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Washington, DC
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$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live on off-campus housing so I cannot speak for myself. The only reason I know that there are options close to the campus is because I pass some living options on my way to classes, otherwise I am completely in the dark about off-campus living options.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not get any financial aid despite applying for it. My family cannot afford the tuition; however, as much of our debt is now gone (mortgages and car payments, etc. are all paid off), the school did not award any aid. There are many people who do receive aid and when they do, it's very substantial. However, I just cannot speak for myself what the aid process is like and I am unable to list any tips for receiving aid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at GW are so amazing and spacious. Some of the dorms have a lot of residents; however, the rooms themselves are large and well-kept. As you get older, the dorms become more apartment styled. There is only one dorm with communal bathrooms and that is if one wishes to live in a single - the rest of the dorms tend to be doubles, meaning the most people one would ever have to share a bathroom with are 3 other people IF each dorm room had two people living in it. Additionally, each dorm room is equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge as part of the room amenities!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience at GW so far is great, I love the campus (although I do wish the main campus was greener!) and the student body has been very nice. My classes are extremely interesting and challenging to the point where they are hard but not impossible. The events on and around campus are plentiful - there is never a shortage of things to do! The metro makes the entire city (and even Virginia and Maryland) extremely accessible. The only reason I would not choose GW if I had to do it all over again is because the price is extremely high and it's very difficult to afford; however, if I had any aid, I would definitely love to continue going here!

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College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car on campus as it's not necessary at all, so I am unable to describe the parking situation at GW.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: GW's student life is very good - many students are involved in clubs and student organizations, whether it's greek life, a varsity sport, or our people watching club. Our sports may not be D1 sports, but we still have a lot of school spirit and very good facilities for our athletes. The main campus library just got renovated and is extremely useful, there are countless computers and study spaces for the students. In addition, it's connected to the campus Starbucks (open 24/7), which is very useful when one is studying into the wee hours of the night. Furthermore, GW is always planning an event for the students to enjoy - puppies in the park as part of finals relief, hoagies with the Dean, pancakes with the Provost, you name it!

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: When I think about what makes GW unique, the first thing that comes to mind (apart from the dedication of the amazing, qualified faculty) is GW's extensive use of the city as a tool for learning. Countless classes go out into the city at least once during the semester to give the students hands-on experience for their class or just to help round out their education. There are also many classes that "service-learning" courses that require students to do a certain amount of community service per semester as a requirement of the class. GW is definitely the best when it comes to integrating the city into the classroom - it's a phenomenal way for students not only to learn, but to get acquainted with the city they will spend the next four years of their lives in.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is so much variety around GW's campus. Not only are the options endless but many of them take money from our ID's, as well, which is great if one lacks cash. Many of the people working at the dining options around campus are students, too. The actual restaurants tend to be a bit pricey; however that is DC in general, it is an expensive city! The GW Deli on G street is fantastic, though. Cheap (but delicious) food, very fast, and very convenient!

4 College Freshman

Computers: I can't say much about the computer labs because I have yet to use them at all but the printing on campus is very cheap and accessible, as well as very fast. There are printing kiosks located all over the libraries and in some of the other school buildings around campus. The network reliability and speed is very good and the network itself is quite secure. The only time the network is ever slow to refresh or work is during registration, which definitely could be improved; however, it is very quick and reliable at all other times. Having one's own computer and printer are both preferred to not having them as it makes completing online homework and printing homework very fast and easy as opposed to if one had to go to the library to do all his work.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: GW's campus is extremely safe. Not only do we have the campus police patrolling, but the DCPD also has jurisdiction over the campus and the Secret Service regularly walk around as the campus is so close to the White House. There are still thefts and robberies around campus but it is never at the hands of students, but people who walk into the campus as it is right in the city. However, that is to be expected and the police are very proactive and fast in their responses to any crime.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The campus dining at GW is definitely accessible - there are a lot of different places to get food at; however they are relatively similar. The food is by no means unhealthy, which is very nice for students trying to make healthy choices, but it is hard for vegetarians and vegans to find food that isn't a salad or a sandwich. However, the campus dining hall on the Mount Vernon campus has much better options for vegetarians despite its small size and is even open on the weekends, whereas the main campus dining hall is not open on the weekends. If one does not wish to eat in the campus cafeterias, there are plenty of places one can go to find food around campus with much more variety than the dining halls. If I was to include those stores in my rating as well as the dining halls, I would rate the campus dining as a 4 instead of a 3.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Thurston is terrible, but all the upperclassmen dorms and most of the other freshman building are actually very nice. Buildings on the Mt Vernon campus especially are very clean and well-maintained.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I hate their style and their personalities. There are a few good ones, but most everyone you meet is along a similar line of preppy and somewhat shallow. I wouldn't enter a true relationship with anyone on campus, but there is no shortage of candidates if you're just looking for a casual hook-up.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I plan to transfer due to changes in interest, but the international relations program at GW is actually very interesting. Freshmen are required to take a lot of boring, basic subjects, but the professors are very interesting and the workload is just right.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I loved all of my classes. Even boring classes are made interesting by great professors, although there are a few professors to avoid. The libraries and study rooms are always kept clean and usually stay very quiet. Overall, academics at GW are edifying and enjoyable, though challenging at times.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of international students which can be really interesting. All religions are accepted and most are very well represented. GW professors are very good about allowing students to miss classes for religious holidays, as long as you take care of it ahead of time. There is also good diversity of sexualities, and most everyone is very accepting. However, the average gw student is white or asian, and almost all of them seem have a very high economic status.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't hate GWU, but I don't fit in there. I feel like there is a very specific kind of person that thrives at GW, and my vaguely hippie-esque personality just does not mesh well with the more exuberant, preppy types. I also find a lot of GW students to be kind of shallow, although there are of course plenty of gems to be friends with. I didn't have any trouble making friends, despite being a very shy person, but the energy and culture on campus is just not for me.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are tons of nearby clubs, although they card very carefully and fake IDs are usually confiscated. Frat parties take place every weekend, and usually go until the cops show up, although I find often the only entertainment anyone gets at frat parties is hooking up with someone. However, there is always something interesting to do and I think anyone can find something that fits their scene.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: GW is in walking distance of the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Washington Monument...and on and on. There is always something to do. Besides tourist attractions, DC has tons of concerts and good clubs for a fairly thriving nightlife, especially on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: GW is fairly good with merit scholarships, but receiving need-based aid is a pretty big headache.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Everyone at GW can get an incredible internship. You don't have to, but the experiences are usually much more interesting than most places because of the location at the heart of Washington, DC.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Elliot School for International Affairs is actually really helpful and most graduates get jobs with a relative amount of ease.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless access is on point.
would recommend bringing your own printer.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Thefts don't happen that often and UPD does a decent job at providing security.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: way better than the dorm life

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David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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Students at GW tend to complain a lot about the pricey tuition, lack of school spirit, perhaps unnecessary new facilities, and excessive nickel-and-diming. However, most students stay at GW for four years—GW’s retention rate is 91 percent. Many students are also upset about how GW compares academically to other schools, and that the science labs and facilities are run-down and old. GW students want the best and sometimes the University does not live up to their expectations.

Although GW provides students with a large variety of entertaining on-campus activities, students can also go off campus and enjoy the city. The University’s location in DC makes most GW students’ experiences worthwhile and interesting. GW would not be the same, nor as wonderful, if it were not located in DC. The city adds life, variety, and uniqueness to the campus environment. Students have the opportunity to land incredible internships while taking classes. The city also offers countless off-campus shows, productions, sporting events, restaurants and bars, museums, and (of course) the monuments to visit. Washington is the perfect college town because it attracts young people from all over the country, gives students amazing opportunities, and is easy to manage. GW is a great place to be—most students are happy to spend their four years here.
 

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