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Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms are nice, but they are far too expensive. Living off campus is definitely cheaper. The ones that are cheap are usually the dirty, older dorms that fit 4-6 freshmen in them. "Pulling-up" is not an option anymore as well. Overall, it is not horrible, but could be better in many ways (cleanliness, pricing, etc).

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Given the fact that it's DC, the majority of the nightlife is 21+. However there are a few places which are 18+, which allows students like me to attend them. In addition, a lot of afterparties (for shows in DC) are 18+, so they are a great way to get out and meet people. The majority of nightlife is accessible by walking or by metro!

2 College Senior

Weather: I came from southern California so the transition was more severe for me. The winters get much colder than SoCal and I bought my first winter coat freshman year! Weather is DEFINITELY something to consider when deciding where to go to college...I did not listen to my parents when they told me this and I was wrong. It is a very important aspect to consider

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College Senior

Scholarships: I don't receive any scholarships so I am not educated on the process

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different people at GW and different people have different opinions. The stereotype is that GW caters to rich, white, preppy east coasters. And while this does have some validity to it, there are tons of other people that are interesting and like really cool things. It's just a matter of not getting overwhelmed with the stereotype and finding your passion. Join a club and meet people that will respond to you for you.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Being in the heart of DC, there are plenty of options for transportation. The metro, bus, circulator are all viable options for students to take advantage of.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I had great financial aid my freshman year and then it got cut significantly all because my dad started making a teeny bit more. I'll be taking out sizable loans just to complete my education at GW. Freshman year I didn't take out any private loans, now I'm borrowing $20k each year.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: DC is a great city for young people, and GW is located pretty much on the national mall, and close to a bunch of great, free museums. Georgetown, Adams Morgan, and other surrounding areas have awesome shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. The metro is generally reliable, easy to use, and extends into Virginia and Maryland. The only big con to living in DC is the really high cost of living.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of people from a similar upper middle class east coast background, however, there are definitely a lot of international students and students from all over the United States.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The city transportation is easy to use- the metro is accessible, but does not work 24 hours. The campus shuttle from the Mt. Vernon campus is ok at best- runs frequently enough on weekdays during the day but is still subject to traffic. However nights and weekends, it runs much less often and is difficult to access.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am a transfer student and applied to the Engineering school. The process was pretty much the same as that of other schools. One difference I saw is that if you get into GWU, you also get into the school you apply to rather than both being separate as many other schools.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The university is located in the middle of the city which makes it hard to get to. Without the flags on the GWU buildings, it would be nearly impossible to distinguish the school buildings and those of the city.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus feels pretty safe but there are incidents. However, it's a pretty safe part of town.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is close so no need to use public transportation too often. When you do, metro to most central parts of city is pretty accessible. Only downside is it doesn't run late nights and taxis are expensive.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Great service through phone and email. They are flexible and address special needs. Office, however, is too busy. Long lines and hard to access.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are everywhere and easily accessible by walking, metro, or cab. The GW meal plan also offers access to many nearby restaurants and cafes.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Because of the urban setting, parking can be hard to come by. There are many garages, but all parking garages are relatively expensive ($10-$20) a day. There is also a lot of metered parking.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is prevalent, drugs not as much but they're there

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are 2 gyms and libraries on campus. HellWell and Gelman on Foggy and the gym in West Hall and Eckles library on MV. Gelman is just being renovated so there is lots of more space for students. Both gyms are great. Hellwell gets full sometimes but I've been in the West Hall gym all by myself about 11 times so it's great if you don't like working out around lots of people or just need the basics.

GW has lots of traditions also like GW's birthday bonfire and DC celebrations like the Cherry Blossom Festival that a lot of people go to.

There are many places to hang out: Marvin, Kogan Plaza, Multicultural Student Services Center, Starbucks, and even the Vern.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Network speeds are outstanding and are constantly improving as more wireless access points are installed throughout campus. Wi-fi speeds are pretty good and generally not at all slow. Wired connection speeds are through the roof, though, upwards of 80 mb/s. The computer labs are modern and the computers work well. My only qualm is with printing. Colonial Printing is $0.07 per black & white side and $0.85 per color side. I know of many other schools that offer free printing for at least the first 1000 pages per semester.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Overall, the facilities are pretty good. There are a lot of new buildings on campus and the campus is constantly under construction as they work to construct new buildings. However, there are many older buildings (mainly residence halls built prior to 1950) that need to be updated/renovated. In addition, the library is a very depressing place, though it is currently undergoing some construction which may help in the long run.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: GW is big on green spaces, or they're at least trying to improve on it. The library is eh... less than decent. It's getting old and there were a lot of problems with construction and air conditioning last year, making a lot of noise and making it hard for people to study. The gym is great.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Greek life takes over GW nightlife. Parties almost every weekend (decent). If you want the clubbing scene, some take 18+, but the good ones are 21+.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants are top notch, however it does not deserve an A+ because of price. Although many have the GW rich-kid perspective, not all students are well off. A lot of the restaurants are over-priced. However if you do your homework, there are many local gems that have the best foods (like Amsterdam Falafel)

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: GW has a distinctly non-average dining policy which makes off-campus dining an excellent option. The required dining plan for freshman includes some money that is only for on-campus dining options (which are decent but not fantastic), and some money that can be used on-campus or at any of over 50 off-campus vendors partnered with GW, which include creperies, bakeries, a 24-hour Starbucks in the library, tons of restaurants and even a few groceries, like Whole Foods (one block North of the main campus), Safeway, and CVS. All of this money is stored on your GWorld, the multipurpose ID card that GW issues. You'll use it for money and access to your dorm, mostly.

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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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