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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Loaded with software; prevalent around campus. Even provide free monitors for students to hook up their laptops for additional desktop usage. During finals/tests, it's crucial that students have their own laptop, otherwise they may not be able to find a computer to use.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are dozens of great dining options near campus, but they are very expensive. I spent way too much on eating out my first year and have had to cut back. I cook most of my meals on my own now and am saving hundreds per month.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: GW is a very expensive school, and living off campus gives a lot of options unavailable in the on-campus dorms. If you can afford it, there are very luxurious apartments and townhouses near campus, as well as more affordable options that aren't quite as nice. I estimate (after factoring in utilities) that I'm saving about $300 per month by living off campus vs. my cheapest on campus option, and I have my own room with a queen bed as well as a ton of space in my townhouse.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: My experience isn't necessarily relevant to others', but I got my full tuition covered by a combination of athletic and academic merit-based aid. Also had no trouble getting federal loans to cover my housing and living costs.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Transportation: Metro stop in the middle of campus gives you access to nearly everything worth going to in DC and Arlington. Also very easy to take a bus or walk to anywhere not accessible by trains.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: GW has a great campus life. Marvin Center (the student center) is huge. The gym is great. Gelman Library is undergoing a major renovation and the renovated areas are really nice.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Washington D.C. is filled with apartments. You can easily find one close to campus. Most off-campus students travel by metro which has a stop for GWU, and getting around in DC is fairly easy due to the metro. However the cast of apartments are pretty high. Its best to live with at least 2 other roommates to share expenses. Not much parking space. West side of DC is safe cant say the same for the east side.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a blast because it offers great parties and sponsors activities around DC with fellow fraternities. Although, the biggest reason people join is for the parties. It is a big deal at GWU. If your a person who doesn't feel comfortable joining a frat yet doesn't want to be left out of the social sphere GWU is for you because non-Greeks aren't viewed as outsiders. There isn't much clicks and it isn't a status thing either, there are always parties for non-Greeks and joining a frat or a sorority isn't a must just a little bonus for the socially active.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something to do at GWU. You are right in the middle of the city and get to experience vibrant city life as a college student. There are campus events most of the time and the dorms are mediocre. Greek life is the best entertainment for most students. The campus is clean and modern, the library was renovated this year and everything is high-tech. Wonderful place to be, life is fast past and if you prefer small rural or suburban areas it is the place for you. Most students love the city live. Capitol Hill, the White House, Federal Agencies, Think Tanks, Businesses, Financial Industries are all within your fingertips if you want internships or looking to connect for a future job. Its an awesome place for the politically active students and students engaged with the business world.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe at GWU's foggy bottom campus. Thwy have great security precautions for the dorms, everyone must have access cards to get in there dorms and there are emergence responder tolls all around where at the push of a button a university police comes to your aid. The only problem, if any, would be that the school doesn't have an enclosed campus and is in the middle of the city, which causes safety concerns at night.

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3 College Junior

Weather: While not not bad, winters can still be colder than you'd expect given that it's not far north. Summers can be unbearably humid and there are mosquitos everywhere. Apparently DC wasn't really built on a swamp, but it definitely feels like it sometimes.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: Apparently we have a good basketball team? People don't really care about sports at all and there isn't a lot of interaction between athletes and non-athletes.

5 College Junior

Majors: There is a wide range of majors offered by George Washington University that makes it an ideal university to consider for all students from undergrad to certificate to graduate. The majors also cater to specialization, which as a graduate student, I appreciate in my journey through higher education.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are great, professors really care, easily accessible, grades are fair, homework is minimal, and business program is wonderful. go here!

8 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Parking: School is in busy area of Washington DC. Public transportation is great. Cars are expensive and inconvenient. Don't bother unless you really need one.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: GWU is located on a Metro stop. Campus is located in a section of Washington DC with many transportation options. It's about as good as it gets.

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5 College Senior

Majors: I've had a few internships over the course of my studies at GW, and they have all been very engaging positions with a lot of valuable experience to be had. The market for internships in DC is very large, and it's not uncommon to land a paid position as early as freshman year if you can market yourself correctly.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I'm in the International Affairs program of the Elliott School at the George Washington University. Courses in this program are challenging and rewarding, and the professors are, for the most part, either active in their fields or retired from relevant professions. Though the academic portion of the program is great, the bureaucratic side has much to be desired. It is not unusual to have 3 different advisers over the course of your studies, and most of these advisers are not of much help. In terms of academics, scheduling, and monitoring degree progress, you will be mostly left to fend for yourself. However, when it comes time to write a check to the university, you will find the bureaucracy very willing to engage with you on a personal level to make sure you have all the correct forms in.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Business Program is one of the best ones in the country in my opinion and the professors are caring, easily accessible and knowledgeable, most of them with extensive experience in their fields.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It depends on which school you are enrolled in and which professors you choose, but I am in the Business School and I have found that all of my business professors are professionals who only wish to impart their experience unto their pupils. However, I think that in terms of professors the Business School is the better school to be in, classes that I have taken in other schools have generally been poorly taught.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Many of the students are from upper income families in the New York and New Jersey area. However we do have a large international student population but tend to be classified as a school with many high income, specifically Jewish, students.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug use on campus is pretty average, students drink at bars and pubs around campus and have a tendency to "go hard" most times they go out. I would say it is a pretty average college scene though.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I love that GW offers a lot of different options and really tries to intertwine lots of different areas of study so that you can create what works for you. You can major in International Affairs and study physics and take classes relevant to nuclear energy and policy, for example. You aren't put in a box!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great options around. A lot of people get stuck on Foggy Bottom, but venture out a little to Dupont Circle and Georgetown and you'll never get bored.

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College Freshman

Facilities: I work full time and go to campus some but not a lot. My only reason for going to campus is to learn and not socialize which is how it should be. We are not paying loads of money to party. This is our future. I hope those who get into loads of debt for school, get a major like theater, and hope the government bails them out will end up in debtors prison.


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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
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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