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Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a distance student and a campus student meaning that when I am in the DC area for business I can go to class but when I am far from campus I can watch the lectures online. The program is very flexible. The workload is TOUGH and the teachers are demanding. Some teach better than others but overall the level of expertise is phenomenal. One downside is that the Powerpoint slides can be dated.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: GW: Awesome location. You are so close to so much action! You have the State Dept. down the street. The White House a few blocks away. You are in the business district. You can almost see the cathedral. You are clsoe to Georgetown. Being at GW you feel like you are in the middle of the action.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am not an academic and I find the education at GW is more academic than practical. Specifically, I am in the Project Management program. I work as a Project Manager and want to be a better one. Some of heh things we are taught will give me a good foundation and background knowledge but are not directly applicable to my every day job. Nevertheless, the quality of hte professors is superb. They have a lot of experience and so far all have worked in the field before becoming professors. That fact is a great bonus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was partially coddled at GW by the decision sciences group. They didn't just have us fend for ourselves but sent us scholarship deadline info so we could be sure to meet the deadlines. I do suggest that you take all the scholarship emails to heart and focus on them instead of loans which have to be repaid.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The campus is saturated with a variety of restaurants, mny of which take GW dining dollars (colonial cash). You've got many places that offer regular dishes as well as vegetarian and gluten free meals.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: We have a lot of great sports team but the nature of our predominantly "intellectual" campus makes it so that more people are interested in politics and such rather than sports.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Because of the location there are always opportunities to go to events where politicians, economists and other policy experts in various aspects of international affairs (my major) speak on the current relevance of what your learning and how to think about the future. Many of my classes are taught by such leaders as well.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Many of my professors work for the IMF, World Bank and have the experience of applying the material they teach.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Fair amount of housing options in Foggy Bottom, though I'm assuming some are fairly pricey

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Amazing city with great political activism that is so accessible to students from great libraries, museums, food, shopping etc

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2 College Sophomore

Computers: no real back up system so a disaster when computer was stolen from library

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You meet great people and Thurston was a great freshman experience

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not bad. They have what you need if you so choose it. They're good at informing you of the options that you have if you choose to utilise them.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not bad but not the best. Overall you find the people that you want to be with easily and those are the ones that count.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Good for what I want to major in: International Affairs.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a lot of financial aid. Fin. Aid officers are friendly and easy to work with.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many students tend to be more wealthy and sometimes lack a friendly personality.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most students are Caucasians with very few students of other ethnicities.

4 College Freshman

Majors: International affairs at GW is a great program. The Elliott school constantly has interesting seminars for students to attend with elected officials, administration personnel, or civil servants.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: D.C. Is a great place to be a college student. Georgetown bars, preforming arts all over (free shows every day at 6 at the Kennedy Center 4 blocks from campus), and sports games all the time. Nationals games are particularly popular.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Access to Capitol Hill while going to school at GWU is incredible. Some internships provide stipends, some don't, but getting interesting internships is not a problem.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: One thing DC doesn't lack is delicious restaurants, but some can get quite expensive so budget accordingly.

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3 College Student

Weather: DC weather is unpredictable. It can be rainy and cold in the morning and hot and humid in the afternoon.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is growing and it's definitely a good idea to go through rush.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is fairly big at school. There are fraternity rows and sorority rows, and many people look up to (as well as down on) them. Most fraternities have good parties, and sorority rush is huge. There are a lot of chances for mingling between fraternities and sororities at events throughout the year.

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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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