Location
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

{{ error }}
close
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a large and vocal gay community that is very much supported by the student body (cough cough politically liberal community). There is also a strong Indian and Asian presence, represented by their many clubs and such. Although there is a high percentage of African Americans in DC, it is not reflected in the classrooms. We are mostly rich white kids who got rejected from Georgetown.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food isn't always amazing, but there are a lot of different places to go. There are places like Whole Foods, BTS, Sweetgreens, Starbucks, CVS, Carvings, GW Deli, and Crepeaway that all take Gworld aka your dining plan. Actually most places on Foggy Bottom take GWorld.There are also lots of other places that don't take Gworld, all within walking distance and most of them fairly priced.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's very hit or miss. I've heard stories of people who received an almost full ride who didn't really need it and others who are barely getting by.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There a lot of variety. Some of it is very expensive, some of it is much cheaper than the on campus housing fees. However, GW doesn't let you live off campus until you are a junior which is very annoying. There is limited sophomore housing so many people are on a wait list for housing and others, such as myself, placed in random dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm considering transferring. Considering the academics are just ok, I don't think the tuition is worth it. It's not that good of a school and while DC is fun, unless you are taking full advantage of the city (i.e. interning on the Hill), I would like a more inspiring academic setting. To be sure, some of the students here are very smart and know a lot about international affairs/current events. There are people who do some really cool things here. But the majority are very average, boring people without too much intelligence. Many of them are over confident, arrogant, and talk without thinking. There are also a lot of rules in DC. Sometimes the feeling that the government is watching you can really get on your nerves. There is very little school spirit and that doesn't surprise me.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: DC is a fun place. There's museums, clubs, bars, greenery, cherry blossoms, festivals, marathons, music, theaters, an easy to use metro line and lots of busses. There's so much to do in DC. There's the hip part of town near U st and the preppy expensive Georgetown, the beauty of the White House and the Capital, the Smithsonian's, tirck-or-treat a the Embassies, the Cherry Blossom festival, the White House Christmas Tree Lighting, Easter Service at the National Cathedral, Flower Marts, farmers markets, fancy balls, famous speakers, the memorials, and so much more. It's also very close to Virginia and Maryland if you want to go camping or mix things up.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The best thing about GW is really being in DC. The nightlife can be very fun and it's always a good time going to the monuments or any of the free museums. 9:30 Club is definitely a must go to. They have pretty cheap concerts (and some big performers (i.e. Haim, Grouplove, MGMT). The gay clubs are also fun and 18+. The intern opportunities are also great. If you want a job, GW will make sure you get one. There are so many on and off campus opportunities, let alone working for any of the many government agencies. I have friends on the Hill, in the Smithsonian's, and in local frozen yogurt shops. Whatever type of job you are looking for, you can find it in DC. Academics are just ok. Some professors are really nice and passionate, but there are also a lot of terrible ones. Overall, not that challenging. But that allows more time for internships and part time jobs.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a lot of frat parties. It's mostly just drunk guys crammed into a small room with the stench of beer wafting through the hot air. Not my scene. The best parties are the small get togethers in rooms. However, depending on where you live the house staff can get really annoying and bust you for the smallest things. There aren't a lot of official student orgs. There's some very small ones, like Playwright Anon or the huge ones like the International Affairs Society but not too much in-between. They are mostly arts groups--some of which are very good, some of which aren't. The intramural sports scene is probably the most fun. It's fairly low commitment but a good way to meet people. Plus the gym is pretty cool. Most people are pretty busy with their internships or sports and such but there are a lot of different social scenes to be a part of.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I typically feel very safe on campus. We have, however, had a few incidents of violence or left from the homeless. Sometimes, especially at night, you have to be careful. I've been followed before and although GW offers a 4Rides program (they will pick you up and drop you off on campus), it really wasn't practical to call them as it would take to long to be effective. I just rushed up a couple of blocks till I was closer to some of the main buildings and I felt safe again. Overall, very safe though.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's pretty good with of the different opportunities DC holds. The learning itself isn't too amazing though. Teachers are ok and so far I haven't learned too much about International Affairs. Most of the classes that I want to take are senior/junior classes. The lower level classes are mostly just history and the intro to IA. Nothing special. But, the involvement with the DC community (i.e. the embassies, the speakers, being in the center of our nation's capital) makes for a very cool and involved learning experience. Also, the intern and networking opportunities are amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: No real difficulties. Getting into the Elliott School wasn't that hard. I did MUN in high school (although I wasn't that involved), took AP Comp Go, and had some involvement with Student Gov. That's all. I had good grades and strong SAT scores. Applying to the Elliott school was just clicking a box and mentioning how the DC/political aspect of GW excited and inspired me to get out there and participate in the world.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing pretty good here at GW. Well, sometimes. Most of the building are very nice and there are a lot of different housing options (singles, suite style quads, doubles, etc). Dorms like Madison are very nice--plenty of room and such. Others, like Thurston, are a kind of run down and gross (it's the freshman party dorm). The Mt. Vernon dorms are much nicer than the Foggy Bottom rooms especially West Hall which has a gym, dance studio, recording studio, theatre, and dinning hall plus kitchen and laundry on every floor plus your own microwave/fridge/freezer in every room (the layout is 4 singles adjoined to a common room in an apartment style). The only catch is that trek up to Foxhall Rd get real old real fast. They say it's a 10 minute ride. Which is true if there's zero traffic. But most of the time it will take 15-30 minutes and up to an hour if the traffic is really bad. Essentially, if you want to live on Mt. Vernon, make sure you end up in West (despite all of the suicides from that dorm in 2014). Living in GW is also very pricey. In my opinion, most of the dorms are overpriced but hey, that's DC.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Dining: We have options in the city that isn't too bad.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: People care about the team only when they are winning.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Scholarships: I don't qualify for financial aid due to my parent's occupations. I believe is unfair because I can't assist my parents at all and relieve the burden.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Its in DC in the middle of the political environment of America, so if that is your interest that is the place to be

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: There is something for everyone around, student orgs are everywhere

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I believe most situations that occur the rate of danger was known before the event happened.

5 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy the classes. Of course I choose to take classes I will enjoy.

3 College Junior

Majors: There are tons of internships in DC you just have to decide which one you want to waste your time with.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I believe most people stick to their own group but, the diversity can be seen.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Too overpriced. I am thinking of transferring.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I would definitely have gone to another school. I just don't feel science is supported here.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: If you are rich, you will be accepted.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Many of the students are a part of Greek life and it has a strong presence on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

Photos More photos . . .

Professor's Gate
Professor's Gate

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
View all previous student authors

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.
 

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At George Washington University

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!