming freshmen and their parents during orientation.

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Getting a sense of the school's layout can be helpful for incoming freshmen not used to a large campus.

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Getting a sense of the school's layout can be helpful for incoming freshmen not used to a large campus.

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Orientation activities at George Washington University include introductions to classmates and campus services.

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Orientation activities at George Washington University include introductions to classmates and campus services.

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In Thurston Hall, a dormitory at George Washington University, incoming students learn about the rules pertaining to alcohol and drug abuse in campus buildings.

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In Thurston Hall, a dormitory at George Washington University, incoming students learn about the rules pertaining to alcohol and drug abuse in campus buildings.

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George Washington students perform skits on such topics as parents' issues and roommate conflicts ...

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George Washington students perform skits on such topics as parents' issues and roommate conflicts ...

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... as well as the hazards of drinking at campus parties ...

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... as well as the hazards of drinking at campus parties ...

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... and exposure to drug abuse, which may be new to incoming freshmen.

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... and exposure to drug abuse, which may be new to incoming freshmen.

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